Congratulations once again on securing an offer from Somerville College to study here from October 2017! In your offer we promised to tell you some more about the college contract that we will expect you to sign before you start your studies (assuming you have met the conditions of your offer). Please find below the current Somerville College Undergraduate Contract, the current Undergraduate Student Handbook, and some information on our current rent and food charges.

2016-17 Somerville College Undergraduate Contract

2016-17 Undergraduate Student Handbook

For 2016-17 our rent and food charges are as follows:

  • First year UG college accommodation, term-time only £3,796.76 per academic year
  • Second and subsequent year UG college accommodation (non-ensuite), term-time only £3,839.04 per academic year
  • Second and subsequent year UG college accommodation (ensuite), term-time only £4,222.20 per academic year
  • First year Graduate-Entry Medicine students college accommodation £5,739.90 per academic year
  • Students can purchase meals in the college Pantry, at subsided prices. Typically 3 meals; breakfast, lunch and dinner would cost approximately £15.

Offer holders should also be aware that upon commencement of your programme of study you will be required to pay certain college charges, in addition to tuition fees, college fees and rent (college fees for Overseas students only). For students commencing study in October 2016 these college charges were as follows:

  • Catering credit of £80
  • Key deposit of £55
  • Caution deposit: you are required to pay an initial deposit against damages of £255, to be refunded at the end of your course if there are no unresolved issues at that time.
  • Administration fee: you will also be charged a non-refundable fee of £55 to cover administration fees.

The College Handbook is updated every summer in an agreed process involving current students, and all students then become bound by the updated version. We draw students’ attention to any important changes to the handbook each year. Typical changes might be including a new harassment policy and procedure, or updating information on student welfare provision.

College rent and food charges are revised each year in an agreed process involving current students, and all students then pay the updated charges. Over the past three years these have gone up by approximately 2% each year on average, and you should budget for similar changes during your course.

Students form a very important part of our work with applicants, and they engage with applicants at outreach days and by providing material such as their Alternative Prospectus. Our staff also provide information and guidance to applicants at outreach events and open days. We greatly value their help in making applicants feel welcome and giving them a sense of Oxford; and we work hard to ensure our representatives are well-informed and give applicants accurate information. However, when you are deciding whether to accept an offer from us, you should please only rely on the material which is supplied to you by the University or by college, such as our college website, our student handbook, and responses to you from our college office. If you have any questions, the college will always be pleased to help you with the information you need to make an informed choice of where to study.