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University College, Oxford

University College is very proud of its international, lively and outstanding graduate community. As a graduate at University College, students get to practice in a broad range of social, intellectual and sporting activities within the college.

University College is Oxford's one of the oldest colleges. It puts together academic excellence with an atmosphere that is relaxed, friendly and welcoming. The college has students from a wide variety of background and more than thirty-five different countries. The college has produced various distinguished alumni including Prime Ministers Clement Attlee (UK), Presidents Bill Clinton (USA) and Festus Mogae (Botswana), Bob Hawke (Australia) and Kofe Abrefa Busia (Ghana), Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, the poet Shelley, physicist Stephen Hawking, Nobel Prize winning writer VS Naipaul, and figures in the media such as Armando Iannucci and Paul Gambaccini.

Facilities for Students with Disabilities

  • Three adapted rooms, one in the Staverton Road complex and two on the main site
  • Restricted parking on the Staverton Road complex and no parking on the main site
  • Library, The Hall, Buttery and Bar are wheelchair accessible

Library Resources

Excellent libraries comprising a specialist law reference library open twenty-four hour a day during term.

Computing Resources

  • Outstanding computing facilities including a computing suite, which is reserved for graduate use only
  • Dedicated IT support to make sure facilities are regularly updated and functioning smoothly

Music, Art, Sport and Drama

  • College sports ground on the Abingdon Road that caters for traditional field sports
  • Award-winning new Boathouse (comprising dedicated ergo gym for rowers)
  • Squash court located on the main college site
  • Music practice room
  • Beautiful seventieth century chapel, an active Music Society and accomplished choir
  • Students can use the Swimming Pool and University Sports Centres free of charge

Other Facilities

  • The Martlets Society offers graduates a special forum for presenting their ideas and work to Fellows and other graduates
  • The college has various research centres and graduate hub in Merton Street
  • Graduate students can attend the College's New Durham Club lecturers at which Fellows present their work

Meals and Accommodation

  • A modern accommodation centre in North Oxford and accommodation on the main site, twenty minutes' walk from the college with beautiful gardens, refurbished bathrooms, computing facilities and good cooking facilities
  • Six rooms at the Boathouse, all en-suite with common room/shared kitchen
  • Generally, all graduates are offered at least two years' accommodation and the college aims to offer all a room on the main site for their first year
  • Limited flats are available for graduate students with partners, generally, for the duration of their course
  • Students rooms are equipped with an internet connection and a telephone line

Prizes and Funding

Graduate students receive book grants and may apply for research support and travel funds. The college also offers various scholarships. For more information about funding and prizes, students are advised to visit the college or university website.


The graduate common room (the WCR or Weir Common Room is equivalent of a MCR in other colleges) is situated on the main site and offers the social centre for graduate students and their partners. The college has a comfortable area for social gathering or for simply catching up on the newspapers, a TV room and modernized kitchen.


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