Staying with us whilst studying means you can enjoy the full social and intellectual life of the College.
We have 409 units of student accommodation at Wolfson College with 390 of these for single occupation and the remainder a mixture of large rooms and flats/bedsits for couples. There are also five family flats each accommodating up to two adults and two young children.
Wolfson offers full-time PhD students up to two years in College accommodation while undergraduates are able to live onsite for the first three years of their course. You are not obliged to live in College and some students, especially those used to living independently, find that private accommodation suits their needs better. Some postgraduates on longer courses split their entitlement across the duration of their course so they can live in Wolfson during their final year, allowing them easy access to College facilities.
For full information regarding Wolfson's accommodation see the Guide to Accommodation. For guest room information, please see the alumni benefits page where both alumni and current students can find current prices and submit a booking request.
Wolfson’s accommodation is in high demand so, in an effort to ensure that as many students as possible are able to experience living on site, new eligibility* criteria are being introduced as below. NB Being eligible for accommodation is not a guarantee of an offer of accommodation.
Initial allocation each year is to continuing eligible students who wish to either remain in Wolfson accommodation or move onsite. Commencing students are then invited to apply as their places become confirmed with allocation taking place until all accommodation is full.
Accommodation for couples and families is limited and we cannot guarantee to accommodate students with children or partners. The earlier you are able to apply, the better your chance of getting accommodation.
We make every attempt to allocate rooms in accordance with student requests. It is not normally possible to change rooms during the academic year and requests to do so should only be made in exceptional circumstances and with the support of your Tutor.
Postgraduates (full time registered only)
All commencing full-time registered postgraduate students will be eligible for accommodation for at least one year whilst those who proceed to doctoral studies will be eligible for a further two years for their PhD. Those students studying part-time courses are not able to live on site permanently but are able to stay for their residential courses and study time where availability allows.
Doctoral students who started their course in or prior to academic year 2020-21 (October 2020) are eligible for up to three years accommodation.
Doctoral students who commenced their course in or after academic year 2021-22 (October 2021) are eligible for up to two years of accommodation.
Where accommodation is not allocated for a one year course, the year cannot be carried over i.e. the maximum number of years for new doctoral students will be two.
Undergraduate students are only eligible for accommodation for the first three years of their course. The only exception to the eligibility applying to the first three years will be where an MML or AMES student spends a year abroad. In this instance only, they will be able to carry their eligibility forward to their 4th year.
*A year of eligibility means applying, being offered and accepting a room licence for the start of the academic year (or being the named second person in couples or family accommodation). Early termination of such a licence within the year will not allow the transfer of part years to future eligibility. It will also not allow for students requesting to return back in to accommodation except if availability exists after allocation to anyone who has not previously held a licence for that year. As unused terms within a year's licence cannot be carried forward, you should give careful consideration before terminating a licence.
Students starting courses in Lent will be dealt with on a case by case basis but it is likely that, as demand is often still high at that point, should you apply for a room, the two terms (Lent and Easter) will be considered to be a year of the allowance. Where demand for accommodation is less than usual, the rooms will be advertised as open to students outside of the eligibility criteria i.e. those who have already had their allowance and those starting late in the year in which case the remainder of the academic year will not be counted.
** Students who intermit will be assessed on a case by case basis as to whether eligibility is reinstated.
Up-to-date rental charges for College accommodation are shown in the Guide to Accommodation. All College rents are fully inclusive - there is no separate charge for electricity, gas, water, insurance or consumables such as toilet paper. There is also no Kitchen Fixed Charge (KFC). Take these factors into account when comparing onsite accommodation costs with the private sector. Cleaning and wi-fi are provided as standard across the site including the residential areas.
Application forms for accommodation are issued to continuing students in the Easter Term for rooms for the following academic year.
Students must vacate their room at the end of their licensed period (unless issued with a new licence). It is not possible to extend your accommodation beyond the point at which your degree is confirmed.
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Wolfson College is part of ANUK (Accreditation Network UK) and has signed up to the ANUK National Code for Assured Accommodation giving you peace of mind that your rights to safe accommodation of a good standard are protected.
Equality Access Statement - Both existing Wolfson students and those newly arriving have clearly-described routes to accommodation using practices and procedures fairly applied to all.