Oxford is a very sociable University with a high reputation for sports, drama, music, and journalism, and a huge range of student clubs and societies to suit all levels of ability. These groups are an excellent way for visiting students to meet people, gain a fuller experience of life in a British university, and relax after days in the library. In Freshers’ Week (at the start of Michaelmas Term) visiting students attend the College and the University Freshers' Fairs, where they can sign up for clubs, societies, and sports teams. Visiting students are also permitted to join the Oxford Union, the famous debating club. Mansfield has a bar and a student common room, where a wide range of social events is organised by the JCR. A visiting student representative is elected every year to represent visiting student interests on the JCR Bench (or organising committee).
The city of Oxford is alive with social and cultural activities, and Oxford is a short bus or train journey from London. The College Hall offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner throughout term, and all students have kitchen access in their accommodation. There are two Formal Dinners in Hall each week - to which gowns must be worn - and a Thanksgiving Service and Dinner is arranged in College every November.