Oxford slang is confusing for everyone! Here’s a rundown of some key terms (taken from the International Students page!):
- Plush - Oxford’s LGBTQ+ club. Known for its cheap drinks, banging tunes, and dance pole.
- Tuesday Drinks - Every Tuesday night, LGBTQ+ Soc does a drinks event in a different college. These events are a great way to meet other LGBTQ+ people (though of course not the only way!). There is a bar with v v v cheap alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. After drinks, many people head to Plush - though this isn’t mandatory. LGBTQ+ drinks are a great way to get a feel for the community, especially if you are looking to meet lots of interesting people. Committee members are always at Tuesday drinks and can be found behind the bar, mingling, or handing out Plush wristbands. We all wear name tags, and if you’re nervous about talking to new people, committee members are always a great way to start - we love a chat.
- Skittles - The Plush student night. Wristbands are given out at every Tuesday drinks for discounted entry and a free drink. If you’re into clubbing, Tuesday is 100% the best night to go to Plush.
- Committee - The LGBTQ+ Soc Committee are your elected representatives. These include our Executive, Welfare Reps, Identity Reps and others. If you have any problems or suggestions, Committee are the best place to go. You can find all of the information about the Committee, as well as their roles and contact details, at http://www.oulgbtq.org/, as well as in our Freshers’ handbook.
- College Reps - Your college JCR team will have a variety of reps who will often be your first port of call for general, college related issues. These include an LGBTQ+ rep, who works in collaboration with LGBTQ+ soc, as well as an International Rep and Welfare Rep.
- Dean of Welfare - Every college has a Dean of Welfare, a member of staff whose job it is to look after student welfare. These can be a great port of call for any issues you might be having.
- Crewdates - Crewdates are a weird Oxford tradition where a group of people (usually as part of a society or sporting team) will pay 15 pounds a head to eat bad food and publically humiliate each other. Crewdates involve a number of games, as well as sconces, where someone will stand up and say “I sconce anyone who’s done …” - usually a very targeted attack on a friend. Crewdates involve a lot of drinking, and most people either love them or hate them. They can be fun, but also a little traumatic.
- Collections - Because it’s Oxford, at the start of most terms you will have a mock exam based on the previous terms work. These are usually the Friday and Saturday of 0th week. Don’t worry, they don’t count for anything.
- Oxford University Student Union’s Class Act campaign - https://www.facebook.com/oxfordsuclassact
- First Gen society - https://www.facebook.com/oxfordfirstgen
- 93% Club Oxford - for state educated students at Oxford https://www.facebook.com/The-93-Club-Oxford-103779761435647
- Northerners Society does lots of outreach work for students from areas with low entry rates to Oxford - https://www.facebook.com/OxfordUniversityNorthernersSociety
- The Clydeside Project supports state-educated students from Scotland apply to Oxbridge - https://www.facebook.com/clydesideproject