Merton College Middle Common Room
The Middle Common Room (MCR) is comprised of the postgraduates, 4th year undergraduates, and mature students affiliated with Merton College, Oxford. Besides occupying arguably the best room in one of the University’s oldest colleges, we are foremost a community. A highly-driven body, both academically and socially, the MCR provides each member with a set of social events and resources unique to Merton graduates. Whether it be working in one of our excellent libraries, Sunday afternoon welfare tea, cocktail parties, cruises in the Merton punts, exchange dinners, theatre trips, a game on the sports grounds, or simply a conversation over coffee in the MCR, there is something to be found here by everyone.
At Merton, the MCR holds a very special place between and an unrivaled connection with the JCR (undergraduates) and the SCR (fellows). The MCR is given rights to several spaces on high table each week to dine with the fellows. Through this special opportunity and events such as the MCR-SCR lectures, we are given the opportunity to speak with fellows of all backgrounds and interests. Each of us frequently finds that we walk away from such events having heard something new or had our ways of thinking challenged. In any case, everyone has at least had a good time! In addition to our connections with our SCR, all members of the MCR are also members of the JCR. While there is always a bit of rivalry (as seen in a friendly JCR-MCR cricket match, paintball tournament, or go-cart race), one can always dance a bit of stress away at one of the JCR Bops.
Merton College boasts a long history, beautiful buildings and gardens, academic excellence, and much more. But we succeed for reasons beyond this – we are a family. A fine balance, we know how to push each other towards excellence in every aspect of our lives while simultaneously having a wonderful time. Take some time to look around and see what we have to offer – we hope to see you soon !