Why choose Wolfson?
The College has a strong egalitarian and informal approach, with no separation between students and academics (or ‘Fellows’). All members of the College share use of the communal areas (such as the hall and common rooms) and students are encouraged to be involved in the running of the College.
Wolfson has a rich and varied calendar of events and the interdisciplinary Research Clusters foster interaction between academics at all stages of their careers. The College also enjoys a vibrant social and cultural life, including a flourishing art and music scene and a wealth of sports clubs and activities. Partners and families are well-catered for with a day nursery in College and the opportunity for partners to be fully involved in the social life of the College by becoming Associate Members.
Read our quick guide to Wolfson and Oxford for an overview of highlights.
Support for students
One of the benefits of being in a graduate college is that all student financial, administrative and welfare support is reserved solely for graduate students. Increasing the amount of financial support available to students is one of the main goals of the College and in 2017 around 50 students will be studying at Wolfson with full or partial College scholarships.
We also offer support packages with costs related to taking part in conferences and conducting fieldwork, and for students who experience unforeseen and short term financial difficulties, the College has a discretionary hardship fund to assist in these times.
Location, accommodation and facilities
Wolfson is situated on the banks of the River Cherwell in North Oxford and has extensive grounds and gardens. While only a 15-20 minute walk from many University buildings and facilities, it offers a secluded and peaceful environment in which to live and study. The College also provides a free minibus service during the week, helpful for those who study a little further away.
Accommodation is offered to the majority of students in their first year and many students continue to live in College in subsequent years. Rooms are available for single students as well as those with partners and families.
All graduate accommodation is on-site or in the vicinity of the College grounds. This means that all College facilities and activities are conveniently right on your door-step and is one of the reasons Wolfson has such a strong and friendly community.
The College has a broad range of excellent facilities including a gym, squash, tennis and basketball courts, music rooms, a student-run bar, croquet lawn, and allotments. These are all located on-site. Wolfson is also the only college in Oxford with its own punt harbour, leading straight to the river.
12 December 2019Secret of Skins
Sarah Skeels, Wolfson student, appears in the new BBC Four natural history documentary, called Secret of Skins.25 November 2019Wolfson alumnus Michael Rands appointed Master of Darwin College
Congratulations to Dr Michael Rands, Wolfson alumnus, who has been appointed Master of Darwin College.22 November 2019Romulus reveals this year's theme
The editorial team revealed the theme with a launch party that had live music, scientific talks, poetry and a juggling performance.
Lectures and Seminars19 - 19Dec DecAccessing and Analysing Culturally Sensitive Content: Data Capsules, Extracted F...Thursday 19 December - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
The long-term goal of the Ātea Project — which is part of New Zealand’s National Science Challenges — is to help build prosperous, culturally thriving and technology-driven Māori economies for future generations.Art Exhibition07 - 25Jan MarHaiku poetry composed by the President, with illustrationsTuesday 7 January - 9:00am to Wednesday 25 March - 4:00pm
This exhibition is located in the corridor between the Buttery and the Cafe.Conference16 - 18Jan JanFrom Concept to Monument: Time and Cost of Construction in the Ancient WorldThursday 16 January - 1:00pm to Saturday 18 January - 6:30pm
The conference sets an exclusive focus on modelling the costs of construction over the course of 1,500 years, from Archaic Greece to the early middle ages. Over the last decade, the general interest in building costs and organisational aspects of historical construction has seen a rise in popularity amongst scholars working on pre-modern architecture.