Prospective Students: St Hilda's College Hall Building seen from Oxford's Botanical Gardens
Prospective Students: St Hilda's College Hall Building seen from Oxford's Botanical Gardens

Why Choose St Hilda's?

The Distinctiveness

St Hilda’s has many distinctive characteristics that make it a unique and remarkable college. The College is committed to excellence and equality and we value the essential Oxford traditions of scholarship and learning, but are able to provide our students with a relaxed and accessible environment in which to live and study.

Our library collection is one of the most extensive of all Oxford colleges; it has 158 study stations and is available to students wishing to work late and over the weekends. In addition the College has excellent Wi-Fi coverage freely available throughout all study-bedrooms and teaching spaces. St Hilda’s is also home to Oxford’s most exciting music venue; the Jacqueline du Pré Music Building has five practice rooms for students’ use and a world-class auditorium that hosts an incredible range of events.

St Hilda’s is spectacularly set in four acres of informal landscape gardens. This tranquil setting has many lawns that students can enjoy freely and on-site riverside punts to borrow; we are also the only college with circular tables in our Dining Hall enabling friendly and informal mealtime gatherings. All these elements exemplify the distinctive approach of St Hilda’s, which with its dynamic community of fellows, staff and students, is an inspiring and vibrant college.

"St Hilda's is such a wonderful college...Older years are always there to give advice on academic and non-academic concerns...Being at St Hilda's really made the transition from school to university much easier."

Olivia, Classics
The Setting

St Hilda’s has one of the most beautiful settings in Oxford. The buildings and gardens stretch along the banks of the River Cherwell which flows under nearby Magdalen Bridge. From the lawns students can enjoy one of the best views of Oxford’s dreaming spires.

The College is a five-minute walk from Oxford’s busy High Street and the University Examination Schools, with the Bodleian Library, museums, laboratories and subject departments just a short way beyond this. St Hilda’s is also two minutes from Cowley Road, famed for its vibrant mix of independent shops, world cuisine restaurants, cafés and bars.

St Hilda’s College is also the closest Oxford college to the main Oxford University Sports complex on Iffley Road. Facilities include a power-lifting gym, rowing tank, Olympic-sized swimming pool, and running track. The sports complex offers our students a fantastic discounted annual membership for just £15.

St Hilda’s students benefit from a world-class teaching and learning experience within a tranquil riverside setting, which offers respite from the tourist magnet of Oxford’s city centre, whilst being within walking distance of lectures and classes. At St Hilda’s College, students really do get the best of all worlds.

"We're the closest college to the University Sports Centre...We have lots of open space, and being right on the river is lovely, and we have our own punts to use in the summer term!"

Abigail, Law
The Support

St Hilda’s has some of the best financial and welfare support for students. The College’s focus is on providing an environment where everyone can succeed; helping not only with study needs but also support when things might go wrong.

The College is a caring community; all students have a personal tutor in their subject, and if needed students can also access welfare support from the on-site doctor, nurse and counsellor, as well as the Welfare and Junior Deans and the Disability Fellow.

Grants are available to purchase books, and to help with study-related travel, academic research projects as well as providing emergency hardship support.

To enhance future opportunities, our former students have set up a wide range of networks to help, encourage and mentor new our graduates into their chosen careers.

"St Hilda's College helps you feel at ease with some of the best welfare support in the whole of the University."

Neyet, History
The Success

Last year, 97.3% of St Hilda’s students achieved a First Class or high Second Class degree, across a wide range of subjects. There were particularly strong results in History, Modern Languages, Biochemistry and Medicine. St Hilda’s students won University prizes in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Geography, History, Linguistics, Modern languages and Psychology. 

"The tutors really do care about whether you are going to do well."

Richard, Physics
The Community

Being at St Hilda’s College means being part of a vibrant and diverse community. There is something for everyone; you can join a College sports team and organise or attend a drama performance, a concert, a speaker meeting, a Ball, or an arts festival.

‘My experience in St Hilda's has been so, so excellent- excellent academically, excellent socially with the vibrant MCR, and excellent with mentors, Fellows, and professors who are friendly and welcoming. That, for me, is what sets St Hilda's apart- the combination of world-leading academics and a real sense of community and inclusivity. You just don't get that at every college in Oxford. ‘

Dakota (Cody) McCoy, MPhil Nature, Society and Environment 2015