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Worcester College
Worcester College
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Worcester College

About the college

Worcester College is set in twenty-six acres of wooded grounds, including a lake and sports fields, yet it is only a few minutes' walk from the city centre and Oxford's railway and bus stations.

Worcester College aims to provide a friendly and supportive academic and social environment, with excellent facilities for sport, and strong musical and theatrical traditions.

The college welcomes diversity among its students, staff and visitors, and recognises the benefits of having a wide variety of backgrounds, and range of experience amongst its members.

Accommodation and meals

All graduate accommodation is located on residential streets surrounding the college.

Single accommodation is provided in the college's Franks Building, a purpose-built hall of residence with en-suite shower rooms and shared kitchen facilities, and also in a number of houses converted for student use. Each house has between five and ten bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities and communal kitchen/living/dining areas. There are several bedrooms in college accommodation which have been adapted to cater for those with disabilities. The letting period for single accommodation is a minimum of ten months (October to July).

A very limited number of flats may be available for graduates with partners. The flats are suitable for two adults and one small child. The letting period for these flats is a minimum of eleven months (October to August).

Worcester College does not provide single-sex accommodation blocks. All graduate accommodation has kitchen facilities; meals are also available in the college during term time. 

Further information on accommodation at Worcester College is available on the college website.

Library and IT services

Worcester College's library is one of its finest assets. The modern collection for students' use consists of 65,000 volumes. There is also an extensive additional collection on architectural history and its background culture and a separate law library containing books, periodicals and law reports (6,000 volumes). The magnificent Old Library houses collections of European importance.

The current library building was completed in 1736 and was built to house Dr George Clarke's great bequest of books, manuscripts, prints and drawings, which, together with Provost William Gower’s later bequest in 1771, makes the library a major holder of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century material (including one of the largest collections of English plays printed before 1750). Researchers may be interested in the special collections of prints, drawings, manuscripts and early printed books. There are particular strengths in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, the English Civil War, and architectural history.

The Upper Library, which contains the modern collection intended for use by undergraduates and graduates, is open 24 hours a day. The holdings are registered on the University’s joint online catalogue. There is a special allocation in the budget for graduates, who are encouraged to make suggestions for book purchases. The beautiful old reading room, with its fine view over the college grounds, is also available as a study area.

The college has a graduate computer room and a self-service printer which can be accessed 24 hours a day. WiFi is available throughout the college, including in all graduate accommodation. 

Sport, music and college facilities

Worcester College has an active music society, chapel choir and drama society (the "Buskins"). There is a gym and a sports field on the college site.

The following are available to provide assistance to graduates:

  • Graduate Officer
  • Tutor for Graduates
  • College Advisors
  • Dean Team
  • Peer Supporters
  • Welfare Officer
  • Tutor for Women
  • Chaplain
  • College Nurse
  • College counsellor

Facilities for students with disabilities

Worcester College is committed to making arrangements to enable students with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in college and university life. Prospective students are advised to contact the Graduate Officer to discuss any special needs.


All graduates at the college are full members of both the Worcester Middle Common Room (MCR), representing the graduate student body, and Junior Common Room (JCR), representing the undergraduate student body. 

Worcester’s MCR is a large, diverse and active community which provides a friendly atmosphere for helping students to settle in both socially and academically.


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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