Oxford has specific residence requirements for students.

In order to be deemed eligible for an Oxford degree, students must usually reside within 25 miles of Carfax, a historic tower in the centre of the city, for a prescribed number of academic terms (although this requirement has been relaxed for some terms during the coronavirus pandemic).

The number of terms varies according to the degree being pursued. The number of terms, and the distance from Carfax, together constitute the University’s residence requirements for completion of a degree.

The University Examination Regulations state the number of terms’ residence required for each type of degree.

In certain personal circumstances, you may apply for exemption from residence requirements. The Academic Office at Somerville can advise.