The Junior Common Room (JCR), the undergraduate student body of Merton, has a budget each year with which to run a whole range of events for the student body. These include:
Graduate social life in College is centred on the Middle Common Room (MCR), which is accommodated in a medieval Hall in Front Quadrangle.
The MCR is run by elected graduate officers who are responsible for organising social events and for the provision of newspapers, journals, television and video, and snacks and refreshments. Graduates are also members of the Junior Common Room (JCR) and can participate in undergraduate events such as the regular Bops at the Pavilion and the Arts Festival. Graduates play their part in the College's sporting, dramatic and musical life.
There is also the University of Oxford Newcomers' Club, an organisation whose aim is to help the newly-arrived wives, husbands or partners of visiting scholars, graduate students and newly appointed academic members of the University to settle in and to give them the opportunity to meet people in Oxford.
There is a huge range of college clubs and societies:
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Oxford University Sport has launched a new website with details on student sports clubs, membership options and a virtual tour of the facilities. The website is a hub for sport at the University, signposting students, staff, alumni and the public to information. The clubs and colleges listing displays information about all the sports clubs as well as detailing which sports are on offer at which colleges. The new site also showcases the rich history of University sport.