The College and University relationship at Oxford is unique. Oxford University is composed of individual colleges spread throughout the city. For undergraduates, the college is the centre of residential, academic and social life. Graduates on the other hand, usually have their academic work supervised at a university level.  However, college can offer many things to make your life and work run a little more smoothly, as well as being your community within the University.  A few of the major resources of the college are listed below:


Upon your arrival to St Hilda’s if you are in college accommodation you should find clean and functionally appointed houses. If, however, you have any problems with your accommodation there are two good people to contact. First your house should have or have quickly elected a house rep whose job it is to take any housing problems or concerns to the MCR committee and the college administration for resolution. If your house rep is not available yet you can also take problems directly to the Buildings Manager, José Castillo-Bernaus (


Most graduates find that their department takes responsibility for all academic issues. The college will also provide you with a college advisor to act as a source of support and advice. They should contact you early in your first term; if they do not, do not hesitate to email them. Also, the Tutor for Graduates ( is a resource for any academic concerns or interactions with the college that your department or college advisor cannot handle, as well as being a source of general advice.


The college library is an oasis of calm if the larger university libraries get too much for you.  You’ll be invited to an induction during your first week to learn how to use the online catalogue. They also have computing and photocopying facilities.  Additionally, the library is home to the MCR DVD vault, a small but growing free lending library of DVDs available to MCR members.


All students are issued with a login and password which will allow you to access computers in the MCR common room and the Library.  Colour and B&W printers are available and graduates will receive a printing allowance of £30 per year.  All Graduate houses are connected to the Internet.

Students should visit the IT department for further information or email them on

Common Room Facilities

The common room (MCR) has a colour TV, VCR, DVD player, phone, kitchen (refrigerator, cooker/oven, microwave, kettles, various coffee makers, tea, coffee, and biscuits along with other random goodies), a computer room, and newspapers/magazines, comfy sofas and good company.


The MCR have around twenty storage lockers in college for graduates, which are located in the bathroom opposite the Common Room. The keys from these may be signed for in the Porter’s Lodge so that whilst in college you can lock up your possessions and not carry lots of books about etc.

The Bar and Buttery

Located in the Hall Building JCR, the college bar is staffed by the junior members of college and is open every evening. It is one of the cheapest bars in Oxford and very easy-going. The buttery is adjacent to the bar and open throughout the day. It sells a variety of hot and cold snacks, sandwiches, milk, stationary and other essentials and is a good point to check for a snack when the dining hall is closed.

Extracurricular activities

There are plenty of sports and activities available both in college and in the university. Belonging to St. Hilda’s college allows you free access to the gym and swimming pool at the University sports ground on Iffley. Additionally the college has tennis courts that you can book for free through the intranet. College sports are particularly welcoming to the novice or casual participant (e.g. rowing, netball, athletics etc). Details are available at the college Fresher’s Fair in 0th week. For broader university activities for all walks of life, go to the OUSU Fresher’s Fair in 0th week.

JDP and Music at Hilda’s

St Hilda’s is home to the Jacqueline du Pré music building. This state-of-the-art music facility hosts a variety of concerts and speakers all year round.  Members of the college can often get cheap tickets and can also use the practice rooms free of charge, sign the key out at the lodge and use the booking sheet on the intranet.


During Trinity term you can really appreciate St Hilda’s position on the River Cherwell when you can use one of the eight punts moored in college and go punting for a leisurely two hours.

Buildings Support

If you have any issues with your accommodation you can contact with your request to get it fixed.