Accommodation

Accommodation info for freshers

If you're new to our accommodation this term, you can find key info here.

 

All rooms are single occupancy only, with the exception of our suite of rooms for a couple at 14 Wellington Square and a flat for a couple at Bradmore Road.

Category A/1 rooms are the largest and Category D/4 rooms are the smallest. 

All prices listed are current for 2021/22.

Take a virtual tour of our accommodation sites here.

Please note that our accommodation is currently full but vacancies are continuing to come up – so please do check with us for College accommodation by contacting Lara (accommodation@stx.ox.ac.uk).

Our Properties

 

The annexe has 49 single bedrooms, distributed in 2 flats of three bedrooms, and 9 flats of five bedrooms. The rooms are categorised at 2. There are three rooms suitable for disabled students available at the annexe.

Tenancy Length:

All tenancy periods begin on Monday 27 September 2021. The tenancy agreement for the annexe is 44 weeks ending Monday 1 August 2022.

Price (weekly)

Category 2:  £177.70 (2021/22 price)

The weekly rate includes utility bills, wifi, and a daily clean of any communal areas.

Location:

The College Annexe is on a site shared with Brasenose College. It is located less than 10 minutes to the city centre, and within 15 minutes' walk of the central College site.

Facilities:

All rooms are furnished with the following items: Single bed; desk; desk chair; easy chair; book shelves; bedside cabinet; wardrobe; waste paper bin; desk lamp; wash basin.

There is a communal freezer room on the middle floor with large freezers for all residents to share, as well as a TV room on the top floor with a computer for shared use too. Laundry facilities are located in a separate building just outside the Annexe.

Bathrooms and Kitchens:

There is one kitchen and one bathroom and one shower room in each flat, shared between 5 residents, or one shower room between 3 residents. The kitchen is equipped with all electrical goods, but crockery and cutlery are not provided.
The kitchens have been recently refurbished.

Internet:

These rooms are connected to the College and University networks via wifi.

 

 

 

The Bradmore Road house has 8 single study bedrooms, between categories 1 and 3.

Tenancy Length:

All tenancy periods begin on Monday 27 September 2021. The tenancy agreement for 2 Bradmore Road is 44 weeks ending Monday 1 August 2022.

Price (weekly)

Category 1:   £183.30 (2021/22 price)
Category 2:   £177.70 (2021/22 price)
Category 3:   £166.25 (2021/22 price)
Couple's Flat:  £272.80 (2021/22 price)
The weekly rate includes utility bills, wifi, and a daily clean of any communal areas.

Location:

This house is located in a lovely quiet residential area of Oxford. Less than a ten minute walk to the College site, and 15 minutes' walk to the city centre, the house is also very near to the University Parks.

Facilities:

All rooms have the following items:

Single bed; desk; desk chair; easy chair; book shelves; bedside cabinet; wardrobe; waste paper bin; desk lamp; wash basin. The kitchen is large with a dining table, and has an attractive outlook on to the garden.

Bathrooms and Kitchens:

Two bathrooms and a kitchen are shared between all residents of the house. The kitchen is equipped with all electrical goods, but crockery and cutlery are not provided.

Internet:

These rooms are connected to the College and University networks via wifi.

Laundry:

There is a shared laundry room located in the house.

Flat for Couples

A flat with its own entrance is also available for couples in this house, consisting of a double bedroom, living area, kitchen and bathroom. 

 

 

 

The South Wing has 18 single study bedrooms, categories 1 - 3.

Tenancy Length:

All tenancy periods begin on Monday 27 September 2021. The tenancy agreement for the South Wing is 44 weeks ending Monday 1 August 2022.

Price (weekly)

Category 1:  £183.30 (2021/22 price)
Category 2:  £177.70 (2021/22 price)
Category 3:  £166.25 (2021/22 price)
Category 4:  £148.45 (2021/22 price)
The weekly rate includes utility bills, wifi, and a daily clean of any communal areas.

Location:

Based in a separate accommodation wing on the main site, the location is unbeatable in terms of convenience. A walk down the stairs will lead you to the Hall for College lunches and evening meals every weekday during term time, and to the Bar, Common Room and Caroline Miles Room for relaxation space.

Facilities:

All rooms were refurbished in 2011 with the following items: Single bed; desk; desk chair; easy chair; book shelves; bedside cabinet; wardrobe; waste paper bin; desk lamp; wash basin.

The libraries and computer room are based on the main site. A shared laundry room with washing machines and dryers is in the basement.

Bathrooms and Kitchens:

Two toilets and bathrooms, and one kitchen are shared between 6 residents on each floor. The kitchens were refurbished in 2011. The kitchens are equipped with all electrical goods, but crockery and cutlery are not provided.

Internet:

These rooms are connected to the College and University networks via wifi.

 

 

 

The building has 52 ensuite bedrooms: 25 double (for single occupancy) and 25 single. Two rooms are accessible and suitable for students with disabilities. The double rooms are categorised at A (large) and B (standard) and the single rooms are categorised as C (Standard) and D (small). There is one room for a couple.

Tenancy Length

 

All tenancy periods begin on Monday 27 September 2021. The tenancy agreement for the West Wing is 50 weeks ending Monday 12 September 2022.

Price (weekly)

Category A:    £215.10 (2021/22 price)
Category B:    £203.75 (2021/22 price)
Category C:    £192.40 (2021/22 price)
Category D:     £175.45 (2021/22 price)
(these rooms are all single-occupancy only)

Couple's:   £243.40 (2021/22 price)
Accessible Rooms:   £192.40 (2021/22 price)

The weekly rate includes utility bills, wifi, and a daily clean of any communal areas.

Location

The West Wing rooms are located in the new building on the main site. Within a stone's throw of the main building, students are able to easily visit the Hall for lunches and dinners as well as the Bar, Saugman Common Room and the Caroline Miles Room.

Facilities

All ensuite rooms consist of: single or double bed, desk, desk chair, book shelves, wardrobe, bin, desk lamp, pin-board and ensuite bathroom with toilet, sink and shower.

As well as its ensuite bedrooms, the West Wing has a new library with 45 individual workspaces and communal tables, and a café-style room overlooking the garden.

Bathrooms and Kitchens

Each room has an ensuite. All kitchens are equipped with electrical goods; crockery and cutlery are not provided.

Internet

These rooms are connected to the College and University networks via wifi.

Laundry:

There is a shared laundry room on site for residents with machines payable by contactless.

 

 

14 Wellington Square has 8 single bedrooms, categorised at 1 and 4.

15 Wellington Square has 9 single bedrooms, categorised at 1, 2 and 4.

Tenancy Length:

All tenancy periods begin on Monday 27 September 2021. The tenancy agreement is 44 weeks ending Monday 1 August 2022.

Price (weekly)

Category 1:  £183.30 (2021/22 price)
Category 2:  £177.70 (2021/22 price)
Category 4:  £148.45 (2021/22 price)
 

Suite of Rooms (14 Wellington Sq): £228.55 (2021/22 price)
The weekly rate includes utility bills, wifi, and a daily clean of any communal areas.

Location:

The Wellington Square houses are located just a three-minute walk away from the College site. They look out onto a lovely green square, and it's a 5-10 minute walk into the city centre.

Facilities:

Most rooms have the following items: 
Single bed; desk; desk chair; easy chair; book shelves; bedside cabinet; wardrobe; waste paper bin; desk lamp; wash basin. 

Bathrooms and Kitchens:

Two bathrooms and a kitchen are shared between all residents. The kitchens are equipped with all electrical goods, but crockery and cutlery are not provided.

Internet:

These rooms are connected to the College and University networks via wifi.

Laundry:

There is a shared laundry room located in each house.

Suite of Rooms for Couples

In 14 Wellington Square, a suite of rooms for a couple consisting of a separate bedroom, living space and kitchen, but shared bathroom with the rest of the house, is also available.

For 2021-22, St Cross College has an allocation of rooms in Cavalier Court.

Tenancy Length:

20 September 2021 - 31 July 2022

 

Price (monthly):

Standard Ensuite - £631.15

Large Ensuite - £664.49

 

More information about accommodation and facilities at Cavalier Court can be found here: https://gradaccommodation.admin.ox.ac.uk/cavalier-court.

If you would like to apply for a room at Cavalier Court, please email your accommodation application form to our Accommodation Office (accommodation@stx.ox.ac.uk) in the first instance and you will be notified if a room is available for you. Once you have confirmation of your allocated room, your details will be passed to the Graduate Accommodation Office who will then be in contact with you to arrange things further. You will then deal directly with the Graduate Accommodation Office with regards to your tenancy agreement and payments, rather than College.

 

 

Categories / Student Room Rates for Academic Year of 2021 - 22

  • All rooms are for single occupancy only unless listed in Couples' Accommodation
  • Please note that dimensions / room sizes cannot be given as all rooms vary in size
  • Room rates listed are current for 2021-22. Prices are subject to an annual increase applied in August of each year
  • All rooms have a single bed (unless otherwise stated), a desk, desk chair, desk lamp, easy chair (only in larger rooms), book shelves, bedside cabinet, wardrobe, waste paper bin, wash basin  
     
Category Description Ensuite Weekly Rate South Wing West Wing 14 Well. Sq 15 Well. Sq. Bradmore Annexe
                   
Tenancy Agreement Length Number of weeks offered for this property     44 50 44 44 44 44
                   
A Large Double Sized Room (with double bed - single occupancy only) Y £215.10   Y        
B Standard Double Sized Room (with double bed - single occupancy only) Y £203.75   Y        
C Standard Single Sized Room (with single bed) Y £192.40   Y        
D Small Single Sized Room (with single bed) Y £175.45   Y        
                   
1 Room sizes vary in each property although category 1 will be the biggest in size room and category 4 the smallest. All rooms in these categories have single beds. These rooms do have washbasins. N £183.30 Y   Y Y Y  
2 N £177.70 Y     Y Y Y
3 N £166.25 Y       Y  
4 N £148.45 Y   Y Y Y  
                   
Double (for single occupancy) All Standard Size Rooms (with 4ft bed) Y £190.40            
Single Room is either smaller than above / with single bed Y £178.00            
                   
Couples' Accommodation - double occupancy
Room for couple Large Double Sized Room (with double bed) Y £243.40   Y        
Bradmore Road Couple's Flat Kitchen / Lounge Diner / Bedroom / Bathroom Y £272.80         Y  
14 Well. Sq Suite of Rooms for Couple Kitchen / Small Lounge Diner / Bedroom with wash basin (no bathroom - you share with residents upstairs in the main house) N £228.55     Y      
                   
Accessible Rooms - single occupancy
Accessible Room (B) Large Double Sized Room (with double bed) Y £192.40   Y        
Accessible Room (2) Standard size room with single bed & washbasin in room N £177.70           Y

 

Information and FAQs

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With your offer letter from St Cross College you will also receive an accommodation application form. Upon receiving your completed application form, the Accommodation Office will inform you if you have been successful in obtaining a College room. Once your funding has been approved, you will be able to secure your allocated room. 

 

Deposits

A £550 (single) or £850 (couples) deposit is required from students when they enter College accommodation at the beginning of the Academic year. You will be sent two separate invoices for this amount, the first being your Room Holding Deposit Invoice for the amount of £100 or £200 (couples) of which you will receive after your financial declaration has been approved. You will then receive a further Deposit Invoice of £450 or £650 (couples), which you will receive with your accommodation invoice, to bring your Annual deposit to £550 or £850. Current students who are in College at the time of application will have their deposit carried over to the next year. The deposit will be kept in a special deposit account with the University of Oxford. To reduce the likelihood of disputes over deposits, the College and the tenant should carry out a detailed inventory and also record the condition of the property. In the case of disputes the tenant should firstly discuss the problem with the Accommodation Office and then the Domestic Bursar. The deposit will be repaid to the student when they finish their course or when they will not be returning to College accommodation, with deductions made for damage, non-return of keys etc if applicable. Any damage caused throughout the academic year will be invoiced immediately. You will need to complete the Request for Return of Outstanding Deposits Form.

All tenancy agreements begin on Monday 27 September 2021. We offer two tenancy lengths – 44 or 50 weeks, and details of the tenancy length for each property can be found on its corresponding tab above.

All College rooms have a tenancy period that begins on 27 September 2021. If you need to arrive earlier than 27 September you must contact the accommodation office to ensure your room will be ready for you, before booking your travel arrangements.

When booking your travel arrangements please bear in mind that our Porters are only in the Lodge at College for you to collect your key until 10 pm each day, therefore we do need you to arrive before this time, allowing yourself time for any delays also.

If you do not need to self-isolate/your course does not start early, please do not request to arrive earlier than the start of your tenancy should you not need to. The College has produced a guide for students who are Self-Isolating. You can find more information from the Government guidance on travel and self-isolation.

We expect to be able to accommodate early arrivals unless you have been allocated a room in the West Wing. These rooms have longer tenancy agreements and our current residents will not depart until the 13 September, and rooms will need their annual maintenance check and cleaning before you can move in. We will look at early arrivals on an individual basis.

If we are able to offer for you to arrive early, your tenancy start date will remain the same, the 27 September and we will invoice you separately for the extra days you arrive, at your weekly room rate. You will receive a separate invoice for this later in Michaelmas term.

Please ensure the Accommodation Office have approved your application to arrive early before booking any travel.

Unfortunately St Cross only has two couples rooms available; all other rooms are for single occupancy. 

Due to the current ongoing Covid-19 situation and restrictions, no student may permit or allow any guest into College accommodation. You are not permitted to have overnight guests in accommodation. This will be constantly reviewed.

Unfortunately St Cross do not have any properties suitable for families. The University Accommodation Office may be able to help, and further information can be found on the University's Graduate Accommodation Pages

We are unable to offer single-sex flats; all flats are mixed.

The College is able to provide new students with kitchen starter packs to ensure you have key essentials ready for when you arrive.
Kitchen packs are £10.00 each and contain the following; 1x large plate, 1 x small plate, 1 x bowl, 1x knife, fork, spoon and tea spoon. 1 x cup, 1 x glass, 1 x tea towel.

They will be left in your room ready for your arrival. If you would like to request a pack, please fill in the Kitchen Starter Pack Form.

The College is also able to provide bedding packs. Please fill in the Bedding Pack Form to request one.

Bedding Packs include 1 x pillow and case, 1 x duvet and cover, 1 x bed sheet. Prices are as follows: Single £35, Double £45.

If you order either or both, charges are made to your battels account.

Bedding/utensil packs cannot be ordered to Cavalier Court.

Yes, you will receive this information from the Accommodation team. 

We do not have any reception staff at the College accommodation sites - please collect your keys from the main College lodge. 

You should use the main College address as your correspondence address, not your accommodation address. This way your post will be kept safe and secure in the post room and be put in your pigeon holes for collection. There are also porters available to sign for your deliveries and they will let you know if a package arrives for you.

St Cross College
61 St Giles
Oxford
OX1 3LZ
UK

Yes, you can have post delivered to College although we ask that you keep large parcels to a minimum as our Lodge space is limited. If you need to send anything ahead of your arrival, please discuss arrangements with our Accommodation Officer Lara (accommodation@stx.ox.ac.uk).

No - please ensure any items arrive after you do.

This year, due to current COVID-19 conditions, please have your any belongings delivered directly to your accommodation address, rather than the College lodge. We strongly advise that you arrange for any belongings to arrive at least 10 days after you begin your tenancy. This is to ensure that, should you have any delays with your travel here or in obtaining a working mobile phone, you will still be available to receive deliveries of your items.

Please note that many of our properties do not have a door bell or a reception area; you must ensure that you leave a local mobile telephone number with your delivery service so they will be able to contact you. The College and other members of your household will not be able to take responsibility of your delivery or belongings. You must make yourself available to receive your deliveries yourself.

The room is yours for the whole term of the tenancy – we do not require you to vacate over the Christmas and Easter vacations, or the summer if you are on a 50-week tenancy.

If your course will last throughout the summer period we strongly recommend applying for one of the properties offered on a 50-week tenancy so you will have guaranteed accommodation. However in the 44-week properties there is also the possibility to extend for a few weeks - although we cannot guarantee that your same room will be available. The extension process will begin in early Trinity term when you will be asked to apply for an extension.

Most rooms are reserved for first year students, however each year we offer a certain amount of rooms for continuing students in their second, third and fourth year. The application process for this will begin in Hilary term, and if there are more applications than rooms available, allocations are by way of a ballot to ensure it is a fair process.

 

Please note this is a general guide to Council Tax and is not a substitute for the relevant statutes and regulations.

What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is a system of local taxation collected by the Local authority - Oxford City Council. It is a tax on domestic properties.

It is charged annually (April – March) but the payment is taken in 10 monthly instalments from April – December. Charges usually rise by a few percent every year.

Currently the College has one property where Council Tax could be charged:

The flat at 2 Bradmore Road, currently listed as a band D property, which for 2020/21 is charged at  £2,127.25 per annum.

Do Students need to pay?

Students in St Cross College accommodation

Halls of residence (including college houses) are exempt from Council Tax as long as the accommodation is owned or managed by an educational establishment (University or College) or where an educational establishment nominates the majority of the student residents.

Student Sharing with Students

If a student is sharing a property with other students then they are all exempt from paying Council Tax. If you receive a Council Tax bill during this time all you need to do is obtain an Enrolment Certificate from the University’s online student self-service point (through the University Student Gateway), and forward this to the city council.

Students sharing with non-students or non-student partner

If student(s) and at least 1 non student are sharing a property, then the non-student(s) are liable to pay Council Tax. The Council Tax payer will receive a 25% discount if there is only 1 non-student adult living at the property. Some exemptions do apply for dependent partners from overseas who are not allowed to work in the UK or claim benefits (see the Oxford City Council website for full terms).

Private Rented accommodation

These guidelines will apply if you are in private rented accommodation. It is worth checking the band a property is in before renting if someone will need to pay Council Tax, as rates vary across Oxford. You can do this through the Council Website.

If you are in a House of Multiple Occupation it may be the responsibility of the Landlord to pay and this may automatically be part of your rental  charge, whether you are students and liable to pay Council Tax or not.

Finishing your studies – and staying on in Oxford or the UK?

If you are no longer classed by the University as a student, but are staying in Oxford, you will become liable to pay Council Tax.

Please see Oxford City Councils website for more information: https://www.oxford.gov.uk/info/20008/council_tax

 

When you enroll you will receive a confirmation of enrolment that can be used for various purposes, such as opening a UK bank account. Requirements will vary from bank to bank, and you may be able to use a signed tenancy agreement.  

You must put the College's main address (61 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LZ) and not your accommodation address on any visa application.

You can view a sample tenancy agreement here. Please note that your tenancy agreement may differ.

If you live on the main site (West Wing or South Wing), you will have access to the main site bike shed. To apply for a place in main site bike, shed please fill in the Bike Storage Form.  If you are not a main site resident but are visiting the main site with a bike, please leave and lock it to the bike racks on St Giles; do not bring it into the college grounds. 

Outdoor bike storage is available for residents of the Annexe.

Please ensure at all times that your bike is locked and secure, with the lock going through the frame and around something solid, like a cycle rack. Unlocked or insecure bikes are often stolen in Oxford, so please be aware. You should also maintain your bike in good working order, including with lights; it does get dark in Oxford very early from the end of October.

If you have your own bike, you should register it with the University Security Services.

 

Our tenancy agreements state that students are not to bring into the College any animal unless it is an aid for a person with a disability. 

If you are not planning to arrive until Hilary term or later we will not be able to hold your accommodation, and suggest you contact us again closer to the date of your arrival to see whether we are able to offer a room

If the change in guidance happens between when you sign your tenancy agreement and when you planned to arrive, you will not be charged for the time when you are not able to be here.

If you need to self-isolate, please do familiarise yourself with the current College guide.

As the rules on who needs to self-isolate are under review by the government and may change, please refer to the Government guidance on travel and self-isolation here.

Find out more about various aspects of life while living in College accommodation in the guide here