Wadham undergraduates have many opportunities, both academic and social, to get involved in the life of the College and the wider University.

Our courses

Follow the link below to see which courses you can study at Wadham. This information supplements that provided in the University of Oxford Undergraduate Prospectus.

Courses at Wadham Courses at Oxford Alternative prospectus

The College accepts undergraduate applicants in almost all subjects, but NOT in Archaeology & Anthropology; Earth Sciences; Fine Art; Geography; Materials Science; Music; Philosophy & Theology; Theology; Biomedical Sciences (except for Medicine); Computer Science (except for Maths and Computer Science); and the Psychology, Philosophy and Linguistics joint school (PPL).

The Junior Common Room (JCR)

Wadham undergraduates have a reputation for being some of the most politically active students within the University; it’s not surprising then that the SU is highly active with around 30 officers, each working tirelessly to make the College an even better place.

Wadham Students' Union Current students

Members of the SU Committee sit on various College Committees to represent the views of the student body and to put forward student proposals. SU meetings are held fortnightly, motions can be proposed on any subject and discussion is often varied and lively.  The SU plays an integral part in making Wadham the place it is, and all students are encouraged to get involved.

The JCR (Junior Common Room) is the focus of much of College life for undergraduates, providing a common room with comfy chairs, newspapers, a television, games machines, table football and a pool table.  The SU also has an informal study-space in the Old Refectory. This is available for students to drop in to use every day between 8:00 and 18:00. In the evenings it is bookable space for various student activities.

Student life

Find out more about student life on our current students pages.

The SU organises a variety of different events and activities for Wadham students, including: fortnightly ‘bops’ (a sort of disco, often involving fancy dress), bar quizzes, karaoke and film nights. It also organises some very popular annual events including Queer Week (a week-long series of events, talks and seminars celebrating gender diversity and equality which culminates in a large party in the gardens) and a summer music festival, Wadstock, at which student and local bands play.

The SU is keen to ensure that all interests are catered for and represented. It runs a welfare team headed by the SU’s Welfare Officers, who oversee a team of Peer Supporters: trained student volunteers, who are on hand to listen and offer advice with problems.  The Welfare Officers also run a number of activities (such as yoga classes) to help students unwind after a hard day studying. The SU supports a number of charities through an optional levy and also regularly sponsors a student from a developing country who would not otherwise be able to come to Wadham.

Many members of the SU represent Wadham in schools, here in the college, at Open Days and at other public events as part of our Student Ambassador Scheme.

Sarah Lawrence/Wadham New York Exchange programme
Each year, a small number of Wadham students are selected to go on exchange to the United States, spending nearly three weeks during the spring vacation at Sarah Lawrence College in New York.  Wadham students take classes at Sarah Lawrence, while working on a specific project of their choice. It is a wonderful adventure, with the opportunity for true cultural exchange. More


A day in the life of a Wadham arts student

Rory Hanna is in his first year at Wadham, studying for a BA in History and German. Rory went to a comprehensive school in Sheffield, where he grew up, and enjoys playing football, listening to music and reading.

Rory Hanna is in his first year at Wadham, studying for a BA in History and German. Rory went to a comprehensive school in Sheffield, where he grew up, and enjoys playing football, listening to music and reading.

8am: Wake up in my room on Staircase 25. I can hear that my friend from the room opposite mine is still in our shower, so I stay in bed for a few more minutes until he gets out. When I walk down to the new refectory for breakfast, I choose a couple of fried eggs, tomato, a veggie sausage and some toast, as well as a pot of yoghurt. I sit down to eat with a fellow History student.

9am: Take some dirty washing to the laundry and pay £1.25 with my laundry card to wash it. It only takes 35 minutes to wash, so I have time before my German poetry class at 10 to go back and put the cleaned clothes into the tumble-dryer.

10am: I go to my German poetry class. We talk about a relatively challenging poem from the 18th century and have a laugh about my particularly outlandish interpretation!

11am: While thinking about my German grammar class at 2pm, I remember that I had not got round to doing the grammar exercises which were set for us last week, so I start work on them. I’ve done nearly all of them by lunch at half past 12.

12:30pm: Lunch in the new refectory. Even for vegetarians there’s usually a choice of at least three different hot meals, and you can also make your own salad from a wide selection of ingredients. I opt for the risotto, and find a space next to some friends.

1:00pm: I go back to the laundry and take my clothes out of the tumble-dryer and back up to my room. After sorting them out, I finish off my grammar work and then set off to my class.

2:00pm: Grammar class. We learn some new rules about certain nouns which some of us don’t quite understand at first, but by the end we’re all pretty clear on how they work.

3:00pm: Arrive back at Wadham and go to the library to start writing up my History essay. I’ve been doing the reading, note-making and planning for the essay for the past few days, and have a fairly clear view of how it will be structured. But it’s always important to give yourself enough time for thinking about the right words and phrases to use, as well as for proof-reading. I need to send the essay to my tutor by 8, so I work on it until dinner at 7.

7:00pm: Dinner in our grand, portrait-filled hall! This evening, vegetarian lasagne and chocolate cake pudding is served. They usually alternate between starters and desserts alongside the main course for dinner, so it’s always nice when you remember that it’s a pudding night! After eating, I go back to the library to proof-read my finished essay, then send it via email to my tutor.

8:00pm: I go down to our theatre room to listen to a really interesting talk about the death penalty in America. The speakers give a presentation on the subject, after which there’s an engaging discussion in which members of the audience can give their opinions.

10:00pm: I want to be fresh for my tutorial tomorrow but I do feel like catching up with my friends, so we go to the King’s Arms pub, just next to Wadham. We have a couple of pints there and talk about our day and plans for the weekend. I get back to my room at around half past 11, and read for a while before going to bed.


Follow a day in the life of Wadham Human Sciences tutor, Emma Cohen