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University College
Main quadrangle, University College.
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University College

University College is very proud of its graduate community. As a graduate at University College, you will be able to participate in a wide range of intellectual, social and sporting activities. Univ's graduates are high achievers and many secure highly competitive studentships. They are internationally diverse and make up a large section of the student body.

Endowed in 1249, University College has a claim to be Oxford’s oldest College. It combines academic excellence with an atmosphere that is friendly, relaxed and welcoming. The college's students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and from over 35 different countries.

Distinguished alumni include:

  • Presidents Bill Clinton (USA) and Festus Mogae (Botswana)
  • Prime Ministers Clement Attlee (UK), Bob Hawke (Australia) and Kofe Abrefa Busia (Ghana)
  • Stephen Hawking, physicist
  • Shelley, poet 
  • VS Naipaul, Nobel Prize-winning writer
  • Andrew Motion, former Poet Laureate
  • Roz Savage, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans
  • Well-known figures in the media, such as Christina Lamb and Armando Iannucci.

Accommodation and meals

The college is usually able to offer accommodation to all first-year graduates. Accommodation is located on the main college site in Merton Street and Magpie Lane. Accommodation for couples is available in a modern accommodation centre in North Oxford, twenty minutes’ walk from the college, with lovely gardens and good computing facilities. Some of the college's second-year single graduates also live on this site. The accommodation in North Oxford is close to the excellent shops, cafés and restaurants of Summertown.

Six rooms are available at the Boathouse, all en-suite, with a shared kitchen/common room. 

All student rooms have internet and telephone connects and most have access to wifi.

Meals are offered each day during term, and throughout much of the vacation, via both informal self-service and served dinners; graduate guest nights are regular events and always a sell-out. All meals are optional and offered on a pay as you eat basis. All graduate accommodation has self-catering provision so that people can cook for themselves or with friends.

Further information on accommodation and meals at University College is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

University College has excellent libraries, including a specialist law reference library, open 24 hours a day during term.

There are excellent computing facilities including one computing suite reserved for graduate use only and dedicated IT support to ensure facilities are constantly updated and functioning smoothly.

Wifi is available on the main site, the North Oxford site and at the Boathouse.

Sport, music and college facilities

There is a college sports ground on the Abingdon Road catering for traditional field sports, an award-winning boathouse - including a dedicated ergo gym for rowers - and a squash court on the main college site. Students may use the University's sports centre and swimming pool free of charge.

The college has a music practice room, a beautiful 17th century chapel, accomplished choir and an active music society.

The Martlets Society gives graduates a special forum for presenting their work and ideas to Fellows and other graduates. The college has a number of research centres and a graduate hub in Merton Street, and graduates may attend the college’s New Durham Club lectures at which Fellows present their work.

Facilities for students with disabilities

There are four adapted rooms - three on the main site and one in the Staverton Road complex. Limited parking is available on the Staverton Road complex, though there is currently no parking on the main site.

The Hall, Library, Bar and Buttery are wheelchair-accessible.

MCR

The graduate common room, equivalent to the MCR in other colleges, is known as the Weir Common Room (WCR). The WCR is on the main site and provides a social centre for graduates and their partners; an alternative to the busy college bar.

There is a comfortable area for social gatherings or for simply catching up on the newspapers, as well as a recently modernised kitchen and a TV room.