Somerville College | University of Oxford
The grounds of Somerville College
The grounds of Somerville College.

Somerville College

From its foundation in 1879 Somerville’s graduates have been changing the world. Our former students include two prime ministers, the only British woman to win a Nobel Prize for science, and pioneers in literature and public service. Somerville provides strong support to its students to help them achieve their full potential.

Students at Somerville College

Every undergraduate is able to live on the main college site for the duration of their degree. Somerville is known for its good food and has a bar/coffee shop serving food and drink throughout the day.

Somerville has one of the best undergraduate libraries in Oxford, containing more than 100,000 books and open 24 hours a day.

Generous travel and special project grants are offered to help students widen their experience during vacations and to help with volunteering.

The college has an excellent choir, a non-auditioned orchestra with an approximate level of Grade 5 and above, and a wide range of team sports including rugby, football, netball, rowing and squash.

Read more on the college website.

Somerville is...

…the right balance of academia, fun and friendliness.
Nina

…a place where you can be yourself and feel at home.
Barnaby

…a place you look forward to returning to after every vacation.
Leanne

…a community where freedom of expression is accepted and valued.
Fin

…a feeling of home, regardless of who you are, where you’re from, your gender or race or sexuality.
Catrin

College facilities

To compare facilities across different colleges, please visit our College Facilities Table.

College accommodation

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

Catering

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

Facilities

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

In order to make it easier for you to establish a first point of contact with our University, every Oxford college is ‘linked’ to a particular region of the UK. The ‘link’ college will know their region particularly well and already have contact with schools and students in the area.

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.

Link Local Authorities

Buckinghamshire
Hounslow
Kingston upon Thames

Contact

Access & Outreach Support Officer: Nuala Marshall
Email: access@some.ox.ac.uk

Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 1865 270592
Web: www.some.ox.ac.uk

Postal address:
Somerville College
Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HD