All undergraduates are accommodated in College in first year and in at least one further year - normally the final one. Building work has also started on new accommodation for our second year students, which we hope to open from 2019.
Meals and accommodation costs
Accommodation is mainly provided in the traditional Oxford format of ‘Staircases’, each staircase housing 6-17 students. All staircases offer a comfortable place to live and study. Staircases 1-7 surround the Front Quadrangle, overlooking the lawn, and were built in 1610 when the College was founded. The remaining staircases are in a range of buildings from historic to modern purpose built accommodation, offering a distinct character and friendly atmosphere.
Undergraduate freshers are allocated their room by Student Union representatives working in conjunction with the College Bursary. Second year undergraduates either live in Merifield, or in private housing. Undergraduates entering their final year may participate in a ballot for specific rooms in College, organised by the Student Union.
Wadham’s main site is located on Parks Road, with further accommodation at Merifield in Summertown.
Number of residents and bedrooms in College
- Part-catered accommodation for 272 students (charge includes evening meal Mon-Fri term-time)
- 212 standard single study bedrooms
- 8 standard double set bedrooms*
- 16 en suite single study bedrooms
- 14 en suite double set bedrooms*
- A number of rooms have been purpose built or modified for students with a range of disabilities.
*The double set bedrooms accommodate two students sharing a large study area and beds are in small, adjoining rooms.
Building schedules permitting, from 2019, second year students will be offered Wadham College owned accommodation in the Dorothy Wadham Building on Iffley Road. Details here.
Subject to the necessary consents, Wadham proposes to create a state-of-the art Undergraduate Centre on its main site, including a new Junior Common Room (JCR), as well as an Aspiration Centre for access and outreach events such as summer schools and aspiration days.
The Undergraduate Centre will introduce a number of new student facilities into the building, including an e-hub lounge, café space and art studio, and all areas will be fully accessible.
It is anticipated that this exciting project will commence in the summer 2018, with the significant period of the demolition process taking place during the summer vacation, and that new buildings will open in the autumn 2020. The contractor will schedule works to minimise the disruption to College members as far as possible. Further details
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.
Phone: +44 (0)1865 277968
Visit: Accommodation Office, First Floor, Bursary, Wadham College, Parks Road