Magdalen College | University of Oxford
Magdalen College
Magdalen College.
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Magdalen College

Magdalen has some of the most beautiful buildings in Oxford and is set in 120 acres of grounds which include the Deer Park and Addison’s riverside walk. The atmosphere is relaxed but with unambiguous ambitions towards academic and extra-curricular success.

The college has one of the larger graduate intakes among Oxford’s non-graduate colleges and competition for places is extremely keen.

Accommodation and meals

The first two years of graduate accommodation is guaranteed and further years will be subject to availability. The college has up to 125 single rooms available for graduates. All graduate rooms are located within five minutes' walk of the main college entrance. Some partnered flats are available, although accommodation is not available for families.

The letting period for accommodation is October 1 to June 30, and vacation residence is also available.

Meals may be taken in the college's dining hall or Old Kitchen Bar almost all year round and all accommodation areas have access to self-catering facilities. There is a termly charge for catering made up of a redeemable element, valid on meals taken in the dining hall or the Old Kitchen Bar, and a fixed non-redeemable element. 

Further information on accommodation and catering at Magdalen College is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

The college has a number of well-provisioned libraries with both general and specialist collections: the Longwall Library, Law Library, Daubeny Library, McFarlane Library for specialist history texts, and Old Library for rare books and manuscripts.

Wifi is available throughout Magdalen. Student rooms also have wired Ethernet connections available. The college has computer facilities in the Longwall Library and three dedicated computer rooms, with Microsoft Office software, printing, scanning, CD writing and other facilities. The Longwall Library and two of the computer rooms are on the main college site, shared with undergraduates, and one computer room in Holywell Ford is exclusively for the use of graduate students. 

Sport, music and college facilities

Magdalen College has on-site facilities for rugby, cricket, football, squash, tennis and hockey, and an all-weather pitch. The college offers access to free gym and swimming facilities and there is also a college boat club.

There are a number of active choirs and orchestras supported by music practice rooms and the Grove Auditorium, seating up to 160 people.

Other student societies include drama groups and the Magdalen Film Society, screening a full programme each term in the auditorium.

The college has extensive grounds with a Deer Park, water meadow, and Addison’s Walk, and offers punting and croquet.

Facilities for students with disabilities

Disabled facilities are available in the graduate accommodation in the Daubeny Building, which is located across the road from the main college.


Graduate social life centres on the flourishing and cosmopolitan Magdalen Middle Common Room (MCR). This provides numerous amenities and organises outings, social events and sporting activities.