Social Life and Sport
Oriel is a tight-knit and sociable community, and there is always something going on around College, with a host of clubs and societies to join. And if your favourite pursuit doesn't have a club when you arrive, you can always create one!
There's a strong musical tradition at Oriel, and students can get involved in all sorts of musical activities during their time here. Oriel has a beautiful Music Room, which holds a piano and can be booked by students to practice in. The College also has an excellent mixed Choir which, in addition to singing at two Chapel services a week, also perform at other events throughout the year. The Choir is made up of both choral scholars and ordinary members; two to three choral scholars are admitted every year, each of whom receive £160 and singing lessons. Each summer, the Choir goes on a College-funded tour (previous locations have included Malta, Portugal and Poland) and there are lots of other social activities to get involved in.
In addition to the Choir, other musical opportunities are available at Oriel. Each year, the College has a 'Visiting Musician' who holds two 'Masterclasses' in which students can sign up for some expert tuition. Previous Visiting Musicians have included pianist Joanna Macgregor and Grammy-winning jazz saxophonist Tim Garland.
There is also plenty of opportunity at Oriel to find other musicians who share your interests and to form your own groups. Recent groups have included 'Acaporiel', an a capella group, as well as a barbershop quartet. Students have also composed and performed music to accompany Oriel drama productions.
The dramatic arts are thriving at Oriel, and many students are members of the Oxford University Dramatic Society. Members of the JCR and MCR regularly put on plays in College, and an Oriel Garden Play (Twelfth Night in 2015) often takes place towards the end of Trinity Term. Drama at Oriel encompasses not just those who act, but those with an interest in directing, producing, stage managing or composing original scores.
Traditionally, Oriel is famous for its rowing prowess, having come 'Head of the River' in 'Summer Eights' twenty-five times in the past forty years. Rowing is open to students of all abilities, and Oriel quite regularly enters seven or more boats (some male, some female) of varying levels of ability in 'Torpids' and 'Summer Eights'.
If rowing isn't for you, there are plenty of other sports teams around College to join, including hockey, netball, badminton, football, ultimate frisbee, volleyball, table tennis and rugby to name but a few!
Sports facilities at Oriel include squash courts and three gyms, plus an outdoor sports ground a short cycle away from the city centre. All teams are open to everyone in College, and there is great camaraderie and team spirit as well as lots of opportunities to socialise.
The Poor Print
Budding writers will be pleased to hear that the JCR and MCR run a very successful College magazine called The Poor Print. Print issues go out fortnightly during termtime, and the Poor Print is also available online at thepoorprint.com. Students and staff members are all encouraged to get involved, and if you wish to contribute you can contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.