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

Magdalen 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, while 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, and mentor all on site, but the Welfare Team runs dog walking, free 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 and 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, or the annual Oscar Wilde dinner hosted by the LGBTQ+ society.

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.

College facilities

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Magdalen CollegeThe Magdalen College deer park.

College accommodation
All first years on site
Usually offered for all years
Usually offered for three yearsN/A
Usually offered for first year and one other yearN/A
Some vacation storage for international students
Dining hall
Gym on site
Library open 24/7
Computer rooms/stations
Wi-Fi throughout college
Music room
Theatre/performance space
Multi-faith prayer room
Clubs & societies activities
Music society
Dramatic society
College student magazine/paper
Some subject societies
Other societies
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.

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Access and Outreach at Magdalen
Senior Outreach and Access Officer: Olivia Webster

Outreach and Access Officer: Amy Forbes
 +44 (0) 1865 286697

Admissions Office

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