Blackfriars College building behind a tree
Entrance to Blackfriars
(Image Credit: Fr Lawrence Lew OP)


About the hall

Blackfriars Hall is heir to one of Oxford's oldest academic traditions. The first Dominicans arrived in Oxford in 1221, shortly after the foundation of the Order, at the direct instructions of St Dominic. Suppressed at the Reformation, Blackfriars was re-founded in 1921, and became a Permanent Private Hall in 1994. It comes under the umbrella of the Order of Preachers, also known as the Dominicans, a Roman Catholic religious order.

Located in the city centre, Blackfriars is home to a community of Dominican friars, as well as the Aquinas Institute and the Las Casas Institute for Social Justice. In keeping with the Dominican tradition of impartial scholarship, applications to Blackfriars are welcomed from men and women, clerical and lay people, Christian or otherwise, who wish to undertake studies in philosophy, theology, or other complementary areas of the social sciences.

Blackfriars' graduate intake is among the smallest in the University, offering students a close and supportive engagement with the Fellows, tutors and staff.

Accommodation and meals


Blackfriars Hall provides up to 10 high-quality, good size rooms for around 25% of graduate students. Rooms are available in two adjacent houses in St John Street and in our annexe at 32/33 St Giles', both a two-minute walk from the Blackfriars site. At St John Street there is a garden in which students can relax. One of the rooms at 32/33 St Giles' is particularly suitable for a student requiring accessible accommodation. 

The accommodation is ideally located in a well-lit street right in the heart of the city, close to the main sights and attractions, and convenient for University facilities, rail and bus stations. However, it is away from the main bustle and city noise: perfect for balancing the need for study and recreation.

All study bedrooms are equipped with network connections and WiFi access, and are available throughout the Christmas and Easter vacations. Rooms are allocated according to Bursary guidelines.

Further information about accommodation at Blackfriars is available on the hall website.


The accommodation provided by Blackfriars Hall has self-catering facilities. Arrangements can be made for students of Blackfriars to dine at other colleges, subject to their agreement and charges. 

Library and IT services

The Hall's library of over 35,000 volumes specialises in theology and philosophy and takes a number of periodicals that are not available elsewhere in Oxford. There is a strong holding in Patristic literature, scripture, and books and journals on the thought of St Thomas Aquinas.

A computer catalogue allows one-stop searches for works both in the Blackfriars library and in the libraries of the central University, including the Bodleian. There are computers linked to the electronic databases and resources of Blackfriars and the University, and wireless internet access.

WiFi access is also provided in the JCR and teaching rooms. A computer suite provides printers and PCs for student use, with additional terminals in the library.

Sport, music and college facilities

Students, Fellows and staff organise frequent social events. Highlights in Blackfriars’ social calendar include the Thanksgiving Dinner, end-of-term parties, a reading week in the country, Formal Hall dinners and a summer garden party. Students regularly combine with members of other colleges for sporting activities, and a grant is available towards the cost of university gym facilities and cycle safety.

Facilities for students with disabilities

There is wheelchair access to the Joint Common Room (JCR/MCR, lecture room, tutorial rooms and the ground floor of the library. Applicants are encouraged to contact Blackfriars direct to discuss any specific needs.


Graduate students are members both of the Joint Common Room (JCR/MCR)  and of the joint MCR/SCR. The JCR organises regular meals and social events and the MCR/SCR holds informal social evenings each term for Fellows, tutors, friars, visiting scholars and graduate students.


This college accepts graduate students for the following courses:

Please note that not all subjects areas or streams of a particular course may be offered by this college. Please see the college information on the relevant course page for further details. For a comprehensive list of all graduate courses available at the University of Oxford, please refer to our courses A-Z listing

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