Magdalen College offers some of the best accommodation available in Oxford and all undergraduates are guaranteed single College accommodation throughout their degree.

In practise, 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 2021-22 is £23.20. 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 £1,368.80. 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. This building is being renovated from July 2021 to May 2022 and will have improved facilities and access once completed.

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.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEating 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, panini, 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- please just let the chefs know your needs in advance when booking, or by emailing


We welcome all Student Members and look forward to you using and enjoying the Catering services we have to offer.

The OKB and Terrace (The Old Kitchen Bar)

The Snack Bar is open 6 days a week Monday to Saturday from 10:00am until 6:00pm offering a selection of light snacks, made to order.

Pizzas are available 7 days a week 2:00pm until 5:00pm and 7:00pm until 9:00pm

The Bar is open 7 days a week 6:00pm until 11:30pm, last orders 11:00pm

There is no need to pre-book to dine or take away snacks served in the OKB.

Buttery Meals – ‘Dine in Hall’ or for ‘Takeaway’

Meals MUST be pre-booked or cancelled in advance of the booking cut off times in order to assist the kitchen to plan ahead.   This reserves a space only at time of booking and actual payment is taken against your University Card linked to your UPay account at the till.  It is important to have sufficient funds loaded to your Upay account in advance of coming to the Buttery for meals, to prevent any delays.   Alternatively you can pay by contactless debit card but we do not accept cash.

If you arrive without a booking, you will be turned away to the end of the service to ensure the kitchen do not run out of food for those who have pre-booked.

If you pre-book but do not show for a meal, we will have  catered for you and a charge of £6.13 will be made against your UPay account, the average spend of a two course meal with bottled water.

All Buttery services are for  ‘Dine in Hall’ or ‘Takeaway’


Pre-booked Buttery Breakfast: 08:00 to 09:30


Pre-booked Buttery Lunch:                     12:00 to 13:30


Pre-booked Buttery Dinner:             18:00 to 19:00





19:30 the evening before



10:00 on the day



Midday on the day Monday to Saturday

Midday Saturday for Sunday




Monday to Saturday



Monday to Saturday




Sunday to Saturday


Menus/Allergen templates are uploaded to the on line meal booking system two weekly for event bookings.

We endeavour to produce the menu as advertised but advise dishes may be subject to change at short notice as a result of supply or delivery issues of some products due to the Covid-19 pandemic.   We can cater for specific food allergies with advance notice.   When you book on line, please enter details in the box   “Enter your special requirements here …..”

Buttery Meals for Students Residing at Magdalen College who are in Self-Isolation:

Pre-bookable on line.  Cost of meal deducted from allowance at the time of booking.

‘Takeaway for Delivery’                                                         only for residents in                 self-isolation


Pre-booked Continental Breakfast



Pre-booked  Lunch


Pre-booked Sunday Cold Lunch





Pre-booked Dinner




Midday the day before

(delivered with dinner the evening before – fridge chilled items)


10:00am on the day


Midday the day before

(delivered with dinner the evening before – fridge chilled items)


Midday on the day Monday to Saturday

Midday Saturday for Sunday

Please note on the booking where you are staying, room number and mobile number


Sunday to Saturday




Monday to Saturday







Sunday to Saturday



If a student has to self-isolate after the booking system is closed, please email and requesting a standard, vegetarian or vegan meal with any special dietary requirements.  Advise building and room number of residence and provide a mobile number, in case we need to contact you.

Meals delivered for residing students are delivered to outside the self-isolating student’s door.   Students are responsible for checking if their meal has arrived.

Contact Numbers:  Buttery 01865 (2)76018                         Kitchen (01865 (2)76032

Formal Hall – Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday plus Special Formal Halls

Reservations can be booked, edited or cancelled up until the booking time closure.

13:00 Friday for Sunday – 13:00 Tuesday for Wednesday – 13:00 Wednesday for Thursday

13.00 – Thursday for Friday and 13:00 Thursday for Saturday Special Formal Hall Events

Money is deducted at time of booking for members and their guests from your UPay account.

Whilst all Catering offers are back to the normal, pre-Covid services, we would encourage you to please continue to wear face coverings whilst moving or queueing in congested catering areas.  Once seated, face masks can be removed.   Perspex screens remain in place in the Buttery, OKB Snack and bar servery areas. The catering staff have been requested to continue to wear face coverings and gloves for both Food Safety/Health and Safety controls, minimising any potential risks of cross contamination whilst serving our members.  These Covid safety measures will be kept under ongoing review and may be adjusted to ensure the welfare of all College members.

Catering Office:  Monday to Friday 7:30am until 2:30pm TEL: 76049 Email:

Out of hours, please contact:

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 01865 276021

Disability Coordinator (Examination arrangements): Academic Administrator, Liz Howdill 01865 276113

Disability Lead: Senior Tutor/Tutor for Graduates, Mark Pobjoy 01865 286686


Information about the University’s Disability Advisory Service can be found here: