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Activities, Clubs & Societies

At St John's it's easy to find people who share your interests, whether you want to watch a film, make music, kick a ball around in the mud, or take a College punt on the river (preferably with someone else doing the hard work). St John's has a host of Clubs and Societies, all run by students, which provide a great way to meet people and to get involved in music, sport, drama and a host of other things.

All students of St John's are automatically members of the Junior Combination Room (JCR), and graduate students are automatically members of the Samuel Butler Room (SBR). 

Academic Societies  

Non-Academic Societies

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Sports Clubs and Facilities

Although the College prides itself on having several sports teams that regularly feature in the top rank of inter-college competitions, and Johnians often represent the University in various sports, there are plenty of opportunities whatever your level. Most students who row at St John's had never touched an oar before coming to Cambridge, and the Lady Margaret Boat Club is one of the largest and most consistently successful boat clubs in the country, with the men's boat currently head of the river, and with a recently improved and extended boat house. The College is unusual in having its sports grounds adjacent to its main site and a fitness centre on site. Facilities include pitches for football, rugby, cricket, hockey and lacrosse. There are also tennis, badminton and squash courts, and finding a partner in a College of this size is easy.

See the Sport at St John's page for more informtion about sport at the College.

Visit the Hard Courts Availability and Booking Information page (logged in users only).


St John's is often thought of as a musical college and you will find all kinds on offer, from Handel and Dvorak to hip-hop and drum'n'bass. The JCR runs regular 'ents' in term-time, in the Clarkson Room which also makes a good practice venue for student bands at the higher decibel levels. Queues form early for Friday night events run by the jazz club. For the classical musician there is a thriving Music Society that runs the College orchestra and co-ordinates recitals and concerts. The choral tradition is maintained by our world-famous Choir, as well as by many more informal opportunities for music-making, including the St John's Singers.