We guarantee high-quality college accommodation for all undergraduates, whether they are on a three-year or four-year course. We are normally able to offer single accommodation to nearly all new graduate students who require it.
Undergraduate students at Merton enjoy:
Rooms come in a variety of styles and locations at two prices, depending on whether the room is ensuite or not.
Accommodation is provided for all undergraduates for the duration of their course. It is allocated to Fresher Undergraduates and in subsequent years allocation of accommodation is by ballot organised by the JCR. Freshers are generally allocated accommodation in Merton Street properties or in Rose Lane all these properties adjoin the main College site. 2nd year undergraduates live, in the main, in Holywell Street. These are individual houses which make up part of our Holywell Quad and all have a kitchen in the property. Those in their 3rd year generally live in the main College precinct, whilst those in their 4th year return to live in Holywell Street.
Living out; in order for the College to make plans for the use of its accommodation the Academic Administrator must be informed if an undergraduate intends to reside in accommodation which is not College owned. This information must be provided each year no later than Friday of 3rd Week in the previous Hilary Term each year.
Vacation residence; undergraduates require explicit permission and objective justification. Priority is accorded to those sitting University Examinations and with extended terms.
This is charged in three equal instalments and must be paid by the Friday of 1st week of each term
These sums cover residence (during each academic term only) and include a room cleaning service, web access and electricity.
It is not possible for graduate students to choose accommodation at Merton, but if you have specific requirements we will do our best to take these into consideration. If you have such requirements, please contact the Accommodation Manager as soon as possible to discuss.
New graduates only must pay a room deposit of £100 within 4 weeks of the date of the letter offering you a place at Merton College in order to secure your room. This deposit will be credited against your first term bill for accommodation. You may pay the deposit by:
Single accommodation will only be confirmed on satisfactory completion of the financial declaration form that will be sent to the applicant as part of the offer of a place. Please consult the guidance for more details.
Cases where grant confirmation is given late in the summer will be borne in mind when we make accommodation allocations, but candidates should bear in mind that the College is unable to guarantee accommodation to those who provide satisfactory evidence of funding late in the year.
If you take up Merton accommodation, the rent for your room will be charged termly in advance.
There is no application form to complete in order to apply for accommodation; this will be allocated to you and the location advised upon arrival. Graduate students are normally offered accommodation in their first year, and thereafter may enter the rooms ballot organised by the Middle Common Room.
New graduates may arrive on the Friday before the start of Michaelmas term as per the published University Dates of Term (i.e. for 2013-14, the arrival date is Friday 4 October, as term begins Sunday 13 October). Arrival before that date is by request only to the Accommodation Manager and approval is based solely on verifiable academic requirements. Any extra nights are chargeable at a daily rate of £18.00 (2012-13 figure).
Just under 100 graduates are accommodated in Holywell Buildings, a modern facility in central Oxford, set in attractive landscaped quadrangles and close to the University science area and the Bodleian Library. All rooms in Holywell Buildings have private bath or shower rooms, and telephone and ethernet connections. The majority also have wifi access via the Eduroam network. There are communal kitchen and laundry facilities. Other single accommodation, in houses with communal kitchens and ethernet connections, is concentrated in Manor Place, close to the Social Sciences departments.
The College also offers a small number of one-bedroom flats for couples on the Iffley Road about ½ mile from the city centre and information about these may be obtained from the Domestic Bursar. The College regrets it is unable to offer family accommodation and graduates are advised to contact the University Graduate Accommodation Office for options.