Prospective Students

Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must first have been accepted by a Department or Faculty of the University of Oxford before any college or permanent private hall may consider them.
  • Applications are considered for any of the courses in which the College offers admission. Please consult this list to see these courses.
  • Applications are usually considered by academic staff in the relevant subject area
  • Preference will normally be given to applicants whose area of study overlaps with the academic interests of the College’s academic staff.
  • The College aims to admit a certain number of graduate students each year spread across the range of subjects in which it accepts graduate students, and this will determine the number of offers which can be made to applicants. Where there are more applicants than offers which can be made, the relative academic merit and potential of the applicants may be taken into account. It may not be possible to make offers to applicants whose applications are received late in the admissions round, when places are full.
  • The possession of competitively-won funding may be taken into account as an indicator of the applicant’s academic merit and potential.
  • The final decision on whether to offer a place in the light of the overall competition for graduate places and the spread of those places across subject areas is usually taken by the Tutor for Graduates.
  • Please note that any offer of a place will be subject to satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent to the applicant as part of the offer. Please consult the guidance for more details.
  • Preference may be given to current or past students of the College who meet the selection criteria described above.

Middle Common Room

St Catherine's offers excellent graduate facilities, including one of the largest college libraries and well-equipped computer rooms. Sport, music and drama enjoy a high profile in the college; on site there are squash courts, a gymnasium and punt house, a Music House for practice and performance, and theatres for both indoor and outdoor productions.

The focus of graduate life in the College is the Middle Common Room, which is situated in a quiet part of College, and comprises a lounge, bar, television room and private courtyard garden. With over 250 members of many different nationalities, it is one of the liveliest and most stimulating in Oxford.

The MCR Committee organises a varied academic, social and sporting programme. Once a week a special graduate dinner is served in Hall and there are regular graduate seminars. The annual Graduates’ Dinner takes place in May. Graduates are also members of the Junior Common Room (undergraduate) and have access to all its facilities.

Live at Catz

There are many options when it comes to fixing your accommodation needs, but it is worthwhile investigating these early on, once you have received an offer of a University place.

College Accommodation

The College has approximately 72 single study bedrooms provided for incoming graduates. Up to 30 rooms are in the main College site, with shared bathroom and kitchenette facilities. Windows take up an entire wall of the room, which add a feeling of lightness and space, and these provide views across the river gardens, meadows, or the College's main quad. Click here for images of typical graduate room in the main College site.

Breakfast, lunch, cafeteria-style dinner (known as "Scaf"), and a three-course served evening meal are provided in the dining hall on a pay-as-you-eat basis. In addition, the "Buttery" is open on weekdays for mid-morning or afternoon snacks. Catering provided in the dining hall is open to all students of the College whether or not they live in College accommodation. The small kitchenettes on each floor of the accommodation in College are normally shared between 8-10 students. They contain a fridge, toaster, kettle and hob; and are ideal for fixing a snack. Please note that if you wish to cook meals, you will need to bring induction compatible pots and pans.

A further 42 rooms are located in St Catherine’s House on Bath Street, a 15-minutewalk away from the College. These rooms are arranged in clusters of 3, 5 or 6 rooms with shared bathroom and cooking facilities. St Catherine's House is situated on a quiet street, with many rooms having views over the Angel and Greyhound Meadow. These rooms are designed as self-catering rooms, but in common with all other members of the College, St Catherine's House residents are welcome to take meals in the College hall. There is no common room or lounge at St Catherine’s House. Students are welcome to use the MCR common room for socialising.Click here for a fllor plan of St Catherine's House, here for images of typical rooms in St Catherine's House, and here for an introduction from the MCR President

Our standard graduate residentail agreements run for 38 weeks, allowing you to remain in your room during the Christmans and Easter vacations. All students are required to sign a residentail agreement prior to arrival.

If you would like to express a preference for college accommodation when submitting your application to the University, please tick the box provided on the application form. Priority is given to those coming to the College from the greatest distance and likely to experience difficulties in the local accommodation market. Further guidance will be forthcoming should the College make you an offer of a place. However, please note that decisions regarding the allocation of college accommodation are made during July.


The College completely closes for the two weeks over Christmas and New Year, the week over Easter and may close for the first two weeks of August. During this period all College staff are on vacation except for the Maintenance Department. For students living in College over this period there is no catering provided in College, no cleaning staff and no administrative staff. Maintenance uses these few weeks in the year to complete major project works; over this time heating, water and electricity may-be cut off for certain periods.


The College has a launderette on site that provides washers and dryers for student use. The launderette is open 24 hours and students pay for the facility. Similar launderette arrangements are present at St Catherine’s House. An ironing room is provided on Staircase 2 free of charge.

Problems with machines should be reported via the telephone number posted in the Laundry. You should contact with problems related to payment/over-payment.


All rooms in College have data-points for connection to the Internet. For further information please see

University Accommodation

The College can assist applicants coming to Oxford with partners/and or children by facilitating contact with the University of Oxford Accommodation Office which has some provision for those coming to Oxford with partners and/or children. If you wish to pursue this particular option, please inform the Admission Office (Email:

The University's Accommodation Office lets and manages rooms, flats and houses on sites owned by the University in and around Oxford city centre which are available for graduate students. As soon as you receive an offer of a place on a University course, you become eligible to join their waiting lists. We recommend that you apply for accommodation as early as possible. The University Student Pad website allows students and staff to easily search online for a range of University, College and private housing in Oxford, including rooms, flats, houses to share and flats and houses for couples or families. All accommodation featured has the relevant Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificates, Tenancy Deposit Scheme details and EPC (Energy Performance Certificates) where applicable.

Private Housing

There are many other sources of help on the Web to find suitable private housing. You might like to check local listings, such as the Daily Information. Oxford University Student Union produces an annual Living Out Guide. This useful publication takes you through the steps of finding private accommodation, and offers lots of local contacts and advice. This is recommended for anyone who is new to the city and Oxford area.

Apply to Catz

Graduate study at Oxford is a distinctive experience: all graduate students are members of both a department or faculty and a college or hall.  A student must be accepted by the relevant department or faculty before he or she is considered by a college. Please see the online Graduate Prospectus on the University website for a list of available courses, information on how to apply for graduate study, and an online application form.

You can state a college preference on your application form, or if you have no preference, can allow the system to do this for you. If you have any enquiries about studying as a graduate student at St Catherine's then please email the Academic Officer.

Click on the video to the left to watch a video about preparing to apply for graduate study at the University of Oxford.

Postgraduate Admissions

St Catherine's has one of the largest graduate intakes of the colleges admitting both undergraduates and graduates. We admit students from a wide mix of disciplines and backgrounds, which makes our community a particularly lively and stimulating place to study, socialize and live.

St Catherine's will be happy to consider applications for any programme of study offered by the University, but subjects related to the interests of the Fellows of the College are especially encouraged.The policy of the College from its foundation has been to integrate graduates closely into the academic and social life of the College.

Our Tutor for Graduates, who is a Fellow of the College, has responsibility for the interests and welfare of graduate students. All graduate students are also allocated a College Advisor (in addition to their University Supervisor) who is a Fellow of the College in or near their subject field.

Our MCR or "Middle Common Room" is the base within College for all graduate students. The MCR provides support beyond the regular subject-based academic structures at Oxford, represents the interests of graduate students at Catz, and offers a bulging academic, social, and sporting calendar. One of the highlights is the MCR's regular Friday Guest Night Dinner in Hall. Details of this and much more can be found on the MCR's web-pages.



Working with Schools

Visits to Oxford

We host a variety of school and college visits at St Catherine’s College throughout the academic year. A typical visit usually involves the following:

  • 'Oxford Explained' Presentation
  • Q & A with current students (during term-time)
  • Tour of College
  • Lunch in Hall

We are very willing to tailor the visits to the needs of your students if at all possible, so please do contact us to discuss ideas (

In-school visits

It may be possible for a representative of the College to visit your school or college to give an 'Oxford Explained' presentation. Please email to enquire.

Regional Links

As part of the University of Oxford’s ongoing commitment to engage with schools, we have developed a programme to simplify communication between the University and all schools in the United Kingdom. Each Oxford college is linked to a Local Authority to ensure that each school has a first point of contact within the University. For more information about the University's Regional Outreach programme, please click here.

St Catherine's College is linked with Northern Ireland. A representative from the College visits Northern Ireland several times each year with the aim of encouraging able students to consider applying to Oxford. Our next visit is likely to be in Spring 2016.

If you are a teacher and would like to discuss whether it is possible for us to visit your school in the future, please email


"The size of Catz means that there is a diverse set of interests amongst the students, leading to a wide range of sports clubs and societies on offer. Whether you are a budding hockey player, a part-time poet or a dedicated trumpet player, Catz can cater for your interests. The very nature of Catz encourages people to get involved, be they the best in their discipline or the newbee with two left feet." Ben, Biological Sciences student

The College enjoys a flourishing culture of music, sport and theatre. It caters to all levels of ability, from amateur to professional. Students have access to the College's Music House, which has two grand pianos and a harpsichord. The College offers a Repetiteur Scholarship in conjunction with New Chamber Opera and a Leask Scholarship each year giving financial assistance in instrumental tuition.

Olympic athletes have thrived at St Catherine's, thanks in part to its boathouse, sports grounds and outstanding on-site gymnasium. All these facilities are free to use. The size of the College is a major advantage when it comes to sport. Current teams include football, badminton, basketball, athletics, and rugby. Catz has excellent facilities including squash and tennis courts, rugby and football pitches. Students are also welcome to hire college punts for a relaxing trip down the river.

Drama is driven above all by the Cameron Mackintosh Visiting Chair of Contemporary Theatre, past holders of which include Diana Rigg, Tim Rice, Richard Attenborough, Patrick Stewart and Michael Frayn. The Cameron Mackintosh Chair gives a series of lectures and workshops at the College during the course of the academic year. Thanks to this the College has exceptional links with contemporary theatre; many of our students take part in acting, writing and directing in Oxford and beyond.


St Catherine's offers a wide range of subjects at undergraduate level, and values greatly the study of the sciences and arts in equal measure.

360 Degree Tour

The Chemistry Department have created a webpage which allows you to explore Oxford through a range of panoramic images.

Click on the image below to explore Catz virtually.

Accommodation at Catz

One of the great benefits of being a student at St Catherine's is the availablility of on-site accommodation. With over 470 study bedrooms, the vast majority of undergraduates live in college for three years.

Accommodation is provided in the traditional Oxford format of different staircases, each housing up to 20 students and enjoy the advantage of living in close proximity to facilities such as the library, dining hall, Junior Common Room (JCR) and gym. New undergraduate students are usually allocated a room in staircases 1 to 16 which surround the main Quad. Most have shared bathroom facilities. All of the rooms in staircases 17 to 26 have en-suite facilities. All rooms have internet access. We have specially adapted rooms for students with disabilities.

Breakfast, lunch, cafeteria-style dinner (known as "Scaf"), and a three-course served evening meal are provided in the dining hall on a pay-as-you-eat basis. In addition, the "Buttery" is open on weekdays for mid-morning or afternoon snacks. Those who prefer to cater for themselves can do so by using the small kitchens provided on each floor of the accommodation, normally shared between 8-10 students. Please note that if you wish to cook meals, you will need to bring induction compatible pots and pans.



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