Three students at a WCSA bop by Kevin Low

Social Life

Please continue to check the Facilities Updates to determine opening hours and room capacities for Michaelmas 2020. 

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

We will not be hosting any Formal Halls during Michaelmas 2020. 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

mother and daughter with gas masks

Humanities Society - "Objects, Bodies, and Emotions: How the Gas Mask Can Help Us Tell the History of Total War"

11/05/2021 at 18.00

The Humanities Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

Adeel Khan

Green Society - How to use the power of social media for good?

13/05/2021 at 18.00

The Green Society organises regular talks during term time. During Easter term 2021, all talks take place as zoom webinars, make sure to register.

Group of people sitting round a table, some of the using computers and wearing headsets

Peer Review Workshop

13/05/2021 at 19.00

Do you have an idea that you would like feedback on? Perhaps you would like to see if an argument you are writing is clear or makes sense? Maybe you would like to see if the data you are presenting in your paper flows well with your surrounding text?

group of women

Beyond Borders: Women's Movements Around the World

14/05/2021 at 16.00

The Interdisciplinary Research Hub on Gender is hosting a collaborative event featuring academics and activists to give voice to feminist movements outside the Euro-American world.

Jazmin Scarlett

Science Society - The keys to the past: a mixed-methods approach to reconstructing the 1812 eruption of La Soufrière St. Vincent

14/05/2021 at 18.00

The Science Society organises regular talks during term time. Throughout this term, all talks take place as zoom meetings, make sure to register.