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.
St Catherine’s is also home to the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre (recent holders include Patrick Stewart, Kevin Spacey, Meera Syal and Stephen Fry). All this makes for a stimulating intellectual environment, and the college is proud of its place at the forefront of innovation, research and contemporary culture.
Its modern architecture (designed by the award-winning architects Arne Jacobsen and Stephen Hodder) and restful open spaces (both Grade I listed) give the college a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, in which everyone is quickly made to feel at home. As a large college we are a cosmopolitan society, with students drawn from more than 50 countries.
St Catherine’s is situated at the end of Manor Road, off St Cross Road – an ideal location close to the city centre, the Science Area, University faculties and libraries (the English and Law Faculties and Economics and Politics Departments are next door), yet surrounded by meadows, parks and water. Many undergraduates appreciate the tranquillity of the extensive college grounds. This is a college at the heart of the University, barely 10 minutes’ walk from the centre, but with a distinctly rural feel.
Accommodation and meals
The vast majority of undergraduates live in college for three years and enjoy the advantage of living close to college facilities. All rooms have internet access and many offer ensuite facilities. We have specially adapted rooms for students with disabilities. Meals are provided in hall on a pay-as-you-eat basis. Those who prefer to cater for themselves can do so by using the small kitchens provided on each floor of the accommodation.
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St Catherine’s offers excellent facilities, including a large college library with over 60,000 volumes, well-equipped computer rooms and a spacious and comfortable Junior Common Room (JCR). 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.
Clubs, societies and discussion groups are prominent in Catz undergraduate life: there are many different sports teams, a thriving law society and a flourishing music society.
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