Social Spaces and Student Societies

Christ Church offers clubs, societies, and activities to satisfy and develop a wide range of interests.

The Junior Common Room

The JCR coordinates social events and generally looks after the well-being of undergraduates. The common room is furnished with table tennis and pool tables, and next door there is a widescreen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player. A number of subject-specific societies arrange dinners, speakers, and discussions. Discos are held regularly, and other events include band nights (to which you can bring your own band!), quiz nights, trips out, and activities that raise money for charity.

The JCR also has a dedicated Arts Rep, so there’s always something arty going on in Christ Church. The Arts Rep organizes regular free film nights in the JCR (complete with popcorn and snacks) and is responsible for the JCR Picture Lending Scheme – this means that for a returnable deposit of £20, anyone in college can borrow a picture for the academic year.

Read more on the JCR website

The Graduate Common Room

Christ Church’s GCR, situated in Tom Quad, has a sitting room, study room, and computing facilities; meals are served in Hall.

The GCR has a strong social life, and regular events include video evenings, guest dinners (with a speaker), wine tastings, and visits to the theatre. Graduates usually play a full part in the wider social and sporting life of the college.

For further information see the graduate admissions page.

College Bars

The main college bar is the Undercroft (in the basement of the Lee Building in Schools Quad). It is open during term Wednesday – Saturday inclusive between 7.30 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the sale of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to members of the House and their bona fide guests. Special evenings, events and promotions are announced from time to time. The Manager may close the bar early if there is insufficient demand.

The Buttery Bar (adjacent to Hall) is open for the sale of drinks during term 12.15 to 1.30 p.m. and 5.45 to 8.15 p.m daily, except Sundays. The Buttery Manager is available to advise members on the provision of drinks for private dinners, parties, garden parties etc. Draught beers, soft drinks and a large wine list (including House wines, port and sherry) are available, but only to members of the House and their bona fide guests.

Student Societies

Our student societies cater for all sorts of interests, from chess to snowboarding! The drama society puts on regular productions, and we have a flourishing Music community. We have a great range of sports clubs for all abilities, as well as subject societies who organise talks in college. Some specific college societies are listed here:

Christ Church Music Society

Christ Church College Choir

Christ Church Boat Club

Halford MacKinder Society - the Christ Church Geography Society

Mansfield Society - the Christ Church Law Society

S.R. Gardiner History Society  - the Christ Church History Society

Christ Church Chess Club

Christ Church Christian Union

In addition to the extra-curricular opportunities available at Christ Church, all students are eligible to join any of the more than 300 University societies.