The University Club is exclusively for staff, postgraduate students, alumni of the University of Oxford, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Unfortunately, we are unable to process memberships at the moment. If your membership has expired in the last year or is due to expire and you have received an automated email asking you to come to the University Club reception, we will make arrangements to renew this over the coming weeks. Please note the reception is currently closed and we are unable to set up new members or renew memberships onsite. Thank you for your understanding


With flexible memberships, there is something for everyone. You can also apply for an associate membership so friends and family can enjoy the facilities. We welcome children and young people. 

As a member, you get to enjoy all the perks of the club including:

  • discounted accommodation rates for the 14 bedrooms  
  • access to the cafe and bar, as well as member-only events throughout the year
  • use of the fitness facilities, including classes, exercise studio, treatment room and changing rooms. The club grounds also feature an all-weather football and cricket pitch
  • competitively-priced venue hire for parties and other celebrations
  • free WiFi throughout

To become a member, simply complete the relevant membership form below.


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The club offers two types of membership: 

Free membership, which is open to:
  • Current staff of Oxford University, colleges and certain associated institutions (e.g. Oxford University Press)
  • All retired University and college staff (including partners/spouses)
  • Registered graduate students
  • Visitors, temporarily in residence or undertaking advanced study or fulfilling contractual obligations to the University.
Associate membership for £25 per annum which is open to:
  • Friends and family  of ordinary members
  • Ex-staff of Oxford University who left employment before retirement
  • Alumni of Oxford University
  • Associate members – those who do not fall into any of the above categories but have an affiliation with the University may apply as an associate member, outlining their connection. 


Deciding who is eligible for membership is at the discretion of the General Manager.

Membership applications take a minimum of 48 hours to process from the time that the online membership form was submitted. If you haven’t received your membership after this period, do get in touch with us.

Usually not. However, if you are fourth year or above and your college treats you as equivalent to a Graduate student, you are eligible to join. Unfortunately we cannot accept online membership forms. You will need to apply in person at the Club reception, bringing a letter on headed paper from the college stating that you are 'equivalent status to a Graduate student'.

If you have free membership, you only need to renew if you lose your University card, your card expires or any of your personal details (like your email address) change. Associate membership holders need to renew their membership annually.

You can renew membership in of the following ways:
  • Visit the club reception with your membership card. We will be able to make the changes for you and take membership subscription if required.
  • If you are not based in Oxford please contact us, quoting your name and seven digit membership number as they appear on your University card and telling us of any changes in details. If payment is required, please supply a phone number and we can take membership payment over the phone, or alternatively send a cheque. Cheques for £25 should be made payable to The University Club, Oxford University.

When you visit the club, if your swipe card works at the door, you are still a member. If not, ask at reception and we can help you. Alternatively contact us and provide your details; we will check and let you know.

Free members: once you have completed the online membership application, your Oxford University card will be activated for entry to the club.

Associate members (and free members without a University card): once you have paid your membership subscription, the club will issue you with a swipe card for access.

If you have an OULS/Bodleian Reader Card please bring it to reception and we will activate it for access to the Club.

We welcome children and young people. We ask that parents supervise their children in the club and respect other customers. We do not recommend that parents leave their children by themselves at any time. Under-15s may not enter the bar area unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Unfortunately we do not allow customers to bring food or drinks into the club. We do have a reasonably-priced cafe and bar where you can order food and drinks.

Yes. Members are welcome to bring an unlimited number of guests into the club.

Contact us with the address or addresses to be removed from our mailing list. Please supply the email address that you registered with.

Contact us

+44 (0)1865 271044