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Socially, there's something for everyone at St Edmund Hall. Our thriving College societies include Chapel Choir, the Teddy Hall Film Society, Christian Union and the John Oldham Society (Drama). Rowing, football and squash are just some of the sports on offer, and there are many other clubs, societies, and sports. With a further 200 University societies to choose from, coming to Oxford is the perfect time to try something new.

College clubs and societies are supported by the JCR and MCR, and also by the Amalgamated Clubs fund which provides small amounts of money for the purchase of equipment or to meet expenses.

College Societies - a few examples

  • Chapel Choir: provides the music for the chapel services on Sunday evenings and other special occasions, and has recently toured to France and Poland
  • Alternative Choir: for those who wish to sing in a more secular context
  • John Oldham Society: St Edmund Hall's own drama group
  • Teddy Hall Music Society: organises a range of musical activities in College, such as jam sessions, open mic nights, Teddy Hall's Got Talent and the lunchtime concert series
  • Christian Union: for Christians to meet together within the College
  • Portia Society: for all students of Law at St Edmund Hall
  • Venus Society: a group of students across all years who organise fundraising events in College for Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Teddy Hall Film Society: hosts regular screenings of a wide variety of films

Contact details for some of the above are on the JCR website.

Faith and Belief Societies

Oxford University has a number of thriving faith societies, many of whom have representatives at the College.

Oxford University Buddhist Society

Oxford University Hindu Society

Oxford Inter-collegiate Christian Union (OICCU)

Oxford University Islamic Society

Oxford University Jewish Society

Oxford Chabad Society

Oxford University Newman Society (Catholic)

Oxford University Baha’i Society

Oxford Quakers

Oxford Atheists, Secularists and Humanists

Details of other non-university faith and belief organisations can be found on the University of Oxford's website faiths and beliefs webpage.


The College has active sports teams for men and women in many different sports, and all undergraduate and postgraduate students are welcome to get involved. There are regular zumba and yoga sessions, plus a multi-gym open to all students, located at Norham Gardens. Teams are run by current students who have an enthusiasm for their sport, so they may vary each year - and you are always welcome to set up a new team! The following list gives examples of some of the sports in which the College has recently fielded a team, often participating in inter-college leagues and/or knock-out competitions (known as 'Cuppers'). Contact details for some of the captains are available on the JCR Website.

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Dancesport
  • Darts
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Pool
  • Rounders
  • Rowing
  • Rugby
  • Skiing
  • Squash
  • Table Football
  • Tennis

Amalgamated Club Funds

The Amalgamated Club funds, collected as part of the College fees of all junior members of the Hall, provide small amounts of money for College clubs and societies for the purchase of equipment or to meet expenses for their approved non-academic activities.

University Societies

You can find further information about clubs and societies on the University website.

There is also the Oxford University Newcomers’ Club, designed to provide a meeting point for partners of newly arrived graduate students and staff, which organises coffee mornings, tours of Oxford colleges, visits to museums, and coach trips to places of interest in the surrounding area, as well as various special interest groups.