All first-year undergraduates are guaranteed College accommodation. We are usually able to offer accommodation to all finalists who want it, although some students prefer to find their own accommodation in Oxford. Students are normally required to vacate the onsite rooms during vacations. Finalists often stay during the Easter vacation for study purposes, although they may be required to stay in a different building to the one that they occupy in term time. Funding is available to contribute to the additional cost.
Most second-year students currently live out. The College is undertaking a series of major building projects. Our new Boundary Building, which was completed in Michaelmas Term 2020, includes over 50 new student bedrooms. Our aim is that in future years we will be able to house all undergraduate students who wish to live in throughout their course.
First-year undergraduates are automatically allocated accommodation in either the Boundary Building, Garden Building, South Building, or Wolfson Building. Rooms have a washbasin and generally there are two to three showers, three toilets, and a kitchen area per floor. Each floor usually houses 12 to 13 students. Rooms for continuing students are allocated through an annual room ballot.
All rooms, with the exception of those off site, are offered on a 27-week licence. Undergraduate rooms in the Jocelyn Morris Quad, currently available to finalists only, are offered on a 40-week licence.
Every College room is regularly cleaned by a college ‘scout’. There are laundries in two of the on-site buildings and at the Jocelyn Morris Quad, with card-operated machines and ironing facilities in each of the buildings. The College Lodge is manned 24/7 and provides security and first aid cover. When students are required to move from their rooms during vacation times, alternative accommodation will be offered for those with travel difficulties or study needs. Extra residence charges apply (currently £21.00 per night in 2020/21).
A damage deposit of £250 will be charged at the commencement of your first year in College accommodation. Any damage to College property or additional cleaning will be charged against this. You will be notified of any amounts to be charged. Your deposit will be returned to you at the end of July in the year that you finish your course.
Students are required to pay for compulsory catering credit which can be exchanged for meals in the Dining Hall. Credits may be carried over from term to term but not from year to year. During the Easter vacation and Trinity Term, students may sell or transfer unused credit to other St Hilda's students.
The College has five different undergraduate accommodation buildings on its main site in Cowley Place. Take a look at our map to see where they are. Each building has its own style and character with Wifi available throughout. In addition, we offer accommodation in our Jocelyn Morris Quad, which is approximately five minutes walk along Iffley Road, to to final-year students.
Christina Barratt Building (Finalists): The Christina Barratt Building has 36 ensuite rooms. There are three floors and each floor has a kitchen. The building is used outside of term time for conferences.
Garden Building (First Years): Garden Building has 50 student rooms arranged over three floors with a small kitchen on each floor.
Hall Building (Finalists): Hall Building has 35 standard rooms with washbasin and shared facilities. There are a number of floors. There are three kitchens in the Building, one large and two small. There is no kitchen on the very top floor.
South Building (Finalists and First Years): South Building has 17 student rooms. Due to the nature of the building, these are arranged over a number of floors with some small clusters of rooms and one larger corridor area where most rooms overlook the river. There are two kitchens.
Wolfson Building (First Years): Wolfson Building has 55 student rooms arranged over three floors with a small kitchen on each floor.
Off-site houses (Finalists): We currently offer a number of off-site properties in our Jocelyn Morris Quad to finalists. The Jocelyn Morris Quad is approximately five minutes walk from College on Iffley Road. Accommodation off site is offered on a 40-week contract so that finalists can stay up over Christmas and Easter vacations without moving their belongings and without having to commit to the 52-week letting period required by private landlords.
College accommodation is covered by the Student Accommodation Code of Practice.
Accommodation Prices (2020/21)
|Rooms||Prices (Undergraduate terms are 9 weeks)|
|Sets are 1.5 times standard on-site rent||£2,279 per 9-week term plus £175 compulsory catering credit per term|
|New Build ensuite||£1,842 per term plus £175 compulsory catering credit per term|
|Christina Barratt Building||£1,675 per term plus £175 compulsory catering credit per term|
|Standard on-site (not ensuite)||£1,519 per term plus £175 compulsory catering credit per term|
|Jocelyn Morris Quad ensuite||£1,675 per term or £6,587 for 40 weeks plus £175 compulsory catering credit per term|
|Jocelyn Morris Quad standard (not ensuite)||£1,519 per term or £5,908 for 40 weeks plus £175 compulsory catering credit per term|
Note: Accommodation prices usually rise approximately 3-4 per cent annually.