Students in Fellows' Garden - Photo: © John Cairns -
College Life

For undergraduates

Each college within the University has its own community and wide range of events, occasions, teams, clubs and societies – and Merton is no exception.

The undergraduate student body of Merton, known as the Junior Common Room, or JCR, has a budget each year with which to run a whole range of events for the student body. These include:

  • Themed bar nights
  • Acoustic nights
  • Karaoke nights
  • The Annual JCR Sports Day
  • Trips to clubs, bars, cinemas, ice rinks etc in town
  • Fortnightly free parties in college known as 'bops'

There is also a huge range of college clubs and societies:

Visit the JCR website to learn more about social life at Merton.

Read more about student life at Oxford University

For an insight into what Merton is really like, take a look at our Alternative Prospectus, written by some of our current students - or follow one of our subject accounts on Twitter, all updated by students themselves.

For graduate students

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 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. See the MCR website and JCR website for further details.

There is also the University of Oxford Newcomers' Club, an organisation whose aim is to help the newly-arrived husbands, wives 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.

If you are linked to the University but without a college affiliation you can become part of the Merton community via associate membership of the Merton MCR.