Graduate accommodation

Wadham’s graduate accommodation is at Merifield or Lathbury Road in Summertown or at Castle Mill flats near Port Meadow.

Merifield and Lathbury Road in Summertown

Merifield is a modern, secure, purpose built accommodation complex situated in Summertown within walking and cycling distance of Oxford city centre.

Merifield in pictures Lathbury Road in pictures

Merifield is situated in Ferry Pool Road, Summertown, North Oxford, and accommodates 147 Wadham students with dedicated buildings for graduates.

Merifield comprises 30 modern self-catering apartments, each with four or five bedrooms (a total of 139 bedrooms).  All apartments have a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area. All ground floor apartments have terraced doors in the living area opening onto landscaped gardens; a number also have bedrooms with terraced doors leading directly into the gardens.  All first floor apartments have living rooms with terraced doors leading onto balconies facing the gardens. There are also 4 self-contained apartments with two bedrooms available for student couples.  

We also have limited graduate student rooms in a house on Lathbury Road, Summertown, and at the main College site on Parks Road in central Oxford.

All our graduate students have regular access to the McCall Mac Bain Graduate Centre situated in the back quad of our main site at Wadham College. The Centre is open 24/7 and provides quiet space for work, meeting areas, common rooms, library and leisure facilities including a media room, kitchen and a bar.

Located in Summertown, Merifield is approximately 1.2 miles from Wadham. Getting to Merifield takes about 25 minutes on foot, or 10-15 minutes by bus or bicycle.

Merifield in Oxford's Summertown

Our rooms

Our rooms

Graduate Student apartments


Each apartment has a fully fitted kitchen containing a built-in oven with grill, hob, microwave, fridge and freezer; Independent heating and hot water; Toilets and shower room; Dining table and chairs; Easy chairs and low coffee table; Wireless network/internet.

Heating, lighting, water and internet charges are included in the cost.  There is also a basic level of insurance cover for personal belongings.  Please note residents should bring their own crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils. View pictures

Comfortable bedrooms

Comfortable bedrooms

Our comfortable graduate student bedrooms offer a single bed; Desk and chair; Easy chair; A double built-in wardrobe; Chest of drawers; Bookshelves; Desk lamp; Noticeboard; High speed wired and wireless network/internet; Telephone linked to the University network providing free internal calls.

Please note that residents must bring their own bedding and bed linen suitable for a single bed. View pictures

Services and facilities

  • Live-in residence manager, employed by the College, providing maintenance support and on-call 24/7 for emergencies
  • Secure key access
  • CCTV
  • Fully equipped pay-as-you-go laundry facilities
  • Secure bike storage
  • A limited cleaning service in communal areas is provided to supplement the ‘housekeeping’ expected to be undertaken by residents
  • Computer and printer access 24/7
  • A live-in Sub-Dean providing welfare support and advice

There are good public transport links nearby. There is no parking on site, and parking is strictly controlled in nearby streets.

Food and amenities

Food and amenities

Graduate students are welcome to eat in College.   Breakfast and lunch are available in the New Refectory on a pay-as-you-go basis.  Dinner in Hall or the New Refectory can be arranged by booking online.
The McCall MacBain Graduate Centre has a fully equipped kitchen to make your own drinks, snacks and meals.  There are various places for you to drink and eat in the Centre, including the kitchen, lounge area and the Becker Media Room with a flat screen TV.

Merifield amenities

Merifield is ideally situated opposite Ferry Leisure Centre, which is operated by Oxford City Council and incorporates a gym and swimming pool. Within five minutes’ walk is Summertown’s bustling main street with supermarkets, bars and coffee shops. The science area, hospitals and main College site can be easily reached by bike, bus or on foot, and Wadham Sports Ground is just a 5 minute walk away.  The Sports Ground offers tennis courts and rugby, football and cricket pitches, as well as a well- equipped pavilion.

Code, contract and charges

Code, contract and charges


Contracts are either 9 months (1 October - 30 June) or 11 months (1October - 31 August) to suit graduate students. 

The College has signed up to the Student Accommodation Code.  All students are required to sign a UUK Code of Practice Tenancy Agreement.  All Tenancy Agreements are subject to £200 deposit at the beginning of each academic year.

Accommodation costs

Annually reviewed accommodation fees include heating, lighting, water and internet charges.  Fees also include a basic level of insurance cover for personal belongings.
Fees for 2016/17: Daily average room rate £16.72 per night, £117.04 weekly. More
In some circumstances residents are able to arrange to stay in their rooms, or move to other rooms at Merifield, beyond contract end dates.  This is known as ‘vacation residence’. 

Castle Mill flats near Port Meadow

To ensure all first year graduate students are offered accommodation, Wadham has an arrangement with the University of Oxford to offer single en-suite study bedrooms at Castle Mill.  The residences are owned and managed by the University.

More about Castle Mill

Castle Mill is in close proximity to the centre of Oxford, located between the railway line and the picturesque Port Meadow.  The residence is within easy reach of all local amenities and transport links, including a short walk to Oxford’s railway station.  There is a designated cycle track that leads from the site to Port Meadow car park and Walton Well Road.  This gives cycle and pedestrian access to Jericho, North Oxford and the Science site, bypassing the city centre.

The accommodation is arranged in four, five and six bed apartments. All study bedrooms are fitted to a high standard and include an en-suite shower, toilet and washbasin.  All study bedrooms share a fully fitted kitchen (Oven and hob, fridge/freezer, toaster and kettle) and dining/living area. 

Each bedroom contains a single bed, wardrobe, desk with three drawers, chair and easy chair, chest of drawers and a bookshelf. Residents are expected to provide their own bedding (including duvet and pillow), kitchen utensils and crockery/cutlery. 

Castle Mill is staffed with a team of caretakers on weekdays.  There is a comprehensive CCTV monitoring system and access to the residences is via an electronic entry system. Other amenities include free Wi-Fi,  on-site coin operated laundry, four common rooms which can be booked for parties and other gatherings, and bike storage.

While residents are responsible for cleaning their own rooms, kitchens and other common areas are cleaned regularly.

What is the contract length?
Tenancy agreements are with the University of Oxford and run from 12 September – 31 July.  

Further information

Accommodation office Graduate Centre

Further information is available from the Accommodation Office located in the Bursary next to Staircase 13 in College.  Our Accommodation Officer, Jo Wheble is happy to help with any queries or problems.

Contact:Phone: +44 (0)1865 277968
Visit:  Accommodation Office, First Floor, Bursary, Wadham College, Parks Road