Students in the College gardens
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College Life

Students in the Junior Common Room
The Junior Common Room

As an undergraduate you'll be a member of the JCR (Junior Common Room). Run by an elected committee of current undergraduate students, the JCR puts on a packed calendar of social events, including weekly teas, yoga classes, talent contests, games nights and bops.

As well as being responsible for the social side of life at college, the JCR also has a more official role. It contributes to a charities' fund, helps support scholarships and organises a welfare team of peer supporters (who undergo over 30 hours of training). Importantly, the committee members represent undergraduates on Governing Body - which is largely responsible for the running of the College. As a JCR member, you’ll be able to have your say at regular meetings, and you may even decide to run for office.

There really is something for everyone at St Edmund Hall. Our thriving College societies include Chapel Choir, a film club, the Music Society, Christian Union and the John Oldham Society (drama). Rugby, rowing, football, netball, basketball and darts are just a few of the sports on offer, and there are many other clubs, societies, and sports teams, all run by fellow students. With a further 200 University societies to choose from, coming to Oxford is the perfect time to try something new or to carry on and develop an interest.

Life at St Edmund Hall can be busy but there's still time to unwind. The JCR is also a physical room, with newspapers, hot drinks and a large-screen TV with satellite sports subscription. There is an adjacent games room with pool table and table football. Our friendly college bar, known as the Buttery, is a popular place to catch up with friends and has a great atmosphere regardless of the night. It is also used by some of the societies, including a creative writing group who meet for weekly workshops there.

A message from Amelia Gabaldoni, JCR President

Amelia Gabaldoni

"The first time I set foot in the College was a few hours before my first interview. It was cosy, informal, had great hall food, sports seemed to be a big deal and the bar looked great; it already felt like a home from home. I’m now (just) over half way through my time here, and it’s scary to think that I’ve had more time at the Hall than I’ve got left here and for me, St Edmund Hall now isn't just a home from home, it’s a home in its own right, though I do have to call it ‘Oxford home’ when I’m with my parents so they don’t get offended.

"Teddy Hall has something that many other colleges do not, and as cheesy as it might sound, that something is the infamous 'Hall spirit'. It’s been especially noticeable this year, from the joint common rooms and alumni ergathon that took place to raise money and support for Matt Greenwood, to crowds at the Football Cuppers (inter-college competition) final, the audiences at college music nights and Hall-driven productions, down to the buzz at the weekly creative writing workshop. It's a place with so many different people from different backgrounds, with totally different interests and passions, who are all completely invested in what they’ve come here to study and pursue. Being around these people is the perfect place to learn and live. I, for one, can’t think of a better place to call home."