University of Oxford

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.

2018

"Every sport is catered for and there is lots of funding to support students who partake in a sport (ie sports kit allowances)."
"A huge wealth of societies are available including orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as maths, chemistry, physics, computing, chess, Go and board game societies. There are also lots of sports clubs including tennis, badminton and table tennis."
"There are plenty of sports clubs to choose from. I feel there is a discrimination against sports clubs that aren't as competitive or have poor competition results. The attitude should be that everyone should be included and treated equally."
"Societies and sports societies are usually either very cheap, if not free, to join and run both university- and college-wide. There's something for anyone from the Harry Potter society (they put on a great Yule Ball), to the wonderful 'cult' of rowing at every college (at only £20 a term it's one of the cheapest ways to learn the sport). They all provide many opportunities to get to know others and provide wonderful sources of entertainment. For instance, there are constant drama productions being put on in different theatres and studios at a low cost displaying a high level of skill."
"There are lots of sports clubs and societies and they are mainly run to a very high standard. Student journalism, the drama scene and the student politics scene are all excellent."
"There are many things on offer from music, sports and drama to language classes and the assassins society. My one issue is that performing arts groups, whether music or drama, can be really hard to get into as they're all auditioned for so it can be difficult to find something relaxed where you can just join in and have fun if you're not very serious, very good or very experienced."
"Colleges consist of fairly close-knit communities. Seeing like-minded people daily promotes the building of long-lasting social relationships and the collegiate family systems facilitate inter-year relationships as well. There are many sporting societies ranging from those for common sports like football to more esoteric sports such as Kabbadi. Whatever your interests, you are very likely to find societies that incorporate them and, if not, you also have the option to build your own."
"There's an insane number of societies from really high-level sports to relaxed and fun ones like the tea appreciation society."

2016

"Social environment is not centred around an SU. Each college has its own bar and the local clubs run student nights throughout the week. There are a wide range of activities and sports to get involved with, though how much you can get for free (yoga, zumba or gym passes) depends on your college. Most will offer something."
"Plenty of opportunity to get involved in sport, even though facilities are heavily dominated by the university teams themselves. Plenty of opportunities for drama though, and lots of funding available for putting on your own plays."
"This varies a lot by college, but there's a lot on offer. Importantly, the barrier to entry for a lot of college-level sports is extremely low, so don't feel ashamed to try rowing, football, lacrosse, or anything else for the first time ever."
"There are so many sports and societies to get involved in. Some social environments can seem a bit cliquey like the drama scene, but once you get an in by getting involved in something, you'll find its not that bad and in every soc there'll be some bad ones for the many good ones."
"Oxford offers a wide range of sports, arts and other types of societies (photography, movie, Harry Potter etc) in college as well as university-wide."
"The social environment can be quite work intensive at times but it makes you appreciate the time you aren't working a lot more. You can get involved with sport at a college level or at a university level, meaning there's something for everyone. There are over 400 societies as well."
"Living so close to others in smaller college environments is a huge bonus. The union is worth it if you go and see enough speakers. Make use of the Ashmolean and the fact that, as a student, you can see lots of the touristy places for free."
"Loads on offer. Sports all at college or uni level so lots for any degree of ability. Also, loads of drama, dance, debating, journalism, music etc. You can get involved in pretty much anything. But the time allowed by how much studying is required can be limited, can't normally fit in loads."
"Not a lot of time to devote to extracurricular activities, but many people do get into a sport and all sports are available. Many orchestras and opportunities to play in less typical bands and ensembles. Other unusual societies include tea appreciation, battle re-enactment etc. Subject societies put on good talks and social events. If you can think of a society you can probably find it here, but only expect to be able to attend one or two societies a term if you want to keep on top of work."
"A lot of the sports clubs are expensive to join, but there are lots of free events."

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