Getting involved - joining the STAR Student Network

The STAR national network is made up of 34,000 members in 50 student groups based at universities and colleges across the UK.

From Glasgow to Exeter, Cardiff to London and Sussex to York, students all over the country are welcoming refugees in their communities and you can join them!

Not a student? Why not see if you have a City of Sanctuary group in your local area or you could even start one. If you are looking for volunteering opportunities contact your local volunteering centre or check out the Do-it website

Find a STAR group

See where STAR groups are using our Online Map. We now have groups at these universities and colleges: Bath, Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, City, Croydon, Edinburgh, Essex, Exeter, Glasgow, West London College, King’s College London (KCL), Kent, Leeds, Lincoln, Liverpool, London School of Economics (LSE), Manchester, NCH, Northampton, Nottingham, New York University (NYU), Oxford, Queen Mary pro bono society (QMPBS), Queen Mary University (QMUL), Roehampton, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, Southampton, Sussex, Surrey, St. George’s, UEA, University of East London (UEL), University of Law (Ulaw), University of London Institute in Paris (ULIP), Warwick and York.

Start your own STAR group

STAR is continually growing! If there is not a STAR group at your university you can start a new STAR group and become part of our network of 26,000 student members welcome refugees to the UK!

To join the STAR network you need to:

  • Register as a society at your students’ union or university
  • Affiliate to the STAR national charity annually by signing the STAR Affiliation Agreement

Download our short guide to starting a STAR group:
10 steps to starting a group

How much will it cost? Nothing smile because STAR national fundraise for all the resources, but groups are encouraged to help by fundraising for STAR national throughout the year.

STAR groups affiliated to the national network get:

  • To use the STAR name and logo
  • Free materials to promote your group, e.g. banners, books, leaflets
  • Free training on running STAR activities including committee training
  • Assistance, direction and advice on volunteering and campaigning with refugees from the experienced national team
  • The opportunity to join with other students to campaign nationally for refugees
  • A say in the direction of STAR including a vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM)
  • To promote your group on the STAR website
  • Discounts for the National Conference in November and on STAR merchandise

This includes regular support from the national team by phone, email and visits to your university.

Contact the national team to find out more about what you need to do to get started!