Let’s face it, you wouldn’t choose to live at college if you didn’t like getting involved in plenty of activities and having fun.
Whether you’re into strutting your stuff on stage in a musical, conquering mountains with the alpine club, or refining your journo skills by writing for the college magazine, there is something for everyone at Trinity. We have more than 25 clubs and societies, letting build on existing passions and discover new interests. Everyone is encouraged to have a go, so it’s the perfect place to give something new a try.
Our clubs and societies on offer can vary from year to year, but here's an example of some of the groups you may be able to join. Some have a small annual fee to help fund events and activities, but it's worth it and membership often gets you some awesome discounts.
TCAC: our core student association
The Trinity College Associated Clubs (TCAC) is an incorporated student association that represents all our residents. Eight committee members are elected annually by the students. These members are jointly responsible for organising and conducting a variety of cultural, sporting and social activities that foster camaraderie within our community (and are always plain old good fun!).
This group gets involved in art appreciation outings and events, and creativity of all kinds from illustration to dance. The art society provides students with the opportunity to try a multitude of creative activities – this club is designed for everyone to have a go!
Every year, Trinity puts on one of the best balls (if not the best ball) of all the colleges at the University of Melbourne and this committee drives it.
This crew serves as our official bartenders and provides students with some of the year’s most successful parties.
We have a full-sized billiards table, billiards/snooker balls, cues and a foosball table, so this committee makes the most it. Events may include billiards and darts competitions and parties with discounted prices for members.
Buddies (Main O-Week)
This team of friendly faces act as guides for new students during O-week.
Bulpadok (literary journal)
Bulpadok is Trinity's literary journal. It's published annually and anyone from within the college is invited to contribute anything from scholarly essays to poems and creative prose to photography and art. The CLH Pullar Prize is awarded annually for the best item to appear in the Bulpadok.
Our students help out in the kitchen and dining hall throughout the year and this team coordinates and oversees rosters.
Buttery (JCR Bar)
The Buttery is located in the Junior Common Room and provides a welcoming social space for residents to enjoy.
The Candystripes are a female a capella group. This small ensemble generally sings contemporary pop and jazz and they perform at various functions and events.
Cooking and Dining Society
This is your chance to cook (and eat) throughout the year. Events include cooking tutes, guest chefs, dinner parties and a Trinity College MasterChef competition. This club also knows where to find the best coffee on campus.
The Dialectic Society was founded in 1877, making it Australia’s oldest collegiate society. All members of Trinity College – resident and non-resident – are automatically members. The club encourages oratory and literary culture through intercollegiate and comedy debates, public speaking and an essay writing competition.
Our drama club has been running since 1879 and is responsible for staging the Trinity College play in the first semester of each year. All resident students and tutors can audition. We also have a theatre sports team that competes in the inter-collegiate theatre sports competition.
The Edward Rowden White Collection (ER White Club)
This club is in charge of purchasing art for the College. Previous works include those by photographer Bill Henson, painter Jenny Watson, sculptor Pamela Irving, Chinese Australian artist Guan Wei and Australia’s leading photo media artist, Anne Zahalka.
This group of students helps ensure a sustainable future. They investigate and implement solutions to help us save water and recycle, and coordinate events like Earth Hour and Clean Up Australia Day.
Our resident film lovers provide cinematic entertainment. This club is all about getting together, socialising and watching great films with a side of tasty refreshments.
The Fleur-de-Lys magazine is published each year by the students and captures the experiences of residents over their past year through words and images. It's compiled by a team of editors throughout the year.
The motto of this club is ludo ingeniose, ludo iustus: play smart, play fair. Proud keepers of the Trinity College games cupboard, this society knows iMonopoly, Scrabble, Articulate and many more. They also offer relaxing games nights in the Junior Common Room, as well as video game challenges.
This society's main events include musical soirées, musical excursions and the legendary inter-collegiate battle of the bands.
This committee produces Trinity College musical each year. The cast and chorus is drawn from the Trinity community (students and tutors) and members of the wider community invited to get involved too. The musical gives our budding musicians, actors, costume designers and set designers a chance to shine.
Volunteering is an important part of the Trinity experience and this committee is dedicated to increasing involvement among students. Trinity provides opportunities for people to participate in community service, organise volunteering initiatives, and raising money for community causes.
Spirit Leaders (Jesters)
Headed by the mascot of Trinity, our Jesters boost support at sporting and cultural events Trinity participates in.
Student IT and AV Bursars
The Student IT Committee is the first port of call for students who have queries or require assistance with computers and technology. Bursars provide technical services to the Clubs and Societies and the TCAC for various events throughout the year.
Student photographers capture Trinity social and sporting events. Yours is the eye that captures the special social, silly, sporting moments of the year in memoriam.
Sustainability interns drive educational initiatives and shape our policies to help reduce Trinity's carbon footprint by purchasing offsets and promoting recycling systems and energy efficient facilities for example. Read more about how Trinity College supports and promotes sustainability.
Trinity International Social Committee (TISC)
The Society’s aims are to help international students relax in their new home, to offer local students an opportunity to learn about other various cultures and to bring together the different cultures that make Trinity what it is – a fun, caring environment for everyone!
Trinity Social Sports Society
The Trinity Racquets Society, established in 2011, promotes and facilitates racquet sport playing amongst residents of the College, beginners and experts alike. This involves tennis and squash competitions, and a mixed doubles competition. The winners get to have their names on some of Trinity’s oldest trophies in the JCR. Additionally, the TRS hosts a cocktail event to award competition prizes, and organises day trips to tennis clubs.
Trinity Recreational Alpine Club (TRAC)
TRAC aims to engender College spirit in all students through the shared enjoyment of the outdoors. This is achieved through the organisation of trips such as paintball, go-karting and weekend ski trips.
Trinity Tiger Tones
The men’s close harmony barbershop group, the Trinity Tiger Tones, was formed in 2007 and has since been a regular fixture at many College dinners and functions. The group sings a range of traditional barbershop repertoire and arrangements of popular tunes by groups such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Jack Johnson and Sting.
From tastings to tours, the Wine Cellar is one of the oldest clubs at Trinity, and facilitates social events where members learn about and enjoy wine.
Now you know about all the groups you can join at Trinity, have a look at our rooms and other facilities.