The chapel and quad in Exeter College
View across Front Quad with the MCR on the left and the Chapel on the right.
(Image credit: Greg Smolonski / Oxford University Images).

Exeter College

About the college

Graduates make a valuable, and valued, contribution to life at Exeter, both through regular events designed to stimulate intellectual debate and through the thriving MCR which has recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of its foundation. Graduate students generally find that they form a lively and supportive community within Exeter's walls.

The college is one of the oldest in the University. It is located right in the centre of Oxford, next-door to the Bodleian Library and close to the science labs.

The Academic Dean and the College Adviser system, provided by the college and independent of departmental or faculty supervision, build links with the college’s full-time academics. The college's modern graduate centre at Exeter House on the Iffley Road provides a warm and welcoming base for graduates from all over the world.

The college funds several generous graduate scholarships, including one reserved for Exeter College students who want to stay on for a further degree - the Amelia Jackson Senior Studentship.

Accommodation and meals


Up to 84 newly-admitted full-time graduate students can be accommodated at Exeter House on the Iffley Road in vibrant East Oxford. Rooms are not guaranteed, however.

Full-time graduate students may continue to live in Exeter House subject to availability; others enjoy living in private accommodation with the friends they have made whilst staying in Exeter House. The Exeter House accommodation includes eight flats for couples and families.

Facilities at Exeter House, the college's Graduate Centre on Iffley Road, include:

  • fully-equipped self-catering kitchens
  • two laundry rooms
  • computing facilities
  • two common rooms.


Meals can also be taken in the college’s dining hall. A free graduate High Table meal is served twice each year, and there students can book themselves and their guests into special dinners three times per week during term time.

Library and IT services 

The library has generous opening hours, both in term time and over the vacations. The library has a collection over 40,000 books on open shelves and additional 40,000 in its historic collections, including manuscripts and early printed books, which provide a particularly useful resource for students involved in historical research. The library also provides computing facilities for searching electronic resources.

While many students bring their own PCs or laptops with them to Exeter, the college also has a general computing room for all students, as well as dedicated computing facilities for graduate students.

There are network connections in all student rooms and wireless internet access in most parts of the college, including the library, lecture theatre and the MCR, the college's graduate common room on the historic Turl Street site.

In 2017, the college opened a new site in central Oxford, just a few minutes’ walk from Turl Street. The Cohen Quadrangle provides accommodation for undergraduates and study and social space, including a learning commons and lecture theatre, for the whole Exeter College community – including graduate students.

Sport, music and college facilities

Exeter College has its own playing fields, squash courts and boathouse. Free gym and pool membership at the Iffley Road sports complex is currently arranged through the student common rooms.

There is an internationally-renowned college choir and an annual arts festival is held in collaboration with other nearby colleges on Turl Street. There are weekly seminars with invited distinguished speakers.

Exeter has a unique dedicated on-site careers service and an internship programme offering summer placements for Exeter students both in the UK and abroad which offer additional opportunities to those on offer via the University-wide careers and internships service.

Facilities for students with disabilities

Facilities specifically for students with disabilities are available at both the Iffley Road site and the main college site, including a hearing loop in the main lecture theatre and accessible rooms. For further details, please contact the college's Disability Officer.


Exeter College Middle Common Room (MCR) has a strong reputation as a friendly, comfortable and welcoming MCR. There is a strong sense of community among Exeter graduates and the traditional and cosy MCR is always a place to catch up with friends over a cup of tea.

The social calendar includes bops, exchange dinners with other Oxford colleges, excursions and weekly tea and cakes.

A 'parenting' scheme helps new graduate students find their way in the first dazzling weeks before, upon and after arrival.


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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