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7 Best Student Business Clubs in the World

Published: January 6, 2017

In the Remarkable Student Societies article series on StudyAdvantage, we showcase the most impressive, admirable, strangest and nichest student clubs and societies from around the world. We’re not saying you should apply to a university based on society life…however, if you do, you won’t be the first.

On good days, they strike you as inspired, motivated breaths of fresh air on campus. On worse days, they might come off as hot-headed loudmouths… But one thing is certain, Business School students – even at undergrad level – are awesome at running student societies. And as our potential future captains of industry, we should all be thankful they’re getting early practice. Here are the 7 most impressive undergraduate student clubs focused on business & finance that we’ve come across, globally:

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Berkeley Consulting, Haas School at the University of California at Berkeley, USA

Organised as more of a consulting firm than a student club, Berkeley Consulting is a relentlessly professional organisation completing consulting assignments for clients across industries pro-bono, while giving students unique real world business experience. Clients appreciate the access to strategic advice from the ‘millennial’ point of view, and have included companies like Google, General Electric and Blackstone. The club, known to be highly selective, also organises social events for its members.

Visit their website.


KCL Business Club (KCLBC), King’s College London, England

Annual investments in King’s student start-ups, health & life sciences focused events, multi-asset public market investment fund, international trips every year, fintech conference organisation…the list of activities run by KCLBC goes on. This is a world class student organisation, run by a 35+ strong team at King’s.

Check out their impressive website. Then check out Roberta’s blog about life at King’s.



The Global Investment Group (GIG), University of St Andrews, Scotland

Yes, they run a $15k student equity investment fund. And yes they run serious recruitment events with the usual suspects (and have been known to host private dinners with London firms for select high quality candidates, which have led to healthy job offers). BUT, let’s be honest. It’s their notorious ‘social events’ – with titles ranging from “Stocks & Bondage” to “Anything For Money” – which have solidified GIG’s reputation on campus and beyond.

Check out the GIG WebsiteOr read about why Julia falls in love with St Andrews every time…

St Andrews GIG GIG party



Handels Capital Management, Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law, Sweden

Set up to manage the university student union’s excess capital, HCM has evolved into a highly professional asset management operation. As with any asset manager, we should let the numbers speak for themselves: according to its own website, the fund has delivered over 40% value increase in the last 5 years. Big student party, courtesy the young geniuses at HCM!

Check out HCM’s website for more. Which other Swedish university made our list of Top 6 Hottest Student Parties on the Planet?

Handels Capital Management


Columbia Economics Society, Columbia University, USA

Best-in-class events, best-in-class sponsors, best-in-class door opening, best-in-cl…you get it. This organisation is well-established, well-run and well-regarded. It would be a shame if Columbia – conveniently situated right on Manhattan – didn’t have a robust student group to seize all the career opportunity New York has to offer.

Visit their website, or read Mathilda’s blog from Columbia.

Columbia Economics Society


LSE SU Alternative Investments Conference, London School of Economics, England

As they say, this is the world’s largest student conference on – according to many – finance’s hottest segments of private equity, venture capital and hedge funds. Everything about this conference is impressive, but to highlight one feature: its keynote speakers. These names (from the 2017 conference line-up) may not mean much for the untrained eye, but for those in finance, they are global rockstars: Daniel D’Aniello of The Carlyle Group, Jim Breyer of Breyer Capital, Sanjay Patel of Apollo, and Guy Hands of Terra Firma.

Visit their website. Or read LSE student Michelle’s outlook for 2017, and what her secret Plan A is.


Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club (WUFC), Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, USA

Wharton is only a school-within-a-school, but it still, on its own, boasts over 40 student societies, including 3 ‘business fraternities‘. Unsurprisingly at the school that for many is synonymous with Wall Street, among the largest of the societies is the Wharton Undergraduate Finance Club. With a stellar line-up of 20 corporate sponsors, events hosted by plenty more, and one of the most bullish student society logos we’ve ever seen, WUFC will help you get a business job.

WUFC logo

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