About St Hugh’s College

Please note that Oxford Royale Academy will not be operating summer programmes in St Hugh’s College in summer 2018. Oxford Royale Academy courses will resume in St Hugh’s College in summer 2019.

St Hugh’s is a relatively young college by University of Oxford standards, having been founded in 1886. Its founder, Elizabeth Wordsworth (William Wordsworth’s great-niece) wanted – in face of considerable opposition – to make an Oxford education available to women. While the college now accepts students of all genders, it still holds to its radical tradition and focuses on providing an Oxford education to anyone with the academic skills required, regardless of their background.

St Hugh’s is one of Oxford’s largest colleges, able to accommodate all of its 600 students on-site. Its architecture is mostly traditional with some newer buildings, and its sizeable gardens are described as the most beautiful in Oxford.

Despite its relatively recent foundation, St Hugh’s has an impressive roll-call of alumni, including the suffragette Emily Davison, the current Prime Minister Theresa May, the writer Joanna Trollope, and the Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi.

St Hugh’s is located in North Oxford, close to the University Parks and the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in spacious and modern single rooms, which are standard undergraduate bedrooms. The majority of bathrooms are en suite. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases.

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.

The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications.

Each campus has a few members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.

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