A quad in Lady Margaret Hall on a sunny day
Lady Margaret Hall
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Lady Margaret Hall

About the college

Lady Margaret Hall has a thriving graduate community, welcoming students from all over the world.

The college is a vibrant, interdisciplinary academic community in a beautiful 12-acre site bordered by the University Parks and the River Cherwell (it has punts on site). LMH has an emphasis on student support and hope to provide an inclusive experience to students from diverse backgrounds and from across the world.

In addition to academic seminars, students’ experience is enriched by a programme of events involving a diverse group of interesting and high profile people from public life and the media (some of whom are ‘Visiting Fellows’). Further details about events can be found on the college website. As the first women’s college in Oxford, LMH is proud to continue its emphasis on equality and increasing diversity in Oxford; the college runs a pioneering ‘Foundation Year’ to bring disadvantaged students to Oxford as undergraduates.

LMH admits students across a range of subjects, and aims to integrate graduate and undergraduate students, providing opportunities for mentoring and tutorial teaching for research students. The college has a particular strength in Law, with an active Law society and a strong connection with Refugee Studies (which was founded by an LMH alumna). LMH is adjacent to the Department of Education and are particularly interested in applications related to widening participation. LMH is the college associated with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and also welcomes applications from students interested in broader issues of conservation and climate change.

The college has an eclectic collection of modern art, including a room of Canadian art.

LNH currently holds a Green Impact Gold+ Award for its efforts in promoting an environmental sustainability and was the first Oxford college to achieve this level. The college is also proud to be a Fairtrade college. LMH also holds a gold Investors in People award for the LMH support staff, again the only Oxford College to have achieved this.

Accommodation and meals


The college accommodates its graduate students in single study bedrooms at Lady Margaret Hall’s main site in North Oxford. In recent years, LMH has offered additional off-site accommodation/housing through the college’s leased private accommodation in other areas of Oxford. The college is not able to offer accommodation for families, but those with families could apply for University accommodations.

The Clore Graduate Centre opened in 2016 and provides just over 30 en-suite study bedrooms for graduate students. Further accommodation is available in the college's houses on Fyfield Road which borders the main college site, and in other historic buildings within the grounds. All on-site accommodation is located within a couple of minutes' walk of the college library, MCR and dining hall.

The priority for the college is to house students in their first year of studies, those with disabilities and those from overseas. For students returning after their first year of studies, accommodation is normally only available for students active in college life who have been elected as Middle Common Room (MCR) officers. Accommodation for other returning graduates is subject to availability.

More information about accommodation at Lady Margaret Hall is available on the college website. As some of the college's accommodation is relatively new, LMH has some purpose built disabled rooms. 


For ten weeks each term, breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the college's dining hall from Monday to Friday, with brunch available on Saturday and dinner available on Sunday. All graduate residents have access to shared self-catering facilities within their accommodation buildings. Outside term time a reduced catering service is usually available. The college offers graduates some free formal dinners to ensure that everyone can have that quintessentially Oxford experience.

The cost of meals in the dining hall is not included in the accommodation charge and is offered on as pay-as-you-go basis using a cashless payment system.

Library and IT services

The college has a well-stocked library, open 24/7 with a self-checkout system. There is a particularly strong collection in the arts and humanities. The library has ample seating, with wired network connection points in every bay. 

The library also houses a computer room with a photocopier, printers, and computers linked to the University’s library network.

There are wired network connections in all rooms. WiFi access is available across the college site, including the MCR and library.

In addition, there is a dedicated MCR study room in the Clore Graduate Centre with computer facilities.

Sport, music and college facilities

Lady Margaret Hall has a strong musical tradition, supported by an excellent organ and chapel choir, active musical society and several rooms with pianos. Chapel music is led by organ and choral scholars, appointed post-admissions, but all who want to sing are welcome.

Sports facilities include an on-site punt house, tennis courts and fitness room. Lady Margaret Hall and Trinity College share a boathouse on the Isis and a sports field located on Marston Road, offering space to play rugby, football, lawn tennis, hockey and cricket.

Facilities for students with disabilities

The dining hall and some teaching rooms on the ground floor have wheelchair access and there are level pathways/stair lift to main meeting/function rooms elsewhere in the college. Many routes around the site feature automated doors to enable independent access.

There is ground floor access to the library and a managed service for book access on other floors via the librarian.

Car parking can be made available close to the main building entrances for student drop-off and collection. There are nine bedrooms with fully accessible en-suite facilities.

Four induction loops have been fitted in the college (chapel, lecture theatre, porters' lodge and Talbot Hall) and five student rooms have vibrating/visual fire alarms.


The LMH Middle Common Room (MCR) offers its members:

  • free tea and coffee
  • DVD library
  • spacious TV room
  • XBOX, Wii and other games consoles
  • table football
  • kitchen and dining area.

The MCR also offers a wide range of social and welfare activities.


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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