Three students at a WCSA bop by Kevin Low

Social Life

Cambridge students work very hard, but they also like to enjoy themselves. Cambridge is a lively city, with entertainment of all kinds, and Wolfson offers plenty of opportunities for socialising, from bops to barbecues.

Three students at a WCSA bop by Kevin Low

Club Room & Bar

The Club Room is the hub of student social life, and it was completely renovated in 2018. Here are some of the events that take place there:

  • Parties, quizzes, comedy nights and live music events take place in the Club Room in the evening during term.
  • Dancing after certain Formal Halls, such as the Ceilidh on Robbie Burns' Night.
  • When the Dining Hall is in use, members can eat their dinner in the Club Room.
  • The licensed Bar in the Club Room is open every night from 21.00 to midnight. Its use is restricted to Wolfson Members, their partners and guests and the bartenders are all Wolfson students.
  • The Coffee Bar opened in 2018. It is open during the week from 09.30 to 17.00 and serves coffee, pastries and other light snacks.

Wolfson College Students' Association (WCSA)

WCSA is the first port of call for most students. The Wolfson Ents team runs many events, not just during Term but in the holidays as well. Most of WCSAs events are featured on our What's On listings, but you can also check their website. Better yet, get involved and join the WCSA Committee yourself.

Formal Hall

A memorable feature of College life is Formal Hall, which take place on Tuesday and Friday evenings during Term and cost less than £20 for students. This three-course, candlelit dinner involves an element of pomp – with most attendees in scholars' robes – but is actually a very relaxed environment and an opportunity to chat with students, Fellows, the President and other College members.

Other Public Rooms

Quieter rooms for relaxation, with newspapers and magazines, are the Karen Spärck Jones Room in Bredon House and the Lee Room in the Jack King Building, which also contains a snooker table and television. There is also a television room in Bredon House.

Booking Public Rooms

Some public rooms are available for booking for meetings, study groups, rehearsals etc. Contact the Conference & Events team for more information. In term time, student room bookings are limited to 4 hours per day.

Parties & Social Events

If you wish to host a party or social event you must book the appropriate room via the Conference & Events team at least two weeks in advance of the date required. Information and guidelines for self-catering can be found here.

Barbecues

During the summer months barbecues are allowed in the designated barbecue area in the Sundial Garden; check with the Porters 

Sports Facilities

There is a tennis court and a Gym on the site. Wolfson has a very competitive boat club and we have our own boathouse. For those who would like to row occasionally, we also have a Social Rowing Club.

Music

Wolfson has a strong musical tradition. There are concerts and lunchtime recitals throughout the year, and Music & Madeira evenings when a recital takes place during dessert after Formal Hall. The College Choir also gives concerts and sings at the summer garden party. Members wishing to join in Wolfson musical activities are very welcome and should contact the Director of Music, Ms Lynette Alcántara.

College Societies

In addition to the Music Society, there are various Wolfson societies for academic, social, sporting, and other activities, including clubs for football, cricket, rowing, squash, etc. Look on the College Noticeboards for information about them and also visit the Fair during Freshers' Week. A complete list of student societies at Wolfson is available on the WCSA website.

What's on

Meditation image

Wolfson Mindfulness Group

22/10/2019 at 17.00

This is a new Meditation and Mindfulness group at Wolfson.

Image taken from the Narrative of Edward Coxere, 1647-1684  Copyright: Library of Congress Manuscript Division, Washington, D.C.

Humanities Society and the Cambridge Festival of Ideas - "Rethinking Early Anti-Slavery: North Africa and Beginnings of Atlantic Abolitionism"

22/10/2019 at 18.00

This event is organised by the Wolfson College Humanities Society as part of their Michaelmas term lecture series.

Ignacio Mana Mesas

Music and Madeira - Saxophone and Piano

22/10/2019 at 21.00

Music and Madeira Recital following formal Hall 

MUSICAL LABYRINTHS

Ignacio Mana-Mesas saxophone (finalist 2018 CUMS Concerto Competition)
Donal McCann piano (Senior Organ Scholar, King's College)

Solar panels in Rwanda

Lunchtime Seminar - The contradictions of the authoritarian developmental state: energy boom and bureaucratic autonomy in Rwanda

23/10/2019 at 13.00

This lecture demonstrates the significance of internal regime dynamics between politicians and bureaucrats as a factor explaining states’ ability to create functioning economic development.

Democracy by Ishant Mishra/Unsplash

How do democracies change?

23/10/2019 at 18.00

We will be live-streaming this event and details/link will be available on the day of the lecture. If you would like to join us at Wolfson to watch the event on a large screen, please book here. The bar in the Club Room will open at 17.30 on the day.