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St Cross College
The Blackwell Quad of St Cross College
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St Cross College

St Cross College is dedicated to the needs of graduate students. The college occupies a combination of traditional and modern buildings on a very central site on St Giles’, close to the main University facilities and the heart of the city.

The college is international in its profile. Over half of the students are from outside the UK, many from Europe but a number also from the USA, Canada, China, Japan and South East Asia. In all, over 50 countries are represented.

The college is noted for its friendly and informal atmosphere. Fellows and students share all the college’s facilities equally so there are daily opportunities for graduates to meet and mix with fellows of the college. 

St Cross College is fully devoted to the furtherance of our students’ academic objectives. The college takes pride in giving all our students the opportunity for study in a haven of academic tranquillity uninterrupted by conferences during the vacations.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation is available at St Cross on a first-come, first-served basis. From October 2016, 53 en-suite rooms will be available in the new West Wing building on the main site, in addition to the 18 rooms currently available in the main site’s South Wing. There are also 25 rooms available in houses close to the main site, 49 in the Annexe on St Cross Road, and 44 en-suite rooms in purpose-built student accommodation off Cowley Road.

One flat and one suite of rooms are available for couples, although the college cannot provide accommodation suitable for families.

Laundry and kitchen facilities are available in all student accommodation areas.

Lunch is available in college during term and the vacation, except for short periods at Christmas and Easter, and a few weeks in August. There is a Hall Night every week during term when a three-course evening meal is served to college members and their guests. Supper is served every night during the week in term-time when no special dinner is taking place. 

The college has a full termly calendar of special dinners including eight formal Guest Nights, a Junior Members’ Night and a Wine Tasting session. One highlight of the St Cross social calendar is the Feast offered each term.

Library and IT services

From October 2016, the new West Wing will be open at St Cross College, providing a brand new lecture theatre, several seminar rooms, a large new library and a café. 

St Cross College has a general library, including works by fellows and members of the college.  

Computer rooms are available for student use on both the main site and at the Annexe accommodation building. All study-bedrooms have network connections and WiFi access is available throughout the main college site. 

Sport, music and college facilities

St Cross has an active Art Committee which offers a range of events, often student-led in nature. These include lectures, a photography competition and visits to exhibitions, galleries and theatres, as well as an annual Musical Evening.  

The college has a number of sports clubs, and an arrangement with Wolfson College enables St Cross students to join their sporting clubs and teams (with use of facilities), including the very successful Wolfson College Boat Club.

Facilities for students with disabilities

Accommodation for students with disabilities is available at the college's Annexe on St Cross Road.