Oxford Tutorial College accommodation for international students is arranged in College residences near central Oxford, close to the University. We offer four different choices, depending on your preference.
Before any Oxford Tutorial College accommodation is organised, the Accommodation and Welfare Officer will contact the student to discuss anyspecific issues or concerns. In addition, all students are offered on-going help with any problem relating to their accommodation: College staff will work together to make sure any issues are dealt with quickly and effectively.
Managed Residence (for ages 16+)
Our managed residence contains 31 en-suite bedrooms in total, and each bedroom is fully furnished with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and bedside table. There is also a small common room with an arrangement of sofas, a table and chairs, television with Netflix and a range of puzzles, games and drawing books.
Students enjoy breakfast and an evening meal in the dining room on the ground floor. Breakfast is prepared from 07:00 and there is a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, muffins, fruit, and tea and coffee. Twice a month, chefs also come to the residence and run cooking classes with the students.
Laundry facilities are available for students to use on a rota: supervisors will help students with this until they feel confident in doing it themselves. The residence common areas are also cleaned daily; each week the students’ bedrooms are cleaned and fresh bed sheets and towels are provided.
The residence has CCTV cameras in all the common areas including outside the front door for security. In line with National Minimum Standards, genders are separated using a ‘Salto’ access system that restricts access in the building but enables all students to access common areas. The residence is manned and guarded 24/7 by a small team of supervisors, highly trained in both security and pastoral care. Each morning the supervisors email the College with information about which students have had breakfast and left for College. Students that are unwell are identified and followed up. Any students who are late in are contacted immediately by the supervisors to ensure their safe return.
Independent Residences (for ages 18+)
The College operates a self-catering residence near the centre of Oxford, formed from three connected town houses. 17 rooms are available in total for both genders, with three large and well-equipped kitchen and lounge areas.
This residence is a great stepping-stone between home and university. It has all the benefits of independent living, with the presence of a residential warden who ensures the students’ wellbeing and security. Although the students don’t need to sign in and out, the warden will make sure they have seen or spoken to them at least once every 24 hours, and every morning they provide the College with a short report on the students’ activities and wellbeing.
The décor is high-quality throughout and has a boutique feel. Some rooms have a shared bathroom (up to 3 students), while in others the bathroom is private. Suites are also available: these are large and spacious rooms with a dressing area, private bathroom and study area.
Host families (for ages 15+)
We are also able to arrange accommodation with suitable local families in Oxford.
A student living with a family has a single study bedroom, with breakfast and evening meal provided: some homes also offer kitchen access for students who wish to make their own snacks. Homes are usually a single bus journey away on a direct route that should take no more than 20 minutes – occasionally a little longer at peak times. Oxford has a regular and safe bus service that runs late into the evening.
Student welfare is paramount, so we maintain close contact with ourhost families, most of whom have been housing our students for a number of years. All accommodation new to the College is carefully inspected and checked with the police before being recommended to students.
Host family accommodation in Oxford is limited, so you will need to discuss your requirements as soon as possible with the Accommodation and Welfare Officer.
Private Rental (for ages 18+)
Students who are 18 years or older may wish to rent a private property. Students who are aged under 17 need to be in our accommodation, or, with parental permission, living with a suitable guardian.
We are unable to offer assistance in finding private accommodation, and we discourage independent living completely outside of College. If you must do so, we recommend that contracts are checked carefully before signing and that insurance cover is taken out for personal belongings. Please ask for our list of suggestions for reputable landlords and places to search. We will also ask you to provide us with entry details in case there is an emergency and we need to gain access.
We do not recommend private accommodation. If an emergency occurs it is difficult for us to help students: for instance, if a student becomes unwell, we are often unable to access the accommodation they are in and provide the support they need.