The University of Oxford consists of 38 colleges - a diverse community covering diverse subjects. Oxford colleges are not only responsible for the teaching of undergraduate and postgraduate students, but also provide dormitory accommodation, which is called the “college system”. Most of the colleges are located in the city centre, with accommodation usually located on the main campus, or a short walk away, ensuring travel is no problem. Each college has its own living and learning facilities such as a libraries, laboratories, computer rooms, classrooms, dining halls, bars, gyms and laundry rooms, as well as a Junior common room for downtime. These recreational facilities are usually in close proximity to college dorms, and many social activities at Oxford University are run on a college-based (‘collegiate’) basis, so it is easy to make friends. Living in halls of residence not only helps foreign students form close international friendships, but also inspires them to understand and integrate into the culture, and way of life in the UK. We firmly believe that working in Oxford, as part of such a diverse community of different backgrounds, is a tremendously enriching personal experience.

Bedrooms and Meals

Oxford Homestay Option

A lot of our students may choose our homestay option. Living with Oxford residents is a great way to learn more about the UK and British culture firsthand, and of course it's a lot easier in many ways than living in an apartment, as the host will assist with food shopping, cooking, cleaning, and even your laundry.

Your host will do their best to make you feel right at home - providing essential amenities such as a desk or workspace, closet and bathroom facilities. Please remember that you may need to share these facilities with others! Your homestay environment will be clean and tidy, and the atmosphere - safe and hospitable. We have longterm relationships with a number of quality homestays in Oxford city centre, with extremely experienced host families accustomed to accommodating visiting international students.

To ensure that our students are satisfied with their host families during their stay, we need to provide our hosts with as much clear and accurate data as possible in advance. It's worth noting that the sooner you book your homestay, the easier it will be for us to meet your requirements. Every summer, the demand for homestay students is quite large, and we often cannot meet exact requirements for late applicants.

Accommodation and Facilities

Items that must be carried

You will need to bring your personal toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, shower gel, shaving equipment, hairbrushes etc. Everything else – including towels – will be provided by your homestay.

Please note: the price of the homestay option is considerably lower than our Oxford College dorm rooms. We recommend therefore that students with a limited budget should seriously consider this option.


During the summer school, our students will enjoy a guided tour of The Bodleian Library - Oxford’s most celebrated central library dating back to the middle ages. They will additionally be able to explore other Oxford University College libraries.

Additional Equipment

We recommend that each student bring along a laptop to help with work. Most public spaces and bedrooms in the college are equipped with free, easy-to-connect Wi-Fi.

St Antony’s College, University of Oxford

The Nissan Theatre

St. Antony’s College’s Library