About Merton College

Originally catering for just twenty fellows, Merton dates its foundation back to 1264 and is therefore a strong contender for the oldest College in the University (Balliol and St Edmund Hall have made the same claim over the years). The College’s Mob Quad and Library are respectively the oldest quadrangle and library in the University, built in three stages from 1288-1378, and the porter’s lodge still boasts a crenellated battlement dating back to the reign of Henry V.

Merton has a desirable city-centre location just off the High Street, although stepping into its peaceful gardens can make the hustle and bustle of everyday Oxford seem a million miles away. Oxford Royale Academy students staying at Merton College are guaranteed easy access to Oxford’s many attractions and amenities, with key historical sites on their doorstep.

The college has a reputation for academic excellence, and this is certainly reflected in the four Nobel prize winners it counts among its alumni: chemist Frederick Soddy (1921), modernist literary icon T.S. Eliot (1948), zoologist Nikolaas Tinbergen (1973) and physicist Sir Anthony Leggett (2003).

Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in standard undergraduate bedrooms. Not all rooms are en suite, although we will endeavour to cater to individual needs where possible.

Further links and information

360 Tour of Merton College’s Dining and Accommodation – click here
360 Tour of Merton College’s Conference and Meeting Areas – click here
Video: Living at Merton College – click here

Please note that these are external links, and that Oxford Royale Academy does not claim ownership of the materials. Please also note that Oxford Royale Academy is not part of or associated with Merton College.

Safety and security on campus

In the college, students are overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford. Residential pastoral staff will be on hand to address student queries and assist them at any time of the day or night.

ORA and Merton College

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Academy is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, Merton College or the University of Oxford.  Read more about ORA and the University of Oxford.