I'm very passionate about sport, esp. hockey and squash. Which are the best colleges for sport at Oxford, i.e. best facilities, best sporty atmosphere etc.?
I have been told St Peter's are sporty. But I'm guessing all colleges will have SOME sports facilities anyway...
Teddy Hall is probably the sportiest college in Oxford. I'm not particularly proud of the fact, not being remotely sporty myself. We don't have much in the way of facilities (although we share some of Queens') but our various teams certainly make up for it in enthusiasm.
We're very good at women's rugby, and rowing. I'm not so sure about the sports you mentioned, like squash - but I think Georgecrabbe prob has it about right, in that some colleges are just more inclined towards sport, despite what their facilities are like.
If you've got any colleges in mind, check out their alternative prospectus', these might give you a good idea of how enthusiastic the students are, and whether their facilities are actually any good. If the college has one, you can usually find it by googling the college name + alternative prospectus.
I think Keble is very sporty - though I got the impression they're very much a RUGBY college. They do have a very good gym though, so I hear.
And the bar... oh, the bar...
Catz has a gym on site with two squash courts. I think there's a hockey pitch on the same site as the football pitches. We always seem to come second in everything which i guess shows that we're consistently good. You can do whatever sport you want here as there's always someone else who wants to do it.
Any idea which ones have a strong interest in football?
Wadham has a squash court in college, and the mixed hockey team won cuppers this year...
Isn't Oriel very good at rowing?
for football, worcester are probably best.
for rugby, theres a few. the best teams last year were keble and hughs, but obviously teddy hall are traditionally strong.
oriel are THE rowing college.
but i wouldnt overthink it. most colleges have plenty of sporting opportunities, though if you want to play football or rugby and are quite serious about it, definitely go to one of the larger/more traditionally sporty colleges, because some teams (eg merton/mansfield football) are complete and utter jokers who it would suck to play for.
Brasenose is supposedly one of the (if not THE) sportiest colleges. it has 3 football teams and 2 cricket teams and apparently the oldest boat club in oxford
You also obviously have the Blues teams and Squirrels/Ferrets on a uni level.
Is the Squirrel/Ferret thing one of your strange traditions? Are we talking about racing these agile little creatures? If so, I may consider applying. Who has the best squirrels and ferrets?