Transforming our Site
Our major programme of investment will ensure that our students’ experience is second to none and that St Hilda’s will continue to be a College in a garden with a beautiful river frontage and uplifting views.
We intend to improve and increase our student accommodation, so that St Hilda’s students can enjoy the same advantages as their counterparts at other Oxford colleges. Our new development will provide an additional 125 rooms over two sites so that all students can be offered College accommodation for the duration of their degrees. We also need a larger and more attractive Middle Common Room for our growing graduate student community that is an integral part of St Hilda’s and well-appointed teaching spaces for tutors and Fellows. Our development project will provide new social and teaching spaces, a new Middle Common Room, Porters’ Lodge and entrance.
In February 2016 we appointed architects Gort Scot to work with us to transform our site. Since then, we have liaised with members of Oxford Design Review Panel, Historic England and Oxford Preservation Trust to develop our vision. Good progress has been made. Over the summer of 2017, we will continue to liaise with our stakeholders as we work towards developing our planning application.
We're excited by the possibilities offered by the new graduate common room. An expanded, more versatile area in the front-of-college building will give new opportunities for combined social, meeting and study spaces, enhancing graduate students' experience at the heart of the College's activities.
The opportunity for more students to live on site will greatly enrich college life and help enhance the sense of community between all of St Hilda's College members. The new social spaces will open up new possibilities for events and projects, encouraging students to thrive in all aspects of their university experience.
Oxford has become one of the least affordable cities in the UK for housing... a College room can be as effective as a bursary, saving a student more than £1,000 over an academic year.