J Block kitchen


Although not guaranteed, postgraduates can apply for a maximum of three years accommodation at Wolfson, all on the main College site.

J Block kitchen

Living at Wolfson

Living at College with the library, gym and catering available seven days a week, means you get the best support for your academic and social life. Our Porters are on site 24/7 for everything from lost keys to friendly chats. Your Tutors are nearby and available on a regular schedule and we have plenty of spaces for you to meet with other students, Fellows and visiting academics.

The Wolfson site is compact, combining green courtyard spaces and gardens with interconnecting indoor spaces made of up buildings old and new. A number of large houses are dotted around the edge of the site, with their own gardens and communal facilities, giving a sense of privacy just minutes away from all College facilities. All central accommodation blocks have shared kitchens and many have been recently renovated.

The site is dotted with mature trees and planted flower borders, picnic tables (with barbecue) and plenty of covered cycle racks. We have an excellent gym and a tennis/basketball court on site. WiFi is fast all across the site. Our maintenance and IT teams respond quickly to any requests.

There are meeting rooms available in the Chancellor's Centre and several of the houses. There is also the Lee Hall for rehearsals, yoga classes or music practice on one of our pianos or our Flemish harpsichord.

Our accommodation

There are 410 units of student accommodation at Wolfson College; 390 rooms for single occupation and a mixture of large rooms and flats for couples. There are also five family flats, each accommodating up to two adults and two children.

As a postgraduate student you may be able to spend up to three years in College accommodation. You are not obliged to live in College and some students, especially those already used to living independently, prefer to find private accommodation to suit their needs. Equally, some postgraduates on longer courses split their three-year entitlement across the duration of their course so that they can live in Wolfson during their final year, allowing them access to the facilities that Wolfson offers.

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 and allocation takes place continually until all accommodation is full. Once all accommodation is full then unfortunately there may be students who are not able to live in college accommodation, but, if you are on a course longer than a year, you will form part of the first eligible group the following year.

For full information regarding Wolfson's accommodation please see the Guide to Accommodation in Wolfson College 2019-2020.


You don't choose a College for its food – but you certainly appreciate it when the food is good! And Wolfson food is very, very good.

The Wolfson cafeteria provides meals seven days a week throughout the year, closing only for two weeks in August, and for ten days at Christmas. Hot and cold foods are served three times a day and there are always vegetarian options on the menu.

Chef Sam and his team are friendly and always happy to hear suggestions from students. Prices are reasonable, and, as there is no Kitchen Fixed Charge (unlike many other colleges), you pay only for what you eat.

Formall Halls take place twice a week during term and are enjoyed by a wide variety of members, making for stimulating and entertaining discussions. We also have themed Formal Halls throughout the year, including Robert Burns' Night, St David's Day and the Boat Club Dinner, just to name a few.

Visit the Food pages for more information and to see sample menus.

Wolfson is a beautiful place to live, with a mix of postgraduates and mature undergraduates, and the University's friendliest Porters.