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Wadham College
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Wadham College

About the college

Wadham College has high academic standards and strong traditions in both humanities and sciences, maintained in an informal and progressive atmosphere. Close to the Bodleian Library, the University Science Area, and the city centre, it has large, quiet grounds with some of the most beautiful gardens in Oxford and a fine early 17th-century quad alongside more modern buildings. 

The college has a reputation for informality and lack of stuffiness. Graduate students generally find a strong sense of community at Wadham College, in which students are treated as individuals and can make friends from a wide variety of backgrounds.

The college's dedicated McCall MacBain Graduate Centre, situated in the heart of the college, forms a central welcoming space for both studying and relaxing as well as for informal meetings and social events.

Wadham College combines its graduate student body (MCR) with its undergraduates (JCR) to form a combined Students’ Union, and graduates play a full part in the life of the college.

The Tutor for Graduates is available for consultation and advice and each graduate student is allocated a College Advisor whose academic interests are close to the student’s own. All graduates are also entitled to apply for financial support for academic-related expenses.

From August 2018 through August 2020, Wadham is constructing two new buildings on the main college site. During the two-year development process, Wadham will be making every effort to enable college life to continue with the least disruption possible.

For more information on the construction, please see the college website.

Accommodation and meals

Single accommodation is offered to the majority of first-year graduates who meet the financial and academic conditions of their University offer by 1 August. Most first-year graduates are offered single accommodation in Merifield, an accommodation complex of shared flats near the college sports ground and located about 1.5 miles from the main site. Merifield students are supported by an on-site manager and a sub-dean, with a common room and laundry facilities on site. A number of graduates are also placed by the college into the University's graduate housing.

A small number of rooms are available in the college's grounds, for which priority is given to students with disabilities, in accordance with need.

All graduate students at Wadham are welcome to take meals at the college and to use the fully-fitted communal kitchen in the McCall MacBain Graduate Centre. 

Students who live on the main college site are automatically booked in and charged for dinner on weeknights, but can choose to opt out. 

All flats at Merifield have fully-fitted communal kitchens. Graduate students are welcome to dine at High Table once a term and those holding Wadham College Senior Scholarships may do so once a week during full term.

Further information about accommodation and meals at Wadham College is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

There is a modern and spacious college library open 24 hours a day, year round. 

All rooms, including those at Merifield Complex, have network connections and there are computer rooms both at Merifield and on the main site, supported by full-time college IT staff. Printing facilities are available in the computer room on the main site and accessible from any personal computer via the college network.

Sport, music and college facilities

The large graduate centre is available for the use of all Wadham graduates. It features a common room, with bar, reading area, several networked computers and printer/photocopier, TV room and seminar rooms, relaxation and study space. Also on the main college site graduates have full use of the Moser Theatre, the student bar, refectory, gym and a music room. 

The college has a sports ground in North Oxford, next to the Summertown accommodation, and the central college buildings include a gym and courts for squash and badminton. There is a shared college boathouse and punting facilities are available in the summer. The college's reputation in sports is strong across all abilities and levels of engagement. 

Facilities for students with disabilities

Wadham welcomes students with disabilities. The college has two Disability Leads, a Disability Co-ordinator, a Tutor for Equality and Diversity and strong links with the University's Disability Advisory Service, to whom any enquiries can be made in confidence. If you think that you might require adaptations to your accommodation on disability grounds, please contact the Disability Co-ordinator.


As members of Wadham Middle Common Room (MCR), the college's graduates have access to some of the most modern and comprehensive MCR facilities in Oxford. The active graduate student committee organises a wide range of social and academic activities during each term, from exchange dinners, guest nights, wine tasting and weekly Welfare teas, to student-subsidised trips to the theatre and regular graduate seminars where students present and discuss their research.

The graduate committee is friendly and always open to input and suggestions from its members. Graduates are encouraged to be active in all areas of college life. Recent initiatives include reinstating a residential Reading Week at Easter, the appointment of research associates to facilitate interdisciplinary studies, an annual Supervisors' Dinner, a graduate scheme to support the college’s access work with schools and colleges under-represented at Oxford, and study advisors from the MCR supporting the development of undergraduates' study skills.


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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