St Edmund Hall
St Edmund Hall Quad.

St Edmund Hall

About the college

St Edmund Hall is home to a large, diverse and inclusive community. Renowned for our friendly and relaxed atmosphere, we are nevertheless firmly committed to academic excellence and opportunity.

The Hall’s intake of approximately 110 undergraduates, selected on merit and irrespective of background, comprises students with academic ability, passion for their subjects and the potential to excel. Known across the University as ‘Teddy Hall’, the origins of the College can be traced back to the 13th century.

Students at St Edmund Hall

Today it is a beautiful blend of the old and new. St Edmund Hall has buildings dating from every century since the 16th. This includes the atmospheric college library set in the reconfigured Norman church of St Peter-in-the-East.

We have thriving sports teams, as well as a long tradition in music, creative writing and journalism. We provide college grants and awards to fund academic materials, travel and extra-curricular activities, as well as prizes for high achieving students.

Read more on the college website.

St Edmund Hall is...

'…the perfect environment in which to stretch yourself academically, to explore new ideas and to pursue your interests wherever they may take you.'

'…full of wonderful tutors who listen to your academic needs and do everything they can to help you achieve your potential.'

'…famous for its food. Our chef is amazing, and every meal is brilliant, even for a fussy eater like me!'

'…home to tutors who are the most intelligent, supportive and interesting people I have ever met.'

'…a really inclusive community where there’s always something to get involved in.'

St Edmund Hall

College facilities

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College accommodation


College availability

All first years on siteYes
Usually offered for first year and one other yearYes
Usually offered for three yearsNo
Usually offered for all yearsNo
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/paperYes
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.
In collaboration with Magdalen and Lincoln colleges, St Edmund Hall forms part of Oxford for East Midlands, whose flagship outreach programme, Oxford NextGen, is aimed at empowering students from across the East Midlands region. In particular, its residential for Year 13 students affords students a comprehensive insight into the Oxbridge application process, as well as allowing students to experience a taste of student life.
Additionally, the St Edmund Hall Roadshow works with schools in the Peak District and north Derbyshire, where a day-trip to Oxford is less feasible. This allows students in these areas the opportunity to learn more about higher education and Oxbridge, as well as speak to current students by visiting their school for the day.
More information about St Edmund Hall’s outreach work can be accessed via our Impact Report and website.

Link Regions


Outreach programmes

St Edmund Hall works extensively with state schools in Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Rutland, as well as within the wider region of the East Midlands.

In addition to hosting school visits to St Edmund Hall and running workshops both in-schools and online, the college also runs a number of dedicated outreach programmes. 

Unlock Oxford

The College’s flagship outreach programme, Unlock Oxford, works with students from backgrounds under-represented at Oxford.

From providing information on student finance in Year 10 to supporting KS5 students with super-curricular activities, the programme aims to build students’ confidence in their academic potential and equip them with the tools to make as competitive an application to Oxbridge as possible.

Big Think Competition

The annual Big Think Competition offers UK state school students in Years 11-13 the opportunity to engage with Oxbridge-style study to win prizes.

Entrants answer one of the tutors’ ‘big’ tutorial-style questions in a five-minute video essay, with questions ranging from ‘Is privacy dead? Should it be?’ to ‘Will we ever find extra-terrestrial life?’.


Access and Outreach at St Edmund Hall

Admissions & Outreach Manager: Luke Maw
Access & Outreach Coordinator: Rebecca Smithson

 [email protected] 
 +44 (0)1865 279380

Admissions Office
 [email protected]
 +44 (0)1865 279009

Postal address:
St Edmund Hall
Queen's Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR

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.