The College provides a varied and extensive programme of events each year for our Alumni, Students, Parents & Friends, as well as the general public. Our ever growing events calendar includes events outside of Oxford in other parts of the UK, as well as overseas. We warmly welcome feedback, as well as new, innovative ideas and contributions that can help expand our events programme.

We are increasingly sending event invitations via email, therefore please ensure that we have an up to date email address for you. Alternatively, please do let us know if you are not on email, and we will be very happy to send you postal invitations. In general, event invitations are sent 3 months in advance.

Please note our events are photographed and images may be used in our media; including, without limitation, in printed publications, presentations, promotional material, online (including our Social Media channels), in their original format or edited or altered in any way. If you have concerns about your image being used for these purposes, or would prefer to not have your photo taken, please contact a member of the Development Office.


Giving to St Catherine's

The generosity of our Alumni, Parents and Friends has enabled St Catherine’s to become a world-class academic institution, with the power to transform its students’ lives and inspire great contributions to our society. Your donations are essential to our success and will be ever more vital in helping us meet the challenges of the future.


Why St Catherine's Needs Your Support

With increased tuition fees and rising living costs, one of our main goals is to preserve and enhance the financial support we provide for students in need. We provide financial support to 1 in 5 Catz undergraduates, helping over 100 students in need.

Our College’s roots stretch back to the ‘Delegacy’, founded in 1868 with the aim of enabling students to come to Oxford who could not afford to pay high fees. This spirit remains with us today, and your support will be crucial in helping us ensure that students from all backgrounds can come to St Catherine’s.

When students arrive at our College, we want them to continue benefitting from our unique tutorial system, which is under pressure due to cuts in government funding. Our ability to provide one-on-one tuition depends on our low student-to-tutor ratio, and the support of our Donors will be essential in preserving this for generations to come. Your gifts will also assist the world-class research of our Fellows, which addresses subjects as diverse as computer security, Middle East politics, and infectious disease. Your donations will help protect our unique tutorial system.

Our Grade I Listed buildings provide a comfortable and spacious environment for our students. In order to ensure that St Catherine’s remains a great place to live and work, we are modernising our buildings in line with the latest technological, environmental and access standards. Your support will play a very important role in this endeavour, as we look to reduce our carbon footprint and make our buildings as modern and accessible as possible.

The involvement and support of Alumni, Parents and Friends will help us to continue flourishing as a world-class academic institution. Thanks to your gifts, we can be more confident of our ability to preserve the very high quality of education we offer at St Catherine’s.

Alumni & Friends

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 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) Upay 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). 


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