Quad and buildings in Magdalen College from above
Magdalen College.
(Image credit: Rob Judges Photography / Oxford University Images).

Magdalen College

About the college

Magdalen has some of the most beautiful buildings in Oxford and is set in 120 acres of grounds which include the Deer Park and Addison’s riverside walk. The atmosphere is relaxed but with ambitions towards academic and extra-curricular success.

The college attracts a large number of applicants each year and competition for places is extremely keen.

College tour

College facilities

Library and IT services

The college has a number of well-provisioned libraries with both general and specialist collections: the Longwall Library, Law Library, Daubeny Library, McFarlane Library for specialist history texts, and Old Library for rare books and manuscripts.

Wi-Fi is available throughout Magdalen. Most student rooms also have Wi-Fi and access available. The college has computer facilities in the Longwall Library and a dedicated computer room in St Swithun's quad, with Microsoft Office software, printing, scanning and other facilities.

Sport, music and college facilities

Magdalen College has on-site facilities for rugby, cricket, football, squash, tennis and hockey, and an all-weather pitch. The college offers access to free gym and swimming facilities and there is also a college boat club.

There are a number of active choirs and orchestras supported by music practice rooms and the Grove Auditorium, seating up to 160 people.

Other student societies include drama groups and the Magdalen Film Society, screening a full programme each term in the auditorium.

The college has extensive grounds with a Deer Park, water meadow, and Addison’s Walk, and offers punting and croquet.

Facilities for disabled students

Most areas of the main college site are accessible, including the library, auditorium, Hall and Old Kitchen Bar. A single study-bedroom on the ground floor of the Daubeny Building, across the road from the main college, is accessible and can be adapted as required. Please contact the college about any accessibility requirements. 


Graduate social life centres on the flourishing and cosmopolitan Magdalen Middle Common Room (MCR). This provides numerous amenities and organises outings, social events and sporting activities.

Accommodation and meals


Magdalen College has a number of single study bedrooms available for graduates, all of which are located within five minutes' walk of the main college entrance. Accommodation is guaranteed for the first two years of graduate study, subject to receipt of an accommodation application form within the deadline given. Further years may be available subject to the number of graduates eligible, and to refurbishment programmes. 

The letting period for accommodation is October 1 to June 30, and vacation residence is also available.


Meals may be taken in the college's dining hall or Old Kitchen Bar almost all year round and all accommodation areas have access to self-catering facilities. There is a termly fixed charge for catering. 

Further information on accommodation and catering at Magdalen College is available on the college website.


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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