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 College (referred to informally as 'Catz') 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.

Catz offers a wide range of subjects with a roughly even split between science and arts. It is proud of its place at the forefront of innovation, research and contemporary culture, and counts ten Nobel Prize winners amongst its current and former members. Its modern architecture 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.

College tour

St Catherine's College: A Tour (descriptive PDF transcript)

College facilities

Library and IT services

Catz has one of the largest college libraries, comprising 65,000 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 Wi-Fi access throughout the college.

Sport, music and college facilities

Sport, music, art and drama enjoy a high profile in the college; on-site there are:

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

A key role within the theatrical life of the College is the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Professor of Contemporary Theatre. The post is a University professorship attached to St Catherine’s College, with a new chair appointed each year. The professor holds an annual lecture and offers workshops for students to engage with throughout the year. The Professor for the 2023-24 academic year is world-renowned director Gregory Doran, who was recently Artistic Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Catz 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 disabled students

Catz has excellent access and facilities for disabled students. There is easy wheelchair access to virtually all areas, including graduate accommodation, the dining hall, MCR and Ainsworth Graduate Centre.

Please contact the college about any accessibility requirements.


The focus of graduate life in the college is the Middle Common Room (MCR) on the top floor of the Ainsworth Graduate Centre. With over 400 members of many different nationalities, it is one of the liveliest and most stimulating in Oxford.

The Ainsworth Graduate Centre, completed in 2020, provides a hub for our graduate community. It is a multi-functional building housing the MCR, seminar rooms and versatile spaces for study and events.

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 normally takes place in May. Graduates are also members of the Junior Common Room and have access to all its facilities.

Accommodation and meals


There are a number of single study bedrooms for graduate students. Several single rooms with en-suite facilities are on the main college site, next door to the Ainsworth Graduate Centre. These rooms are grouped on staircases in the traditional Oxford manner, each floor having its own mini-kitchen. A further number of 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). St Catherine’s House also offers a recently refurbished common room for all residents to enjoy.

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.

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


Meals are provided in the dining hall on a pay-as-you-eat basis at very reasonable prices.


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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