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St John's College

About the college

St John’s is proud of its reputation for academic excellence within a vibrant, supportive and socially diverse community.

We offer one of the widest ranges of subject choice for undergraduates, taught by tutors and lecturers who are experts in their fields. Our excellent academic facilities include a new, fully accessible study centre.

Students at St John’s College

Undergraduates benefit from reasonably priced meals and accommodation. With on-site rooms guaranteed for the duration of a degree, we are able to build a strong sense of community. We also offer additional grants and prizes to help with academic-related expenses, such as books and computing equipment, travel and vacation study, projects and dissertations.

A diverse range of programmes and facilities for art, music, sport and drama offer all our students the chance to pursue their wider interests, from beginner to expert level.

Read more on the college website.

St John’s is...

'...a supportive community coupled with outstanding facilities and teaching.'

'…able to provide me with amazing opportunities.'

'…the place I’ve met the most interesting, intelligent and impressive people.'

'…great for cheap and good quality food – especially Hall breakfasts.'

'…fantastic for accommodation. You can live in for all years of your course.'

St John's College

College facilities

Visit our College Facilities page to compare facilities across different colleges.

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

Link Local Authorities

Brighton and Hove
East Sussex
West Sussex


Outreach programmes


The Inspire Scholars Programme for Years 9, 10 & 11 is sustained-contact programme that works collaboratively with schools in order to help pupils explore their interests, develop their academic skills, and consider their futures.

Non-selective state schools within St John's link regions are welcome to apply to the programme and more information can be found via our website. 

The Inspire Programme for Years 12 & 13 is open to any student within Oxford for South East who attends a non-selective state school.

Our flexible programme offers pupils the opportunity to view academic taster lectures, attend Study and University Skills Sessions and complete an Inspire Research Project. Find out more via our our website

The Inspire programme also offers multi-day residential summer schools for pupils in Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 who are on the Inspire programme.

Critical Thinking

Our Inspire Critical Thinking is a free online programme for pupils in Years 9, 10 & 11 who attend a non-selective state school in the UK.

Each year, Inspire Critical Thinking explores a new theme through four online workshops, each of which contains articles, videos, interviews and more from University of Oxford academics and students.

Find out more about Critical Thinking.

Study Days

St John’s runs a variety of Study and Subject Exploration Days through the year, to allow Year 12 students the opportunity to attend talks and workshops led by tutors, find out more about the course at Oxford and what tutors are looking for, and meet current St John's students.

They are all free of charge, and open to any non-selective state school Year 12 students.

Find out more about Study Days

Other outreach programmes

St John’s access and outreach team also partner with the wider Oxford University on projects such as the UNIQ Summer School and Opportunity Oxford.

We are also fortunate enough to work with third-sector partners including Target Oxbridge, The Brilliant Club and Lumina and with a local primary school.

For a full overview of our access and outreach activities please visit our website or contact our access team at [email protected].


Access and Outreach at St John's
Access Lead: Ben Measure

 [email protected]
 +44 (0) 1865 277350

Admissions Office : +44 (0) 1865 277317
 [email protected]

Postal address:
St John's College
St Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP

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.