Dear Graduate Freshers,

Welcome to the Lady Margaret Hall Middle Common Room!

On behalf of the MCR Executive committee and your fellow MCR members, welcome to the LMH graduate student community.

Through this page, we want to provide you with important information to help you have a great start here at LMH. The most comprehensive resource to this end is the LMH MCR Alternative Guide. It is written by students for students to help you find your way around college, introducing you to the Executive Committee and providing information on how to get involved yourself. It also helps situate you in Oxford, with recommendations on what to bring, where to shop, eat and have a great night out. Make sure to read this document!

In anticipation of your arrival in Oxford, the Middle Common Room (the MCR – or the graduate student community) Executive Committee has prepared two weeks of events, including tours of the college and town, brunches, a pub crawl, and our annual black tie/formal Freshers Ball – all designed to welcome you to College, Oxford, and the grad community here at LMH. This will provide a more personal and social supplement to any materials you have already received from LMH and your department. You will find the timetable with all these events plus other important non-MCR organized events here.

You should also be receiving an email from you ‘college parents’ shortly – students who have volunteered to answer your questions and make you arrival and integration easier. Feel free to reach out to them as a first point of contact, but of course the Executive Committee is also always there to answer any questions you may have – as is in general every MCR member. The MCR is an inclusive community of students all looking forward to welcoming you and getting to know you.

Besides the student community, the MCR also refers to a physical space for the college’s graduate students. Situated in the Clore Graduate Center, the MCR is stocked with amenities (such as free coffee, tee, and biscuits), board and video games, a media library (including our dedicated TV room, Netflix included), and communal sitting, reading, cooking, and dining areas all available 24/7 to MCR members. While we realise that study is the main purpose of our time in Oxford, we also strongly believe the MCR can and should be more than just a group of scholars. This belief is fostered by our Social and Welfare teams who organise events throughout the year. You will hear from us very soon about the term card of events for Michaelmas term. 

Whether in Oxford for nine months or several years, we hope the MCR will be central to your time here!

Should you have any questions that remain unanswered by the resources on these pages, you are more than welcome to contact any member of the Committee through facebook or by email.

The Exec Committee and the rest of the MCR are looking forward to meeting you in-person very soon!

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