St John's College | University of Oxford
St John's College
The Cloisters in Canterbury Quad, St John's College.
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St John's College

Attracting students from a wide range of backgrounds, St John's College enjoys a lively, stimulating and supportive atmosphere.

It is an extremely popular college for graduates, who make up approximately 40% of the student community.

The college places a high value on the contributions made by graduate students. Interaction between graduates and full-time academics is warmly encouraged and the College Advisor system, independent of academic supervision, fosters close links with the Senior Common Room (SCR). The college hosts regular MCR/SCR events throughout the year, including lecture suppers, subject dinners and drinks parties.

The college is centrally located and very close to the Bodleian and Taylor Institution libraries, the Mathematics Institute and the Science Area.

Please note that applications are not usually accepted for part-time study at St John's.

Accommodation and meals

Single accommodation is available in your first year and may also be available in subsequent years, subject to ballot.

Most rooms are on campus or in central locations which are just a short walk from the college.

The college does offer couples and family accommodation; however, availability is limited, so early applications are recommended. Most of these flats are nearby to the college, around fifteen minutes' walk.

Meals in the college are available throughout most of the year, and shared kitchen facilities are provided.

Library and IT services

Graduates have access to a lending library and separate law library.

There are numerous computer rooms within the college, including one which is for use by graduate students only, located in the MCR. Most student rooms have network connections.

Sport, music and college facilities

The MCR run various teams and sports, specifically for graduates, in addition to the those of the college. Sports facilities, include squash courts, a fitness centre, a sports ground and a boathouse. There are music rooms, an art collection and a college bar.  

Facilities for students with disabilities

St John’s College is committed to supporting students with disabilities in their studies, whilst ensuring that they can experience the independence of student life. There are a limited number of rooms with disabled access and some facilities for visually impaired students.  


The college has a very active Middle Common Room (MCR) committee who organise a wide range of social and intellectual activities for graduate students including guest night dinners, excursions, video nights and bops.

The MCR is located in a modern building which includes a computer room, television room, kitchen and a large function space where many events are held. The international nature of the graduate community and the organisational skills and enthusiasm of the MCR committee ensure that new members are made to feel immediately at home.

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