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St Benet's Hall
St Benet's Hall is a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1897 by Ampleforth Abbey to allow monks to study for secular degrees; but these days its students are mostly laymen and come from a wide variety of backgrounds and different faith traditions (or none). Its students read for a small range of closely interconnected humanities subjects centred on Classics, History, PPE, Oriental Studies, Theology and their joint schools.
The small size of the Hall favours a strong community from which undergraduates participate fully in the life of the University. All members of the Hall — senior and junior — eat at a common table and are members of a united common room, further strengthening the unique ethos of the Hall.