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Welcome to St Antony's College
 

We are looking forward to welcoming you to St Antony’s in autumn. The college staff is busy preparing for your arrival making sure you will have a great start to your studies here in Oxford. We will be open to welcome you and student and staff safety will be our highest priority, without compromising the unique College experience.
 
You are joining the St Antony's college community at a very exciting time, as the College is in the middle of restoring and repurposing, one of its main buildings - the Hilda Besse.
 
The Hilda Besse Building is at the heart of the college both physically and metaphorically. It houses the college’s key social spaces such as the dining hall, common rooms and buttery, along with Fellows dining and private dining facilities. It has been suggested that very few buildings were commissioned by Oxford Colleges, which are exclusively for the purposes of eating, drinking and socialising. We remain very pleased that the Hilda Besse is representative of one of these.   
 
You can find out more about the Hilda Besse and the renovation plans here.

During the course of these works, college dining and social actives will have a new home. The temporary building where they are to be housed have lovingly been named “Hilda Box” by our current student community. The facilities in the Hilda Box have been designed to replicate all the facilities contained in the Hilda Besse as closely as possible.
 
If you should have any questions please have a look at the Frequently Asked Questions pages.
Pre-Arrival Guide
There are a number of things to consider before you arrive, and our pre-arrival guide is designed to help you prepare for your life at St Antony's College and includes useful checklists. Please read it carefully to ensure you are ready to start your studies here at St Antony's College. Please note - we are in the process of updating the pre-arrival guide in line with Covid 19 restrictions. Not all services will be available in the first term. You will receive a number of newsletters from us to give you a headstart on getting things organised. This newsletter will focus on securing accommodation in Oxford before you arrive.
Covid -19 updates
The university has dedicated webpages for applicants here to give you the latest information, guidelines and advice around Covid-19. The college is preparing to be COVID-secure in time for your arrival and you will receive further information over the next two months.

Living and Studying in Oxford

Oxford is a small World City with the university at its heart. Departments and colleges are spread across the city and are easily accessible by foot, bicycle or bus. If you have never been to Oxford before, make sure you do your research before deciding to live in a particular area. Here are some useful links to the Oxford Visitor Information Centre and the Oxford City Guide with maps and information on the city. To learn more about the university and the location of the College and your department, have a look at the interactive map.
 

College Accommodation 

Students who have passed their financial declaration and applied for a College room will be notified by Friday 31 July 2020 the latest of the results of the college room ballot. Please note, as with most Oxford colleges, St Antony’s cannot house all the students who would like to live in college. It is VERY important to think about your options if you do not receive a college room.

Please also bear in mind the priority in which college rooms are allocated—if you have NOT declared a disability which impacts on your living needs, and are NOT the recipient of a College scholarship, you are NOT guaranteed a room.
 
Students are expected to move into their college accommodation on 3rd and 4th October 2020 at the latest.  If you have to arrive in Oxford earlier due to quarantine reasons, please contact the accommodation team as early as possible to discuss this further. You will have to make a request to move in early in writing once you have secured a room in college. Students on the MBA, MPP and pre-sessional English courses should contact us as soon as possible as they may move in to their college room earlier.
 

University Accommodation

We recommend that students look for alternative accommodation in Oxford to ensure they have somewhere to stay while studying with us. The University Graduate Accommodation Office is responsible for managing a range of rooms, flats and houses around the city, including Summertown House, which is close to St Antony's as well as convenient for local shops and amenities. Check out their website to register and to find out more information about places and availability.

The waitlist is open now! You can register your interest even if you are still waiting to hear about College Accommodation

 

Private Accommodation

The University also runs a website called Studentpad, which provides a search engine for private properties and rooms. The advantage of using the site is that the University ensures that landlords are certified and that the accommodation offered is of a relatively high standard; the disadvantage is that the site has a relatively low turnover of properties at any one time. The site also provides some very useful advice, including details of budgeting and relevant contract law. (The advice is available in a range of languages.)

Oxford has a number of commercial letting agents who have specialist staff to cater to Oxford’s student population. Please be advised that St Antony’s does not specifically recommend any of the following and that you should ensure that you are clear about the terms, conditions, and fees, in each case: There are also a number of independent search engines through which accommodation can be found. ‘Dailyinfo’ is an Oxford institution and you will see their printed lists of events and classified adverts around Oxford, both town and gown. The online ‘dailyinfo’ property search is available here.
For reassurance, Oxford City Council runs a Landlord Accreditation Scheme and publishes a list of accredited landlords and letting agents.
 
Save the date
Make sure to check your emails for an invitation for our new students webinar on 14th August to find out more about life in College and your chance to ask questions. we will email you details on how to sign up closer to the date.
We hope you find this information useful and we wish you good luck with your accommodation search. We will be in touch over the next few weeks with more newsletters on Welfare, Medical Information, Welcome Week and much more.
Email us if you should have any questions,


The Registry Team
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