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The atmosphere at Magdalen (pronounced ‘Maudlen’ ever since its founding in 1458) is relaxed, devoid of social pressures, but with unambiguous ambitions towards academic and extra-curricular success. The College community is friendly and welcoming, with the student body comprising a diverse range of backgrounds.
Many college rooms have superb views and meals are available either in the dining hall or the 14th century Old Kitchen Bar which acts as a social centre shared by everyone: students, tutors and College staff. We have our own professionally maintained sports grounds on site and an extremely well-equipped boat club. There are numerous opportunities for participation in music and drama and College societies cater for all interests; poetry, films, debating, and much more besides.
“Why Magdalen, when so many charities seek our donations? My criteria have been: a long record of sustained, multi-disciplinary, world-class academic excellence – a major national asset; determination not to rest on past laurels; never-ending needs, and a proven case, for funding student support, keeping salaries competitive and maintaining a uniquely beautiful place; high standards of stewardship; my desire to invest, however modestly, in Oxford’s and our country’s future; gratitude for what Magdalen gave me; and abiding affection.”
– Michael Sayers, 1954
The College has a small number of Fellows’ guest rooms which can be made available to members for their personal use. Reservations are made on a first-come-first-served basis (we regret no children under 17) and for up to three nights. Bookings may be made no more than a month in advance. Availability in term time is very limited. The charge is £40.26p (per person, per night) and £35.88p (per person, per night) depending on the room. Breakfast is generally available in Hall on a cash basis. For more information please contact the Home Bursar’s Secretary Ms Marilyn Evans (T: +44 (0)1865 276052).
Michael Piret, Dean of Divinity, and Daniel Hyde, Informator Choristarum, welcome members and their families and friends to Chapel services. Evensong is sung every night in term at 6.00pm except Tuesday, and there is Sung Eucharist every Sunday morning in term at 11.00am.
All graduates of the University of Oxford are entitled to apply for free admission to Oxford Library Services. Further information can be found on the Bodleian Libraries website or by telephoning +44 (0)1865 277180. Magdalen alumni are usually very welcome to use the College library, space permitting. Books are available for reference only. Please contact the Library Team to arrange your visit.
Degree Certificates and Transcripts
Information about how to obtain degree certificates and transcripts can be found on the University alumni web pages.
Members may dine three times a year at High Table during Terms, with one guest, at cost. For more information and to book please contact the Development Office (T: 01865 286682).
Saturday 28th September: 2003-04
Saturday 5th April: 1964-68
Saturday 5th July:2005-06
Saturday 27th September: 1996-98
Please direct any queries regarding gaudies to Mrs Celia Brown (T: +44 (0)1865 276060).
Magdalen Alumni Email Accounts
You should first register for Oxford Alumni Online by completing the online form. Once your registration has been processed visit the Alumni Email Forwarding page. More information about the Alumni Email Forwarding Service is available in the Email Forwarding FAQs.
The College shop in the Cloisters sells books, CDs and souvenir items. It is open 12.00-18.00 throughout the long vacation. At other times items can be purchased from the Bursary by contacting Ms Marilyn Evans (T: +44 (0)1865 276052). The University of Oxford Shop also has a range of Magdalen College merchandise which can be purchased online.
Taking your MA, MPhil or DPhil Degree
University Alumni Cards
Please log in to the Oxford Alumni Website to request an Alumni Card.
Visiting College (including Car Parking)
The College is open to members and a small number of guests at any reasonable time and without a visitors’ charge. Please identify yourself to the Porters or visitors’ staff in the Lodge. The Old Kitchen Bar is normally open for food Monday-Saturday from 10.00am-5.30pm in term time and 12.00pm-5.30pm in the long vacation. During term time it is also open 8.00-11.30pm, bar only.
We recommend travelling by public transport or using the Park and Ride facilities offered by Oxford City Council (with 24 hour security). More information is available on the Park and Ride website. Please contact the Development Office ( T: +44 (0) 1865 276082) to enquire about Blue Badge parking. Those who are guests of a Member of the College should make arrangements through their host.