We can accommodate graduate students at our dedicated graduate houses across the city, where you’ll have a choice of accommodation options.
Our college-owned houses are located in three popular areas of north Oxford – Jericho, Park Town and Summertown – all of which are within a short distance of the main college site, which can be easily accessed by foot, bicycle or public transport.
We endeavour to house as many first-year graduates as possible, but cannot guarantee accommodation for all applicants. If your programme is longer than a year, you will be eligible to enter a ballot for housing in your subsequent years of study.
Unfortunately, we are not able to offer accommodation for families or couples so we suggest that you contact the University’s Graduate Accommodation Office.
Jericho is a small but vibrant community, north-west of the city centre and near to Oxford Canal. Home to Oxford University Press and a wide array of independent cafes, restaurants, bars and shops – as well as an independent cinema -Jericho is an exciting place to live. We have two houses at 63 and 64 St Bernard’s Road, just 20 minutes’ walk from the main college site, providing single bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. Likewise, 68 Walton Street offers single bedrooms with shared kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities at the house. This is again a 20 minutes’ walk from the main college site.
Summertown is a large community situated 2.5km from the city centre, yet easily accessible – half an hour on foot or ten minutes by bike or bus. As well as independent shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, there are several small supermarkets, a weekly farmers’ market and a public leisure centre with gym and swimming pool. Our large graduate house in Summertown is at 189/191 Banbury Road and offers single bedrooms with shared kitchen, bathroom and laundry facilities.
Park Town is a beautiful 19th-century suburb just north of the city centre near to University Parks, where there are over 70 acres of open parkland, popular jogging routes, and the meandering River Cherwell. The independent shops and pubs of North Parade are a popular feature of the area too. Our college house at 100 Banbury Road is a new addition to our accommodation portfolio. It is 25 minutes’ walk from the main college site, with spacious single ensuite rooms and shared kitchen facilities. It also benefits from a large garden, perfect for summer study sessions.
Applying for graduate accommodation
All graduate applicants who are offered a place at Hertford (either conditional or unconditional) are asked if they wish to be considered for graduate accommodation. When we send offer letters to applicants we’ll provide a link to the Graduate Accommodation Application Form. Once you’ve submitted the form you’ll be contacted by email to confirm that it has been received and to explain the next steps in the process.
In the interests of ensuring that as much space as possible is allocated to the students most in need of support (irrespective of the point in the cycle at which they apply) we allocate small numbers of rooms on a bi-monthly basis throughout the application cycle. Please see below for details of this year’s allocation dates and our prioritisation schema.
Hertford College cannot guarantee accommodation for all graduate applicants. While we try to accommodate all graduate freshers requiring accommodation, this is not guaranteed.
We will allocate a number of graduate rooms on the following dates:
- Monday 18 May 2020
- Monday 1 June 2020
- Monday 15 June 2020
- Monday 29 June 2020
- Thursday 16 July 2020
Shortly after each allocation date, you will be contacted either to confirm that a room has been allocated to you, or to check that you wish your application to be considered again in the next release of rooms. If at any point you decide to withdraw your application and make your own arrangements for accommodation, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The categories of offer-holder we consider priorities for graduate accommodation allocation are as below (with number one being the highest priority):
- Those with disabilities or other special requirements which would make it hard to find suitable private, rented accommodation at short notice.
- Those intending to come to Oxford for the first time for graduate study who have no previous experience of the UK education system.
- Those with previous experience of the UK education system who have already met the academic conditions of their offer and have submitted their financial declaration.
- Those with previous experience of the UK education system who have already met the academic conditions of their offer but have not yet submitted their financial declaration.
- Those with previous experience of the UK education system who have yet to meet their academic conditions and who have not yet submitted their financial declaration.
Deposits and confirmation
Please note that when you receive an offer of a room, it will not be confirmed until a deposit of £400 has been received by the college Bursary. The deposit must be paid within two weeks of receipt of the offer of accommodation or the room will be reallocated. The deposit will be credited towards your first terms rent.
Should you decide to take up alternative accommodation prior to the start of your course, £250 of the deposit shall be retained by the college. The £400 deposit is refundable in the event that you do not meet the conditions of your offer (either academic or financial) or withdraw your acceptance.
To discover more about accommodation at Hertford please feel free to contact our Accommodation Officer.