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St Hugh’s College

St Hugh’s College

A Victorian college with a mix of modern and traditional buildings along with some of the most beautiful gardens in Oxford.

Founded in 1886, St Hugh’s is a relatively young college by University of Oxford standards. It is also one of Oxford’s largest colleges, able to accommodate all of its 600 students onsite. Its architecture is mostly traditional with some newer buildings, and its sizeable gardens are described as the most beautiful in Oxford.


About St Hugh’s College

St Hugh’s College was founded by Elizabeth Wordsworth (William Wordsworth’s great-niece). Elizabeth wanted – in face of considerable opposition – to make an Oxford education available to women. While the college now accepts students of all genders, it still holds to its radical tradition and focuses on providing an Oxford education to anyone with the academic skills required, regardless of their background.

Despite its relatively recent foundation, St Hugh’s has an impressive roll-call of alumni, including the suffragette Emily Davison, the current Prime Minister Theresa May, the writer Joanna Trollope, and the Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi.

St Hugh’s is located in North Oxford, close to the University Parks and the Pitt Rivers Museum.


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Outside view of St Hugh's buildings
Students get a tour of St Hugh's
St Hugh's outside view of buildings
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St Hugh's library outside view
Outside view of St Hugh's

Virtual tour

Explore the cloisters and quads of St Hugh’s College through this interactive virtual tour.

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Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in spacious and modern single rooms, which are standard undergraduate bedrooms. The majority of bathrooms are en suite. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases.

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Bathroom Type

En-suite & shared (single gender)

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Bedroom Type


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Student Ages

12, 13- 5, 16-18

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.

ORA and St Hugh’s College

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

The grassy quad of University College, Oxford, in the summer sunshine

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