Societies and Clubs
JCR and MCR
The JCR is the Junior Common Room, meaning both the actual social space, and the undergraduate student body. The JCR committee organises lots of the fun side of college life, but is also there to keep an eye on your welfare and to represent the interests of undergraduates in the college to the various college committees and the SCR (Senior Common Room; the Oxford name for the body of academic tutors and fellows). Take a look at the JCR website or the student handbook to find out more (being mindful that the JCR website does not necessarily represent the official views of the College).
The MCR (Middle Common Room) is the equivalent term for the graduate community and common room. Most of your time as a graduate student will be spent at your department, but the MCR provides an interdisciplinary community of graduates, alternative sources of welfare and financial support, and a social hub to easily meet people while you’re finding your feet. There are plenty of opportunities for graduate students to interact with the SCR (the academic fellows and tutors) too, from a Welcome Dinner with your college adviser, annual College dinners to which you can invite your supervisor, and MCR research events.
There are opportunities here for you to play sport at every level, from casual kick arounds to College or University teams. From ballet to weightlifting, you can find a sport that you will suit you, and make new friends inside and outside of college in the process.
Recently, St Hilda’s students have enjoyed success in rowing, netball, rugby and football, but you can try your hand at any sport while you’re here. Our college gym on site is free to use, plus our students receive discounted membership of the University sports centre which is just five minutes’ walk away.
Music and the arts
Whether it’s dance, poetry, drama, photography, sculpture, creative writing or music, you can develop, share and enjoy your artistic passion here. Our Jacqueline du Pré music building, with its Steinway D concert grand piano, recording studio and well-equipped practice rooms, is a world class facility that performers from across the world – and St Hilda’s students! – perform and rehearse in. It was built in memory of the outstanding cellist and honorary fellow of St Hilda's, Jacqueline du Pré. You can also join our award-winning Drama Society, the auditioned St Hilda’s College Choir, or the non-auditioned St Hilda’s College Orchestra.