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St Catherine's College

About St Catherine's College

St Catherine’s College, affectionately known as “St Catz”, is the University of Oxford’s youngest undergraduate college, founded in 1962 by historian Allan Bullock. The striking glass and concrete buildings were designed by Arne Jacobsen, combining modern building materials with the traditional college quadrangle (a rectangular area surrounded by buildings). Not only the College buildings but also the cutlery, furniture and lampshades were designed by Jacobsen.

The most well-known alumni of the College include Benazir Bhutto (late Prime Minister of Pakistan), Peter Mandelson (former UK First Secretary of State and Business Secretary) and Joseph Heller (American novelist and playwright).

St Catz is a short walk away from Oxford’s city centre.

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Accommodation details

St Catherine’s is one of the colleges in which our Oxford Summer School is hosted. Students will be accommodated in single rooms which are standard undergraduate bedrooms. Bathrooms are shared between a few students. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases.

  • Founded in: 1962
  • Bathroom type: En-suite & shared (single gender)
  • Bedroom type: Single
  • Student ages: 13+

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.

The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications.

Each campus has a few members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

Oxford Royale and St Catherine's College

It is important to note that Oxford Royale is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, St Catherine’s College or the University of Oxford. Find out more about Oxford Royale and the University of Oxford.

About Oxford

Oxford is a city like no other, home to the best 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 Oxford Royale, where we have been running our award-winning Oxford summer school since 2004. Join us in Oxford this summer and experience life on the campus of the world-renowned University of Oxford.

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