A photograph of St Hugh's college, with a large tree in the centre of the lawn.
A photograph of St Hugh's college, with a large tree in the centre of the lawn. Credit: Tessa Wood, St Hugh’s College

St Hugh's College

About the college

The college is known for its friendly and informal atmosphere, and is unusual among the mixed colleges in that graduate students constitute around half of the college's student body.

The college is committed to promoting a culture of research and intellectual engagement (academic lectures are held each term, and the MCR hosts ‘St Hugh’s Spotlight’ research evenings) and is able to consider applications for programmes in most fields. A College Advisor is assigned to each graduate student; these senior members of college can be consulted on academic or personal matters.

Through membership of the Middle Common Room (MCR), graduate students are involved in all aspects of sporting and social life at St Hugh's.

College tour

College facilities

Library and IT services

The college has a large and well-stocked library, with 24-hour access and a good amount of study space. In addition to this, the China Centre (on-site) houses the Bodleian K B Chen Library, open to all students.

All student rooms have network connections and the MCR has its own computer room; the college provides extensive IT support services.

Sport, music and college facilities

The college's gardens and croquet lawn offer a great space for a range of activities (from picnics to Frisbee). Other sports are catered for at the college's ground, only a few minutes away by bicycle. The college has a shared boathouse, squash court and its own on-site gym, and there are also several music rooms and a number of pianos.

Facilities for disabled students

The college welcomes applications from disabled students. The college has a limited number of study bedrooms with disabled access, including an adapted studio room in the Dickson Poon Building, and can make adjustments wherever necessary. Please contact the college about any accessibility requirements. 


St Hugh's Middle Common Room (MCR) plays an active role in college life, organising social activities throughout the year. The MCR participates in college sporting, musical and dramatic events, and sends representatives to relevant college committees.

Accommodation and meals


All graduate accommodation is on the main college site in the form of single study-bedrooms either in large Victorian houses or in the modern Dickson Poon Building. Accommodation is close to the dining hall, library and MCR social spaces; most rooms are available for single occupancy with studio flats occasionally available for couples. The college offers around 80 graduate rooms, 60 of which are en-suite; it is not possible to accommodate children. 

Many of the college’s graduate rooms are reserved for new first year students. In later years students have the option of applying for accommodation; those who have not already lived in the college are usually given priority.


During term time, weekday breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in the college's dining hall, with a café service in the afternoon; a popular long brunch (10.30am to 1pm) is served at weekends, and Formal Hall is held once a week. The college's dining hall remains partly open during vacations, and all graduates living on site have access to shared kitchen 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


St Hugh’s College is situated a short walk from the city centre, close to the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and the University's Science Area. Its fourteen-acre site contains spacious and beautiful gardens, one of the hidden delights of Oxford.

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