The MCR organises a large number of intriguing and exciting activities. These change on a termly basis; however, there are some permanent fixtures which are described below. A full listing of events and important dates can be obtained from the calendar. You can also keep up-to-date with MCR news by following us on facebook or twitter, which may be a useful form of procrastination. People are always welcome, so please do come along!

If you would like to organise an event for the MCR yourself, you can use this online form to ask for funding from the MCR.


If you are interested in expanding your knowledge, regular academic seminars are given by MCR members. Most talks that are given in the MCR are recorded and uploaded to the official Churchill College website as CHUtalks, so you can always catch up if you miss a date on the seminars calendar. Presenting an academic seminar can be a handy way of practicing your presentation skills and also of bringing a recording of your presentation to a professional platform, via CHUtalks. They are followed by wine and cheese in the Sandy Ashmore Room. You can also learn more about the research done by Churchill’s students at the annual Conference on Everything. If you are interested in taking part in either, please contact the Academic Officer.

Language Mentoring

The MCR is made up of students from all over the world. For many, English is not their first language. The MCR runs a language mentoring programme to help students to improve their English. The mentoring is informal, and many students find it is a good way to meet people they might not have otherwise met. If you would like to get involved, either as a mentee or mentor, please contact the Welfare Officers.


Being a graduate student is hard work. To help students unwind after a long day in the lab or library, the MCR organises a number of social events throughout the year. Even if nothing is planned, then there is always the MCR Bar. We have a mailing list if you interested in playing games. The most popular social events are the termly Guest Nights, which are always a lot of fun. If you have an idea for an event, please contact the Social Secretary or Bar Secretary as appropriate.


MCR members also engage in a variety of sports. College has a range of sports facilities, which can be enjoyed by any MCR member. Those who take things a bit more seriously might be interested in the opportunities offered by the University.


Further information

Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Get to know your fellow students over a 3 course dinner. Suits and ties for the gentlemen and dresses for the ladies. Sign up online at www.chu.cam.ac.uk/internal/catering/hallbooking/
Sep 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Meet the other early birds who have arrived at Churchill and the returning MCR members too.
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Come to the MCR to meet your fellow students and relax before some of the bigger events to come!
Sep 28 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
A themed formal dinner in Hall. Formal wear or international fancy dress! Sign up online on the college website.
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Join us for the first Welfare Tea of the year and ask the MCR Committee and the Welfare officers any questions you may have about the college and welfare support systems both across college and[...]
Sep 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Meet your college parents, find answers to the burning questions about your new life at Cambridge, and enjoy a glass of wine. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be served!
Punting @ P'lodge
Sep 30 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Convene at the P’lodge and head into town for shenanigans on the river in a punt! Sign up required.
Sep 30 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Enjoy some dinner served in Hall with fellow MCR-ers.
Sep 30 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Discover the MCR hostels and your fellow neighbours through the Hostel Crawl. Always a highlight of the programme. Bring a jacket in case it’s cold!
Oct 1 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
A tour of the city centre given by members of the MCR committee
BBQ @ By the Chapel
Oct 1 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join us for a free BBQ and some classic lawn sports and games!
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Pop in for a pint and some friendly competition with our neighbours from Murray Edwards!
Oct 3 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone.
Boat Club BBQ @ Jock Colville Lawn
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enjoy some free BBQ food again and talk to some boaties about rowing. More info: Katy kls84@cam.ac.uk
LGBT+ Night @ Tizard Room
Oct 3 @ 7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Get to know other LGBT+ students in college! Informal meet-and-greet and safe space for discussion. Afterwards, optionally joining the JCR in the bar and making our way to ‘Glitterbomb’ – Cambridge’s weekly LGBT+ night at[...]
Oct 4 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sign up for university societies and see what’s on offer; there’s something for everyone.
Scavenger Hunt @ Wolfson Hall Foyer
Oct 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Compete against the JCR at the Churchill College Scavenger hunt organsied by the Archives centre. Great prizes to be won for the fastest teams!
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sign up for college societies and see what we all get up to here in our spare time.
Drinks Reception @ Wolfson Hall Foyer
Oct 4 @ 7:00 pm – 7:18 pm
Free drinks with prize presentation for the winners of the Scavenger Hunt. All are welcome!
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Get to know your fellow students over a 3 course dinner. Suits and ties for the gentlemen and dresses for the ladies. Sign up online at www.chu.cam.ac.uk/internal/catering/hallbooking/
Matriculation Photo and Welcome Address @ P'lodge and then Jock Colville Hall
Oct 7 @ 2:50 pm – 4:50 pm
Compulsory event – hear all about who’s who in the corridor of power, and how they’ll be helping you during your time at Churchill. Also get a photo to commemorate your matriculation. Followed by drinks[...]
Movies at the Wolfson @ Wolfson Hall /MCR TV Room
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Don’t fancy the pub crawl? Join us for a cozy night in college watching a Disney movie fit for all ages. Bring popcorn, drinks and a blanket!
Pub Crawl @ P'lodge
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Get to know some of the most important Cambridge pubs with new friends
Oct 8 @ 9:15 am – 5:45 pm
Go and see Chartwell, the home of our founder Sir Winston Churchill. Signup information to follow.
Oct 11 @ 8:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Meet at the P’lodge before heading to a local curry restaurant for food and a general knowledge quiz. Organizers will also be in charge of setting up the questions and so forth. Sign up required.
Oct 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn how to operate the MCR bar and what perks you may get for doing so.
Try Rowing @ P'lodge
Oct 14 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Find out if you’re full of boatie spirit by trying it out.
International food potluck @ Seminar rooms 3 & 4
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Cook/buy something specific to your area and impress us with your cooking skills/food.
Gardening Day @ Garden behind 70 Storey's Way
Oct 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Learn how to get involved with the MCR’s student-run vegetable garden and grow your own organic veggies in the college. Gardening newbies welcome!
Oct 15 @ 12:15 pm – 1:33 pm
A classic Sunday lunch served in Hall.