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 for 2020-21 is £22.91. Since 2015-2016, the college, through its own resources and the Student Support Fund, has provided a subsidy to keep room rates affordable for all students. This subsidization aims to keep rates at around the cross-collegiate median for undergraduate accommodation.
Terms are 59 nights each, so the cost per term works out at £1,351.69. The charge for College accommodation includes weekly cleaning, heating, electricity, bed linen (changed weekly), telephone port, and Ethernet connection and Wifi, and represents outstanding value for money. Approved Vacation Residence is charged at the same daily rate.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.
Find out more and see pictures of our accommodation on the JCR 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.
Eating together is central to College life at Magdalen. The kitchen staff are keen to cook food, as far as possible, to meet all students’ dietary needs. In addition to meat and fish options, there is always a cooked vegetarian option available at breakfast, lunch and dinner. During the day, the Old Kitchen Bar also serves a wide range of snacks so that students can choose whatever baguettes, salads, soup, jacket potatoes or cakes appeal. Information about the allergen content of prepared food is made available in advance. College is also able to provide meals for students who require vegan, allergen-free, kosher or halal food at formal hall – please just let the chefs know your needs in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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 of meals only for a 59-night term would be approximately £530; around £600 including the fixed charge. There are also kitchen facilities throughout College accommodation.
There is a termly fixed charge for catering. The 2020-21 rate for undergraduate students living in College accommodation is £74.85 per term. The 2020-21 rate for students not living in College accommodation is £37.35 per term.
Students with a disability
The College has a lift to the dining hall with a capacity of 600kg. 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: Student Support Administrator, Holly Finn email@example.com 01865 276021
Disability Coordinator (Examination arrangements): Academic Administrator, Liz Howdill firstname.lastname@example.org 01865 276113
Disability Lead: Senior Tutor/Tutor for Graduates, Mark Pobjoy email@example.com 01865 286686
Information about the University’s Disability Advisory Service can be found here: