Living at St Peter's (Undergraduate)
St Peter's occupies a site in the heart of the city, close to many University departments and libraries, and to both bus and train stations. Oxford’s shops, cafes, theatres and cinemas are just minutes away.
The sections below provide general information about the accommodation, food and facilities on offer to undergraduate students at St Peter's. For more information on costs (including room and meal prices), please visit the Fees and Finance page.
During their first year, all undergraduate students live in a room on the main college site, located on New Inn Hall Street. The compact nature of the St Peter's grounds means that each cohort of students soon makes friends with each other. Both buildings that house first year students also provide every undergraduate with a place in which to escape the bustle of college life when they need to.
Most second year students live in private accommodation in the city of Oxford. Typically, students rent a house with a group of their close friends. Many students enjoy the opportunity to live out so much that they choose to continue the arrangement in the third year, although there is no obligation to do so.
Rooms for third and fourth year undergraduates are allocated by ballot. Some single occupancy sets are available on the main college site in The Hubert Perrodo Building (en-suite study-bedroom), Staircase III (en-suite study-bedroom with separate sitting room), or Staircase II (study-bedroom and sitting room with shared bathroom).
Other students live in one of the three recently-built college annexes next to Oxford Castle, located five minutes’ walk from the main college site. All rooms in the annexes are en-suite study-bedrooms. First year postgraduate students and visiting students also live in the annexes.
The daily average room rate, including utilities and services is £24.09, and the most common length of undergraduate contract is 189 days.
In 2020-21, the cost of a room for a first-year undergraduate is £164 per week, with rent payable for 27 weeks each year. The cost of rooms for third-year undergraduates varies from £164 per week to £189 a week, with some leases being for 27 weeks and some being for 38 weeks each year.
Vacation residence (for nights not included within the lease length) is charged at the pro rata rate (so for first year undergraduates this is £23.42 per night in 2020-21).
For 2021-22, the cost of a room for a first-year undergraduate will be £172 per week, with rent payable for 27 weeks each year. The cost of rooms for third-year undergraduates will vary from £164 per week to £198 per week, with some leases being for 27 weeks and some being for 38 weeks each year.
The dining hall, available to all students, provides breakfast, lunch and informal dinners, with brunch at the weekends, on a pay-as-you-go basis. In addition, St Peter's has lively formal dinners on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, with special menus for themed dinners such as Thanksgiving and Burns Night.
You can expect meal costs to be in the following order:
- Breakfast: £3.00
- Lunch: £3.90
- Dinner (informal): £4.02