"New College JCR (Junior Common Room) is first and foremost a community of undergraduate students who live, work and socialise together. This vibrant and diverse community quickly begins to feel like one big family in some of the most beautiful and historic surroundings Oxford has to offer.
The JCR is also a physical space, somewhere students can go to relax between the essays and problem sheets that punctuate a term. Nestled in the corner of Garden Quad, the JCR was renovated in December 2017. It now boasts a brand new kitchenette - a great addition, since New College has few communal kitchens - a 65" ultra HD TV, all major games consoles, pool and ping pong tables and an eclectic mix of board games.
Our JCR Community is one of the best funded in Oxford. Members of the JCR can vote every second Sunday on how this budget is spent, as well as deciding the ways in the JCR Committee can work on their behalf. Fuelled by free pizza and lots of tea, the JCR Committee supports every student - and in particular those students from minority backgrounds - and helps ensure all JCR members flourish in their chosen field, whether that is sport, debating, music, drama and everything in-between. Moreover we organise the best bops (college parties) in town!
If you want to know more about us, please visit our JCR page: http://jcr.new.ox.ac.uk. Alternatively you can follow our student account on Instagram: @newcollegeaccess
If you are a prospective student, please feel free to look around New College. We’ll always be ready and willing to answer your questions about life here!"
- Conleth Burns, JCR President 2017-2018
"The New College Middle Common Room is made up of over 300 students from more than 25 countries around the world, studying every conceivable academic discipline, each with a unique story all their own. In keeping with our College motto, no matter where you’re from or what brings you to Oxford, what matters here is who you are and how you show it, and living by this principle has helped us create a community of incredible diversity and vitality.
The MCR is at the heart of College life, and by extension, the Oxford experience, and the MCR Committee, which administers the facilities and social programming of the MCR, is here to serve the needs and the interests of all members. As well as maintaining our physical common spaces, the Committee organizes a wide range of events throughout the year: formal dinners, exchange nights with other colleges, competitive and recreational sports, artistic and cultural programs, and much more, all designed to foster fellowship and community. The MCR also provides significant resources towards promoting the mental, emotional, and academic welfare of the membership, with our Welfare Representative, our Peer Support Team, representatives for various identity groups, and a company of friends and colleagues all ready to help each other navigate the rocks and shoals of student life.
No matter where someone might be in their intellectual journey, their time at Oxford ought to be a challenging and rewarding experience, and the MCR is here to help them get the most out of it. Please feel free to reach out to me with questions, comments, or suggestions about College life or Oxford in general. Coming to this place can seem daunting at first – for my part, I had never lived abroad or even visited this country when I started my degree. But I soon found a home in this community, and I know I’m not the only one."
- Danny Hatem, MCR President 2017 - 2018