Sports and Societies

A wide variety of clubs and societies - musical, cultural, social and recreational - contribute to St Cross' lively social life. Each year in Freshers' Week we hold a Sports and Societies Fair in the Common Room, where representatives of College clubs and societies answer questions and entice you to join. But most societies take new members year-round, so please see the list of clubs and societies below for more information and contact details.


Didn't find the activity you were looking for? We may be able to help you find it elsewhere in the University, or you can start your own St Cross club or society! For more information, contact the St Cross Sports and Societies Representative ( in the first instance.

Societies and Clubs

Expand All

In Hilary Term 2017 St Cross College launched its own Law Society, thanks to the efforts of Sandro Wiggerich (MJur, 2016). The College has a growing number of students studying for law-related degrees, including students following the BCL, MJur and DPhil programmes, and the Society is aimed at promoting the study of law and providing college members with opportunities to engage with like-minded peers, alumni, and more senior members of the legal profession.

The Society is open to members of St Cross College who have an interest in law, regardless of their specific degree disciplines and research concentration. Associate membership is also available to graduate students at other colleges who do not have access to a collegiate law society.

We currently have keen interests in art and heritage, estate/succession and private clients, and cross-border issues arising in the foregoing. These are by no means exclusive, but somewhat distinguish us from the University’s Law Society, which tends to focus on areas such as public international law.

The Society is currently working on creating a termly e-newsletter, so those student-lawyers who are interested in writing and/or editing are also encouraged to reach out to us. From Michaelmas 2018, the Society will be working in close collaboration with the College Librarian on an annual buying scheme thanks to the support of a generous donor, which gives us a say on the development of the College Library’s law holdings.

We hold a termly drinks reception at the end of Hilary and Trinity terms, and a formal dinner at the beginning of Trinity. 
We also put together ad hoc chats and brainstorming sessions at the College Café and Bar, or at The Oxford University Club (Mansfield Road) which is a short walk from the Law Faculty. 

To help finance the Society's activities, a one-time Life Membership fee of £8 will be requested. If you would like to join the St Cross Law Society as a Life Member, please send an email stating your name, College, degree programme and legal interests to


Expand All

College subsidies are available to help defray the cost of participation in St Cross and University sports. These are allocated once a year in Trinity term. Application is via an online form, which will be circulated by the Sports and Societies Representative.

The College keeps two punts at Cherwell Boathouse, which College members are welcome to book and use during punting season (end-March to mid-October). The punts are available from 10:00 to dusk (20:00/21:00/22:00 depending) and are available to book for time slots of 2 hours to up to 4 hours. The boathouse will be closed in adverse weather. 

Please remember to follow social distancing guidelines; the Boathouse does not allow more than two households to share a punt. If you have questions regarding this, then please contact the Boathouse at 01865 515978. 

To book, please contact Jocelyn Larsen ( with your date and time request. If your booking request is accepted, Jocelyn will confirm the booking by email, please print this email and hand the copy in at Cherwell Boathouse. 

Please be aware that Jocelyn works 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday and will not respond to punt enquiries outside of these hours; please give plenty of notice in order to book the punts. 

Iffley Road University Gym

All members of St Cross can use the University's Iffley Road gym for free. You will receive an email from the Iffley Road team setting out key info once you have enrolled at St Cross.
Membership covers the pulse gym (which contains all the cardio equipment and weights machines), and the swimming pool. You can apply for membership at any time, but you must attend an induction session. If you wish to join the powerlifting gym as well, you will have to pay for membership.

If you have enrolled later than 27 September 2021, or you are a continuing student who has switched department, you will need to contact to ensure you are enrolled manually. 

Other options

All Oxford graduate students are eligible to join the University Club Gym once this re-opens. Membership to the club is free, and membership to the gym is about £50 per year. Visit the University Club for more information.


All Sports Captains should be aware that in the event of any serious injury to one of their team during a sporting activity, they must make contact with the Junior Dean who will in turn contact either the Master or the Bursar, who will make a decision on contacting the next-of-kin of the injured student.

Didn't find the sport or activity you were looking for? We may be able to help you find it elsewhere in the University, or you can start your own St Cross club! Contact the Sports and Societies Representative in the first instance.