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Wadham College

About the college

Wadham was founded by a woman in the 16th century with a mission to create a college of academic excellence close to the heart of Oxford. We have been pushing the boundaries of knowledge and inquiry ever since.

Students at Wadham College

As one of the bigger colleges of the University, we offer one of the largest selections of courses. We welcome academic excellence, diversity and independence, being known for our inclusive and welcoming culture.

Our students thrive on being taught by internationally renowned tutors and enjoy access to academic skills support, purpose-built study spaces and a library that is open 24/7. Wadham students can also benefit from a professional and dedicated welfare team and disability support.

We support our students to fulfil their interests and potential, encouraging applications to a range of grants and scholarships which cover:

  • books
  • language learning
  • travel
  • course-related expenses
  • as well as offering generous financial hardship support.

Students can enjoy college accommodation throughout their studies, set within breath-taking gardens and outdoor spaces. This includes our recently completed Dorothy Wadham building for second years in the vibrant Cowley Road area of East Oxford. The gardens are also the location for our famous music festival, Wadstock, outdoor drama performances and the occasional tutorial.

Wadham’s notable alumni span centuries as well as disciplines. From founders of the Royal Society to Nobel prize winners and Oscar nominated actors, Wadhamites can be identified as influential figures in the medical, finance, tech., legal, arts sectors, and beyond.

Read more on the college website.

Wadham is...

'…the home of great debate, encouraging freedom of thought and expression.'

'…being known for our work hard, play harder spirit!'

'…always having someone to support you.'

'…fantastic accommodation, particularly in second year - modern, well-equipped kitchens, ensuite bathrooms and comfy bedrooms.'

…the most gorgeous library where you can curl up on a beanbag with a view of the gardens.

""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 spaceYes
Multi-faith prayer roomNo

Clubs and societies 

Club / society

College availability

Music societyYes
Dramatic societyYes
College student magazine/paperNo
Some subject societiesYes
Other societiesYes

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.

Wadham College is part of Oxford for East England.

Link Local Authorities

Central Bedfordshire
Barking and Dagenham
Tower Hamlets


Access and Outreach at Wadham
Access and Outreach Officer: Dr Hugh Munro

Admissions : +44 (0) 1865 277545

Postal address:
Wadham College
Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PN