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Magdalen College
Magdalen College.
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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. Magdalen’s spaciousness has helped to determine its character – passionate about academic excellence and other achievements, but also diversified, informal, inclusive and without pressure to conform to any stereotype or set of views.

Students at Magdalen College

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 awarded each year, along with annual tutorial prizes for the most promising and successful of our students.

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.

Read more on the college website.

Magdalen is...

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

…a huge number of opportunities to try things I’d never have felt comfortable enough to do before.

…a friendly and vibrant LGBT scene, which comes to the fore during the annual Oscar Wilde dinner.

…at the heart of many traditions, including the unique May Morning celebrations.

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

College facilities

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College accommodation

Magdalen CollegeThe Magdalen College deer park.

  • All first years on site: YES
  • Usually offered for three years: YES
  • Usually offered for first year and one other year: NO
  • Usually offered for all years: NO
  • Some vacation storage for international students: YES


  • Dining hall: YES
  • Bar: YES
  • Café: YES


  • Gym on site: NO
  • Boathouse: YES
  • Library open 24/7: YES
  • Computer rooms/stations: YES
  • Wi-Fi throughout college: YES
  • Music room: YES
  • Theatre/performance space: YES
  • Chapel: YES
  • Multi-faith prayer room: NO

Clubs and societies

  • Music society: YES
  • Orchestra/s: YES
  • Choir/s: YES
  • Dramatic society: YES
  • College student magazine/paper: NO
  • Some subject societies: YES
  • Other societies: YES
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