St Catherine's College | University of Oxford
A quad, pond and buildings at St Catherine's College
The grounds of St Catherine's College.
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St Catherine's College

About the college

St Catherine’s has one of the largest graduate intakes of the colleges admitting both undergraduates and graduates, and since its foundation has sought to integrate graduates closely into the academic and social life of the college.

St Catherine's College offers a wide range of subjects with a roughly even split between science and arts. The college is proud of its place at the forefront of innovation, academic research and contemporary culture, and counts ten Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former members. Modern buildings and restful, open spaces give the college a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Applications in areas related to the interests of the fellows of the college are especially encouraged.

Accommodation and meals

The college is building a new graduate centre on the main college site, which is expected to be completed by October 2019, and will include 78 single rooms with en-suite facilities and a new common room. A further 42 single rooms, arranged in clusters of three to six rooms with shared bathroom and cooking facilities, are located nearby in St Catherine’s House (on Bath Street, a 15-minute walk from the main college site). 

The letting period is a minimum of 38 weeks. Priority is given to those coming to the college from the greatest distance and likely to experience difficulties in the local accommodation market. 

Meals are provided in the college's dining hall on a pay-as-you-eat basis. Those who prefer to cater for themselves can do so by using the kitchenette facilities provided on each floor of the accommodation on the main college site.

Further information on accommodation at St Catherine's College is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

St Catherine's College has one of the largest college libraries, comprising 60,000 volumes and easy access to electronic library resources. The Social Science Library, Bodleian Law Library and English Faculty Library are also located next to the college site.

There are well-equipped computer rooms, network connections in all student rooms and wifi access throughout the college.

Sport, music and college facilities

Sport and the arts enjoy a high profile in the college. Facilities available on the college site include:

  • squash courts
  • gymnasium
  • punt house
  • music house for practice and performances
  • theatres for both indoor and outdoor productions

St Catherine’s is situated close to the city centre, the Science Area, and many University faculties. This is a college at the heart of the University but surrounded by meadows, parks and water - a truly superb location with a distinctly rural feel.

Facilities for students with disabilities

St Catherine’s has excellent access and facilities for students with disabilities. It can offer easy wheelchair access to virtually all areas, including computer rooms, the dining hall, and student common rooms.


The focus of graduate life in the college is the St Catherine's Middle Common Room (MCR), which is situated in a quiet part of the college, and comprises a lounge, bar and television room. With over 400 members of many different nationalities, it is one of the liveliest and most stimulating in Oxford.

The MCR Committee organises a varied academic, social and sporting programme. Once a week a special graduate dinner is served in Hall and there are regular graduate seminars. The annual Graduates’ Dinner takes place in May. Graduates are also members of the Junior Common Room and have access to all its facilities.


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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