St Catherine’s College is the largest college within Oxford University and teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. Although one of the youngest Oxford Colleges, we can trace our roots back to 1868, when a ‘Delegacy for Non-Collegiate Students’ was formed. This Delegacy enabled students to gain an Oxford education without the prohibitive costs of college membership.

This founding ethos of inclusion is still evident today, and the College has an open, friendly and diverse community amongst its Students, Fellows and Alumni.

Our modern college, affectionately known as St Catz, was founded in 1962 by our Founding Master, Lord Alan Bullock. Designed by Danish architect, Arne Jacobsen, our Grade I listing buildings were the first to be granted such status in the post-war era. Jacobsen’s plans for the college did not include a chapel, defining us as a secular college and setting us apart from other Oxford colleges, most of which have a religious foundation.

Whilst treasuring the traditional values of Oxford college life, we are committed to evolving with today’s society, which is reflected in our College motto ‘Nova et Vetera’: the new and the old.

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General enquiries

Contact the Lodge for general enquiries about the College. The Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

📞 Tel: +44 (0)1865 271 700

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Alumni and donors

For alumni or donor enquiries, please contact the Development Office. It’s open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday:

📞 Tel: +44 (0)1865 271 705

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Current students

If you’re a current student and have a query about your course or exams, please contact the Academic Office. It’s open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday:

📞 Tel: +44 (0)1865 281 552

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Prospective students

Thinking of studying with us? Contact the Admissions Office for all your need to know. It’s open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday:

📞 Tel: +44 (0)1865 271 703

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Sending post to the College

If you prefer to write to the College, you can do so at the postal address below. Please write the name of the individual or department you are writing to clearly, to ensure it reaches them.

✍ St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, United Kingdom