The Junior Common Room (JCR) social area
The JCR social area is the main hub for activity and socialising within college. It is well equipped with comfortable sofas for chatting, and also has two pool tables, table football, table tennis and a Wii and Playstation 3, complete with HDTV, to provide a welcome relief from academic endeavour.
There's usually a lot going on in the JCR. Whether it is hosting the weekly salsa classes or committees preparing decorations or setting up for college events, or people relaxing playing the piano, chatting, or using the games facilities, the JCR is the heart of undergraduate activity.
The JCR is also home to the college shop. Run by the JCR Shop Committee and student staff, it provides a non-profit service to students and stocks various essential items. In the evening the shop runs a toastie bar which is hugely popular. The shop gives students a chance to experience some of the practicalities of running a business as well as providing a service.
The TV room is adjacent to the JCR and boasts a 50" HD television with Sky and a DVD player. The room has a cosy feel; a particularly popular thing to do is to push two sofas together to make a 'pod' and curl up to watch your favourite programmes.
Our bar is an excellent space to socialise in the evening, with a warm décor and homely atmosphere. It was recently refurbished with an entirely new front including granite work surfaces and a new paint scheme (carefully carried out by students!), new carpet, upholstery and furniture. The bar has a projector and Sky, making it the perfect place to watch the big fixtures. It also has a darts board and board games for those quieter evenings in.
Our bar is run by a sabbatical Bar Steward and is administered by the JCR Bar Committee. The bar provides a great opportunity for students as staff to develop and demonstrate responsibility, and see how a business operates from the inside.
During the summer months the gardens are a hive of activity. Whether its games of volleyball, cricket, 5 a-side football or grand BBQs and sunbathing, the sun brings the gardens alive and fantastic summer days, and nights, are guaranteed.