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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Our upcoming events

24 - 24
Apr Apr
Tri-Innovate Pitch Event
Tuesday 24 April -
5:30pm to 8:30pm

Tri-Innovate 2018 finalists will pitch their ideas at The Foundry for £8,000 first prize and title of Innovation of the Year. Come support Wolfson finalists as they compete against finalists from Hertford, Jesus, New, and Pembroke Colleges.

Courses and Workshops
28 - 28
Apr Apr
Indo-Iranian Philology Study Day
Saturday 28 April -
9:00am to 5:00pm

A study day in Indo-Iranian philology, with opportunities to take lessons in subjects such as Avestan, Vedic Sanskrit, reading Old Persian cuneiform, and Indo-Iranian and Indo-European comparative philology. There will be taster sessions for beginners and brush-up sessions for those who once studied the subject. For further information or to book a place, please email Philomen Probert (philomen.probert@wolfson.ox.ac.uk).

Concert and Plays
01 - 01
May May
Inauguration of Tim Hitchens
Tuesday 1 May -
8:00am to 11:00am

All members and friends of Wolfson College are invited to a May morning welcome event for Tim Hitchens, CMG LVO as the new President of Wolfson.


8.00–8.40 am Musical entertainment by members of the College 
All are welcome to drop in

8.40–9.00 am Break
Morning pastries will be available

9.00–9.30 am Formal inauguration of the new President
Please take your places by 9 am