The community at Queen’s is diverse, drawn from every part of the UK, elsewhere in the EU and the wider world. Applications are encouraged from anyone who possesses a love of their chosen subject, the desire to take it further and strong academic potential. Our community is fused early on by the fact that the majority of first years live together, and the college enjoys open and engaged relations between tutors and students as well as supporting an active graduate community. All this is on a beautiful and central site, which has been gradually modernised over the years.
Queen’s stands prominently on the High Street, a few minutes’ walk from the Bodleian Library, the University’s Science Area, Christ Church Meadow and the city centre. Buses to London leave from outside the front gates.
Accommodation and meals
Queen’s guarantees accommodation to all students on three-year courses, and so far has always been able to house students on four-year courses. Much of the accommodation is ensuite. The kitchen and servery provide excellent food at cost price. The servery is also open throughout the morning for tea, coffee and snacks.
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The library contains about 100,000 volumes, including a large collection of rare books of international importance. There is 24-hour access, and separate libraries for Law and Egyptology. We can purchase any additional books required by undergraduates for their studies, and all students receive generous book grants. The 17th-century upper library, one of the finest rooms in Oxford, serves as a reading room. Wi-Fi is available throughout the college, and there is a well-equipped printer room.
The college has two music practice rooms and a new state-of-the-art auditorium, complete with grand piano. The gardens provide a space for work and relaxation adjacent to the college bar. The college also has a gym, an extensive sports field by the river, a boathouse and two squash courts. The Junior Common Room (JCR) hosts the popular student-run daily JCR Tea.
Drama is always strong, with regular productions by the Eglesfield Players, named after the college’s founder. Music is also a strength: the choir is widely regarded as the finest mixed-voice chapel choir in Oxford, and the Frobenius organ attracts performers of international fame. Sport has always flourished at Queen’s, welcoming both enthusiastic beginners and serious sports players. The student-run Arts Week and college-wide Christmas events are yearly hits.