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.
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Sports & Wellness21 - 21Jan JanMixed CircuitsTuesday 21 January - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Mixed Circuits are organised by the Boat Club and run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM all year round in the Games Room. Free and open to all members of college, the sessions are great for rowers keeping fit in the off-season, as a supplement to regular training, or for non-rowers who want to get a bit of exercise while seeing the enthusiasm of the Boat Club first-hand. The workout consists of a few sets of “body-weight” exercises, including crunches, press-ups, squats, etc.Clubs & Societies21 - 21Jan JanWolfson ChoirTuesday 21 January - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
The Wolfson choir is a relaxed, non-auditioning choir: newcomers welcome at any stage in the term.Sports & Wellness23 - 23Jan JanMixed CircuitsThursday 23 January - 6:00pm to 7:15pm
Mixed Circuits are organised by the Boat Club and run every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 PM all year round in the Games Room. Free and open to all members of college, the sessions are great for rowers keeping fit in the off-season, as a supplement to regular training, or for non-rowers who want to get a bit of exercise while seeing the enthusiasm of the Boat Club first-hand. The workout consists of a few sets of “body-weight” exercises, including crunches, press-ups, squats, etc.