The grounds and river Cherwell with Wolfson College in the distance
Wolfson College
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Wolfson College

About the college

Wolfson is a modern college in a traditional setting positioned on the banks of the River Cherwell. It was founded to provide a stimulating and supportive environment specifically for graduate students. 

The college is open, informal, diverse, democratic and multidisciplinary. Its ethos has been carried through from its founding President Sir Isaiah Berlin, and is embedded in the college structure up to this very day. Wolfson has one single common room organisation to which all members of the college belong and which reflects the college’s egalitarian philosophy.

Over the past few years the college has greatly increased its scholarship provision and several new students receive scholarships either fully or partly funded by the college each year. Details of the scholarships available for entry in the current admissions cycle may be found on the college website. 

Wolfson is an exciting and inspiring academic environment with a large scholarly community of students, senior academics, postdoctoral researchers and visitors. In 2017, the college opened the new Academic Wing which provides extra facilities for graduate activities and is a welcoming space for studying, relaxing, informal meetings and social events.

Accommodation and meals


Wolfson is purpose-built for a graduate community, with accommodation available for individuals, couples and families. All accommodation is located on-site or in property next to the college grounds.

There is a mix of en-suite accommodation and rooms with shared facilities, along with two- and three-bedroom houses and flats for members with children, and two-room flats for couples. All rooms have internet and telephone facilities and access to kitchens and a laundry.

Accommodation is offered to the majority of students in their first year. In second and subsequent years, students can enter a ballot for single, couple or family accommodation, with many applicants offered rooms.

Further information about accommodation at Wolfson is available on the college website.


The college's dining hall is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday and for Saturday brunch throughout the year, except when the college closes for public holidays. Meal charges to graduate students are subsidised by the college.

Further information about meals at Wolfson is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

The library provides key resources for taught master's courses and supports the research of its members. It is open all year, 24 hours a day, and has several spacious reading rooms as well as private carrels for individual use. 

WiFi access is available in college buildings and residential accommodation. There are several computers in the library, with printing and scanning facilities available.

Sport, music and college facilities

The college has an active student social scene with a wide variety of sports and cultural clubs and societies. There are numerous social events, lectures, exhibitions and talks throughout each term. 

Wolfson has excellent sporting facilities on-site including squash courts, a multi-purpose court for tennis, basketball and netball, a sports field, a gym and college punts. 

There is a professionally-staffed day nursery, for which fees are charged, and a children’s playground available on the college grounds. 

The college also has two music practice rooms, a games room and a cellar bar.

Facilities for students with disabilities

A small amount of purpose-built accommodation is available at Wolfson for students with disabilities, and there are lifts on either side of the main building which provide access to all levels. Applicants with disabilities are advised to contact the college to discuss their individual requirements. 


The college has a single common room for all members of college, students and fellows alike. Student representatives sit on most college committees, including the Governing Body.


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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