Alumni & Friends

Contact the Development Office:

St Catherine's College

Manor Road
United Kingdom.
Tel: +44 (0)1865 281 596



St Catherine's is more than just a College. It's a community. Our Fellows, students, parents, friends and Alumni help make this community a special group to be a part of. Whether you have just graduated or your university days are far behind you, you remain a member of the College, and there are a range of benefits available to you.

From these pages on our website you can find out the latest news from Catz, get updates on our vibrant programme of events and read our latest publications. If you've recently moved or changed your telephone number, you can update your contact details here too. And if you've won an award, published a book, landed a new job, or have other news to share we'd love to hear from you!

Your College membership never expires.


Current Students

In this section of the website current students of the College can find useful information on matters such as accommodation, computing, meals, payment of charges, housekeeping and security.


Maintenance and Repairs

The maintenance team are responsible for maintenance and repairs in the College. Email:

If you have a maintenance requirement you should complete a Maintenance Request Form. If there is a difficulty over the weekend you should report this to the Lodge.

Lodge - Enquiries & Security

Your main use of the Lodge, apart from collecting and handing back room keys, will be for the collection, franking and posting of mail (national, intercollegiate, and internal mail or “pigeon post”).

The Lodge acts as the main contact point for a number of other purposes, including:

  • Lost and found property
  • Delivering academic work to College lecturers and Fellows
  • Issuing meeting room keys
  • Dealing with emergencies (e.g. fire alarms)
  • Reporting security issues (e.g. suspicious persons on site)
  • Operating the bicycle registration scheme
  • Answering general enquiries.

Outside of the period 7.00 am to 6.00 pm from Monday to Friday, the Lodge is primarily concerned with issues of safety and security. Lodge staff are in a position to get in touch with the appropriate staff, including the Junior Deans and emergency services, to provide assistance.

An online system is in operation for booking sports and other facilities (Music House, squash courts, punts).  Punting, as an activity, involves risks. Those taking out a punt need to be aware that they are taking on those risks and should exercise considerable care. Taking out a punt means that you are prepared to abide by the conditions set out the following page.


Housekeeping - Cleaning & Linen

Inge-Marie Rossouw-Smith is the Housekeeping and Lodge Manager. Her office is located in Staircase 13.

At the beginning of the year you will be asked to verify the inventory for the contents and condition of your room/flat using on online form. Any damages or losses will be recorded at the end of each term and, under the Residential Licence Agreement, there will be charges for any loss or damage other than for fair wear and tear.

You are permitted to place a Do Not Disturb notice on your door and place your waste bin outside of it, to restrict access until 11.00 am on days other than the pre-arranged cleaning day. Please only do this when absolutely necessary.


Hall, Buttery, Bar & Kitchen

Meals in Hall

Term time:

Breakfast: Monday to Saturday  08:15-08:45
Lunch: Monday to Saturday  12:45-13:30; Sunday 12:45-13:20
Scaf (informal dinner, light meals and snacks): Monday to Friday 18:00-18:45
Dinner: Monday to Friday 19:15 (formal hall); Saturday 18:30-19:15 (through server)

Out of term time:

Breakfast: Monday to Saturday  08:15-08:45
Lunch: Monday to Sunday  12:45-13:15
Dinner: Monday to Saturday  18:30-19:00


The Buttery, serving light snacks and refreshments, is open during term time in the Hall from Monday to Friday in the mornings (10:00 -11:45) and in the afternoons (14:00 to 16:30).


The bar is open from 18:30 to 23:30 from Monday to Saturday during term time. Ferhat Engin is the Bar Manager.


Tim Kelsey is the Head Chef. If you need to contact him please do so via email:


Catz is a cashless college. Payments for meals, drinks at the bar etc. are all made by swiping your University card. Your University card acts like a pre-paid debit card and you load money onto it via the Upay website. Once you have registered with Upay, you will be given a unique user name and password to access your online account. Upay will allow you to top up your card for purchases in College, pay your Battels, and book and pay for College events. You can also view guest lists and other details of future events you’ve booked. Parents and guardians may also top up your cashless account using your unique log-in details.

Reporting a card as lost

A card user must mark a card as lost on Upay using the ‘My Account Details’ tab. This enables a user to deactivate the card if it is lost or stolen. The lost card facility blocks the use of the card at all tills and vending machines, and prevents further access to Upay until the account is reinstated. At the same time an email reporting the loss/theft should be sent to and a replacement should be requested at The College will not be liable for any use of a card which has not been reported lost or stolen to the Upay system.

For further details, please download and read the Registration Guide.

Accounts Office - Battels and Charges

Battels is the name given in Oxford colleges for a bill, which includes, for example, living charges and accommodation. A table of charges is available here.

Students are personally responsible for the payment of their Battels, which are sent at the beginning of each term, usually by email, and are payable by the Friday of 1st Week. Payment of Battels can be made by: 1) U-Pay 2) Bank transfer: please contact Jane Holmes ( for information. 3) Debit card payment in the Accounts Office. 4) Cheque payable to ‘St Catherine’s College, Oxford’. Penalties may be applied in cases of late payment.

Useful Contacts:
For questions regarding Battels please contact Jane Holmes, Assistant Accountant, ( / 01865 271 800).

For questions regarding tuition fees and student loans please contact Cathy Steiner, Fees and Investments Secretary, ( / 01865 281 566).

For any other financial queries: Carey Forster, College Accountant, ( / 01865 271 802). 


The Accommodation Officer, Susannah Young, is responsible for student accommodation. She can be contacted by email:
The Accommodation Office is located in the College Offices.

For terms of residence please see the residence agreement.

You can apply to stay in College during the vacations by returning and completing the appropriate form.

To book guest rooms during term time please email


Domestic information

This section of the website contains practical information about living at Catz for current students of the College.


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