Quad and buildings in Magdalen College from above
Magdalen College.
(Image credit: Rob Judges Photography / Oxford University Images).

Magdalen College

About the college

Magdalen (pronounced ‘Maudlen’) has some of the most beautiful buildings in Oxford, new as well as ancient. It is set in 100 acres of grounds which include the deer park and Addison’s riverside walk.

It is a lively college with an active and inclusive undergraduate body of about 400 students, who can live in college accommodation for the whole of their course.

Students at Magdalen College

Alongside its tradition of academic excellence, Magdalen ensures that its students are well supported. Besides the University’s financial support, the college’s own Student Support Fund provides outstandingly generous grants to many of its undergraduates. There are also large numbers of travel, research, and book grants given each year, along with annual tutorial prizes for the most promising and successful students.

Magdalen also has exceptional welfare provision: not only does the college have a nurse, counsellor, mentor and Dean for Welfare all on site, but the Welfare Team runs mindfulness sessions, yoga, and regular dinners and teas for the student body.

Magdalen’s students enjoy a huge range of activities available to them. We have our own professionally maintained grounds for:

  • football
  • rugby
  • cricket
  • and hockey
  • nine tennis courts
  • our own squash courts
  • an all-weather pitch (all on site)
  • as well as an extremely well-equipped boathouse.

Magdalen also has an array of societies, clubs, and traditions, such as the May Morning celebrations.

Read more on the college website.

Magdalen is...

'…diverse, and everyone being different is what makes it so interesting. There’s lots of support with studying, both from tutors and older students.'

'…excellent teaching and supportive tutors as well as a huge variety of inclusive social activities.'

'…excellent in helping to prevent students from going unnoticed.'

'...very open and green, and the rooms are so reasonably priced for how spacious and well-furnished they are.'

'…Addison’s Walk in the sun to catch up with friends and see the deer.'

Magdalen College

College facilities

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College accommodation


College availability

All first years on siteYes
Usually offered for all yearsYes
Usually offered for three yearsNot applicable
Usually offered for first year and one other yearNot applicable
Some vacation storage for international studentsYes


Catering type

College availability

Dining hallYes


Facility type

College availability

Gym on siteYes
Library open 24/7Yes
Computer rooms/stationsYes
Wi-Fi throughout collegeYes
Music roomYes
Theatre/performance spaceYes
Multi-faith prayer roomYes

Clubs and societies

Club / society

College availability

Music societyYes
Dramatic societyYes
College student magazine/paperNo
Some subject societiesYes
Other societiesYes

College outreach

Link areas

In order to ensure that all areas of the UK are fully supported by the University of Oxford, our colleges are working together to establish Oxford for UK, a series of regional outreach programmes offering tailored and local support to students of mixed ages, their parents and teachers.
Getting in touch with the college linked to your region has no influence on your chances of being accepted to this or any other particular college. You are also very welcome to get in touch with any other college for advice about applying or studying here.
Magdalen College is part of Oxford for East Midlands.

Link Regions


Outreach programmes

Magdalen has two full-time Outreach Officers who run weekly taster days for link schools and summer residentials.

During the Summer, Magdalen partners with the Coram Shakespeare Schools Foundation to host two days of English and drama workshops for students, finishing with a performance of a Shakespeare play in Magdalen's Auditorium.

Magdalen also runs residentials for students interested in Law, Physics and Engineering. Over three days, students are given the opportunity to explore the academic and social side of Oxford, whilst receiving admissions support from staff, academics and current students. 


Access and Outreach at Magdalen
Senior Outreach and Access Officer: Nuala Marshall
Outreach and Access Officer: Catriona Macnab
 [email protected]
 +44 (0) 1865 286697

Admissions Office
Admissions Officer: Jessica Harborne
 [email protected]

Postal address:
Magdalen College
High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU

Outreach events

 Visit the University's Outreach event calendar to view upcoming outreach events. Please note that some events may require advance booking or have specific eligibility criteria.