ACCOMMODATION AND PASTORAL CARE
We recognize that domestic arrangements play a fundamental role in the overall well-being and in the academic success of our students. Depending upon the wish of each student, our Student Officer is available to help arrange suitable accommodations, to liaise between home-stay families and students, and to provide pastoral support should personal or domestic issues arise. All accommodations hosted by the College are situated within an eight minute bike ride from the city center.
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There is a wide selection of good student housing in Oxford and the Student Officer assists students in securing their preferred housing arrangement. The most common arrangement is to take a room in a private house with a family or landlady. Each student living with a family has a comfortable single study bedroom, normally with breakfast and evening meal provided. Some homes offer self-catering facilities if students wish to cook their own meals. Close contact is maintained with host families, most of whom have been housing our students for a number of years. All lodgings new to the college are carefully inspected before being recommended to students.
The college also runs a student hostel in North Oxford which houses eleven students, aged 18 or over, who are in Oxford for a full academic year, supervised by a resident warden. Meals are not provided; there are two kitchens in the hostel for student use. Places fill quickly and further details should be discussed with the Student Officer, from whom up-to-date information may be obtained.
Those wishing to rent their own self-catering room or apartment are free to do so, with parental consent, although they will need to arrange this directly with local letting agents, of whom a list is available on request. Students normally discuss arrangements with the Student Officer in advance of their arrival in Oxford.
Physical and emotional well-being are of paramount importance. The Student Officer is available to help with difficulties encountered by our students and to listen to any problem, however trivial it may seem.
Oxford has one of the best-equipped medical teaching centres in the country and any student requiring medical treatment can be assured of excellent care and facilities. Appointments with a local doctor can easily be arranged for more routine treatment. Independent professional counselling is available to deal with emotional problems. Every student enrolled with us is given an email address and has access to email facilities in the college I.T. suite. Advice and help on spiritual matters can be arranged with the appropriate minister of religion.
Please note that it is essential to take out Medical Insurance before leaving home to cover hospitalization or return home in the event of accident or illness. This can normally be done by extending an existing policy.