Our most urgent priority remains the creation of additional student rooms, to remain competitive with other Oxford colleges and to continue to attract and support the most talented students. Private rental fees increase significantly ever year, and so many students would not consider applying to a college that could not accommodate them. A guaranteed room in College acts like a bursary, saving each student a large amount of money.
The opening of the new Anniversary Building is a significant milestone, providing student accommodation alongside teaching spaces, flexible social areas, and a new Middle Common Room for graduate students. Thanks to the generosity of our alumnae and friends, construction of the Anniversary Building and the Pavilion is now complete. The Anniversary Building links together Hall and South Buildings to form a cohesive centre for the College, including a spectacular rooftop garden to take in the best views of Oxford. The Pavilion provides teaching and social spaces that make the most of our exceptional riverside setting. You can see how our new buildings fit into our site in our latest drone film, taken in Spring 2021.
For £5,500,000 you can name the new Anniversary Building, while £200,000 is required to sponsor the Roof Garden Suite. The riverside Pavilion can be named for £1,500,000. A host of other naming opportunities, including SCR guest rooms and selected Tutor's rooms, are available. Please contact the Development Office for more information.
As part of our continued commitment to providing the 125 additional student rooms promised at the start of our Building the Future campaign, the College purchased two new properties in 2022. 11 Norham Gardens and 38 St Giles' are buildings with a long tradition of housing students (they were previously part of St Benet's hall), and will provide St Hilda's with an extra 32 and 29 student rooms, respectively. Over time and with appropriate permissions and funding, there is scope to convert some communal rooms within the buildings, and upgrade larger existing bedrooms to create single accommodation for around 80 students. Such is the demand for affordable student accommodation that the College was able to let the majority of the rooms from the start of Michaelmas 2022. Both properties come with attractive outdoor spaces where our students can relax, as well as a variety of indoor areas for studying and socialising.
With these new properties come new naming opportunities. For £4,100,000 you can name the Norham Gardens building, while £5,100,000 is needed to sponsor 38 St Giles’. There are opportunities to name rooms and study and social spaces in the new buildings. Prices for student rooms range from £12,000 – £25,000.
There is still much to be done to fund these ambitious plans, so please support our Building the Future campaign now. All gifts, large and small, will make a difference.
“I am delighted that St Hilda’s has found such an elegant solution to our lack of undergraduate accommodation. Our students will benefit immediately, and the future of the College has been made more secure than ever.”