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Clubs & societies

Our inclusive and friendly student community enjoys a range of opportunities to get together and socialise, whether that’s through sports, the arts, clubs and subject societies, or faith groups. 

Read on to find out more about all our clubs and societies. You can also find out more about our sports clubs here.


All undergraduates and postgraduates belong to either the Junior Common Room (JCR) or the Middle Common Room (MCR). The JCR and MCR are the College versions of a students’ union, representing their members and providing a place to relax. The lively JCR is housed in spacious modern accommodation, including a conservatory and snack bar. Here, students can meet friends, read newspapers and magazines, play a game of pool or watch TV.

The MCR occupies two rooms, with newspapers, a networked computer, CD and DVD players, a television and a pool table, as well as its own small kitchen. Both common rooms organise plenty of social events, such as quizzes, film nights, punting, Sunday brunches and parties.

In the evening, the College bar hosts social events in a friendly, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Visit the JCR and MCR websites for more information.


There are plenty of opportunities to participate in arts activities during your time at Jesus College – including the chance to participate in music and drama at College and University level.

Each year we hold the Turl Street Arts Festival, organised jointly by students of the three Colleges on Turl Street (Jesus, Exeter and Lincoln).

Members of the Jesus College Shakespeare Project

The College has its own music room for practice, with a grand and upright piano. The sports pavilion also provides a musical and dramatic venue, and music concerts take place in the Chapel (which has an excellent organ, piano and harpsichord). The Chapel is also home to a non-auditioning choir, which leads the service of Choral Evensong every Sunday during term, and regularly goes on tour during the vacations.

Societies and clubs

We have a wide range of thriving student-led societies in College. There are subject societies, for example in English and History, which bring together students from different disciplines with interests in these areas. The subject societies meet once or more a term, typically inviting guest speakers or organising outings to the theatre or places of interest.

The English Society dinner, 2020

We also have societies covering everything from Chess and Lawrence of Arabia (who was once a Jesus undergraduate) to the recently founded Jesus Feminist Society.

There’s also a wide range of clubs you can join, especially in the sports where we have football, rowing, netball and hockey teams, to name but a few.


Jesus College welcomes those of all faiths or none, and there are places of worship and meetings for members of almost any denomination or faith in Oxford. Our Chapel, part of the original foundation of the College, continues to play a role in College life for those who wish to take part. We have a Chaplain, and the Chapel Choir is led the Director of Chapel Music in tandem with the College Organ Scholars. There are regular services in the Chapel during term to which all are very welcome. Sunday Evensong with a guest preacher is the main service, as well as a College Communion service once a week. Various events such as discussion groups and confirmation classes are held regularly.