Graduate accommodation

For 2019-20 academic year entry, single accommodation will be offered to the majority of full-time first-year graduates who have met the financial and academic conditions of their University offer and paid the £200 tenancy deposit payment by 31st July 2019.

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 undergraduate and graduate students.

Merifield comprises 30 modern self-catering apartments, each with four or five 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 a few self-contained apartments with two bedrooms available for student couples. 

We also have 5 graduate student rooms in a house on Lathbury Road, Summertown, and a few graduate student rooms at the main College site on Parks Road in central Oxford.

All our graduate students have regular access to the McCall MacBain Graduate Centre situated in the back quad of our main Wadham College site. 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.

Our rooms at Merifield

Our rooms at Merifield

Graduate Student apartments at Merifield

Each Merifield 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.

Merifield bedrooms

Comfortable bedrooms

At Merifield, 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.

Merifield 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.

Code, contract and charges

Code, contract and charges

Contracts and the Code

Wadham graduate accommodation contracts for Merifield and Lathbury Road run for 9 months from 14:00 on 1 October to 10:00 on 1 July. Arrival in the last week of September is possible with pro rata rent charged for the days until the 1st of October. Requests for arrival earlier in September by students whose courses or orientations start early will be considered on a case by case basis. Contracts may be extended beyond 1st July in one-week blocks up to 11 months with advance permission from the Accommodation Officer but it may be necessary to change rooms for the extended stay.

Residency agreements for Iffley Road run for 9 months from 14:00 on 29th September to 10:00 on 29th June and cannot be extended in either direction. Students residing in single accommodation at Iffley Road may request to move to Merifield for vacation accommodation on 29th June by contacting the Accommodation Officer.

Students accepting accommodation at Castle Mill through the College sign a residency agreement with the University – the contracts start on 16 September and end on 31 July. Please note the relevant clause in the residency agreement regarding terminating the agreement. The College is not responsible for the financial consequences of terminating residency agreements with the University for any reason.

The College has signed up to the Student Accommodation Code. All students are required to sign a UUK Code of Practice Licence Agreement. All accommodation agreements with the College are subject to a payment of £200 at the beginning of each academic year. 

Merifield accommodation costs

At Merifield, annually reviewed accommodation fees include heating, lighting, water and internet charges. Fees also include a basic level of insurance cover for personal belongings.

 Board and Lodgings fees for 2018/19. Board and Lodgings fees for 2019/20 may be requested from the Graduate Administrator.

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’. 



photo of frying pans

Graduate students are welcome to eat in College. Breakfast and lunch are available in the New Refectory on a pay-as-you-go basis (via funds on Bod card). Dinner in Hall or the New Refectory can be arranged by booking online (and is billed to battels).

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.

Castle Mill flats near Port Meadow

To ensure as many first year graduate students as possible are offered accommodation, each year Wadham seeks an arrangement with the University of Oxford to offer some single en-suite study bedrooms in flats at Castle Mill. The residences are owned and managed by the University. For the 2019/20 academic year Wadham has been allocated 2 flats (10 bedrooms) at Castle Mill.

Please note that some rooms at Castle Mill may be available for the 2019-20 academic year to full-time graduate students (from any college) who apply directly through the University's Graduate Accommodation Office. That is a separate process and not related to offers of accommodation from Wadham College.

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?
Accommodation agreements are with the University of Oxford and run from 16 September 2019 through 31 July 2020.  

Accommodation Queries

We endeavour to make changes to this webpage as soon as new information is available (e.g. the availability of rooms for Wadham at Castle Mill; length of contracts; deposit payment amount). If you find the information on this page not up to date or you have queries about Wadham accommodation for graduate students please contact our Graduate Administrator, Heidi Young, or our Accommodation Officer, Jo-Ann Wheble.