Students at Akademi High School are members of a specific club or profession and will go to the clubs after school. The player can join a club as of the January 1st, 2016 Build. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, the player can join every student club except the Info Club and the Student Council.
Depending on how many students there are in the final game, there might be only a few clubs that all have to do with buffs or rivals. Ten clubs are planned as of November 2015. If the school has one hundred students, there may be fifteen clubs, five people per club, and twenty-five clubless students.
Clubs will affect a person's behavior and, in the full game, their capabilities. For instance, members of the Occult Club may go to their clubroom as part of their routine and members of the Sports Club may run faster than other students.
To join a club, the player first has to talk to the leader of the club and select the option of joining. The leader of the club always wears a red arm band on their left arm. The player cannot join two clubs at once or try to rejoin a club they have previously left. The player must join when the club leader is standing in their position in their own clubroom. Afterwards, the player will gain an accessory related to that club, such as a choker for the Occult Club.
The accessories will not appear when nude. Since they are mainly used for identifying which club the player is, there may be an option in the future where they player can turn off the visible accessories.
Some clubs are able to be joined, but do not have an official club leader. Because of this, there are temporary club leaders to fill in this spot. They cannot be killed, so it is impossible to shut down the club they are residing in.
Leaving and Disbanding
Yandere-chan will be kicked out if a member sees her kill another student. In the future, she will also be kicked out if the player does not participate in club activities at least once a week. If the president dies, goes missing, or if there are less than five members in the club, the club will disband. Once the club closes, the door to the room will be locked. Students' appearances and routines will change after this as well.
The player can request permission to leave, but once she leaves, she can never join again.
If a club disbands, then all of its members will then remain clubless forever.
In the future, if a rival who is a club leader comes to school on their week, but the club was disbanded while they were gone, there will be a short cutscene where they are informed about the club's situation.
When this is implemented, killing a rival who is also a club leader will not shut down the club; each club that contains a rival in it will have one more person in it than usual so that it can stay open even though someone died.
No Club (Club 0)
Cooking (Club 1)
- Main Article: Cooking Club
Kokona Haruka, Yui Rio, Yuna Hina, Mei Mio, Koharu Hinata, and Saki Miyu are currently members of this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. The cooking club president, Amai Odayaka, will be the second rival. While part of this club, the player is able to make food and give it to students to increase their reputation.
Drama (Club 2)
- Main Article: Drama Club
There are currently no students in this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. The drama club president, Kizana Sunobu, will be the third rival. The player has easy access to masks and gloves when in the club.
Occult (Club 3)
- Main Article: Occult Club
Members of this club will perform rituals. The future fourth rival, Oka Ruto, is the president and founder of this club. In the final version of the game, Shin Higaku will take the place of Oka while she's absent, so the player can join the club and participate in club activities, according to his Student Profile. While Yandere-chan is a member of this club, her sanity will deplete at 50% of the normal rate and students will take longer to notice her engaging in suspicious or rude activity.
Art (Club 4)
- Main Article: Art Club
There are currently no students in this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. In the future, Geiju Tsuka will be the leader. While Yandere-chan is a member of this club, she will not be considered suspicious when covered in blood if she is wearing a painter's smock.
Light Music (Club 5)
- Main Article: Light Music Club
There are currently no students in this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. In the future, Miyuji Shan will be the leader. If Yandere-chan is a member of this club, she is able to walk around with a cello case without being considered suspicious, which will help her transport dismembered corpses and large weapons.
Martial Arts (Club 6)
- Main Article: Martial Arts Club
All members of the club, except Juku Ren, have the Heroic persona and are capable of self-defense. While Yandere-chan is a member of this club, she will automatically win any struggle against NPCs with the Heroic persona.
Photography (Club 7)
- Main Article: Photography Club
There are currently no students in this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. In the future, Fureddo Jonzu will be the leader. While Yandere-chan is a member of this club, NPCs will straighten out when she attempts to snap photos of them, making it easier to take pictures of people with certain personas. All of its members will have the Sleuth persona.
Science (Club 8)
- Main Article: Science Club
There are currently no students in this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. In the future, Kaga Kusha will be the leader. If the player is a member of this club, they will have easy access to a Science Vacuum that will clean up bloodstains.
Sports (Club 9)
- Main Article: Sports Club
This club is a combination of the Swim Team and the Track Team. No students are currently members of this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. If Yandere-chan is a member of this club, she is able to run faster and carry sports equipment without being considered suspicious. The sports club president, Asu Rito, will be the fifth rival.
Gardening (Club 10)
- Main Article: Gardening Club
No students are currently members of this club. As of the February 1st, 2016 Build, it is run by a placeholder club leader. In the future, Uekiya Engeika will be the leader. If Yandere-chan is a member of this club, she can carry gardening equipment without being considered suspicious.
Gaming (Club 11)
- Main Article: Gaming Club
Faculty (Club 100)
All teachers are listed as the teacher to their respective class.
Gym Teacher (Club 101)
Kyoshi Taiso is the only member of this club.
This is a planned feature. There are currently no students in this club and it will not be fully implemented for several months. The club is not corrupt, but the student council president is a strict disciplinarian, and a planned rival. Yandere-chan will be able to join this club in the future, but she will have a lot of responsibilities to uphold.
- Main Article: Info Club
- Main Article: Removed Content
Gardening Club (Club 0)
Senpai was the only student in this club. However, both Victim-chan and Witness-chan were in this club prior to their removal, meaning that it was once the club with the second highest number of students.
Computer (Club 5)
Info-chan was once the president of this club. It was removed and there will be no such thing as a newspaper for Akademi High.
Sewing (Club 9)
Other Removed Clubs
- Martial Arts Club (Club 1)
- Sports Club (Club 2)
- Sewing Club (Club 3)
- Photography Club (Club 5)
- The player can get kicked out of clubs. If Yandere-chan kills someone in front of a club member, the leader of the club will kick them out in person or via text message.
- All the available clubs still existed in 1989.
- In the future, there will be eleven different clubs that Yandere-chan can join, plus a few she cannot.
- As of the January 7th, 2016 Build, YandereDev is trying out the idea of putting background music into every club room.
- Each club leader has an armband with a Japanese symbol that stands for "Club Leader".
- In the future, if Yandere-chan steals an object or a tool that belongs to a club she is not in, a member of that club will accuse her of committing theft and will attempt to put the stolen item back in its club.
- It is possible that in the future, those with particular personas like Coward will not report murder and get Yandere-chan not kicked out of a club. This has not been implemented yet.
- Excluding rivals, not all students will be in a club.
- The point of the clubs is to trivialize one aspect of the gameplay. YandereDev expects the player to build their strategy around the corresponding benefit.
- In the March 31st, 2016 Build, club posters were implemented and can be found located at the entrance to the plaza in the north wing.