A student helper and two applicants walk towards the library

Somerville, originally founded for women, has a friendly and inclusive ethos that has grown even stronger since male students were first admitted in 1994.

Somerville's academics are leaders in their fields, from medieval Europe to the depths of the oceans. You'll receive the support you need to excel in your chosen subject.

We also have one of the biggest library collections in Oxford. There are over 100,000 books so you might never need to buy your own textbooks. It is a pleasant place to work, with plenty of charging points, and it is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The college is the hub of a vibrant intellectual life, with a busy programme of lectures and panel discussions through the year.

We are also one of a handful of Oxford colleges that provide on-site accommodation for undergraduates throughout their course.

We like to think that our location is second to none. The College is next to the Mathematical Institute, and close by a number of major departments including Physics and Engineering. We're also close to Jericho, a stylish neighbourhood with plenty of bars, cafes and an arthouse cinema. With the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building for the Humanities planned on a site next door, Somerville will have a front row seat at the intellectual heart of Oxford University.

If you need green space, the University Parks and Port Meadow are both a short jog or bike ride away.

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Why Choose Somerville?
2018-19 JCR President Emmanuel
Emannuel Amissah-Eshun, Law student & JCR President 2018-19
You want university to feel like a home away from home. The atmosphere at Somerville and the people here who created it made me feel at home as soon as I arrived in Fresher's Week. I haven't looked back since.