What is Do Something Different?

Do Something Different is an extracurricular events and activities programme delivered by uea(su) and UEA, to enhance your time at university. Whether you want to try out a new activity, explore somewhere new, or take a break from your studies, there is a Do Something Different activity that will work for you.

Clubs and societies run taster sessions all year round, so you'll get the opportunity to have a go at an activity before you commit to joining a club or society. You'll also see monthly trips to places in Norfolk, such as the beach and National Trust properties and gardens, as well as further a field to iconic places like London and Cambridge.

If you're looking to get creative, we provide free fortnightly mixed media art and craft sessions, have a go at lino printing, slow stich and water colour painting and every single wednesday, we also hold DSD clay art club.

There's so much on offer, and we add to the calendar all the time! Scroll down and have a look at what we have going on, do something different today!

Why get involved?

Whether you choose to host your own event or come along to one of ours, there are lots of reasons to get involved and Do Something Different. We offer activities to keep you active or focusing on mental wellbeing for when life starts to feel overwhelming or stressful, as well as workshops and trainings to boost your CV and get you ready for post university life. We have something for everyone! Arts and Crafts, Sports or Gaming, whatever it is our activities are fun and (most of the time) FREE!

Stay updated

Stay up to date with upcoming Do Something Different events and news from the Students' Union by joining our mailing list, and be in with the chance of winning some freebies! 

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What's Coming Up?

DS-Destress - 22nd May to 18th June

At DSD, we're here to help you excel in your exams while keeping stress at bay! We genuinely care about your well-being, so let's tackle stress together and have some fun along the way!

Join our awesome stress-busting events like yoga, crafts, and beach trips to relax and recharge. Most of our events are free or cost less than £5.

Let's ace those exams and have a great time doing it!


DS-Destress calendar DS-Destress calendar

Do Something Different calendar

Thu 8th June

UEA Students' Union DSD Free Breakfast
8th June 9am - 11am
Student Information Zone (SIZ) Annex
UEA Students' Union FIFA Fortnightly in SU Bookable Room 1
8th June 3pm - 5pm
SU Bookable Room 1
Come drop in and play some FIFA!

Sun 11th June

Cricket Charity 6 a side Cricket Tournement
11th June 1pm - 5pm
Colney Lane Cricket Pitch 1
Sign a team up for our 6 a side cricket tournament all in aid of the Ruth Strauss Foundation. The tournament is hard ball but kit can be provided! Please also enter the name of your team when purchasing a ticket, just need 1 ticket purchased per team
Ballroom and Latin Dance Beginners 1 Lesson
11th June 2pm - 3pm
Blackdale 0.08
Ballroom and Latin Dance Beginners Lesson 2
11th June 3pm - 4pm
Blackdale 0.08
Ballroom and Latin Dance Novice Silver
11th June 4pm - 18th June 5pm
Blackdale 0.08
Ballroom and Latin Dance Novice Gold
11th June 5pm - 6pm
Blackdale 0.08

Mon 12th June

UEA Students' Union Mini Massage
12th June 1pm - 4pm
Bookable Room 4, Union House

Tue 13th June

UEA Students' Union DSD Art Club - Clay
13th June 5pm - 7pm
Blackdale Building 0.24
Do Something Different!

Wed 14th June

UEA Students' Union Handtied Posy making
14th June noon - 2pm
Bookable Room 1, Union House
UEA Students' Union Address Your Stress
14th June 2pm - 4pm
Student Information Zone (SIZ) Annex
Do Something for your Wellbeing
UEA Sport Wellbeing Dog Walk
14th June 2pm - 3pm
Meet at UEA Security Lodge
Explore the outdoor green spaces on our beautiful campus and see the 'pawsitive' effect the lovely doggos can have on your wellbeing. You can book tickets up to 2 weeks in advance.
UEA Students' Union DSD Art Club - Clay
14th June 5pm - 7pm
Blackdale Building 0.24
Do Something Creative

Thu 15th June

UEA Students' Union Crafternoons in the SIZ
15th June 10am - 2pm
Student Information Zone (SIZ) Annex
Do Something Different!

Run Your Own Do Something Different Event!

All clubs and societies can run their own Do Something Different event, and can apply for up to £50 of funding to help put this event on. If you want to run a Do Something Different event, the event has to be open to all UEA students, not just your members. Follow the steps below to help you put on your event.

Step 1: Complete and submit your documents

To ensure your Do Something Different event is approved by the Union, you must:

Step 2: Promote your event

The best way to promote your event to students is by creating an event on the SU website. For help on making the event on the SU website, see this guide. Make sure you tag your event with the DoSomethingDifferent button to ensure it shows up on the Do Something Different calendar. We can also promote your event on the DSD Instagram via Instagram stories. If you tag @ueadsd and @uea_su we will repost it.

Step 3: Run your event!

Now it's time to run your event! Make sure when running your event you implement all the measures you included on your risk assessment. You should also make sure you’ve got everything you need to run the event a few days prior to ensure you're prepared and ready to go. 

Contact Us

If you have any questions or ideas you want to tell us about, you can email us or come and see us in the Student Union office at any time!

You can also find us on Instagram for more info on upcoming events and a chance to enter our regular giveaways!