We have a vibrant, inclusive and friendly student community who enjoy a range of opportunities to get together and socialise, whether that’s through sports, the arts, subject societies and faith groups.
JCR and MCR
All undergraduates and graduates belong to the Junior Common Room (JCR); graduates also have a 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 television. The sociable 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, DVD nights, trips out of Oxford, punting, Sunday brunches and parties: you can find out more by taking a look at the JCR and MCR web pages on the College website, under ‘Societies’. The JCR and MCR are run by their own elected officers, who represent the student body within College. In the evening the College bar forms a venue for social events: it has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and everyone is welcome.
The College offers excellent sports facilities, and all are welcome to use these, whether as a serious athlete, or just for fun. There are many opportunities to try new sports, and join one of the College teams to play other colleges, which operate at all levels of expertise. We have squash courts and extensive playing fields with hockey, cricket, football and rugby pitches, hard grass tennis courts, netball courts, and a sports pavilion. We also have our own boathouse on the River Thames, with boats used all year round by our rowing crews, from novices to experienced rowers. Students can use the University’s swimming pool and next-door athletics stadium and gym free of charge and join University sports clubs as well.
There are plenty of non-sporting opportunities, with 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). 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.
We have thriving student-led subject societies in College, for example in English and History, which bring together students from different disciplines with interests in these areas. The societies meet once or more a term, typically inviting guest speakers or organising outings to the theatre or places of interest.
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 by one of the College’s Organ Scholars. There are regular services in the Chapel during term to which all are very welcome, with College Communion and a guest preacher once a week. Various events such as discussion groups and confirmation classes are held regularly.