Social societies

Although Enschede is not a large city, it definitely has a vibrant student life! There are many (outdoor) cafés around the old market square that fill up on warm summer days.

In addition to the outdoor cafés, there are numerous social societies. The biggest associations are located in the Pakkerij, a large white building at the Oude Markt in Enschede. On the campus, social life is concentrated around the Vestingbar.

Fraternities, sororities, year clubs and more! The social associations ensure lots of fun and special meetings almost every night of the week. Interested in what membership of a social society entails? Visit the societies’ websites for more information!

  •    AEGEE

    AEGEE-Enschede is the open student association in Enschede. Here you make friends for life and you can feel welcome. Every week there’s something to do in our pub Asterion or at one of our activities. We also offer the most unique and amazing adventures outside Enschede. So if you’re interested hop by our Pavilion or our pub Asterion on the ground floor of the Pakkerij!

  •    Alpha

    With over 120 members, C.S.V. Alpha is the largest Christian student association in Enschede. Our own bar, Flux, in the Pakkerij, is a place where you will feel at home right away.
    Alpha is known for its diversity and members are always open to a good conversation whilst enjoying a drink. Our members have a large variety of church backgrounds. Therefore, respect and openness are very important features of Alpha.
    In addition to religious activities such as Bible studies and Sing-Ins, there is a drink at our bar every Thursday and we occasionally have parties there as well.
    Are you looking for an amazing student life in which the Christian faith also plays a role? Then Alpha is the right choice for you! Come visit us sometime!


    Ariëns is a community for Catholic students. Our goal is to serve as a platform for students from diverse cultural backgrounds to meet, learn, and experience the Catholic faith together. For example, we have monthly meetings where we pray, listen to talks from invited speakers or simply have lunch or dinner together. We also transmit a weekly rosary prayer through Facebook, help organise the international services at one of the Churches in the city center as well as other kinds of social activities within our group. If you want to learn more about us, just send us a message in any of our social media or to our email, we will be happy to hear from you!


    DSCC/DJCR ‘Audentis et Virtutis’, or Audentis, is the oldest student society in Enschede and has made its mark on Enschede as student city. ‘Audentis et Virtutis’ means, loosely translated, ‘for the ones that are brave and have courage’. For Enschede’s student life, this means that our 500 members look for challenges and are committed to making the best of their student life. Audentis is an enterprising and leading student society that has set the standard for a vibrant student life in Enschede. This shows by having the biggest bar in ‘de Pakkerij’, our own student café ‘’t Gat in de Markt’ and our own study area ‘De Bul’.


    Youth & Student Association Exaltio aims to connect LGBTQIA+ youth and students in Enschede and its surroundings by offering them a safe space to get to know each other and have fun together. We host biweekly drinks at Café Stonewall, meet up weekly on our Discord server for an online hangout, and organise various activities such as bouldering, walks, movie nights, and a barbeque to end the year. Furthermore, every year a gala is organised by and for our members. Looking for more information? Check out our website!


    Navigators Student association Enschede is a Christian student association for students of both the University of Twente and Saxion. Together we are a close group of friends. Every week we think together about faith; one week in a Bible study group and the other week at an evening with the whole association. Our motto is “to know Christ and make Him known.” Besides this, we like to make a lot of fun. For more info visit our website.


    The RSK is a Christian student association, which means God is placed at a central place. Every Thursday evening we come together to have a (Bible) study group. Besides that, we organize both serious and relaxing activities, such as dinners, lectures, Praise & Prayers, drinks, house parties and weekends away. This is how you invest in your social contacts and relation to God. Finally, the RSK stays in touch with both C.S.F.R. and Ichthus, and is present on conferences.

  •    Taste

    A.S.V Taste is the largest student association in Enschede with more than 500 members. Our association ‘Antigoon’ is located at the centre of Enschede in the Pakkerij at the Oude Markt. For more information visit our website or look up our Instagram @asvtaste!.

  •    Vestingbar

    We are the Vestingbar, a bar on campus run by students for students. Come to our bar for parties, to have some drinks, and for cool activities like a weekly pubquiz. If you're interested in running your own bar, be sure to contact us on our website: or ask a bartender during a night at the bar.