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St John's College
The entrance to St John's College.

St John's College

St John’s has a lively and supportive atmosphere, with extensive grounds and some of the most beautiful gardens in Oxford.

St John's CollegeEvents are held at the college throughout the year.
We regard the link between teaching and research as important. All our tutors are active in research, and we have many graduate students.

We have a number of schemes for awarding grants to undergraduates for purchases of academic materials such as books and computing equipment, vacation study and travel, cases of unexpected financial hardship, musical training and costs incurred in representing the University in sports.


St John’s is close to the city centre, with its main entrance on St Giles’. We are a short walk from many University departments, the Science Area and libraries.

Accommodation and meals

All rooms are on the main site or nearby in Museum Road. We guarantee college accommodation for every year of an undergraduate course. Each room in college has an internet connection and all first-year students have access to a shared kitchen. We have excellent facilities for students with disabilities and special funds for visually impaired students.

Most meals in hall are self-service, with a wide range of options. You can buy snacks in the bar or cook for yourself. Kendrew Quad offers 70 ensuite rooms for students in later years along with a Wi-Fi café for all members of college.

Read more on the college website.


We have an excellent library which is open from early morning until midnight every day in term, with over 1,000 new books added each year. There is a computer room with PCs, printers and internet access. We provide Wi-Fi coverage throughout the college. We are currently building a new fully accessible library extension and study centre which will open in December 2017.

As well as the student bar, television rooms and laundries, we have an art gallery, two squash courts and two gyms on site. There are plenty of spaces for events.

We have a 200-seater auditorium due to undergo complete renovation. This work should be completed by January 2018. Our sports ground, a mile from the college, caters for football, rugby, cricket and tennis. There is also a boathouse with 11 boats on the river. From November 2017 we will have a college nursery for the children of college members (spaces permitting).

Student societies

St John’s has a joint orchestra with St Anne’s College and an active chapel choir which gives concerts, records CDs and tours internationally. We host regular amateur and professional recitals and concerts and invite eminent artists in different media to spend a period in college as Artist in Residence.

Our students stage pantomimes and reviews, and join productions in the University and at the Oxford Playhouse. Sport is played enthusiastically, with everyone having a chance to participate.

We also have our own TV station (SJCtv) reflecting the wide range of views and interests of our students.

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