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St John's College

St John’s has three claims to fame: it’s wealth, size, and academic success. Look beyond this reputation, and what you’ll find is a friendly, inclusive, down-to-earth community, which prides itself on its diversity and its commitment to accessibility. Whilst John’s doesn’t have a college cat, tortoise or hamster, what it does have is absolutely fantastic facilities and a welcoming atmosphere.



Food at John’s is one of the college’s highlights. Great quality breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily in hall on a pay-as-you-go system. Meal times are social occasions, and provide a chance to catch up with other students. Food costs are heavily subsidised- around £1-2 for breakfast, £2.50 for lunch and £3.50 for a two-course dinner. Formal hall is served four times a week, providing a chance to wear your gown and get a fantastic 3-course meal for under £4 - the cheapest in the University! St John’s also has its own Café, the Buttery, and a bar, all of which serve food. As if this wasn’t enough, John’s has free welfare, women’s and men’s lunches every other week.



John’s is one of the few colleges to provide rooms for the entirety of your undergrad degree - all of which are located on the college site - and for good value too: the average rent is £954 a term. All rooms have fridges and access to communal toilets and showers, and nearly all have sinks. A limited number also have en-suite bathrooms. For those who want to do their own cooking, a kitchen is never far away. There’s a great variety in the types of accommodation on offer, and rooms are allocated through a ballot. College has some impressive old quads, and many students enjoy the opportunity to live in historic buildings, but at the other end of the spectrum, there are beautiful modern rooms in Kendrew Quad, which was finished in 2010. In second year, some students move into houses on Museum Road, which is right next to college, giving you the opportunity to experience living out with all the benefits of living in! For students that need it, adapted and/or family accommodation is available.



John’s community spirit exceeds beyond partying and eating. The atmosphere in college is laid-back, and the JCR frequently puts on social events (nearly always featuring free food…) to ensure that the college has a homely atmosphere. College sport is inclusive and fun, with everyone being given a shot. There are college teams for most sports and there are two gyms, a rowing room, a squash court and a table tennis room on site, as well as extensive sports grounds a short walk away. Musicians can enjoy a music society that hosts an exciting concert series, a mixed voice chapel choir, and multiple music practice rooms. And if the theatre’s more your style then there is a very active drama society which frequently puts on productions in the college auditorium.


Welfare provision at St John's is fantastic. The JCR has two welfare officers and a team of peer supporters who can be approached at any time regarding any problem, big or small. They are also responsible for organising frequent free food events throughout the term, including teas, lunches and a termly wine and cheese evening. Additionally, the JCR has designated LGBTQ, Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) and Disabilities Action reps, and all of them are guided by a team of senior members of the College.


The mentality at Oxford is that you’ve got to relax and have some fun amid the hard work. Students at John’s are lucky to have four bops a term, which are basically college parties where student DJs get on the decks, run the bar, and everyone dances questionably. There are guest dinners which happen twice a term, a chance to bring friends from home/outside St John’s: basically everyone dresses up for a really nice meal with drinks before and after, and the hall gets really awesomely decorated. The college bar sells cheap drinks. and often puts on open mic nights and quizzes.

Everyone at SJC is so friendly: when you walk through a quad you can pass ten people you know and say hi and chat with basically anyone in the college.
Felix, Psychology (Experimental), student from 2013
There’s such a warm and welcoming atmosphere at John’s that it’s easy to make friends with a wide range of people from all year groups. There’s always fun to be had!
Ssuuna, Classics, student from 2014
Our community is collaborative and initiative-taking so you can have your say in college life. Not to mention our fantastic range of on-site facilities. John's provides infinite opportunities!
Syrie, Geography, student from 2014

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Founded: 1555
Undergraduate students per year: 119
Total number of undergraduate students: 380
Famous alumni: Kingsley Amis, Tony Blair, Victoria Coren-Mitchell, Angela Eagle, Robert Graves, A. E. Houseman, Philip Larkin

You might also want to take a look at the St John's alternative prospectus or the official college website.