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. While we can’t offer accommodation for families, we do have options available for couples. If you require family accommodation, please contact the University’s Graduate Accommodation Office.
Jericho is a small but vibrant community, north-west of the city centre near 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, 20 minutes’ walk from the main college site, providing single bedrooms with shared bathroom and kitchen 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 Avenue are a popular feature of the area too. 8, 9, 10 and 11 Winchester Road are our dedicated graduate townhouses, located 15 minutes’ walk from the main college site, with spacious single rooms and self-contained flats for couples. All four houses share access to a large garden, perfect for summer social gatherings, and have access to 59 Banbury Road to the rear, which is also owned by Hertford and provides secure bicycle parking and onsite laundry facilities.
Summertown is a large community situated 2.5km from the city centre, yet easily accessible – half-hour on foot or ten-minute 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 graduate house in Summertown is at 204 Woodstock Road, a 35 minute walk (or 10 minutes by bus or bike) from the main college site. There are two self-contained independent flats for couples with their own facilities, and six single rooms which share bathrooms and kitchens. Secure bicycle storage is available onsite, and residents can make use of laundry facilities at 189 Banbury Road, another house owned by Hertford and around a five minute walk away.
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 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.
GRADUATE ACCOMMODATION COSTS
We will allocate a number of graduate rooms on the following dates:
- Monday 2 March 2020
- Wednesday 1 April 2020
- Friday 1 May 2020
- Monday 1 June 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 seven days of receipt of the offer of accommodation or the room will be reallocated.
This deposit is refundable in the event that you do not meet the conditions of your offer (either academic or financial), however a fee of £250 shall be retained should you subsequently decide to take up alternative accommodation prior to the start of your course. Should you meet the conditions and take up the contract of accommodation, the deposit will be refunded at the end of your tenure.