Blackfriars | University of Oxford
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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. True to the Dominican tradition of impartial scholarship, applications to Blackfriars are welcomed from men and women, clerical and lay, 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, which enables students to have a close and supportive engagement with friars, tutors and the rest of the community.

Accommodation and meals


Blackfriars Hall provides up to 10 high-quality, good size rooms for graduate students, depending on first year undergraduate and visiting student numbers. This provides rooms for for around 25% of the graduate student body. The accommodation is located in two adjacent houses in St John Street, a two-minute walk away from the Blackfriars site. Both properties have a good-sized garden in which students can relax.

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.

Blackfriars' accommodation is not en-suite and does not cater for families or couples. Currently, most rooms are not suitable for students with mobility issues but Blackfriars may be able to arrange for accommodation in nearby colleges for students with disabilities. All bedrooms are available through the Christmas and Easter vacations. Accommodation is 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 are also made at other nearby colleges for students of Blackfriars to having dining rights, subject to the agreement and charges of those halls. 

Library and IT services

The Hall's library specialises in theology and philosophy with over 35,000 volumes 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.

All study bedrooms are equipped with networked connections and WiFi access. WiFi access is also available in other rooms, including the library, JCR and teaching rooms. A computer suite provides printers and PCs for student use, and the library contains additional terminals.

Sport, music and college facilities

Students, fellows and staff organise frequent social events. Highlights in Blackfriars’ social calendar include the Thanksgiving Dinner, Advent Party, a reading week in the country, the Priory Dinner, and summer garden party. Students regularly combine with members of other colleges for sporting activities. A grant is available towards 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. Blackfriars can arrange accommodation in housing belonging to another nearby college .Applicants should 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 several social evenings each term so that fellows, tutors, friars, visiting scholars and graduate students may mix informally.


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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