There are several professional organisations related to the construction industry. As a student you are eligible to apply for membership of each organisation. One of the benefits of membership is that you will have access to resources not available anywhere else, such as detailed reports, research papers, policy documents and so on.
Some of these organisations have dedicated resources set up for student members such as a library service and discussion forums where you can exchange views and ask advice from other members.
Check carefully when applying for membership whether you will have to a pay a fee. Some are free to join as a student but some are not.
The Association of Building Engineers is the professional body for those specialising in the technology of building. You can apply for student membership of the ABE if you have commenced a course of study leading to a qualification within the built envronment.
The Chartered institute of Architectural Technicians represents over 8,000 professionals working and studying in the field of Architectural Technology. CIAT is internationally recognised as the qualifying body for Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) and professional Architectural Technicians (TCIAT). Student membership is available to applicants following any higher education programme designed to lead to a career in the Architectural Technology discipline.
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers promotes the career of building services engineers by accrediting courses of study in further and higher education. It publishes Guidance and Codes which are internationally recognised as authoritative, and sets the criteria for best practice in the profession. You can apply for student membership once registered on a course of study leading to Member Associate or Licentiate grades of membership.
The Chartered Institute of Builders is the international voice of the building profession. CIOB members are skilled managers and professionals with a common commitment to achieving and maintaining the highest possible standards. Student members must be at least 16 years of age and have been accepted for, or be engaged in, a course of general building studies recognised by the CIOB.
the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors is the pre-eminent organisation of its kind in the world. RICS members offer the very best advice on a range of land, property, construction and related environmental issues. RICS has 140,000 members who operate out of 146 countries, supported by an extensive network of regional offices located in every continent around the world. You can join as a student member if you are studying for a recognised qualification.
The Royal Town Planning Institute the only body in the UK responsible for the professional certification of planners. Members actively influence current thinking on spatial planning through participating in debate, developing good practice, responding to government consultations and bridging the gap between policy and research. Students in their final year on RTPI-accredited courses are eligible for Free Student Membership of the Institute.