The main activities available within College are described briefly below. More detailed information can be found in the College handbook that you will receive when you arrive at Robinson.
Sport in Cambridge is organized both on the University and the College level. Most of the popular sports are played in each College, with the University (Blues) Team reserved for very competitive players. The more obscure sports may only exist at the University level to begin with. As a graduate student, you can join both University and College teams.
Most of Robinson's College teams are represented at the Societies-Squash in Freshers' week. If you missed this event, you can also try to find out the name of the team captain on the RCSA website and get in touch with them via email.
There are also plenty of opportunities to take part in sport at a non-competitive level. Keep an eye on the College's sports notice boards in the glass cases outside the Porters' Lodge for more details.
There is a table tennis table in the Games Room (usually only available in term time). You can collect the room key, bats and balls from the Porter's Lodge if you fancy a game.
While not exactly a Boatie College, Robinson has in the past had several glorious years on the river. The Boat Club (RCBC) shares a boat house on Victoria Avenue with St. John's College, and usually fields three mens VIIIs and two ladies VIIIs for the Bumps, the biannual rowing races. Many MCR members row in these boats every year. As rowing is a team sport and crews train together, it is best to sign up right away in Freshers' week, at the RCSA Societies Squash, but they are happy to hear from interested rowers throughout the year.
Robinson shares a large sports ground with Queens' College at the south-western tip of town. There are two football (soccer) pitches, two rugby pitches, a cricket lawn and two hockey pitches. Grass tennis courts are available in the summer, and three hard tennis courts and a netball court are available throughout the year.
There is a Robinson / Selwyn MCR joint football team which plays in the University MCR league (currently in the second division). The team welcomes players of any ability. Matches tend to be held during Michaelmas and Lent terms, with a weekly training session (a kick-about) held year-round.
During the summer months, the MCR is part of a joint Graduate cricket team with Newnham, Selwyn and Wolfson Colleges. While this team is not particularly great at winning games, the joy of an afternoon's cricket out in the fields is hard to beat in the summer. The fields are at the far end of Fulbrooke Road. Drive down Grange Rd all the way to the Hat & Feathers pub, across the road into King's Road, turn right up Selwyn Road, across Grantchester Rd into Fulbrooke Rd. Turn right at the end and the fields lie stretched out before you.
Other Sporting Facilities
The University athletics track is located at the end of Adams Road, conveniently close to College, and free for use by University members as long as there are no organised events happening. The University has a well-equipped, reasonably priced gym at the new University Sports Centre on the West Cambridge Site (again very close to Robinson). As described in the Junior Member's Handbook, there are discounts available when you sign up for the first time, so don't forget to ask about these!
The city council-run Kelsey Kerridge sports hall provides squash facilities, a multi-purpose hall (badminton, five-a-side, basketball, trampoline), fitness machines and weights.
Music, Film & Drama
A variety of musical events take place in the College throughout the year, ranging from orchestral and choral concerts to rock band gigs in the basement or jazz nights in the bar. The largest such event is Corruption during Freshers' week.
Music Practice Rooms
The College has a sound-proofed music room and practice room, both with pianos (at the far end of High Court). These need to be booked in advance on the booking sheet held in the Porters' Lodge and the key collected from the porter when it is your turn. Access to the music practice rooms can sometimes be restricted during the vacations. Check with the porters for details.
There is a CD and record library in College. Check the RCSA website for opening hours. These can be borrowed for your own use.
The College's Chapel Choir sings at two services each week and has a busy concert (and social) calendar. Auditions are held at the beginning of Michaelmas.
The Brickhouse Theatre Company
Robinson has an amateur dramatic society that puts on a range of productions each term in the College's own theatre. Auditions are announced via the RCSA mailing list, and at the RCSA Society Squash during Freshers' week.
If you join a University club for a sport or other activity that is not available at Robinson, you are entitled to claim back 50% of the membership fees. Contact the RCSA Treasurer for more details.