Students have been searching for and building communities on Discord for quite some time. The ways that students use Discord can be as diverse as student life itself — from hanging out with friends and studying together, to playing games and forming new clubs or societies, and even meeting new people with unique and shared interests.
In many ways, Discord is a place that replicates in-person school life. You can join friends in Voice from the comfort of your couch when you’re done with school work, pull up a chair at a table with new acquaintances, or see a game your friends are playing and join in. Discord encourages and enables the same spontaneity and flexibility that defines much of campus life. Particularly after the last year and a half, this is a role that we take seriously and are honored to play in your life.
There are so many ways that students are using Discord, but it can sometimes be hard to know what sorts of Discord servers exist within your campus community that you might want to be part of.
We wanted to make it easier for you to find your classmates on Discord. So we created Student Hubs!
What are Student Hubs?
Student Hubs are a dedicated place for students on Discord that makes it easy to meet classmates from your school, discover their communities on Discord, and share your own servers for classmates to join. All in one place.
Whether you’re going to campus every day or learning from home or afar, there are always things going on that you might want to be part of but don’t know how to find them. Looking to find classmates in your biology course? Or others that love playing quidditch? Or maybe you want to find a club or society you didn’t know existed but would love to join? Hubs are here to help make it easier to find your people on Discord.
Since Hubs are a place for students to find and spend time with their classmates, each Hub is only accessible to users with an email address associated with that school. Communities held within Student Hubs aren’t officially affiliated with schools themselves, nor are intended for official school use.
How we got here and where we’re going
To get Student Hubs up, we first started down… Down Under, that is. Hubs first rolled out to Australian students earlier this summer while classes were in session.
We were excited by what we learned: Clubs and society leaders found that their servers were more visible by joining the hub and many fellow students were excited to discover and join servers run by their classmates.
We added server categories to hubs to help students quickly find what they’re looking for, such as Classes and Subjects, Social & Study, and more. While many students already had friends on Discord, Student Hubs helped them form even more new friendships.
A few weeks ago, we opened up the Hubs waitlist to students around the world. Today, Student Hubs will start rolling out in the United States and Canada, with other countries following soon.
To access your Student Hub, head into Server Discovery on the desktop or web app and click on the new Student Hubs category. On mobile, you’ll find a new Hubs icon on the bottom of your server list that you can use to verify eligibility.
After you confirm you’re a student with your student email address, you’ll be able to join your school’s Hub. If it doesn’t exist yet, you can join a waitlist to be notified as soon as it’s up and running.
Within your Hub, you can find your classmates in the member list, join a server, or add a server of your own! You can even search for a specific subject or club on Discord using the Search bar, just like Server Discovery.
We are so excited to see students around the world say hi to one another as they pass by in the hallways of Discord, sit down at new tables, and open doors to new clubs and hobbies. We’re honored to help you find your people, and bring the best parts of being a student to life.
If you’d like to learn more about how Student Hubs work, check out the Discord Student Hubs FAQ. You can always ask us any question you’d like over at our Help Center, or on Twitter at @discord — we promise there aren’t any pop quizzes.