Magdalen College offers some of the best accommodation available in Oxford and all undergraduates are guaranteed single College accommodation throughout their degree.
In practice, first year undergraduates are accommodated either in the Waynflete Building or in High Street and Longwall Street properties, located outside the College walls, about a 5 minute walk from the College. Second and third year undergraduates mainly reside ‘inside-walls’, in Grove Buildings, New Building, Cloisters Attic, St Swithun’s Quad, Longwall Quad and Chaplain’s Quad, but also in High Street and Longwall Street properties.
Magdalen charges a flat daily rate for all undergraduate rooms, which is unchanged for 2016-17 at £22.36. We have been held the 2015-16 through subsidy for all from the Student Support Fund. Terms are 59 nights each, so the cost per term works out at £1,319.24. The charge for College accommodation includes weekly cleaning, heating, electricity, bed linen (changed weekly), telephone port, and Ethernet connection, and represents outstanding value for money. Many of Magdalen’s rooms are situated in buildings of great beauty and architectural importance, and have stunning views.
All students who wish to occupy College accommodation will be required to sign a ‘Licence to Occupy’ before keys will be issued for the room or flat. The Universities UK approved code of practice for student accommodation sets out basic standards for student accommodation in Higher Educations Institutions, including the Oxford Colleges. You can find out more information in the Accommodation Code of Practice on the Universities UK website.
Students with a Disability
Magdalen College is predominantly a collection of ancient, listed buildings and comprises accommodation built around staircases rather than corridors. Our limited stock of adapted accommodation is popular and there are few accessible ground floor bedrooms in close proximity to bathroom and kitchen facilities. Therefore, prospective students with specialised accommodation needs are advised to contact the Home Bursar or Tutor for Admissions before making an application.
1-7 Longwall Street contains 2 rooms with accessible en-suite bathrooms. The building also has an accessible kitchen and launderette. However, the pavement on this street is narrow and there is a large metal entrance gate to the building so it may not be suitable for some wheelchair users.
For more information on accessibility with the University, including departmental buildings, please read the Access Guide on the main University website.
Smoking is only permitted at seven designated smoking areas in the college grounds; the locations can be found on the Smoking Areas Map. Smoking is not permitted inside any of the buildings, cloisters, or elsewhere in the grounds. E-cigarettes and vaping may not be used in public rooms.
Inexpensive meals are available in College – breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Hall, and lunch in the Old Kitchen Bar (OKB). There are also kitchen facilities throughout College accommodation. Most students eat in Hall or the Old Kitchen Snack Bar once or twice a day, and cook the other meal or meals for themselves. Between £9 and £10 per day for three College meals is average, thus the cost for a 59-night term would be approximately £530.
There is a termly fixed charge for catering. The 2016-17 rate for undergraduate students living in College accommodation is £65.18 per term. The 2016-17 rate for students not living in College accommodation is £32.51 per term.
Students with a disability
The College has a lift to the dining hall with a capacity of 630kg or 5 persons. The OKB is level, going from the Cloisters, and has plenty of room for wheelchairs. It is regretted however that the riverside terrace is not accessible being down three steps.
Contact Information for Students with a Disability
The following nominated staff at Magdalen work with the Disability Advisory Service to coordinate advice and support for students with disabilities:
Disability Coordinator: Katie O’Connor firstname.lastname@example.org 01865 276021
Disability Coordinator (Examination arrangements): Liz Howdill email@example.com 01865 276113
Disability Lead: Mark Pobjoy firstname.lastname@example.org 01865 286686
Information about the University’s Disability Advisory Service can be found here: