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Before any Oxford Tutorial College accommodation is organised, the Accommodation and Welfare Officer will contact the student to discuss any specific 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.

If you would like to know more about our support services, weare happy to answer any questions you may have. Call us today on 01865 793333 or email us at info@oxfordtutorialcollege.com.

Managed Residence (for ages 16+)

A safe and convenient home-from-home

This residence is made up of purpose-built Oxford Tutorial College accommodation, with 31 en-suite bedrooms. Each bedroom is fully furnished with a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and bedside table. In line with National Minimum Standards, genders are separated using a ‘Salto’ access system which restricts access in the building but enables all students to access common areas.

Students have their breakfast and evening meal in the main kitchen dining room. Breakfast is laid out from 07:00 and students are able to choose cereals, porridge, toast, muffins and fresh fruit. Juices, tea and coffee are always available. The evening meal is freshly cooked daily and there are always two or more options. There is 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.

Twice a month, chefs come to the residence on Sunday afternoons and run cooking classes with the students. They will sometimes cook their evening meal and at other times they will cook cakes, biscuits or a festive treat – for example, mince pies at Christmas.

The residence is cleaned daily in the common areas and each week the students’ bedrooms are cleaned. Clean bed sheets and towels are provided weekly. There are also laundry facilities for the students to use: supervisors will help the students with this until they feel confident in doing it themselves.

Security is a priority for us, and the residence has CCTV cameras in all the common areas including outside the front door for security. The residence is manned awake 24/7 by a small team of supervisors, one during weekdays, with two at the weekends and two at night. The supervisors are highly trained both in security and pastoral care. They get to know the students very quickly, which aids the support and care they provide.

The communication between the College Welfare team and the Residence Supervisors is excellent and provides everyone with a holistic picture of each student in our care. Each morning the supervisors email the College with the student checks, which tell us which students have had breakfast or have left for College. Students that are unwell are identified and follow-up correspondence takes place throughout the day. At night, curfew checks also take place, and any students who are late are contacted immediately by the supervisors to ensure their safe return. 

Independent Residence (for ages 18+)

Independent living for Oxford Tutorial College students

The College has its own self-catering residence near the centre of the city, comprising three connected town houses. The décor is high-quality throughout, with a boutique hotel feel. Some rooms have a shared bathroom (up to 3 students), while others have a private bathroom. There are also suites available – large and spacious rooms with a dressing area, private bathroom and study area included. There are 17 rooms available in total for both genders, with three large and well-equipped kitchen and lounge areas providing the students with a great communal social space. The houses are self-catering, so the students learn to cook quickly – even those without much experience!

This residence has all the benefits of independent living with the reassurance of a residential warden, who ensures the students’ wellbeing and security. It’s a great stepping-stone between home and university. The residents are not permitted to have alcohol on the premises unless it is a special occasion; this is for the students’ safety and wellbeing. Although the students don’t need to sign in and out, the supervisor will make sure they have seen or spoken to them at least once every 24 hours. Every morning they will provide the College with a short report on students’ activities and wellbeing.

Host Families (for ages 15+)

Stay with an approved family of your choice

A further option is for students to stay with one of our approved host families. Students have a single study bedroom, with their breakfast and evening meal provided. Some homes also offer kitchen access for students who wish to make their own snacks. 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.

Close contact is maintained with host 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. Home-stays 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.

Private Rental (for ages 18+)

Live independently in private accommodation

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 flats/houses, and we also discourage independent living completely outside of College. If you must do so, we recommend that contracts are checked carefully 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 that students choose privately rented accommodation. If an emergency occurs it is more difficult for us to support them: for instance, if a student becomes unwell, we are often unable to access their accommodation and provide the support they need.