Merton College

Founded in 1264, this beautiful college is known for its academic calibre and is located just off the Oxford High Street in the town centre.

About Merton College

Originally catering for just twenty fellows, Merton dates its foundation back to 1264 and is therefore a strong contender for the oldest College in the University (Balliol and St Edmund Hall have made the same claim over the years). The college’s Mob Quad and Library are respectively the oldest quadrangle and library in the University, built in three stages from 1288-1378, and the porter’s lodge still boasts a crenellated battlement dating back to the reign of Henry V.

Merton has a desirable city centre location just off the High Street, although stepping into its peaceful gardens can make the hustle and bustle of everyday Oxford seem a million miles away. Oxford Royale Summer Schools students staying at Merton College are guaranteed easy access to Oxford’s many attractions and amenities, with key historical sites on their doorstep.


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Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in standard undergraduate bedrooms. Not all rooms are en suite, although we will endeavour to cater to individual needs where possible.

Safety and security on campus

In the college, students are overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford. Residential pastoral staff will be on hand to address student queries and assist them at any time of the day or night.


ORA and Merton College

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Academy is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, Merton College or the University of Oxford. Find out more about ORA and the University of Oxford.


About Oxford

Oxford is a city like no other, home to the #1 university in the world and a huge number of historic sites and attractions, including museums, galleries, parks and more. Oxford is also the home of ORA, where we have been running our award-winning Oxford summer school since 2004. Join us in Oxford in summer 2021 and experience life on the campus of the world-renowned University of Oxford.