The motto of St Hilda’s is excellence and equality. This captures a very clear and powerful focus on supporting our students – to be the best they possibly can academically, in an environment which allows them to thrive – whatever their background. With passionate and committed tutors, a great range of college awards for academic work, travel, sport and other activities, and one of the most friendly and relaxing settings to be a student in Oxford, St Hilda’s provides all the right ingredients for success in your degree.
The college is on a beautiful riverside site with easy access to the city centre, the University sports complex and the lively culture of east Oxford.
Accommodation and meals
First- and final-year students have rooms in college. In the second year there is the opportunity to live in a rented house near the college. Food in college is highly rated, and we cater for all special diets. There is also the option of self-catering in one of the many student kitchens in college.
Read more on the college website.
The college library has an extensive collection of books, journals and electronic resources to support all the subjects we offer. It boasts seven reading rooms over three floors, with seating for 158 readers. The main reading room looks out over the River Cherwell and the dreaming spires of central Oxford. Students enjoy performances of every kind of music in the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building, which also has five practice rooms and a recording studio that students may use.
St Hilda’s is one of the few undergraduate colleges right on the river. Free college punts can be used right through the summer months. The University sports complex is just around the corner with its gym and swimming pool; through the college, you can get subsidised membership for both.
The Junior Common Room (JCR) provides a student hub in college – with a TV room, pool table, bar and buttery. The committee organises regular social events such as parties and formal halls, and options for being involved in student clubs and activities include music, drama, the college student newspaper and a wide range of sport (such as rowing, netball, hockey, rugby and yoga). At the JCR Arts Festival students can show their own work (sculpture, painting, photography) and put on plays and concerts. And anyone is welcome to start their own society!