Undergraduate accommodation

We offer College accommodation to all Wadham undergraduates throughout the standard length of your course. 

Undergraduate accommodation is divided over three sites, Wadham College, Merifield and the Dorothy Wadham Building.  Rooms are allocated to all freshers and, according to a ballot system, to all undergraduates. 

Wadham College

First and third year undergraduates are usually located on the Wadham College site, Parks Road. Pictures

Dorothy Wadham Building, Iffley Road

Second year undergraduates are located in ensuite self-catered accommodation in the Dorothy Wadham Building, Iffley Road. Pictures

Merifield, Summertown

Fourth year undergraduates are located in self-catered accommodation at Merifield, Ferry Pool Road, Summertown. Pictures

Vacation residence

Undergraduates staying on the main College site need to apply for vacation residence to stay in their accommodation during holiday periods. The accommodation contracts for Merifield and the Dorothy Wadham building include vacation residence (except over the summer holiday period).

Student bedrooms

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. Remaining staircases are in a range of buildings from historic to modern purpose built accommodation, offering a distinct character and friendly atmosphere.

Clusters of five to seven ensuite bedrooms housing 135 students in the Dorothy Wadham Building share kitchen/dining areas. Merifield rooms are set in clusters around shared kitchens and bathrooms.

All student bedrooms offer: single bed; desk and chair; wardrobe; chest of drawers or built in storage; bookshelves; desk lamp; high speed wired and wireless network/internet. Students need to bring bedding and bed linen suitable for a single bed.

On the Wadham site all 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.

Rooms on the Wadham College site comprise:

  • 188 standard single study bedrooms
  • 8 standard double set bedrooms (two students sharing a large study area with beds in small, adjoining rooms)
  • 36 ensuite single study bedrooms
  • 14 ensuite double set bedrooms (two students sharing a large study area with beds in small, adjoining rooms)
  • A number of rooms have been purpose built or modified for students with a range of disabilities.  

Accommodation costs

Services and Facilities (all sites)

  • On-site managers/Lodge staff providing security and support. 
  • CCTV
  • Weekly room cleaning service. Communal areas are cleaned daily during weekdays
  • Shared kitchen with built-in ovens, grill, hob, microwave, fridge and freezer
  • Fully equipped pay-as-you-go laundry facilities
  • Secure bike storage
  • Library open 24/7 with printing and photocopying access (Wadham site)
  • Common room with TV (all sites). William Doo Undergraduate Cenre with Junior Common Room (JCR) with TV and vending machines, E-Hub (Wadham site).
  • Bar open most week nights (Wadham site)
  • Free on-site gym, squash and badminton courts (Wadham site)
  • Live-in Sub-Deans providing welfare support and advice
  • Communal gardens
  • Computer room

Your accommodation code and contract

Wadham College has signed up to the Student Accommodation Code.  All students are required to sign a UUK Code of Practice Licence Agreement.  A sample copy of the agreement can be found here.  All Licence Agreements are subject to £200 payment at the beginning of each academic year.

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

Insurance

Your student room insurance focuses on covering some of the items in your room for theft, fire and flood risk. To check what is covered, please download your insurance certificate below.

Laptops, tablets and phones are not covered outside your room so you may wish to consider taking out additional cover to protect these essentials.

Board and lodging charge (Wadham site)

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.

Length of undergraduate contract in days: 175 (Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity terms). 2019/20 board and lodgings

Undergraduates staying on the main College site need to apply for vacation residence to stay in their accommodation during holiday periods. The accommodation contracts for Merifield and the Dorothy Wadham building include vacation residence (except over the summer holiday period).

Eating in College

Included in the ‘Board and Lodging’ charge, for students staying on the Wadham College site, is a two course dinner in Hall or in the New Refectory (Mon-Fri). All 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

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

Hall : Dinner: 19.15 Mon - Fri 

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)

Merifield

Contact us

Further information is available from the Accommodation Office. Our Accommodation Officer, Jo Wheble, is happy to help with any queries or problems.
Phone: +44 (0)1865 277968

Accommodation office