St Anne’s has a thriving music scene, with opportunities available for all levels of performers. Whether you’re the next Sir Simon Rattle or Mr. Hudson (both St Anne’s alumni), or just enjoy a casual jam now and again, you will certainly find what you’re looking for here at St Anne’s.
The St Anne’s Music Society is a student-led umbrella organisation for the various College music ensembles; it organises termly showcase concerts giving students a chance to perform.
STAcapella is a non-auditioning and informal acapella choir. It meets once a week during term time and performs regularly. The College’s non-auditioning orchestra, ensemble ANNIE, rehearses weekly, playing music by composers from Mozart to Hans Zimmer alongside student compositions. St Anne’s Swingers is a big band that performs a mixture of swing, jazz and soul music around Oxford. Whatever your music interests or experiences, there will be something for you.
In addition, St Anne’s has music bursaries available for instrumentalists and singers, as well as hosting an annual composition competition.
Facilities include four practice rooms with upright pianos, and an ensemble room with a grand piano and a drum kit. There are lots of opportunities to perform throughout the year: from performance arts and open mic nights in the bar, to concerts taking place in the MOLT (Mary Ogilvie Lecture Theatre).
St Anne’s can offer some great artistic opportunities, whether you’re an arts connoisseur or just want to try something new. Activities are primarily student-led and organised on demand each year.
Life-drawing workshops normally take place each term, which are usually very popular and low cost. There will sometimes be a ‘Writer’s Forum’, bringing in speakers from the world of writing, publishing and the creative industries to talk at St Anne’s. If spoken word is your thing, St Anne’s holds regular open mic nights in the bar and if the stage tempts you, the Drama Society is the place for all budding thespians.
The annual St Anne’s Arts Week is a celebration of College talent that takes place in Trinity Term. Events have included a talk from award winning author Ali Smith, Bollywood dancing classes, film screenings, and a drama production ‘Monkey Bars’ taking place in the college bar.
There are regular film showings in the MOLT and we're also situated very close to the Phoenix Picturehouse, an independent cinema in the heart of Jericho. While if photography is more your scene, the College has its own darkroom and student art room!
The College has a great 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.
The College has a great number of sports teams and students benefit from access to an onsite gym and a nearby sports field with pitches
An established part of the college sporting scene, the St Anne’s College Badminton Club offers the perfect opportunity to pick up something new and keep fit. Everyone is welcome to come along to sessions each Saturday: from complete beginners to more experienced players.
Cricket at Anne's is very popular and very laid back! We pride ourselves on providing for everyone, those who have played, never played, and even those who have never heard of cricket before.
Rounders is the perfect relaxed summer sport, so look out for a summer league team and some fun Cuppers matches in Trinity term.
For men, the St Anne’s Football Club, better known as the Mint Green Army (MGA), has three teams catering for all levels of ability. As well as Oxford's best pitch and kit, the MGA are also known for their famous curry nights!
The Saints are a joint women's team with St John's College. With weekly training sessions and regular matches, Saints is a very friendly team and it’s a great opportunity to meet people from another college.
Recently formed, St Anne’s mixed hockey team has been growing this past year but could always do with more players! So whatever your level of skill or interest, you will definitely be needed for the team so don’t hesitate to be a part and enjoy some inter-college hockey. We’re joined with Queen’s College so it’s also a great chance to meet new people.
Our mixed netball team play matches on Thursday lunchtimes so it’s not an intense commitment, but definitely a good opportunity to get in a quick run around, meet people from other years, and, win or lose, always leave the games smiling!
The team is fun and energetic and often have lunch together after matches. They welcome as many new players as possible, no matter your ability or experience.
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 so can be a fun way to get to know people in other year groups.
Visit the St Anne's Boat Club website for news and updates.
St. Anne’s / St John’s joint Rugby Team (A.K.A. The Saints) strikes the balance between excellent sporting standards and a buzzing social scene. The Saints remains all-inclusive and open to all experience levels.
College tennis is another great way to spend summer in Oxford, with league matches and the Cuppers tournament running throughout Trinity term. Our 3 hard courts shared with St John's on Woodstock Road ensure that you won't be limited to summer-only play.
Whatever your religion, you will find a society or a group which allows you to meet other like-minded people, whether that be in College or across the wider University.
Groups include the St Anne's Christian Union, Jewish Society, Islamic Society, Sikh Society and HUM (for Hindu and wider Indian cultural events).
The St Anne's College Classics Society exists to promote interaction between students and tutors across all years in the college. The Society organises 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.
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.