St Edmund Hall | University of Oxford
St Edmund Hall
St Edmund Hall.

St Edmund Hall

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.

St Edmund HallThe college library, which is housed in the church of St Peter-in-the-East.
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 college’s history can be traced back to the 13th century. Today it is a beautiful blend of the old and new, with buildings dating from every century since the 16th. We provide college grants and Masterclass awards to fund academic materials, travel and extra-curricular activities, as well as prizes for high achieving students.


St Edmund Hall occupies a tranquil and relaxed location in the city centre, just off the High Street in Queen’s Lane, with easy access to departments, libraries, museums and shops.

Accommodation and meals

All first years live in the main college site. We offer rooms to undergraduates for at least two years of study, and additional accommodation annexes are all within a short walk of college. All rooms are single study bedrooms with a washbasin or private bathroom. There are self-catering facilities at every site. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the large, modern dining hall, prepared by the college’s award-winning chef. Our food is renowned for its quality and variety.

Read more on the college website.


The large and well-stocked college library is housed on our main site within the reconfigured Norman church of St Peter-in-the-East. Some special collections are held in the separate 17th-century Old Library. Social and recreational spaces include the Junior Common Room (JCR) with satellite TV, hot drinks, newspaper subscriptions and a separate games room. We also have a well-equipped music room and a cosy, historic college bar. There is high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the college estate and dedicated computer rooms with PCs and printing facilities. Although many of our buildings are old, most main areas of the college are accessible.

Student societies

Our students take part in many different extra-curricular activities at the hall alongside their studies. The college has a long tradition in music, creative writing and journalism with student-led drama productions, lunch-time recitals and a flourishing choir, all assisted by a professional Director of Music.

We have thriving sports teams and a dedicated gym at our Norham Gardens centre, as well as pitches in the University Parks and a boathouse. The crowds that gather to support our teams exemplify the famous ‘hall spirit’, which unites our community and is fondly remembered long after graduation.

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