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Accommodation

Undergraduate accommodation

All first year undergraduates will be assigned rooms in Exeter College on the historic Turl Street site. Freshers are asked about room preferences and assigned a room before they arrive.

Undergraduates are guaranteed three years of college accommodation.

We guarantee accommodation in years 1, 2 and 3 to undergraduate students reading: Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, English, Fine Art, Law, History, Music, PPE, Economics & Management, Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Clinical Medicine, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Maths, Physics.

We guarantee accommodation in years 1, 2 and 4 to undergraduate students reading: Classics, Law with Law Studies in Europe, Modern Languages, Engineering, Earth Sciences.

Undergraduates who are not in their first year may be offered College accommodation either on the Turl Street site, in Exeter College’s award-winning Cohen Quad in fashionable Jericho, or in Exeter House in lively East Oxford. There are also four College houses available to groups of students who apply for them as a friendship group.

The room ballot system

College accommodation is allocated using a ballot system. The housing ballot takes place towards the end of Michaelmas Term. Those who wish to be included in the ballot will be arranged as follows, with Tier 1 having first choice of rooms:

Tier 1: rising third-year Classical Archaeology & Ancient History, English, Fine Art, Law, History, Music, PPE, Economics & Management, Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Clinical Medicine, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Maths, Physics; rising fourth-year Classics, Law with Law Studies in Europe, Modern Languages, Engineering, Earth Sciences.

Tier 2: all rising second-years

Tier 3: rising third-year Classics, Engineering, Earth Sciences; rising fourth-year Biochemistry, Chemistry, Maths, Physics

Tiers 1 and 2 are guaranteed a room in College. Tier 3 may be offered any rooms which are still available. Tier 1 is placed above Tier 2, and Tier 2 above Tier 3. Positions within in each tier are randomised.

Living out of College

Some undergraduates may choose to live in private accommodation rather than College accommodation (“live out”) after their first year. Letting agents typically release the housing list in December. Demand for the best properties can be high and it has been known for students determined to secure their first-choice property to queue outside the office of letting agents for hours or even days in order to be at the front of the queue.

All of the College’s central facilities remain available to students who choose to live out, though facilities charges (incorporated into the rental cost for those who live in Exeter College rooms) may be chargeable to those who live out.

Vacation residence forms

Undergraduates who need to be in Oxford for longer than the standard rent period for their room can apply for vacation residence. Application forms are circulated by email on Wednesday of Week 3 and must be completed and returned no later than Wednesday of Week 6. They are also available on this web page from Wednesday of Week 3.

Undergraduates who are granted vacation residence may have to move rooms for the period of their vacation residence. This is because during the vacations some rooms, particularly those on the Turl Street site and at Cohen Quad, are used to host undergraduate admissions candidates attending interviews or are let to conference guests to raise money that subsidises term-time student rents. Where it is not possible to offer vacation residence at Turl Street or Cohen Quad alternative College accommodation will normally be offered in East Oxford on the Iffley Road. Vacation residence outside the standard rent period is charged per day at the daily rate.

Application form for vacation residence – Exeter College main site – PDF

Application form for vacation residence – Exeter College main site – Word document

Application form for vacation residence – Exeter House – PDF

Application form for vacation residence – Exeter House – Word document

Application form for vacation residence – Cohen Quad – PDF

Application form for vacation residence – Cohen Quad – Word document

Graduate accommodation

Exeter House is a purpose built graduate complex located in vibrant East Oxford at 237-239 Iffley Road, Oxford OX4 1SQ. The complex is situated approximately 1.4 miles from the College’s main site on Turl Street (less than 10 minutes by bicycle) and is well served by public transport.

There are 93 bedrooms, a combination of standard and en-suite rooms located in the various buildings. There are 7 self-contained flats available for those students who have a partner and/or family. As some of the accommodation is set up in flats of 4 – 9 sharing, there is a possibility for groups of friends to share. Rooms are not guaranteed, however, and will be offered on a first-come first-served basis. Full-time graduate students may continue to live in Exeter House subject to availability.

Exeter House also offers two spacious common rooms (with a TV, piano and IT facilities), laundry machines and sheltered bike racks.

In addition to housing facilities, Exeter House provides a year-round social hub for graduate students at Exeter. Residents often organise events such as BBQs, parties, and movie and games nights, all of which are also open to members of Exeter’s graduate community living elsewhere.

Exeter House provides self-catering kitchens, and the flats include communal areas where residents can gather and eat meals together. Students may also choose to eat in the dining hall at Exeter’s Turl Street site in the city centre, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner on weekdays and brunch and dinner on weekends during the main academic periods (known as Full Term). Meals are also available during term time at the Undercroft Bar at the College’s Turl Street site and at the Dakota Café at Cohen Quad.

Exeter House from Iffley Road

Exeter House from Iffley Road

Map of Exeter House site

Exeter House site plan

Couples/Family Accommodation

Building A – 3 flats

  • Basement Flat – self-contained flat with 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, a lounge/study room, shower/toilet and a kitchen.
  • Ground Floor Flat – self-contained flat with 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, a lounge/study room, shower/toilet and a kitchen.
  • First Floor Flat – self-contained flat with 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, a lounge/study room, shower/toilet and a kitchen.

Double bedroom in Ground floor Flat A

Double bedroom in Ground floor Flat A

Common/study room in Ground floor Flat A

Common/study room in Ground floor Flat A

Kitchen in Ground floor Flat A

Kitchen in Ground floor Flat A

Building B (Barr House)

  • Basement Flat – self-contained flat with 1 double bedroom, 1 single bedroom, a lounge/study room, shower/toilet and a kitchen.

Building E (formerly Exeter House Annex)

  • Ground Floor Flat – self-contained flat with 1 double and 1 single bedroom, a shower/toilet and a kitchen/diner.

Building F

  • Ground Floor Flat – self-contained flat with 1 double and 1 single bedroom, a shower/toilet and a kitchen/diner.
  • First Floor Flat – self-contained flat with 1 double and 1 single bedroom, a shower/toilet and a kitchen/diner.

The tenancy for the self-contained flats runs for 11 months, normally from 1st October – 31st August.

Please note that as these are self-contained flats, no cleaning services are provided. Utilities and internet are offered free of charge.

Single Bedrooms

Building K (Wheare House)

There are six flats ( K1, K2, K3, K4, K5, K6), 2 flats on one floor – each flat consists of 5 single en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room.

  • K1 and K2 – ground floor
  • K3 and K4 – first floor
  • K5 and K6 – second floor

Bedroom K1

Bedroom K1 – grade A

Shower room

Shower room

Kitchen in K1

Kitchen in K1

Building M

There are Three Flats across 3 floors– each flat consists of 3 single en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room.

  • M1 – ground floor
  • M2- first floor
  • M3 – Second floor

Bedroom in M1

Bedroom in M1

Kitchen in M1

Kitchen in M1

Building N (SKP House)

  • Ground Floor Flat – contains 7 single en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room.
  • First Floor Flat – contains 9 single en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room.
  • Second Floor Flat – contains 9 single en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room.

Bedroom in N1

Bedroom in N1

Building Q (235 Iffley Road)

This is a large Victorian house with 5 en-suite bedrooms and 3 standard bedrooms. There is a very large fully equipped communal kitchen/dining room.

Single standard bedroom with shared facilities

Single standard bedroom with shared facilities

Building R (Norman House)

  • Ground Floor Flat – contains 4 single en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen/dining room.
  • Two Studio Flats (these are similar to large bedsits with an enclosed shower/toilet and an open plan kitchen).

The licence agreement for the single bedrooms and studio flats runs from 1st October – 30th June (39 weeks). There is a facility to extend your tenancy, but you may be required to move to alternative accommodation. Where possible, the College will endeavour to make it possible for residents to continue in the same room from year to year and during the summer vacations.

All rooms In Exeter House come with the following: a single standard bed, mattress, mattress cover, duvet, pillow, curtains, carpet, desk, desk lamp, desk chair, easy chair – some rooms don’t have one because of size of room, wardrobe, bookshelves and a coffee table. We do not provide any bedlinen and therefore you must purchase your own.

All kitchens come fully equipped with cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery, utensils, pots and pans, plates, cups, iron and ironing board. If you wish to bring your own crockery, please feel free to do so.

Common Rooms

There are two spacious Common Rooms – one in the Pavilion and one in Building E. The walls in both Common Rooms are painted in warm colours with plenty of lighting. The Common Room in Building E is the “quiet” room with a piano, plenty of comfortable seating, table tennis table and various board games. There is a small area set aside for 2 computers. The Pavilion Common Room is the “noisy” room with a television, and a small kitchenette with plenty of comfortable seating.

Laundry Rooms

Exeter House has two laundry rooms with contactless washing machines and dryers. One of the laundry room is located at the bottom of block Q and the other room in the basement of block N.

Outdoor spaces

The outside areas are landscaped. The outside areas are landscaped. There is also a large laundry room in the basement of Building N and at the back of Building Q. Entry to the campus and accommodation is via card access and there are intercom systems in place in the hallway of all the flats. The entire site is enclosed by a surrounding wall.

M Block

M Block

Cherry Garden

Cherry Garden

View of the Pavilion from the Lime Quad

View of the Pavilion from the Lime Quad

We are very lucky to be surrounded by small gardens which provide a little oasis in the busy city centre. We also have a shop, post office and 2 bicycle shops close by and a further small supermarket. On the Cowley Road there are a variety of restaurants.

Exeter House

Exeter House