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St Antony's College
St Antony's College
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St Antony's College

St Antony’s is a cosmopolitan, vibrant community of international graduate students specialising in the social sciences and humanities, known globally for its stimulating intellectual life and rich cultural environment.

The college is a leading centre for the study of modern history, international relations, economics, development studies, politics and anthropology of different regions of the world.

The college accepts candidates whose research proposal or statement of purpose demonstrate strong linkages to the college’s research areas and specialisms. Full details of the courses for which the college accepts students in the Social Sciences Division, Humanities Division and Department for Continuing Education are given on the St Antony's College website and you are advised to read this information carefully prior to applying.

The following area studies centres and programmes are part of or associated with the college:

  • African Studies Centre
  • Asian Studies Centre
  • Centre for the Study of African Economics
  • Dahrendorf Programme for the Study of Freedom
  • European Studies Centre
  • Latin American Centre
  • Middle East Centre
  • Modern Burmese Studies Programme
  • Nissan Institute for Japanese Studies
  • Political Economy of Financial Markets Programme
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre
  • South East European Studies at Oxford

The college occupies a pleasant site in leafy North Oxford close to the city centre and the vibrant areas of Jericho and Summertown.

Accommodation and meals

All of the college's accommodation is on or just a few minutes’ walk from the college site, with 104 new or recently refurbished en-suite rooms in the Founder's Building and Gateway/Ghassan Shaker buildings on the main site. There are over 200 bedrooms in total. 

Further rooms are located in converted Victorian houses on Winchester Road, Woodstock Road and Church Walk. These rooms have communal kitchens and bathrooms; some of these rooms have washbasins. The college also has a small number of flats (apartments) which range from one to three bedrooms in their configuration.

The Founder’s and Gateway/Ghassan Shaker buildings both have a number of en-suite rooms that are suitable for students with accessibility needs.

Students with a disability or health condition that impacts on their living needs and students awarded a college scholarship are guaranteed accommodation for the first year of their course.

All rooms are furnished to a high standard, typically including:

  • a single bed with mattress protector
  • desk, desk light and chair
  • wardrobe space
  • book shelving
  • easy chair
  • small table.

All bedrooms and bathrooms are cleaned once a week by the college's cleaners.

Further information about accommodation at St Antony's College is available on the college website.

Allocation of college accommodation

The college aims to accommodate as many new student as possible in its rooms. However, as demand for college accommodation is high, an accommodation ballot is held in July each year. Applicants can express a number of preferences for room types when they apply for college accommodation. If the first choice of room is not available, applicants may be offered an alternative grade of room.

As the college receives more applications for rooms then it has rooms available, rooms are allocated in the following order of priority:

  • Students with a disability that impacts on their living needs
  • Students awarded a St Antony's College scholarship
  • Students who will be starting their first course at the University of Oxford
  • Students unable to visit the UK to look for a room prior to the start of term.

If your course lasts for more than one year, you can apply to live in college accommodation after your first year. There is not restriction on the number of years you may live in St Antony's college accommodation. Current students are able to apply for accommodation for their next year of study through a ballot for on-course students held at the end of Hilary (spring) term each year.

Catering

Lunch and dinner are available in the college's dining hall from Monday to Friday and brunch is served on Saturdays for most of the year. Students benefit from a 33% discount on meal rates as well as a daily meal deal offer.

Meals are organised on a self-service system so no booking is required. The chefs are happy to cater for a wide range of dietary requirements; vegetarian and fish options are always available.

A small annual hall charge is charged to all students to help keep student meal charges as low as possible. 

Payment in hall is made by adding credit to an online UPay account, which is charged in hall by swiping your University card.

Communal kitchen facilities are provided in all housing, including buildings with en-suite rooms. All kitchens have cupboard space for students to store food and crockery. The college provides pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. Fridges, freezers, a microwave, kettle and toaster are also provided in the kitchen of each house or accommodation block. All kitchens are cleaned once a week by the college's cleaners.

Further information on catering services at St Antony's College, including the cashless payment system, can be found on the college website.

Library and IT services

St Antony’s libraries, comprising the College Library, the Middle East Centre Library, and the Russian and Eurasian Studies Centre Library contain over 100,000 volumes which reflect major disciplinary interests of college members. An extensive collection of archival material relating to the Middle East is onsite at the Middle East Centre Archive. The Bodleian Latin American Centre Library and the Bodleian Japanese Library also sit within college grounds.

The College Library alone holds over 50,000 volumes, subscribes to a selection of journals, and keeps a small collection of archival materials relating to twentieth-century Europe (of particular importance being those of Sir John Wheeler-Bennett). Collections on international relations, development studies, modern history, politics, economics, and area studies are especially strong.

A 24-hour access computer room is available for college members. All college rooms are connected to the university network and wifi access is available throughout the college.

Sport, music and college facilities

St Antony’s has an excellent reputation for its cultural diversity and lively environment, which is reflected in the wide variety of extra-curricular activities found around college, to which any student can contribute.

Currently, these include:

  • STAIR (St Antony’s International Review), a peer-reviewed journal run by graduate students and published twice a year
  • St Antony's Gardening Society
  • Environmental Society
  • Oxford University Africa Society
  • Antonian Spouses' Society
  • European Movie Society
  • Environmental Society
  • Jacari (Volunteering in Oxford)
  • Tentelini (Teaching in Africa)
  • Antonian Wine Tasting Society (AWTS)

Sports clubs include men's and women's rowing teams, football teams, yoga, table tennis, cricket and dancesport.

The college also offers a gym facility, music room and a student late bar and café.

There is a medical suite with regular term-time attendance by a dedicated College Nurse and College Doctor. Careers and welfare events are organised throughout the year - recent events have included a seminar on ‘Doing a DPhil at St Antony's College’ and ‘The Challenges of Postgraduate Research’.

The college offers free access to storage for students on a course lasting two years or more.  

Facilities for students with disabilities

Five bedrooms are specifically designed for students with a range of disabilities and are located in two accommodation blocks on the college campus. Students with disabilities are guaranteed a room in college for each year of study.

The college welcomes students with disabilities and will do all it reasonably can to assist, not only with accommodation but with access to and within the college.

MCR

The St Antony's Graduate Common Room (GCR) exists to serve and support the student members of the College and is the equivalent of the MCR in many other colleges. It is represented on the College’s Governing Body and Management Executive Team.