Swimmers competing in a pool.
Swimmers competing in a pool.

Clubs and societies

There are over 400 clubs and societies at the University of Oxford which cover a wide variety of interests that you may wish to join. The University registered non-sports clubs and societies list or the University registered sports activities list is a great place to start looking. However we have also summarised a few key examples below.

The University and colleges are working together to ensure students are welcomed back to Oxford life in as full a way as possible, taking the pandemic into account. We expect Oxford’s wide range of clubs and societies to continue operating. For more information, please see the student pages of the COVID-19 Response site

Oxford University Clubs and Societies 

The University welcomes the contribution made to student life by clubs, societies and other organisations. With more than 200 officially recognised societies listed in the University registered non-sports clubs and societies, there is something for everybody. However, if you think that there is a gap to be filled, you can set up your own student society, please visit the University Clubs Office pages to find out more.

Oxford University Sport

Oxford has 83 University sports clubs, as well as countless college teams and recreational opportunities. Many colleges have their own pitches and facilities, while Oxford University Sport on Iffley Road offers a swimming pool, gym, sports hall, racket sport courts and more. It is also home to the running track on which Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile. To find out more please visit the Oxford University Sport websit

University Club (Graduates)

The University Club is located on Mansfield Road and offers graduates a range of sporting facilities including a gym, football and cricket pitches and social spaces such as a bar, cafe and restaurant.

Oxford Newcomers' Club

The Oxford Newcomers' Club provides a meeting point for partners of newly arrived graduate students and staff, including coffee mornings, tours of Oxford colleges, visits to museums, and coach trips to places of interest in the surrounding area.

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College Clubs and Societies 

The Junior Common Room (JCR) for undergraduates and Middle/Graduate Common Room (MCR/GCR) for graduates refers to both a physical room and a body, of which students are members. Elected representatives will often run social events and activities as well as providing support and advice services, while providing you with a means of voicing your concerns about college affairs.

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Oxford SU (Student Union) 

As a student at Oxford, you automatically become a member of the SU. The SU is a democratic, student led and independent organisation here to represent, support and enhance the lives of Oxford students. Get involved in numerous campaigns run each year, contribute to SU run media channels – Oxide and the Oxford Student – or find out how the SU is representing your interests.

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Student Media

  • Cherwell - Cherwell is the independent student newspaper of Oxford University

  • Oxford Student – is a weekly newspaper produced by and for members of the University of Oxford; it is sometimes abbreviated to The OxStu.

  • Isis Magazine - England’s longest running independent student magazine was founded at Oxford University in 1892. The magazine runs events, a website and one print issue per term.

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