In 2017 our courses will be based in 6 of the 38 colleges that make up the University of Oxford. Your age and course dates will determine where you’ll stay: Somerville College, St Benet’s Hall, St Edmund Hall, Christ Church, Lady Margaret Hall or Corpus Christi College. At each location our pastoral staff and group leaders will be nearby to make sure you’re safe, comfortable and happy – and can help with anything from finding a teaching room to doing your laundry. Your college will provide a daily room clean, weekly sheet and towel change and there is a laundry room (or local dry cleaners). Our staff provide students with an orientation on the first day to help the settle in and work out the basics of life in Oxford.Please note – we have an arrangement to hire rooms from Somerville College, St Edmund Hall, Christ Church and St Benet’s Hall and despite our great relationships with the colleges we are not associated with the colleges officially nor with the university itself.
Courses for 16-17s and 18-24s starting: June 25th, July 9th, July 23rd and July 30th. Somerville College is known for its beautiful gardens and excellent location close to the city centre and the trendy Jericho quarter. You will live alongside course staff whilst your tutors will visit the college to teach you (unless you need to be off site, such as in a lab). Despite having everything on site you will also be in the centre of Oxford and have shops, restaurants and the city itself on your doorstep – and plenty of time to explore them.The rooms at Somerville are home to undergraduates and graduates during term time and have high-speed internet, desks for working and views over the college quadrangle. Breakfast is served in Somerville’s dining hall and there is a large lawn that’s perfect for reading, working, playing frisbee or taking afternoon tea (which we enjoy twice a week). The single and twin rooms share bathrooms (as is standard across Oxford) and we separate genders and age groups in different blocks. There is at least one staff member in each block who will make sure all rules are being obeyed.
Courses for 13-15s starting June 25th and July 9th. St Benet’s Hall is a beautiful six-storey Georgian Grade II listed building right in the centre of Oxford. Despite its location minutes away from the bustle of Cornmarket St the site has a quiet and peaceful atmosphere and is home to a group of Oxford academics-cum-monks. During term time undergraduates of all faiths and none live and study with a community of monks. St Benet’s has a homely vibe and is a secure sits offering the ideal location for younger students. The accommodation mixes single and twin rooms and we ensure genders and age groups remain separate and supervised. St Benet’s has a cozy common room with TV and games, a beautiful garden and a library for quiet study. All meals are provided on site by the college’s professional chef. Although the college site offers everything students need, we make daily supervised trips into the centre of Oxford to explore the city and walk 5 minutes over to the University Parks for sports so students can let off steam. Students at St Benet’s are allowed off site in small groups during free time though we are careful to note the proposed route and purpose. We register students throughout the day and use an experienced team of pastoral staff to ensure students have having fun in a safe and secure environment.
Courses for 16-17s and 18-24s starting: July 23rd St Edmund Hall (affectionately known as “Teddy Hall”) is hidden away with its peaceful quadrangle and medieval hall (the last surviving one in Oxford) occupying an excellent location close to the city centre and the hustle and bustle of Oxford High Street. You will live alongside course staff whilst your tutors will visit the college to teach you (unless your teaching is at Somerville). Despite having everything on site you will also be in the centre of Oxford and have shops, restaurants and the city itself on your doorstep – and plenty of time to explore them. The rooms at St Edmund Hall are a mixture of singles and twin rooms that are home to undergraduates and graduates during term time and have high-speed internet, desks for working and views over the dreaming spires of Oxford. Breakfast is served in daily and the college has lovely gardens flanked by its ancient buildings (the college was founded in 1278 and vies with another Oxford College for the title of oldest academic institution in Oxford). The single and twin rooms share bathrooms (as is standard across Oxford) and we separate genders and age groups in different blocks. There is at least one staff member in each block who will make sure all rules are being obeyed.
Courses for 16-17s and 18-24s starting July 2nd, July 16th and July 30th. Christ Church is the most magnificent and famous college in Oxford. It was re-founded by King Henry VIII in the 16th century and has educated 13 Prime Ministers but today offers students modern rooms en-suite rooms in a grand setting. Christ Church is the setting for many films including the Harry Potter dining hall (where you’ll have breakfast each morning) and the fountain featuring a statue of the winged God Mercury is one of Oxford’s most enduring images. You’ll also be treated to a four course banquet each Friday in the college’s Harry Potter hall. Our staff will help you find your feet and show you to our exclusive common room which provides a relaxed space for a chat, a DVD or just a cup of tea. Christ Church is located in the centre of Oxford and boasts magnificent views across Christ Church Meadows down to the river where Oxford’s famous rowing crews practise. Your teaching will be on site but you’ll have plenty of reasons to venture beyond the college to explore the nearby covered market for food, drink, clothes and souvenirs as well as Cornmarket St with its array of high street shops. Christ Church offers en-suite rooms in a modern block with separate staircases for different ages and genders. Each staircase is overseen by a staff member who’ll make sure you’re healthy, happy and having fun.
Lady Margaret Hall (or “LMH”) was founded in 1878 as the first Oxford college to admit women. It began accepting both men and women in 1978, and is now one of the university’s largest colleges. Its first principal was Elizabeth Wordsworth, the great niece of the English romantic poet William Wordsworth. LMH occupies a peaceful and secure 12-acre site in North Oxford, a short walk from the university’s science faculties and the historic city centre. The college’s beautiful gardens back onto the River Cherwell, where students enjoy punting during the summer months, and there are pitches and courts for you to hone your skills in football, basketball, or even croquet. Whether you want to spend your free time relaxing in the college grounds or exploring central Oxford, LMH is the perfect base. Accommodation at LMH is in modern, single ensuite rooms occupied by undergraduates during term time, which will allow you to work and rest comfortably whilst enjoying the college’s stunning Victorian architecture. You will be able to enjoy breakfast every morning in the oak-panelled dining hall, and have on-site access to everything you need to get the most out of your time in Oxford.
Corpus Christi College was founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, a political advisor to Henry VII, and was regularly visited by Queen Catherine of Aragon during its early history. It is a small, friendly college of around 300 undergraduate and postgraduate students, and half a century of distinguished alumni. Corpus Christi is known in Oxford for hosting the annual Tortoise Fair, where colleges bring their pet tortoises (it’s an Oxford tradition to keep a college tortoise!) to compete in a race. You will be housed in one of Corpus Christi’s annexes, in comfortable single rooms with washbasins and shared shower facilities. With central Oxford on your doorstep, you will have no shortage of opportunities to explore and be inspired by the university’s world-famous “dreaming spires”.
Oxford was first mentioned in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle in the year 912 AD. The University dates back to the 11th century and enjoyed (perhaps endured) a tumultuous history as it…actually, you can learn all that once you’re here. What matters is that Oxford has inspired philosophers, scientists and poets for centuries. It’s a magical place of studious cloisters, captivating spires and endless fun. And the academic facilities, from libraries to laboratories, are the envy of the world. You’ll tread the same ground as history’s most influential and inspiring figures – and we’ll guide you round Oxford’s many cultural riches and hidden gems.
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Christ Church, the most magnificent college in Oxford was re-founded by King Henry VIII in the 16th century, it has educated 13 British Prime Ministers and was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland but today it offers our students modern en-suite rooms in a grand setting. If you stay at Christ Church this summer on either the 2nd or 16th July you’ll have:
A superior quality en-suite room
Breakfast in the same dining hall Harry Potter was filmed in each morning
A special 4 course banquet each Friday in Christ Church’s magnificent banqueting hall
A graduation ceremony in the Old Library which houses numerous historical artefacts including Cardinal Wolsey’s 16th century hat
If you are looking for a unique experience this grand setting offers our students a chance to live and study in a historical environment that has played host to inquiring minds for nearly 500 years.