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.

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.

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

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

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

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

College facilities

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

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.
Somerville College is part of Oxford for South East.

Link Local Authorities

Isle of Wight
Kingston upon Thames


Access and Outreach Officer: Hannah Pack
Access and Outreach Support Officer: Nuala Marshall
 +44 (0) 1865 270592

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