A student working in OWL library, 2019 - Photo: © John Cairns - www.johncairns.co.uk

Life at Merton: Facilities

All students at Merton enjoy:

  • Two libraries for the use of College members only - one of which includes the oldest continuously functioning library for university academics and students in the world!
  • Free internet access in all student rooms, as well as computer rooms with free printing and cheap photocopying, available 24 hours a day
  • A beautiful Dining Hall with high-quality, low-cost food for students
  • The College Bar, with a range of affordable beverages and regular quiz nights
  • A TV Room with video and DVD equipment
  • Access to a Games Room, complete with a free pool table, table football, darts and games machines
  • The Fellows' Garden, an idyllic place to read, work or relax - and with wifi access
  • Merton College Sports Ground, including sports pitches, pavilion, grass and hard tennis courts, squash courts and weight-training facilities
  • Merton College Boathouse
  • The Real Tennis Court in Merton Street which can be used by the College Real Tennis Club
  • Five acoustically-designed music practice rooms, each equipped with a piano
  • Chapel services
  • An approachable welfare team including Welfare Reps from the student body as well as the Chaplain, College Nurse, Junior Deans for Welfare and University support services
  • Venues which can be booked without charge by students for club or society events and performances or recitals

Common Rooms

  • As an undergraduate you will have access to the Junior Common Room (JCR), where you can relax on the sofas, read the papers or play table tennis
  • As a graduate student you can use the historic Middle Common Room (MCR), with its comfortable seating, kitchen, games and selection of newspapers and magazines