Lady Margaret Hall | University of Oxford
Lady Margaret Hall
Lady Margaret Hall
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Lady Margaret Hall

Lady Margaret Hall has a thriving graduate community, welcoming students from all over the world.

The college has active societies in history, law and literature, among others. Students' experience is enriched by a range on seminars and lectures, including the termly Canada Seminar, as well as more informal social events to meet with fellows of the college. 

The college is set in beautiful twelve-acre grounds, with gardens leading down to the River Cherwell and adjacent to the University Parks.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation

All college accommodation is located on Lady Margaret Hall’s main site in North Oxford. From September 2016, the college will offer around 100 single study bedrooms for graduate students. The college does not offer accommodation for families or couples. 

The new Clore Graduate centre and Donald Fothergill building will open in 2016-17. These two buildings will provide just over 40 en suite study bedrooms for graduate students and upon their completion the college aims to offer on-site accommodation to all first-year graduates. Further accommodation is available in the college's houses on Fyfield Road which borders the main college site, and in three other buildings within the grounds. All accommodation is located within a couple of minute’s walk of the library, MCR and dining hall.

In celebration of the opening of the Clore Graduate Centre and the Donald Fothergill Building, the college will offer up to four Open Graduate Residential Scholarships which will provide free accommodation to some of the best of the college's first-year graduates. You do not have to make a special application for this; you will be  automatically considered during the college admissions process.

For students returning after their first year of studies, accommodation is available for the recipients of certain scholarships and for some MCR officers. Accommodation for other returning graduates is subject to demand.

More information about accommodation at Lady Margaret Hall is available on the college website.

Catering

For ten weeks each term, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the college's dining hall from Monday to Friday, with brunch available on Saturday and dinner available on Sunday. All graduate residents have access to shared self-catering facilities. Outside term time, informal arrangements are usually made for graduates who wish to eat lunch at the college, but other meals are not served. The college offers graduates four free formal dinners per term.

The cost of meals in the dining hall is not included in the accommodation charge and is payable in advance, three times a year. If some of the advance is left unspent when a student leaves, the money is returned less a small administration charge. Students who do not intend to eat in college at all are required to pay an opt-out fee.

Library and IT services

The college has a well-stocked library, open 24/7, with particularly strong collections in the arts and humanities. The library has ample seating, with wired network connection points in every bay. 

The library also houses a computer room with a photocopier, printers, and computers linked to the University’s library network.

There are wired network connections in all rooms and a dedicated graduate computing room. WiFi access is available across most of the college site, including the MCR and library.

Sport, music and college facilities

Lady Margaret Hall has a strong musical tradition, supported by an excellent organ and chapel choir, active musical society and several rooms with pianos.

Sports facilities include an on-site punt house, tennis courts and fitness room. Lady Margaret Hall and Trinity College share a boathouse on the Isis and a sports field located on Marston Road, offering space to play rugby, football, lawn tennis, hockey and cricket.

Facilities for students with disabilities

The dining hall and some teaching rooms on the ground floor have wheelchair access and there are level pathways/stair lift to main meeting/function rooms elsewhere in the college.

There is ground floor access to the library, and managed service for book access on other floors via the librarian.

All of the college's accommodation is on-site and car parking can be made available close to the main building entrances. There are seven bedrooms with fully accessible en-suite facilities.

Four induction loops have been fitted in the college (chapel, lecture theatre, porters' lodge and Talbot Hall) and five student rooms have vibrating/visual fire alarms.

MCR

The LMH Middle Common Room (MCR) offers its members:

  • free tea and coffee
  • newspapers and magazines,
  • DVD library
  • spacious TV room
  • kitchen and dining area.