Somerville College, Oxford Oxford

Somerville College is known for its beautiful gardens and excellent location close to the city centre and the trendy Jericho quarter, one of the coolest neighbourhoods in Oxford- complete with an art house cinema, great cafes, and plenty of parks. It is a very unique college, as it was founded for women in 1879 when they were barred from Oxford University.

The open and inclusive ethos has remained, and the college encourages its students to consider how they can make the world a better place. Named in honour of the Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville, the college has brought great scientists, novelists, and politicians alike through it’s doors, including Vera Brittain, Dorothy Sayers, Dorothy Hodgkin, Indira Gandhi and Margaret Thatcher.


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. 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). 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. Somerville College is available for students aged 16-24 with twin room accommodation and shared bathroom facilities.


Breakfast is served in Somerville’s dining hall and there is a large lawn that’s perfect for reading, working, or playing frisbee.

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