Societies and Sports

Whether you love kicking a ball or clicking a shutter, there’s a club here for you.

We have many different clubs and societies, mostly run by students, where you can meet new people, develop your interests or discover new ones.

Hughes Hall has a particularly strong tradition in rowing and rugby, with many international sportspeople and representatives in the world-famous Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race and the Varsity Rugby match. Our main buildings look over the University cricket pitch and tennis courts.

If you’re not quite up to that standard, or if you’re just looking for some enjoyable exercise, you won’t have to go far to enjoy great sport. We have a gym on site, where the table tennis and boating clubs meet. Just across the road is the main city sports centre, used by the badminton and climbing teams. The athletics, football (soccer) and athletics clubs use nearby facilities around the city.

Everyone is encouraged to try rowing when at Cambridge. Most of our college rowers had never been in an ‘eight’ before their arrival.

If you prefer something a little more cerebral, we also have clubs devoted to chess, photography, music, film, music, wine, law and enterprise. Some overlap with College subject areas, and others reflect cultural interests and events. However, every club is open to everyone, no matter what they’re studying.

You can find more information about our societies and sports teams on the MCR website.

On or off the field, there’s always something happening at Hughes Hall