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Clubs and societies

There are over 200 clubs and societies covering a wide variety of interests available for you to join or attend.

Oxford University Student Union

As a student at Oxford, you automatically become a member of the Oxford University Student Union (OUSU). OUSU 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 OUSU run media channels – Oxide and the Oxford Student – or find out how OUSU is representing your interests.

Oxford University Sport

Oxford has 85 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.

Societies

The University welcomes the contribution made to student life by clubs, societies and other organisations. With more than 150 officially recognised societies to choose from there is a something for everybody. However, if you think that there is a gap to be filled, you can set up your own student society. Visit the University Clubs Committee website.

Oxford Union

The Union is the world's most prestigious debating society, with an unparalleled reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. It has been established for almost 200 years, aiming to promote debate and discussion not just in Oxford University, but across the globe.

Common Rooms

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.

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.

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 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.