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Green Templeton College
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Green Templeton College

About the college

Green Templeton College is a graduate community at the heart of the University of Oxford. It brings together students, academics and practitioners with a particular focus on business and management, health and medicine, and social sciences.

Founded in 2008, following the historic merger of Green College and Templeton College, its intellectual agenda and distinctive academic profile emphasise issues relating to human welfare and social, economic and environmental well-being in the 21st century.

The college brings together around 650 students from close to 75 countries with more than 300 fellows. We are international, family-friendly, and future-focused within a traditional Oxford setting. Collaborations and interactions across our community of students, fellows and staff are actively encouraged and our egalitarian ethos is epitomised by a single common room. The inclusion of all, regardless of gender, sexual identity, race, ethnicity or class, is one of our foundational principles.

Green Templeton maintains a smoke-free policy across its main site and all annexes. Notably, the founder of Green College, Sir Richard Doll published the paper establishing the link between smoking and cancer.

College tour

College facilities

Library and IT services

The Green Templeton library is open twenty-four hours a day providing key books in all focus subjects and quiet study spaces.

Recently upgraded Wi-Fi access is available across the whole college site and annexes, including all student rooms. There is also a computer room in which PCs and printing facilities are available twenty-four hours a day.

Sport, music and college facilities

Green Templeton has on-site facilities for tennis and squash, a multi-purpose gym building, and an active boat club based around the college boathouse at Longbridges. The college is actively involved in a variety of sports and students are encouraged to form teams around their preferred sports if not already represented at the college.

Other college societies include the Richard Doll Medical Society, a Global Health and Care Systems Society, Book Club, and a variety of musical groups including a Big Band. There is a music room available in the 18th century Observatory Rotunda.

A number of academic activities in various disciplines are based at Green Templeton, and regular lectures take place in term-time. Funding is available for student-led academic activities, such as the annual Human Welfare Conference hosted at the college.

There is a college-facilitated personal and professional development programme with interactive workshops to develop emotional intelligence, greater awareness of self and others, improved presentation and negotiation skills, as well as a popular personal coaching scheme.  

Facilities for disabled students

The library is accessible. The lecture theatre has lift access and is fitted with a loop aerial for use with hearing aids. The dining room on the ground floor of the Observatory is accessible via a ramp.

A limited number of parking spaces are available at college houses and at Rewley Abbey Court. 

Applicants with particular needs are encouraged to contact the college at an early stage to discuss their requirements and how they can be addressed. 


All college students are automatically members of the Graduate Common Room (GCR), which is the equivalent of the MCR in other colleges. Activities are based around the Stables building in the centre of the college, which houses social gatherings and has a lounge area and hayloft work space which transforms into a setting for film nights or games.

The GCR Committee organises social and sporting events throughout the year, many of which are free. These include activities specifically aimed at students with partners and/or families in Oxford.

Accommodation and meals


Green Templeton normally expects to be able to provide up to two years’ accommodation for all students who request it, and approximately 35% of students are housed by the college each year. Single rooms are located on site or in the nearby annexes about half a mile north of the college, all with access to full kitchen facilities. Shared and self-contained flats are located about a mile from the college - at Rewley Abbey Court close to the Saïd Business School. The college also owns a number of terraced houses bordering the main site that are suitable for families. 

Accommodation is allocated on a first come, first served basis and a waiting list normally operates for later applications. Students requiring couples or family accommodation are particularly advised to apply early as this is limited and in demand. 

Further information on accommodation at Green Templeton College is available on the college website.


The Green Templeton dining room allows students, fellows and all other college members to dine at a common table.

Hot and cold buffet lunch is available in the college's dining hall from Monday to Friday for 48 weeks of the year (excluding December/January and August closure periods). Students receive a discount when they charge lunches to their college account using their University card.

Informal dinners are held on some Tuesdays during term-time, and formal dinners are held on Wednesdays in term-time, Thursdays year-round (except for closed periods), and some Fridays.


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


The college is based at the beautiful Radcliffe Observatory site on Woodstock Road, bordering the new heart of the University at the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and within easy walking distance of the city centre, the Saïd Business School and the University Science Area.

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