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, but we must continue our efforts to provide the balance of the 125 new student rooms promised at the start of our Building the Future campaign. The events of 2020 have made it even clearer just how much difference living on site can make to our students. The additional expense of remote learning, combined with the lack of part-time jobs available over the summer – normally a vital source of additional money for many of our undergraduates – have left our students in a precarious financial position. St Hilda’s is deeply committed to fulfilling our promise to allow all undergraduates the option of living in College accommodation for the duration of their studies.
Alongside student accommodation, our new buildings provide further facilities such as 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.
Phase II of our Building the Future campaign will see our promise to provide 125 additional student rooms fulfilled. Plans are in the early stages, and we will release new information as soon as it is available.
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.
"Not only does a College room relieve the financial and administrative burden of renting privately, but it also means students remain in the heart of the St Hilda’s community – something that has been particularly important during the COVID-19 pandemic."