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Clubs and societies

Student Life at RCSI is a rich and exciting experience. Students are encouraged to participate in many extra-curricular activities to help make friends from different paths of life, manage stress levels and create memories that you will carry for the rest of your life.


Sports and clubs

There are currently 32 sports clubs in RCSI, as varied as Archery, Chess, Equestrian, Karate, Rugby and GAA. You can join as many as you like at any proficiency level, even if you are an absolute beginner.

The College currently offers a small but well-equipped gym and basketball court, with a new gym being built in the new academic building on St Stephen's Green. This will be completed in 2017.

RCSI has playing fields and courts at its sports grounds at Dardistown on the Swords Road, Dublin. It includes a flood-lit rugby pitch, soccer pitch and cricket wicket. In addition, all-weather hockey, football and tennis facilities are available.




There are currently 44 societies active at RCSI, as varied as Canadian-Irish Medical Students' Association (CIMSA), Caribbean-African Society (CAS), Biological Society, Surgical Society, Penang Medical College Students Association (PMCSA), Middle East Students Association (MESA), American Medical Students Association (AMSA), Pakistan India Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Students Society (PIBS), and of course, not to forget the Irish Society, and many, many more.


Societies develop a wide range of skills outside the classroom environment. Participation is very much encouraged as part of the holistic development of students.

American Medical Students Association Leadership and Healthcare Management Society Archery Rugby Ladies
Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Society LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Society Athletics Running
Art Society Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA) Badminton Netball
Biological Society Music Society Basketball Ladies Soccer
Canadian Irish Medical Student Association Neuroscience Society Basketball Mens Softball
Cancer Society Obstetrics and Gynaecology Society Chess Squash
Caribbean African Society Ophthalmology Society Climbing Swimming
Choral Society Orthopaedic Society Cricket Tabletennis
Christian Union Paediatric Society Cycling Tag Rugby
Critters Society PIBS - Pakistan,India Bangladesh and Sri Lanka Society Equestrian Tennis
Dance Society Partners in Health Engage Society GAA Ladies Volleyball Ladies
Debate Society PMCSA - Penang Medical College Student Association GAA Mens Volleyball Mens
Divercsity - Student Newspaper Pharmacy Society Golf Yoga
Royal College Players Society - Drama Philosophical and Literary Society Hockey Ladies Hockey Mens
Emergency Society Photography Society Environmental Society Physiotherapy
Judo Friends of MSF Society Psychiatry Society Karate
Gourmet Society Psychology Society Kickboxing Healthcare Innovation Society
Radiology Society Kitesurfing Irish Society Red Cross Society
Islamic Society Surgeons FM Powerlifting Netball
Unicef Society Rugby Surgical Society Polo
For further information about Student Life at RCSI, please contact the Student Services Office