College-owned Accommodation

Somerville postgraduates are fortunate to have accommodation specifically reserved for them. Postgraduates are primarily housed in or near college, or a short distance away at 155 Woodstock Rd. The rental period runs approximately from the beginning of October to the end of June, but leases can often be extended over the summer holiday (July-mid September). Accommodation is assigned by the college, with priority going to first year postgraduates, especially those who would have difficulty securing a room before coming to Oxford, and students receiving funding from Somerville. There are typically about 120 postgraduate students at Somerville in any year, which means that not all can be housed in college accommodation. Students who ask for a second or subsequent year in College accommodation would normally be housed in one of the secondary locations, although availability will be low due to an expected increase in postgraduate intake.

More information on college-owned accommodation and rent prices can be found here:

Margery Fry House


The main postgraduate building in college, Margery Fry House, has a lot of character (technically, the building is called Margery Fry and Elizabeth Nuffield House, but that’s a mouthful). Margery Fry contains 24 spacious single bedrooms, each floor having 8 bedrooms, two shared shower-rooms, and one shared kitchen. There is a larger kitchen and dining area on the first floor, although this is for all members of the MCR to use. Each room has a single bed, large desk and bookshelf, chest of drawers, armoire, large wardrobe, and a sink. The first floor of Margery Fry is also home to the MCR, so it can also be a bit noisy on weekends. Laundry facilities and a computer room are located on the ground floor. See Guide to Margery Fry for more information.

St. Giles Terrace

St Giles Terrace Houses are right opposite College (opposite the lodge on Woodstock Road), the houses have either two or three bedrooms. Every house has its own laundry facilities and small garden space.

155 Woodstock Road


155 Woodstock Road (or “one-five-five” as we call it) is about a 10-15 minute walk from college on the northern edge of Jericho. It contains 8 single bedrooms (varying size, but usually generous) spread over three floors, with a double bedroom with conservatory on the ground floor reserved for couples. With 3 toilets, 2 showers, 1 bath, a large kitchen, washing/drying facilities, and a huge garden, 155 is a perfect home-from-home.

Barbara Craig House


New for 2016, Barbara Craig House is located just outside college on Little Clarendon Street (above the Natural Bread Company). Barbara Craig has 30 rooms for graduate students, divided into flats of 2 and 3. Although some of the rooms are a little on the small side, the kitchen and bathroom facilities are excellent. Each flat also has its own washer/drier.

Wolfson and House

Wolfson and House are located just across the quad from Margery Fry. Typically only a few graduates are housed in these buildings, with graduate-entry medics typically being offered rooms in House.

University-owned Accommodation

The University of Oxford provides some accommodation for graduate students, both for individuals and couples or families. The waiting list for family accommodation is generally long, so sign up as soon as you know you will be needing accommodation. Further details can be found on the accommodation office’s website.

External Housing

The cost of accommodation varies by location within Oxford. Expect to pay in the range of £300 to £475 per calendar month (or even more in Jericho) for a room in a 3-5 bed shared house. If you prefer to live on your own: studio flats (aka bedsits, £575 to £800), one bedroom (£750+) and two bedroom flats and houses (£850+) can also be found, but availability may be scarce at the start of the academic year.

Those looking for external accommodation and in need of housemates can sign up to the MCR house share here, or the OxGrad Housing Facebook page here.