Undergraduate accommodation

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.

Our rooms

Our rooms

Student bedrooms

All standard bedrooms have a washbasin and there are shared bath and/or shower rooms on each staircase.  Some staircases have a small kitchen for making drinks and light snacks.
Each room offers: single bed; Desk and chair; Easy chair; A wardrobe; Chest of drawers; Coffee table; Bookshelves; Desk lamp; Notice board; 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.

Services and Facilities

  • 24-hour front entrance security and support provided by Lodge staff, including nightly patrols
  • CCTV
  • Weekly room cleaning service. Communal areas are cleaned daily during weekdays
  • Large open plan kitchen with several built-in ovens with grill, hob, microwave, fridge and freezer, and dining table with chairs
  • Fully equipped Pay-As-You-Go laundry facilities
  • Secure bike underground storage
  • Library open 24/7 with printing and photocopying access
  • Junior Common Room (JCR) with television and vending machines
  • Bar with television, open most week nights
  • Free on-site gym, squash and badminton courts
  • Two live-in Sub-Deans providing welfare support and advice

Board and lodging charge

Board and lodging charge

Accommodation fees and the cost of evening meal (Mon-Fri) are known as the ‘Board and Lodging’ charge.   The annually reviewed charge also includes heating, lighting, water and internet access, plus a basic level of insurance cover for personal belongings.

Termly average room rate: £1,505 (2018/9)
Daily average room rate: £22.01 (2018/9)
Length of undergraduate contract in days: 175 (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms). 2018/19 board and lodgings

In some circumstances residents will be able to arrange to stay in their room, or move to another room in College, beyond term time.  This is known as ‘vacation residence’.

Meals and food

Meals and food

Eating in College

Eating in College

Included in the ‘Board and Lodging’ charge is a two course dinner in Hall or in the

  • New Refectory (Mon-Fri) Non-resident Wadham students are welcome to sign-in for dinner. Breakfast, lunch and Saturday and Sunday brunch are available to all Wadham students in the New Refectory on a pay-as-you-go basis. 
  • Please enter any dietary requirements into the Meal Booking System.
  • Guests are welcome at most student meals

Meal times

College bar

Meal times

New Refectory

Breakfast: 08.15-09.00 Mon - Fri
Brunch: 11.00-13.00 Saturday and Sunday    
Lunch:   12.30-13.25 Mon - Fri   
Dinner:  18.15-18.45 Mon - Fri


Dinner: 19.15 Mon - Fri

Food and drink

Food and drink

The College provides a catered service six days a week during term time.  Students who live on the main College site are automatically booked in for dinner and the cost is included in their ‘Board and Lodging’ charge.  All Wadham students are welcome to purchase a meal throughout the term.

You can expect meal costs to be:
Breakfast =£2.68 (pay as you dine)
Lunch = £3.70 (pay as you dine)
Dinner = £5.05 (pre-booked)


Code and contract

Code and contract

Your accommodation contract

Undergraduate contracts are termly.  Final year undergraduate students are guaranteed accommodation during the Easter vacation, although students in en suite bedrooms are provided standard accommodation during the vacation. Payment is made in termly instalments. More

Student Accommodation Code

Wadham College has signed up to the Student Accommodation Code.  All students are required to sign a UUK Code of Practice Tenancy Agreement.  A sample copy of the agreement can be found here.  All Tenancy Agreements are subject to £100 deposit at the beginning of each academic year.

Travel and parking

Travel and parking

Wadham College has excellent access to bus routes, and is a 15 minute walk from Oxford railway station.  There is no parking on site, and parking is strictly controlled in nearby streets.

First year accommodation

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.

Undergraduate Centre
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

Contact us

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

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