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 16.30 and serves coffee, pastries, sandwiches and salads.

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

There is a range of quieter rooms for relaxation, too. In Bredon House, the Old Combination Room with its plush sofas and lounge chairs is a great space to read or meet friends and colleagues and the Karen Spärck Jones Room offers additional reading space with a selection of newspapers and magazines. The Lee Room in the Jack King Building 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. See the information and guidelines for self-catering.

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

President Jane Clarke with a coffee

Coffee and update with President Jane Clarke followed by virtual College tour

26/09/2020 at 10.00

Join Jane and members of our alumni community for an update as Wolfson prepares to welcome students at the start of term, followed by a virtual tour of the Wolfson College grounds - and accompanying historical insight - by Alumni Officer Rob Grayston.

Wolfson College University Challenge Team

Alumni Reunion Quiz

26/09/2020 at 13.00

We would like to invite the Wolfson Community to a quiz hosted and penned by Wolfson College's very own quizmaster, Eric Monkman (Economics, 2015)! 

President Jane Clarke with drink

Alumni Toast with President Jane Clarke and music from Jake Werth

26/09/2020 at 18.30

Raise a glass to Wolfson and its alumni around the world with a toast by President Jane Clarke.  The celebrations will continue with a performance by Wolfson student and Royal Academy of Music graduate Jake Werth from Wolfson's Lee Hall.

Wolfson flowers

Q&A with Oscar Holgate, Wolfson gardener extraordinaire

27/09/2020 at 11.00

Wolfson's acting Head Gardener, Oscar Holgate will be on hand to answer your questions about the College (and perhaps some of your own!) gardens.  We know the gardens are a highlight for many of our alumni; sign up to welcome a little bit of their beauty into your home.