One of the very best aspects of college life is the chance to get involved in activities outside of your degree, and that’s why we’re proud of the wide range of clubs and societies offered by Jesus College.

With football, rugby, cricket, and hockey pitches as well as squash and tennis courts all found on site, no college is more conveniently placed for sports, and this is reflected in our impressive sporting record. The men’s football 1st team reached the cuppers final in 2013 and won it in 2014, while the women won the cup in 2013. The men’s rugby team regularly challenges for both league and cuppers honours, and the men’s hockey team completed the league and cup double in 2013. In rowing, both the men’s and women’s first boats finished near the top of the first division in May Bumps, while both M3 and W3 claimed blades. Mixed lacrosse won cuppers for the seventh consecutive year in 2016. For all this success, however, there are also opportunities for players and participants of all levels of experience and ability, with second and even third teams fielded in most sports for those looking to have fun and take advantage of the fantastic social opportunities offered by sports teams.

Jesus also has a thriving musical, artistic, and theatrical life. The Jesus College Big Band regularly performs at a number of May Balls and a variety of other events throughout the year, while the Jesus College Music Society caters for all musicians. Eliot’s Face, the Jesus College arts magazine, features art, photography, music, and creative writing from Jesus students, and the short story society is another outlet in college for your creative impulses. The college’s proximity to the ADC Theatre, the leading venue for student drama, music, and comedy in Cambridge, cultivates a reputation for participation in the performing arts which is carried on by the Alcock Players. Furthermore, over the last few years Jesus has also held its own Smokers (evenings of stand-up comedy from a collection of performers), attracting a combination of big names from the Cambridge comedy circuit and Jesuans trying their hand at stand-up for the first time.

There is a wide range of societies for shared interests and passions. These include subject-specific societies, such as the Jesus College law, medicine, and natural science societies, to charitable organisations like the South African Fund for Education. The Christian Union runs regular outreach events and trips, while as a member of the May Ball committee you could be involved in the organisation of the biggest event in the college calendar. Most importantly, if you can’t find the society or club that you’re looking for in college, you have the freedom to establish one yourself, and receive both recognition and funding from college. All you need is the enthusiasm and drive to get it off the ground!

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Find below a list of some of the various clubs and societies at Jesus:

  • Alcock Players (drama society)
  • Amnesty International Society
  • Art Collection Society
  • Athletics (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Badminton (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Basketball (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Big Band
  • Cambridge Union
  • Christian Union
  • Cricket (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Debating Society
  • Eliot’s Face (Arts magazine)
  • Ethiopia Foundation
  • Football (3x Men’s and Women’s)
  • Gym
  • Hockey (2x Men’s , Women’s and mixed)
  • Jesus Ski
  • Jesus Smoker (Comedy)
  • Lacrosse (Mixed)
  • Law Society
  • Medicine Society
  • Music
  • Natural Sciences Society
  • Netball (Women’s and mixed)
  • Rhadegunds (Sport)
  • Roosters Comedy Debating Society
  • Rowing (Many crews, Men’s and Women’s)
  • Rugby (2x Men’s and Women’s)
  • SAFE (Charity)
  • Short Story
  • Squash (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis (Men’s and Women’s)
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Varsity Ski Trip

Rowing is always popular across Cambridge, and Jesus has crews for all abilities.