Social and cultural life

Extra-curricular activities are a central part of life at Wolfson and there are many different clubs and societies you can join. 


Sportsfield:  this field is located behind M block and Catherine Marriott Building where football matches are played and with markings for hockey and a running track in the summer. Volleyball and cricket practices can sometimes be held here too.  

Squash Courts:  these two courts are located beside the Robin Gandy Buildings.  The courts are open 24 hours a day and should be booked via a folder in the Old Lodge.  An online booking system will be available soon.  The key should be signed out from the Lodge, which is open from 7am to 11pm daily.  If you wish to play outside these times you should collect the key before closure.  There is no charge to use the squash courts.  There are showers and lockers which may be used by all members.

Multipurpose Court (tennis/basketball and Netball):  this court is located between Catherine Marriott Building and E blocks, and is open from 9am - 9pm daily.  Courts should be booked via a folder in the Old Lodge.  The key should be signed out at the Lodge.  There is no charge. 

Sports Safety:  Members are advised that they:

1.  Participate in sport at their own risk and as a matter of choice; 2.  Should read the risk assessments from the professional body for their sport on the University's sport website ( and be aware of the good practice guide; 3.  Should attend the University's sport safety briefings for their sport;  4.  Should attend a university Sport First Aid Awareness Course.

Punts and Wolfson Boathouse: We have a fleet of 6 punts which are available for use from April to October (weather permitting). These are moored in our own harbour and after doing an online punt house tour (renewed every 4 years) you can apply to join the punt club for a small annual charge (see PDF at the bottom of the page).  You must reserve a punt ahead of time in the punt booking folder kept behind the Lodge.  An online booking system will be available soon. 

There are sports lockers in the boathouse, which contain equipment for croquet, football, volleyball, cricket and keys are available from the Lodge. 

Sports Room/Gym:  Open from 6.30am-11pm.  We have a fully equipped sports room complete with running machines, cross trainers, a cycle machine, rowing machine, weights and lots more.  We charge a small fee for an induction with a qualified trainer (currently £20 graduates and £30 others) and use of the Sports Room is then free.  Entry via your university card.  Inductions are advertised all through the year with most being held at the beginning of each term.  Sign ups for future inductions are indicated on the link below.  The room may only be used by members of the College and Common Room who have completed the induction training and completed a medical form to be returned to the Common Room Administrator.  Please see Fitness Guidelines PDF attached below.  You cannot invite friends or personal trainers from outside the college to come and work out with you.  There is a Gym Rep so please feel free to email. 

Sign up for gym inductions online:

Games Room: this room is adjacent to the Cellar Bar, and equipment is available to play table tennis, pool, darts and table football.  It may be used by all during the bar opening hours.  Additionally, members of College may ask at the Lodge for the key to the Games Room in order to use the equipment at other times.  Certain clubs use this space for their weekly meetings.

Croquet Lawn: situated behind the north car park in the college's gardens.  A croquet set is available for use by members and located in a boathouse locker (key available from the Lodge). 

BBQs: these facilities are located beside the north car park.  Please see the attached PDF below.

Music Practice Rooms and Pianos:  we have two small practice rooms, each containing an upright piano for the use of College members, located next to the Games Room.  Booking sheets are held in the Old Lodge.  We have two wonderful Grand Pianos and the one in the Hall is bookable, again via the Lodge.  You must have a permit to use this piano.  Please see the application for this below.

In addition, other college rooms are available for clubs such as circuits, yoga, pilates and meditation.

Boathouse: Our shared boathouse, for our magnificent rowing team, is situated along the River Thames only a short cycle ride away and here in College the Boat Club have an Erg room too.

Social and Cultural committee (SCC)

The SCC meets twice a term to discuss all the brilliant social and cultural aspects of the College.

Many of the sub-committees ranging from the Arts and Music to the Boat Club and Football regularly give updates here on recent events and things to come. Together with the captains of all the clubs and societies the SCC represents the College members, organises social and cultural events in and out of the College, and helps with the smooth running of all our sports facilities and clubs.

New club suggestions

All our sports clubs and societies are financed by the Common Room Fund through grants to each club. If you have an idea for a new club please see the Club Guidelines at the bottom of this page for more information. This includes details of the Hospitality Fund which enables members to stage one-off events, not currently part of our social scene, or to help with the funds to get new ideas off the ground. 


The Common Room Fund also assists towards the expenses of those who play in University teams (‘Blues’) and towards celebratory dinners for clubs that win the league or “Blades” at Torpids or Summer Eights. If you want to join a University Club not on offer in College we offer up to £25 per annum (maximum) per person towards that subscription. For further information please contact the Common Room Administrator.

More information on sports at Oxford can be found on the Oxford University Sports Federation Website.

High Profile sports and arts application formDownload
Club guidelinesDownload
Punting application formDownload
BBQs - further informationDownload
Grand Piano application for permitDownload
Fitness guidelines for Wolfson Gym UsersDownload
OCLW Awards Announcements Summer 2017
11 August 2017

We are delighted to announce the recipients of the OCLW/ODNB research bursaries and Tony Gray Visiting Scholarship for 2017/2018.

Dancing Lives News Image
27 July 2017

The conference brought together scholars, curators, biographers, and dance practitioners to explore how people write about the lives of dancers...

28 June 2017

Dr Kate Kennedy of Wolfson College has won an Early Career Researcher award...