To promote interaction between graduate students and Fellows, seminars are held jointly between the Middle Common Room (MCR) and Senior Common Room (SCR) twice a term. In recognition of the substantial support provided to students by University supervisors, the College hosts an annual supervisors’ dinner.
The Tutor for Graduates looks after the academic welfare of graduates and all students have an additional college advisor, usually with expertise in a field related to their research.
The following information for the academic year 2019/2020 provides an overview of charges and this information will be updated for the 2020/2021 academic year over the summer.
|Daily average room rate (room only):||£19.68|
|Length of graduate contract:||313 days on average (contracts vary in length)|
|You can expect meal costs to be of the following order:|
|Breakfast||£2.42 (average cost as pay as you go)|
|Lunch||£2.80 (average cost as pay as you go)|
|Dinner||£4.87 (signing on)|
Students gather at meals in Hall to socialise as well as dine. The College kitchen staff are keen to provide wholesome meals for all and cater for food allergies or intolerances. Most graduate students eat in Hall for some meals and cook any other meals for themselves. Dining in the evening, which is a served meal, requires advance booking online by 11 am on the day.
Queen’s has dedicated accommodation for its graduate students. Although the College is unable to guarantee accommodation for all graduate students, for the academic year 2019 – 2020, Queen’s has committed to housing 70% of its single, commencing graduate students who apply for College accommodation no later than 1 June.
The College also aims to house 50% of graduate students overall (those requiring single occupancy accommodation). All graduate accommodation is off-site and the College has supplemented its housing provision for graduate students by renting a number of flats from the private sector.
Commencing students who have requested accommodation and paid their deposit to the College by 1 June will receive an email in the following weeks from the Domestic Bursar’s Administrator who will assign accommodation. Once the deadline has passed, the offers of accommodation will continue throughout the summer to include continuing students, until the supply is exhausted.
Graduate accommodation is offered at three different locations in Oxford; contractual process and lengths for each of the properties varies and is described briefly alongside each of the properties below. 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.
Smoking is not permitted inside any of the buildings, accommodation, cloisters or gardens except as designated. E-cigarettes and vaping may not be used in rooms. Car parking is not permitted for students at any of the College sites. College rules and further information can be found here.
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. The code protects your rights to a safe, good quality place to live. You can find out more information in the Accommodation Code of Practice on the Universities UK website.
'My graduate accommodation is great - close to beautiful Port Meadow and with easy access to the train station and Waitrose. The location is relatively quiet, with far fewer tourists than the city centre, but still only 20 minutes from College.'
- Katherine, final-year MBA student
Many graduate students live out and do not need permission to do so. We are unable to offer couples or family accommodation. If you are in need of the latter, or simply wish to live out, we recommend you contact the University Graduate Accommodation Office who will help students with their search for private housing, free of charge. The University page on living in Oxford may be useful too.
Queen’s welcomes students with disabilities and can cater for most requirements. In recent years the College has made improvements to its existing facilities in order to improve access for students with disabilities, including a lift to the new library, and level-access toilet facilities adjacent to the Hall for wheelchair users. The College recognises that not all disabilities are visible; candidates who are considering making an application are advised to contact the Tutor for Graduates in advance to discuss their specific needs.
Further information about accessibility for the College and the University:
The focus of graduate life within College is the lively and international Queen’s College Middle Common Room (MCR), conveniently located in the Front Quad and boasting a comfortable and relaxed environment, complete with TV, DVD, Wii, Wi-Fi, daily newspapers and magazines.
The graduate community is diverse, friendly, sociable and a range of activities, including exchange dinners with other colleges and film nights, are organised over the course of the year by the elected committee.
Students can participate in the weekly guest dinners, music nights, tasting events, debates and discussions of research with the SCR, as well as partake of the regular cake and tea provided by the Student Welfare representatives.
Queen’s has recently invested in a new library, a new auditorium, and new graduate study facilities on the main site. The College library is open 24 hours during term-time. The current lending library consists of around 50,000 volumes. The College also has a very large and diverse collection of rare books, comprising around 100,000 volumes.
Wi-Fi is provided throughout the main site.
Graduates have access to all college sports facilities including football, rugby and cricket pitches, tennis courts, a gym and a boathouse.
Queen's has a strong musical tradition, with facilities to match. The chapel choir has established a reputation as Oxford’s finest mixed-voice chapel choir; The Eglesfield Musical Society, named after the founder of the College, is one of the oldest such societies in Oxford and organises a substantial series of concerts each year; facilities for individual and group rehearsal are available in two Music Practice Rooms, one equipped with grand piano and the other with upright piano and harpsichord.