Music, Sports and Societies

Students at St Anne’s participate in numerous sports and other activities, including the musical, literary and artistic side of College life.


St Anne's has a strong tradition in music with many opportunities for ensembles and societies. Practical music is a strength at St Anne’s, and the unique Camerata and Beyond the Dots recital series, when combined with open bursary competitions, a composition competition, and a vibrant Music Society (SACO, BoomSoc and STACapella), provides plenty of opportunities for participation. 

Practice facilities are located in the basement of 50 Woodstock Road, and both the Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre, and Tsuzuki Lecture Theatre, are equipped for performances. Find out more about facilities available and how to book.  

We host regular music recitals, college performance workshops, and other high profile musical events. These showcase young professional musicians, as well as some of our own students, who are encouraged to participate in these and make the most of the opportunity to perform in public. Find out more.

There is a music bursary scheme, open to both music and non-music students and intended to help pay for professional tuition.  

St Anne’s students are able to join the college orchestra, the college A Cappella group and the Boomwhackers society. There are also regular open mics and termly concerts for anyone to get involved in.


The College has a number of sports teams and students benefit from access to an onsite gym and a nearby sports field with pitches for rugby, hockey, football and cricket and three hard tennis courts (shared with St John’s College). Our proximity to the University Parks also means that many students take the opportunity to jog, play Frisbee, or kick a ball about for a few minutes during the day.

The University’s sports ground and swimming pool is a ten minute bicycle ride from College.


St Anne’s Boat Club attracts a large number of students, many of whom have never rowed before coming to university. The Boat Club has a wide range of members from freshers to finalists, members of the JCR and MCR, and visiting students.

Visit the St Anne's Boat Club website for news and updates.


St Anne's Art Gallery (the Mary Ogilvie Art Gallery) hosts an annual exhibition of students' artwork as well as exhibitions by professional contemporary artists, which students are very welcome to attend. A College darkroom is available for photography enthusiasts.

St Anne's Classics Society

The St Anne's College Classics Society exists to promote interaction between students and tutors across all years in the college. The Society organizes a guest lecture every term, helps coordinate the Brasenose-St Anne's Classical Symposium, and hosts a variety of social events. In the course of the last ten years we have also arranged eight summer reading parties to Cornwall and one visit to the Villa Virgiliana in Cuma on the Bay of Naples.

St Anne's Classics Society: recent meetings and trips.

On Saturday 16 November the St Anne's Classics Society held a seminar on Syria in Antiquity in aid of the Oxfam Syria Crisis Appeal. Many thanks to our speakers, Oliver Moody and Prof. Bert Smith, and to all those who supported the event. Prof. Smith took us on an archaeological journey around ancient Syria while Oliver spoke about the heritage, the current sufferings, and the future prospects for Syria's Christian community. A total of £1,725 pounds was raised.

St Anne's Geology Society

The St Anne's Geology Society (STAGS) includes the undergraduates, postgraduates and tutors in the Earth Sciences department at St Anne's. Every year, they organise events including Freshers’ Welcome Drinks in Michaelmas; and a Mapping Dinner in Hilary, where students present their undergraduate mapping projects and other activities, to encourage and advise the first and second years as they prepare for their projects.