Student Clubs


Business and Society Club (BUSO)

The BUSO club has the purpose of integrating students and raising social and ethical awareness of issues related to society on business. We want to promote the welfare and interests of the students in Business and Society (BUSO) program of study at York University, and to provide services, activities, and facilities which address student needs and objectives. Our aim is to enrich the lives and educational experience of the students in the BUSO program through academic, cultural, recreational and social programming.

Location: 111 Vanier College

Children’s Studies Students’ Association

CHSTSA LOGOThe Children’s Studies Student Association is a dynamic organization for Children’s Studies majors and minors and their likeminded allies. The association is all about resources, advocacy and empowerment. The group organizes a range of events throughout the year – so successfully that last year is won an award for exceptional efforts in promoting student engagement in the Faculty.

Location: 101E  Vanier College

Classical Studies Students’ Association (CSSA)

clst logoThe CSSA is a social club organized by students with an interest in aspects of the great Classical civilization, in co-operation with York’s Classical Studies Programme and Vanier College.  The Executive of this club administers the Judith Rosner-Siegel Memorial Library (located in 101B Vanier College) and can provide occasional free tutoring for students in the lower-level Latin and Attic Greek courses.

Location: 101C Vanier College

Economics Student Association

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The Economics Students’ Association (ESA) represents all undergraduate Economics students at York University. Every student pursuing an economics major is automatically a member of the association, which grants exclusive access to all of our events, services and initiatives. The ESA seeks to enhance the member’s university experience in the areas of academics, social life and career development.  We strive to strengthen our Economics community by discussing current events, academic research and relevant job skills among peers, faculty and potential employers. If you are looking to get involved with the ESA, we have various openings in our Associate program. The program allows students to work closely with a particular Executive on a portfolio of duties. Have any questions? Email us at: or visit us in the Department of Economics, Vari Hall 1144.

Economics Students’ Association (ESA)
101A Vanier College  l | ESA Facebook Page

Existere - Journal of Arts & Literature

Existere LogoExistere – Journal of Arts and Literature is a student-run semi-annual periodical. Founded in 1978 and supported by the Vanier College Council, the journal was revitalized for the October 2007 issue and continues to grow and thrive. Existere publishes exciting new works of poetry, short fiction, photographs, art, reviews, short plays, non-fiction articles and much more from local talent and from around the world. Check out their website, follow them on twitter, or stop by their office. Existere is also on Facebook. Volunteers always welcome. The journal is sold at the YU Bookstore and stores across Canada. Subscription encouraged.

Location: 101E Vanier College

Federazione Canadese Italiana (FCI)

fci logoFCI is a cultural organization established to promote and sustain Italian culture and language through social and cultural activities, both at the university and in the surrounding community. In all of our endeavours, we strive to provide an environment in which Italians, Italian-Canadians, and those who appreciate Italian culture can acquire and practice our cultural traditions.


Japanese International Students Association (JISA)

jisa logoThe Japanese International Student Association (JISA) is a club for anyone who is interested in Japan, Japanese culture, or the Japanese language. Our goal is to encourage cross-cultural communication between Japanese exchange/international students and other students at York University. All are welcome, and you do not have to be Japanese, nor be able to speak Japanese to join. Various cultural events are held yearly and a Japanese resource library is available.

Location: 110 Vanier College

Martial Arts Club @ York University

yumac logoThe club consists of several styles of martial arts. Taekwondo, jiu jitsu, kickboxing, karate, a bit of muay thai, and boxing. Outdoor shoes are not allowed in the studio, please bring indoor shoes or be prepared to go in bare feet. Appropriate clothing: long pants and a t-shirt, or a Gi/Kimono. Shorts and tank tops are not allowed. Clothing must cover the armpit and back of the knee. The club currently meets up at Vanier 202, 5pm-8pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the summer. We would appreciate knowing in advance if people plan on attending so our sessions can accommodate everyone.

Location: 202 Vanier College

Philosophia, Undergraduate Student Philosophy Association

philosophia logoPhilosophia, York University’s undergraduate philosophical association, is an academic, student-run initiative that offers students a stimulating forum in which they may engage in philosophical inquiry beyond the classroom. We achieve this by practicing and offering philosophy in a variety of ways: We hold twice-monthly meetings, which feature academic and recreational activities; put together informative workshops; organize a philosophy conference; publish the Oracle: York University’s Undergraduate Philosophical Review; and maintain a listserv. Our twice-monthly meetings are open to all undergraduate students.

Location: 101B Vanier College

York University Mature Students Organization (YUMSO)

yumso logoThe York University Mature Student Organization at York University is a thriving and influential social group for adult learners. Founded in 2004 by Edward Fenner, YUMSO has successfully raised the profile of mature students all over York. YUMSO's main office is at Keele and has a satellite office at Glendon campus. Mature students have much in common with younger students, but also face unique challenges due to age, work, family, and more. Now there is a group for you! There are thousands of adult learners at York and over 600 are signed up to the YUMSO alone. We have a website loaded with handy information all in one place and a Facebook site via the YorkUniversityCanada network for those so inclined. We host events for mature students to get together frequently over coffee, lunches and more. Home base, located in 113B Vanier, is equipped with 2 desktop computers (one with internet access and the other with printer access), hot coffee, tea, a comfortable place to lounge around, and a quite place to study, so drop by – or better yet come volunteer some of your time – in the office to help offer this service to other mature students.

Location: 113B Vanier College