Student Common Rooms
At Hertford we believe that a strong, supportive student community is really important for your academic success and personal wellbeing.
As a new student, you’ll automatically become a member of a Student Common Room – a bit like Students’ Unions at other universities – when you start your studies. Undergraduates are part of the Junior Common Room (JCR), while graduate students belong to the Middle Common Room (MCR). We have a Senior Common Room (SCR) for our tutors and lecturers too, so no one’s left out. There’s no membership charge to be part of these associations, they just help to organise the college community and put you in touch with your fellow students. In all cases, the phrase ‘Common Room’ refers to both the physical room and the body of students which belong to it.
The Junior Common Room organises social activities, runs a wide range of sports clubs, and provides welfare and other support for all undergraduates at Hertford. It also represents students’ interests in the college and in Oxford SU (the University Students’ Union). It has its own constitution and officers, elected undergraduates chosen by their peers.
The JCR is located in the corner of Holywell Quad and boasts a couple of comfy sofas, a pool table, ping-pong table, a TV, PS4 and Wii. It’s a very sociable place where people often hand out at all times of day.
Nestled in the heart of Oxford, the Middle Common Room provides a home for all of those who study for advanced degrees at Hertford. As an association of graduate students, we believe that the Hertford MCR is one of the friendliest graduate communities in Oxford.
As a set of facilities, the Hertford MCR sets a benchmark for graduate amenities and enjoys iconic views across the historic Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre. In so many ways, our MCR is a home away from home for the graduate scholar.