Student Life and Welfare


Studying at Yarnton Manor

Yarnton Manor is a beautiful and historic location for study, presenting a range of opportunities for learning and student development both inside and outside of the classroom. The traditional 17th-century surroundings provide a unique and vibrant setting within which to live and study, one that reflects the many beautiful colleges of the university of Oxford just 15 minutes away.

The manor building itself is filled with history, and students will come across a number of historic traditions that are embedded in the daily routine of student life. Classrooms combine historic and traditional surroundings with modern teaching methods and tools, whilst the beautiful grounds provide an additional place to study in the summer. This unique ensemble of history and modern teaching methods creates an atmosphere which nurtures students’ academic and personal development.

Student Life

The community at Yarnton Manor is friendly and close-knit, with students, tutors and pastoral staff given plenty of opportunity to interact on a daily basis. The international nature of our student body makes this a very enriching experience, with the opportunity to learn from students from all over the world. Organised breaks throughout the day bring the Yarnton Manor community together between lessons, creating a vibrant atmosphere in which students pursue their own academic goals but are very much part of a wider family.

Outside the classroom, students are able to relax together with a range of entertainment in the student common room, and can also make use of the beautiful and spacious surroundings of the manor for sports and other activities.

Welfare and Support

The well-being and the happiness of our students are our utmost priorities and our pastoral team works hard to ensure that students take a healthy and balanced approach to their studies. We firmly believe that having a wide range of interests beyond the classroom is necessary for academic success and we encourage students to take part in extracurricular activities to achieve this.

The close-knit community of tutors and students creates a friendly and open community in which students are encouraged to look out for one another. Our pastoral team is led by our residential House Dean, who is always on-hand to make sure students are happy and safe at Yarnton Manor, providing supervision along with a range of entertainment beyond the classroom.

Students are assigned a Personal Tutor with whom they meet each week for the duration of their studies. Personal Tutors monitor students’ academic performance as well as their happiness and well-being in other areas. The Centre Director is in overall charge of students’ welfare and wellbeing at Yarnton Manor.