Accommodation at Oxford Summer Courses
Our courses in Oxford will be based in the colleges that make up the University of Oxford. Your age and course dates will determine in which of these you’ll stay: Somerville College, St Benet’s Hall, St Edmund Hall, Christ Church, Worcester College or Lady Margaret Hall. Within our partnered colleges, we assign student accommodation based on age group and gender. 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 our partner colleges and despite our great relationships with them, we are not associated with the colleges officially nor with the university itself.
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). There is at least one staff member in each block who will make sure all rules are being obeyed.
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 consists of both single and twin rooms. 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.
Worcester is considered one of Oxford’s most beautiful colleges. While its current incarnation was founded in 1714, there has been an institution of learning on the site since the late 13th century and Worcester counts actress Emma Watson, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and US Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan amongst it’s notable alumni. With 26 acres of award-winning gardens & wooded grounds bordering the local lake, there’s no shortage of natural beauty to explore – or take to the on-site sports fields, tennis courts or multi-gym to exercise your body alongside your mind. The shared common room offers a welcome respite for tired feet and the perfect setting for relaxing and socialising between activities. Being situated just north of George Street, you’ll be next to Oxford’s diverse restaurant district and the bustling Gloucester Green market awaits for all your snacking needs. Accommodation at Worcester consists of en-suite rooms in a modern block overlooking the lakeside, and a member of our staff will always be available to address any queries you might have.
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 en-suite 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.
Oxford’s HistoryOxford 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, 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