Hertford College | University of Oxford
Hertford College
A view of Hertford Bridge from Catte Street.
(Image credit: Greg Smolonski / Oxford University Images).

Hertford College

Hertford is known for its friendly atmosphere, welcoming students from diverse backgrounds. The college values its informal, progressive climate, which it believe fosters positive working relationships; and Hertford is small enough to be friendly, while large enough to be diverse.  

Hertford’s central position in Oxford is within easy reach of all the facilities of the town and the main University sites. The Bodleian Library is directly opposite the college Lodge and the many of the science laboratories are no more than 500m away. The rooms set aside for graduates (the Middle Common Room, or MCR) center on the Octagon, which served as a chapel in the 16th century and is one of the most distinctive spaces in the college.

Accommodation and meals

Graduates are accommodated at the Graduate Centre and at various annexes in North Oxford.  The Graduate Centre stands right next to the river Thames at Folly Bridge (approximately 10 minutes’ walk from college).  It overlooks Christ Church Meadow and enjoys a central position within the city. All bedrooms have en-suite showers and toilets, and there are well-equipped shared kitchens.  

Hertford’s North Oxford annexes offer a variety of single rooms and flats (the latter suitable for couples but not families). All have shared, fully equipped kitchens and modern bathrooms. Many are converted Victorian villas with large gardens. 

Hertford houses around 45% of its graduate population and offers accommodation to the  great majority of its students in their first year of graduate study. The college's allocation policy gives priority to incoming graduates who have disabilities or other special requirements or who are new to the UK, and rooms are allocated, month by month, from April until July. Graduates interested in college accommodation for subsequent years are entered in a ballot run by the MCR.  

Meals are available three times a day, in and out of term, on a ‘pay as you go basis’ (there is no kitchen charge). Graduates can eat in Hall, on the main college site, or at Warnock House, which is just across the bridge from the Graduate Centre. They can also sign up to attend Formal hall – held twice a week during term –when students dress smartly and are expected to wear gowns.  

Further information on accommodation at Hertford College is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

The college library is open 24/7, operating on a self-service basis. Across three floors, the library offers study spaces, excellent wifi access (upgraded this year) and a computer room.

The Middle Common Room (MCR) Computer Room has a variety of computer and printing facilities exclusively for graduate use.  

Sport, music and college facilities

Graduate students enjoy access to a wide range of intellectual, musical and sporting activities. The college’s sports ground provides rugby, cricket, soccer and hockey pitches as well as squash courts and grass tennis courts. The college also has its own boathouse, supporting the Hertford Boat Club.

The Hertford College Music Society is one of the University's largest student-run music societies, with several ensembles including an orchestra and wind band, as well as a traditional chapel choir. 

Facilities for students with disabilities

The Graduate Centre has full disabled access.

MCR

Nestled in the heart of Oxford, the Hertford Middle Common Room (MCR) provides a home for all of those who study for advanced degrees as members of Hertford College.

At Oxford, the term ‘common room’ refers to both a group of students and the premises in which they meet and socialise.

As an association of graduate students, the Hertford MCR constitutes perhaps one of the friendliest graduate communities in Oxford. The Hertford MCR also has a very high standard of amenities for its graduates.

In so many ways, Hertford MCR creates a home away from home for its graduate scholars.