Worcester College as it is seen today is located on the grounds of its predecessor, Gloucester College. Built in the late 13th century, Gloucester College housed Benedictine monks and was located near what was then the outskirts of the city of Oxford. The cottages of Worcester College are the last remaining buildings of the former Gloucester College, and are among the oldest residential buildings in Oxford. Today, Worcester College is located a in a fantastic central location. The college is a short walk from George Street, one of the central streets in Oxford, and Gloucester Green market. At Worcester College, you will live near the best that the city of Oxford has to offer.
Worcester College is well-known in Oxford for its meticulously groomed gardens and sprawling acres of land. Because Gloucester College before it was once located on the edge of the city, Worcester College, when it was established in the 18th century, was allowed to keep its extensive land. As a result, Worcester College today has remarkable, sprawling grounds, including multiple playing fields for sports, its own apple orchard, and a picturesque lake. The groundskeeping for all 26 acres is a large undertaking, and the groundskeepers and gardeners of Worcester College have a fantastic blog that outlines all of the work that goes into making this college so beautiful.
The accommodation at Worcester College for Oxford Summer Courses is located in a modern building within the college, surrounded by the beautiful lake and gardens. The ensuite rooms look out over the Worcester College lake, a view that you will not find anywhere else in Oxford. For students, there is a shared common room at the college which offers a place to socialise with your new friends and relax between classes. Worcester College is also located a short walk from the middle of town, so Oxford’s best restaurants and shopping are mere steps from this historic institution. Worcester College is also one of the only colleges with playing fields, and the college often excels in sports as a result. Their football, hockey, and cricket teams are consistent winners, and are fun to watch practice in your spare time.