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omerville, hidden away behind an unassuming entrance on a main road, the huge grass quad and surrounding red brick buildings is one of Oxford’s best hidden treasures.


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The town centre is only a few minutes’ walk away, but if the hustle and bustle ever gets you down, its laidback atmosphere provides a welcome retreat. The College is well situated for Oxford’s main nightclubs, and at the heart of the bohemian Jericho, which is packed full of bars, pubs, cafes and its own independent cinema, Phoenix Picturehouse.


The accommodation inside the College is extremely comfortable and while some of the first year accommodation is not the most beautiful, it is very social. Also there is a brand new, state-of-the-art housing block, all with en-suite rooms. Those who live out in second year mostly take up residence in student properties in Jericho or the more northerly Summertown area. This makes for a very good balance between a close-knit college community and broader integration with the rest of the town and University.


The dining hall in college is cheap and very well attended. Though, for those who like to


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Rent £1000 per term


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Famous Alumni Margaret Thatcher, Iris Murdoch, Indira Gandhi


Food


All meals are available in hall on a pay- as-you-go basis. To eat three meals a day would cost about £10.


Facilities


Accommodation is available to first and third years, as well as some second years. Bathrooms are shared among ten at most. Kitchen access is available.


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cook, there are kitchens at the end of almost every corridor. Furthermore, the College is well equipped with its own on-site gym.


Somerville has one of the best college libraries in Oxford, with an enormous collection of books for every subject. The library is open 24/7 with very generous borrowing rights and a book request system, by which students can ask the library to buy a book they want.


Apart from the bar and JCR rooms the main social hub of college is the enormous quad, which lacks the ‘Please Keep Off The Grass’ signs found in other colleges, and becomes a hive of activity as soon as the sun comes out.


Somerville is many things but above all it is friendly, liberal and tolerant, based on its original founding ethos as a women’s college. Despite a large student population, there is a definite sense that everyone knows each other, regardless of which social group they belong to. College staff and tutors are just as warm and supportive as the students, and every member of the college really does contribute towards the unique and special atmosphere of Somerville.


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