St Anne's College
St Anne's College gardens.

St Anne's College

About the college

St Anne’s is a down-to-earth, friendly and independent-minded college. As well as being modern in outlook and architecture, it is also open to the world, informal yet academically demanding.

We are proud to be a diverse and inclusive community and we take student welfare seriously. We stand, above all, for the following principles: opportunity, collaboration and being forward-looking and far-reaching.

St Anne’s is renowned for the quality of its food, especially with its catering team, including an award winning chef. Most meals are relaxed affairs but there are also formal guest nights, bringing some of Oxford's traditions to our vibrant, modern hall. The food is praised by students for its low prices and high quality, with weekend brunches and Sunday roasts being standout favourites, bringing home comforts to the St Anne’s community. 

All undergraduate accommodation includes communal kitchens for self-catering and we have an on-site coffee shop that is very popular with the students and staff alike—perfect for meals, snacks and socialising throughout the day.

Our two large libraries are normally open 24 hours a day and houses over 110,000 books. We hold many events throughout the year including regular music nights, film screenings and guest lectures.

We have an a cappella choir, a string orchestra and a wide range of sports teams. The Junior Common Room (JCR) Committee, as well as representing the interests and concerns of the student body, also organises events ranging from discussion groups to art classes. 

The JCR committee also host weekly Welfare Teas during term-time, where any undergraduates can come along to unwind and relax with free drinks and snacks—often themed—and a chat in a very casual and laidback environment.

The Junior Common Room itself is a large, laid-back, and student-centred space, and is perhaps one of the most-furnished common rooms in Oxford, currently housing:

  • a piano,
  • two resident guitars,
  • a TV, games consoles,
  • a pool table,
  • table football,
  • table tennis,
  • many board games
  • and plenty of comfy seating and student-decor all in there permanently.

Read more on the college website.

St Anne’s is...

'…a wonderfully welcoming community of students and staff from all kinds of backgrounds.'

'…about having the excellent support network when things don’t go according to plan – both academically and non-academically.'

'…not pretentious or intimidating – you get to enjoy all the architecture around Oxford but live in a place which is informal and welcoming – the best of both worlds.'

'...about the diversity, the chat and the vibrant atmosphere, as well as the feeling that you’re part of a team.'

'…about collaboration rather than competition, which is really encouraging.'

St Anne's College

College facilities

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College accommodation


College availability

All first years on siteYes
Usually offered for three yearsYes
Usually offered for all yearsNo
Usually offered for first year and one other yearNo
Some vacation storage for international studentsYes


Catering type

College availability

Dining hallYes


Facility type

College availability

Gym on siteYes
Library open 24/7Yes
Computer rooms/stationsYes
Wi-Fi throughout collegeYes
Music roomYes
Theatre/performance spaceYes
Multi-faith prayer roomNo

Clubs and societies

Club / society

College availability

Music societyYes
Dramatic societyYes
College student magazine/paperNo
Some subject societiesYes
Other societiesYes

College outreach

Link areas 

In order to ensure that all areas of the UK are fully supported by the University of Oxford, our colleges are working together as 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.
St Anne's College is part of Oxford for North East and also works closely with two link regions in London.

Link Local Authorities

Newcastle upon Tyne
North Tyneside
Redcar and Cleveland
South Tyneside
Stockton on Tees


Outreach programmes

St Anne’s co-runs several outreach and access programmes with other colleges from both Oxford and Cambridge.

Aim for Oxford

As part of Oxford for North East, along with Christ Church College Oxford, we run the sustained-contact programme Aim For Oxford for around 70 Year 12s from state schools in the North East of England.

The programme involves four academic taster and admissions sessions in the region from January to April. The programme culminates in a week-long residential in Oxford in August, where participants stay in either St Anne’s or Christ Church. During the residential, participants take part in tutorials and eventually present the research they undertook that week. The programme gives participants the opportunity to get a taste of what life is like as an Oxford student.

Applications open in October of the year before the programme starts. Find out more about the programme.

Women and Non-Binary People in STEM

In conjunction with Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, we run a Women and Non-Binary People in STEM programme for Years 10-12 (England & Wales), S3-S5 (Scotland), Years 11-13 (Northern Ireland) or equivalent overseas.

The aim of the programme is to inform young women and non-binary people about the benefits of studying STEM and its career prospects, encouraging them to explore those interests and whether STEM might be for them.

The programme consists of:

  • 11 online subject-specific talks in January, given by academics and staff members from each subject faculty, talking about why students might love their subject. These are then followed by Q&As with current students studying those subjects to share their experiences and advice on super-curriculars.
  •  In April, St Anne’s and Fitzwilliam host an in-person day in each college with many women and non-binary people in STEM, including students and academics. These sessions are an opportunity to celebrate the programme and to give the participants a chance to try some hands-on STEM learning.

Applications open in October of the year before the programme starts, and we welcome applications from any state school students in the years given above who identify as female or any other marginalised genders.


Access and Outreach at St Anne's

Outreach and Academic Support Officer: Jackie Watson
Outreach Officer: George Hobart
Outreach Officer (from June 2024): Hannah Snell

 +44 (0) 1865 274825 / +44 (0) 1865 274881
 [email protected]

Visit the College's outreach webpages.

For schools in the North East you can also contact Oxford for North East: [email protected]

Postal address:
St Anne's College
56 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HS

Outreach events

 Visit the University's Outreach event calendar to view upcoming outreach events. Please note that some events may require advance booking or have specific eligibility criteria.