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.


"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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