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
Our students will primarily enjoy meals in the college dining hall. Typically, the college will offer a buffet service with a wide range of options, with the exception of our celebratory closing dinner; where students will be provided with a customised set menu. If students have any special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian, dairy or gluten-free), they must complete and submit a form for the caterers in advance.
Our students will have the opportunity to stay in a typical Oxford College, which range in age from the 18th to the 20th century. The bedrooms are modestly-furnished, don't have air-conditioning and are organised on a staircase of four or five floors. These rooms often feature a personal washbasin, but share full bathroom facilities (shower and toilet) with a number of adjacent rooms. Most bedrooms are single occupancy, however a number of twins are accessible for those who wish to share with a companion.
Each student will be placed in a single or twin study bedroom for the duration of their stay. Whilst standard rooms have shared bathroom facilities, suites may be available with private showers and washrooms.
Please note that our partner Oxford colleges can only arrange for students to stay from the start of our summer programme, and will not be able to provide accommodation after the course ends. Additionally, accommodation is only open to students formally enrolled in our programmes, and family members and friends who are not enrolled will not be allowed to stay.
Our cooperating Oxford colleges can only arrange for students to stay after the start of the summer program, and students cannot stay after the course ends. Accommodation is only open to students enrolled in summer schools, and family members and friends who do not enroll in the summer school are not allowed to stay.
Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.
Bedrooms at St Antony’s College
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.
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.
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
Oxford International Study Abroad Programme
(Funded and operated by Oxford Study Abroad Foundation)
Address: 16-17 Turl Street, Oxford Student Hub, Oxford, OX1 3DH, England, UK
Tel: +44（0）1865 521959
Oxford International Study Abroad Programme is funded and operated by Oxford study Abroad Foundation which is a non-for-profit organization registered in England and Wales. We are not affiliated with the University of Oxford in any way. All accommodation and facilities are leased for the duration of the programme from colleges of the University of Oxford.