St Catherine's College
St Catherine's College

St Catherine's College

About the college

St Catherine's College (Catz) is Oxford’s youngest undergraduate college and one of its largest and most diverse communities. We treasure the traditional values of Oxford college life, but pursue a distinctly modern agenda.

Students at St Catherine’s College

We offer a wide range of subjects, with a broadly even split between science and arts. The college is proud of its place at the forefront of innovation, research and contemporary culture. Its modern architecture (Grade I listed) and restful open spaces give the college a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

The vast majority of undergraduates live in college for three years. There are excellent facilities, including a large college library, well-equipped computer rooms and a spacious and comfortable Junior Common Room. Sport, music, art and drama enjoy a high profile in the college. On site there are:

  • squash courts
  • a gymnasium
  • a punt house
  • a music house for practice and performance
  • and theatres for both indoor and outdoor productions.

Read more on the college website.

St Catherine’s is...

'…the best of both worlds – modern but still has traditional aspects. I would definitely call it home.'

'…a diverse community of students, coming from different backgrounds, studying different subjects, and having different interests.'

'…a place where our tutors seem to really care about our development outside of academic work as well as within it.'

'...a tranquil environment, due to the lack of tourists and the surrounding nature, which makes Catz a special place for me.'

'…such a friendly place with great student welfare!'

St Catherine's College

College facilities

Visit our College Facilities page to compare facilities across different colleges.

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 24/7No
Computer rooms/stationsNo
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 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.
St Catherine's College is part of Oxford Cymru / Oxford for Wales

Local Link Authorities

Blaenau Gwent
Isle of Anglesey
Merthyr Tydfil
Neath Port Talbot
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Vale of Glamorgan
Ynys Mon 

Outreach programmes

St Catherine’s College is committed to access for all. As a College, we can trace our roots back to 1868, when a ‘Delegacy for Unattached Students’ was formed. This delegacy enabled students to be members of the University without being a member of a college, thus avoiding the prohibitive costs of College membership at the time.

We are proud to continue our work to support talented students from all backgrounds to make strong applications to competitive universities.

The Catalyst Programme

The Catalyst Programme is our sustained contact outreach programme that provides pupils with tailored support at multiple points in their school career, as well as an opportunity to visit Oxford.

Using a ‘hub model’ for each event, the schools take turns to host pupils from the other schools in the network. This means the College has a greater impact in terms of the total number of participants, and shares the administrative and logistical strain of organising large scale events with all schools in the partnership.

Currently, the Catalyst Programme supports schools in Lewisham, Haringey, Teesside and South Wales.

Academic taster days

We also deliver a range of Academic Taster Days for students in Y12 to spend a day exploring a specific academic area at St Catz, meet with some current students, experience a taste of academic teaching and enjoy lunch in our hall. These events typically take place in May half term.

In 2023, we welcomed 200 students to St Catz across four Academic Taster Days: Geography, Modern Languages, Women+ in STEM, and Music.

If you would like to visit St Catherine’s College, or have questions about our Outreach work, then please do get in touch by emailing [email protected].


Access and Outreach at St Catherine's
Outreach Officer: Joanna Meacham

 +44 (0) 1865 281189
 [email protected]

Postal address:
St Catherine's College
Manor Road, Oxford OX1 3UJ

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.