Yes, absolutely. Our accommodation is all on site, and visiting students live in rooms amongst all our other students. You will also attend lectures together, eat together in our dining room, share use of communal kitchens, work in the library together, play sports together… This is the beauty of the collegiate system – not only will you meet many students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, you will also be living together as part of the College community.
All the accommodation at St Anne’s is single occupancy, so you will not need to share your room with anyone.
Before ‘coming up’, you will be contacted by a current student in your broad subject area. You will also be sent lots of information about being a student here, including some from the JCR. This will let you know about regular events in College and such College societies as the Music Society (which puts on a recital once a week); the Film Society (which holds a free showing of a film every Sunday); Subject Family events, where students, graduate students and tutors get together to hear papers from either the Humanities/Social Sciences area or Sciences and then socialize over a buffet dinner; the Principal’s seminars, where an outside speaker – usually someone extremely distinguished in his or her field – is invited in to College to give a talk.
If you arrive at St Anne’s in Michaelmas term (the fall semester), you will be treated as a Fresher (a new student at Oxford), and will be able to attend Freshers’ Week (a series of induction sessions). You will also be invited to the Freshers’ Fair, where most of the University clubs, societies and sporting teams will be on hand to outline their activities and encourage you to join in with as much as possible. In the course of this you will find out about a huge number of activities both in College and University wide. These range from journalism and debating societies to sport, music and drama. You might join an orchestra or sign up to learn to row, or for that matter take up ‘ultimate frisbee’ – the choice is yours.