The Middle Combination Room not only refers to a community of graduate students but also a space where students can meet to relax 24 hours a day. The MCR has a free pool table, comfy sofas and chairs. A range of amenities are on offer for MCR members, such as daily, weekly and monthly subscriptions to newspapers and magazines; including The Guardian, The Times, The Sunday Times, The National Geographic, Vogue, The New Scientist, The Economist and Private Eye. In the common room, there are various leather chairs and sofas, a free hot drinks machine, a table football table, a pool table, a wide screen TV, a DVD player, a Sky TV subscription, a TV projector and music speakers. The common room is designed as a friendly and social space. All MCR members are welcome and the amenities aim to foster a comfortable environment for members to relax and socialise in. is also a variety of board games which are free to use. There’s also a bar open most Friday evenings, as well as a college bar for both undergraduates and postgraduates behind the library which is open every night of the week. Graduate students will meet here before and after formal hall for a complimentary glass of port and sherry!
The MCR also lend out footballs, cricket sets (stumps, balls and bats), frisbees and croquet sets to members, which are most popular during the Easter term and summer months. For a slightly more leisurely sporting activity, a punt can also be booked and hired for free by members. A wide range of sports are played by Downing, for practice and intercollegiate matches, this includes rowing, tennis, hockey, netball, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee. Grants can be sought to provide new equipment for sports at Downing and any requests for new equipment should also be asked for by emailing the Bar, Sports & Amenities Officers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The common room is often busy with students getting together for movie nights, meetings or just to catch up over a free cup of coffee before heading off to a lecture. The common room really is the heart of the Downing graduate community.