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St Hugh's College
The Maplethorpe Building, St Hugh's College.
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St Hugh's College

About the college

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. 

The college is known for its friendly and informal atmosphere. Graduate students constitute around half of the college's student body and plays an active role in its academic and social activities.

The college is committed to promoting a culture of research and intellectual engagement (the MCR's 'Research and Wine' series is in its third year) and is able to consider applicants for programmes in most fields. Each graduate is assigned a College Advisor whom they can consult on academic or personal matters.

Graduate students are similarly involved in all aspects of artistic, sporting and social life at St Hugh's as members of its active Middle Common Room (MCR).

Accommodation and meals

Graduate accommodation is provided as single study-bedrooms in large Victorian houses situated around the college site, and in the modern Dickson Poon Building. The college offers around 80 graduate rooms, 60 of which are ensuite.

The majority of the college’s graduate rooms are reserved for new first year students. In later years students may apply for accommodation, with those who have not already lived in the college being given priority.

All graduate accommodation is on the main college site, close to the dining hall, library and MCR social spaces. Most accommodation is for single occupancy, but studio flats are occasionally available for couples; it is not possible to accommodate children.

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 is served at weekends, and Formal Hall is held on Tuesdays. The Wordsworth Tearoom is also open during term time serving an alternative menu. All meals are charged on a pay as you go basis. The college's dining hall remains partly open during vacations, and all graduates living on site have access to shared kitchens. 

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, which is 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 (even Frisbee!). Other sports are catered for at the college's ground, only a few minutes away by bicycle. The college has a shared boathouse and its own on-site gym. There are also several music rooms and a number of pianos.

Facilities for students with disabilities

Applications from students with disabilities are welcomed. The college has a limited number of rooms with disabled access, and will make adjustments wherever possible.  There is an adapted studio room in the Dickson Poon Building, and the college makes every effort to adapt accommodation to meet the needs of students with disabilities.


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


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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