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

St Hugh’s is one of the largest colleges in Oxford. The college was established to offer an Oxford education to women, and it retains a strong sense of its radical tradition and of the importance of opening Oxford up to all who would do well here. St Hugh’s now accepts men and women and welcomes students from every country and any kind of background.

St Hugh's CollegeSt Hugh's College has some of the largest college grounds in Oxford.
St Hugh’s has a beautiful setting just to the north of the city centre, with Edwardian buildings and some of the largest college grounds. The college is known for its tranquil gardens, and it is a restful place to live and work.

The college awards scholarships or exhibitions (grants) to undergraduates on the basis of their performance in University examinations, or for other excellent work. All members of college are entitled to apply for grants to help with vacation travel connected to their course of study, and there are also funds available for those who encounter unforeseen financial hardship.


St Hugh’s College is about 12 minutes’ walk from the city centre: within easy reach, on foot or by bicycle, of all University departments and libraries.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation is available on the main college site for all undergraduates for the duration of their course. Nearly half of rooms have their own bathroom. All rooms have free internet connection. Shared kitchens are available as an alternative to eating in the main hall. Meals in hall are paid for using a cashless card system.

Read more on the college website.


St Hugh’s has one of the largest and best-stocked of all college libraries, housed in a beautiful art deco building with 70,000 volumes and 24-hour access. There are dedicated computer rooms, an impressively equipped gym and a student-run bar; the college’s chapel, and separate multi-faith prayer room, are open to all college members, regardless of belief.

Student societies

There are academic societies in many subject areas, and the college has a very active musical and artistic life, including a chapel choir and annual prizes for musical performance and creative writing. Sport within college is popular: as well as having a gym on site, the gardens are used for frisbee and croquet, and St Hugh’s has a share in a boathouse, squash and tennis courts and a large sports ground. The college hosts a ball every two years in its beautiful gardens.

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