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Do what you love!

At New College, we encourage our students to pursue their interests outside of their studies, and to try out new things. 


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'The New College Junior Common Room (JCR) is a vibrant and positive community.

With students from a range of backgrounds, we pride ourselves on conforming to no one stereotype, but on being a home for all. Alongside the fantastic academic opportunities offered by the College, the JCR provides a space for students to pursue their extracurricular interests and to form lifelong friendships. From intimate concerts offered by the New College Music Society and thought-provoking discussion at the New College Essay Society, to our wide range of College sports teams, the JCR community has something to offer for everyone.'

- JCR President


We have a number of sports teams, for beginners and more experienced players, competing against other colleges. 

  • Football
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Squash
  • Rounders
  • Pool

Most of these take place on our fantastic sports ground, located just a few minutes' walk from the main College site (unusually close for an Oxford college!) 

New College men's football team lined up in front of goal


We have a strong musical tradition at New College, with regular events and a number of musical groups and societies for you to join. 

  • Choir (unauditioned)
  • Chamber orchestra
  • Auditioned baroque group
  • A number of chamber groups
  • Wednesday lunchtime recital
  • Open mic nights and karaoke

We also have state-of-the-art music practice facilities. The Clore Music Studios were completed in 2019 and are just two minutes from the main College site. 

Student singing while another accompanies on a piano


Drama is very popular at New College and across the University.

The New College Drama Society puts on: 

  • Regular productions
  • Christmas pantomime
  • Cuppers (a drama competition against other colleges)
  • Annual Greek play

Woman clutching at her half-lit face

More clubs and societies

  • LGBTQ+ Society
  • Women's Group
  • BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic) Society
  • Foreign Languages Conversations Group
  • Law Society
  • Medical and Biomedical Society
  • Essay Society
  • Christian Union

Find out more

If you have any questions about our student clubs and societies, or extracurricular activities in general, email our Admissions Administrator, Janaina.