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
First year undergraduate accommodation at the Wadham site on Parks Road 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. From 2019, second year students will be offered accommodation at the Dorothy Wadham Building on Iffley Road. Undergraduates entering their final year may participate in a ballot for specific rooms in College or Merifield, organised by the Student Union.
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.
Second year accommodation - from 2019
Building schedules permitting, from 2019, Wadham’s second year undergraduates will be offered single occupancy, ensuite, self-catered accommodation at the Dorothy Wadham building in Iffley Road.
Clusters of five to seven bedrooms share kitchen/dining areas. On-site facilities include an attractive internal courtyard garden, a garden room/TV lounge, a computer room, laundry room and bicycle storage. A resident site manager will be based in the porters lodge at the site entrance. Details here.
Work has also started on Wadham's state-of-the art Undergraduate Centre on its main site in Parks Road. This development includes a new Junior Common Room (JCR), as well as an Access Centre for 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.
The new buildings are scheduled to open in 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