Clubs and Societies

A wide variety of clubs and societies - musical, cultural, social and recreational - contribute to St Cross' lively social life. Each year in Freshers' Week we hold a Sports and Societies Fair in the Common Room, where representatives of College clubs and societies answer questions and entice you to join. But most societies take new members year-round, so please see the list of clubs and societies below for more information and contact details.

If you manage a club/society and would like to add/amend details listed below, please contact

Oxford University Dancesport Club

Oxford University Dancesport Club offers classes in ballroom, Latin American, salsa, rock n roll, argentine tango and zumba, and has one of the most successful university dancesport teams in the country.

The classes are taught by professional coaches and cater for everyone from complete beginners to experienced competitive dancers. You do not need to bring a partner or wear special shoes. Non-members of the University are welcome.

The OUDC team is represented in the team matches at inter-university competitions including the annual varsity match against Cambridge. the beginners team represents OUDC in the beginners events at these competitions.

Every year numerous members of St Cross join both the social classes, the beginners team and represent Oxford to earn their blues in the varsity match. For more info contact Archeeta Pujari.


Every year, St Cross College has a carol service, held in the Chapel of Pusey House by kind permission of the Principal of Pusey, Father Jonathan. And every year we form a choir from College members and partners and friends to lead the singing of carols and to perform special Christmas music, just like all the great college choirs of Oxford and Cambridge have done over the centuries. It's good fun and is done on the most economical of rehearsal times, leading up to the service on 4 December, which is followed by a College party and Hall in the College dining room.

All practices start promptly on Thursday of each week at 1.30 and last no more than half an hour. We meet around the piano in the College bar. Meeting really will last no more than half an hour, honest, and we will work hard. If you are a bass, baritone, tenor, alto, soprano, please come; you will be made very welcome!

And it would be very helpful if beforehand you could email diarmaid.macculloch to say that you're interested. But even if you don't mail, come anyway. Diarmaid will be harassing you in various ingenious multi-media ways in order to secure your cheerful participation.

St Cross Arts Society

The St Cross Arts Society brings together members of the college and other interested parties in order to promote discussion of all aspects of the arts. The Society meets in college once a term – normally in 8th week – to hear a speaker - usually a member of the college - present on a single artefact, image or text for 5-10 minutes, followed by informal discussion. If you are interested in attending and/or presenting please contact: 


St Cross puts on pub quizzes in the bar every few weeks. In addition it puts a team together for the Oxford intra-university quiz competition and to compete on the University Challenge television program. 


St Cross has a punt available on a first-come, first-served basis, free of charge during the summer months, typically May-October. The punt can be reserved for a maximum of 4 hours at a time. To book, ask for a compliment slip at the St Cross College office and bring it to the Cherwell Boathouse (Bardwell Rd). Happy Punting!
Punting season dates for 2017 and rules here

Other Wolfson College facilities and clubs

St Crossers are invited to attend the activities fair at Wolfson College (the date of which should appear on the Freshers Week schedule). To see a list of Wolfson's clubs and societies, visit There are countless other University clubs as well; most will have stalls at the big Freshers' Fair in the Examination Schools in Freshers' Week.

Didn't find the activity you were looking for? We may be able to help you find it elsewhere in the University, or you can start your own St Cross club or society! For more information, contact the St Cross Sports and Societies Representative ( in the first instance.