St Hugh's College
St Hugh's College.
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St Hugh's College

About the college

Known for its extensive, tranquil gardens, St Hugh’s is one of the largest colleges in Oxford.

Founded in 1886, St Hugh’s was established to offer an Oxford education to women who could not afford the fees of the University at the time. The College now accepts applications from all students, and retains a strong sense of its radical tradition and of the importance of opening Oxford to all who would do well here, welcoming people from every kind of background.

St Hugh’s College

St Hugh’s offers accommodation (much of it ensuite) throughout an undergraduate’s course, along with a large, well-stocked college library and, unusually, a Bodleian Reading Room.

St Hugh’s also benefits from a range of catering options. In addition to the food provision in the dining hall, all rooms have access to a kitchen, and a café offers food throughout the day and a modern space in which to work. The College is a supportive environment; funds are available to address unforeseen financial hardship. There is a gym, and student-run bar, and the chapel and separate multi-faith prayer room are open to all college members, regardless of belief.

Read more on the college website.

St Hugh’s is...

'…a welcoming community; St Hugh’s is a large and diverse college; you get to know people from different courses and years really quickly!'

'…a bit out of town, so you don't have tourists bothering you.'

'…having 24/7 access to one of the largest college libraries in Oxford as well as a bit of the Bod, and plenty of places to study.'

'…having fantastic tutors – each has their own style, but tutorials are always really interesting– challenging, but not overwhelming.'

'…a college full of smiles!'

St Hugh's College

College facilities

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College accommodation


College availability

All first years on siteYes
Usually offered for all yearsYes
Usually offered for three yearsNot applicable
Usually offered for first year and one other yearNot applicable
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 spaceNo
Multi-faith prayer roomYes

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.
St Hugh's College is part of Oxford for South East.

Link Local Authorities


Outreach programmes

At St Hugh’s, we recognise that personal achievement and learning development start in school – but don’t stop there! This is why our outreach strategy is built around three main areas of focus: students, teachers and communities.

Our work with pupils encompasses a range of interactive skills workshops and targeted curriculum enrichment designed to ignite their curiosity and give them the tools to develop their learning capabilities, as well as demystify the Oxford experience.

To find out more, visit our dedicated outreach pages.


Access and Outreach at St Hugh's
Outreach Officer: Elena Sorochina

 +44 (0) 1865 274989
 [email protected]

Postal address:
St Hugh's College
St Margaret's Road, Oxford OX2 6LE

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.