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From help with study skills to bursaries and fully-funded scholarships, Somerville offers a broad range of support for your studies.


The Thatcher Scholarships at Somerville College cover 100% of University and college fees, and provide a generous grant towards living expenses and travel to Oxford, enabling the scholars to graduate free from debt.

As an undergraduate at Somerville, you will be considered for a Thatcher Scholarship after your first public examinations, which are at the end of your first year for most subjects.

Study skills and mentoring

Through our development programme, Somerville offers workshops, advice and opportunities to help students tackle their degree effectively and prepare for life after College. The programme regularly includes sessions on time management, essay writing and public speaking. You can also get advice on boosting your employability, from sharpening interview skills to securing work placements.


We believe that no-one should be deterred from study for financial reasons. Bursaries are available for UK students from lower-income households and there are also individual scholarships you can apply for if you get a place at Oxford. There are also emergency funds available if you find yourself in financial difficulties at any point. You can find out more about bursaries and scholarships at Oxford here.

Student wellbeing and resilience

Student welfare is a priority at Somerville. You will have a personal tutor with whom you can discuss any problems, both academic and personal. Our staff - principally the Welfare Officer and the Senior Tutor - can also offer you practical advice and support. You will also have access to the university's counselling service, which is open to all students and located just around the corner from the College.

Undergrad student Sade Clarke
Sade Clarke, Undergraduate (Classical Archaeology & Ancient History)
"I love being at Somerville. Here, students are given a platform for their views to be heard and they are supported well, whether it be pastorally or academically."