Accommodation for teenagers

College houses

Students live in 15 college houses within a five-minute walk to the Banbury Road Campus. Each house accommodates between seven and 25 students, aged between 15 and 19.

The advantages of living in a college houses are:

  • each house has a resident warden responsible for the welfare and care of students
  • weekly and full boarding arrangements are available
  • male and female students live in separate houses
  • most bedrooms are twin rooms with some triple rooms
  • single bedrooms are usually for second-year IB students
  • three houses are specifically for younger students (15-16 years old). The wardens provide a greater degree of supervision for these younger students
  • all houses have a common room and a kitchen to make drinks and snacks
  • meals are provided in the dining room or the Sugar House café
  • WiFi is provided in each house and in every bedroom
  • students must abide by the house rules
  • house rules differ slightly for students of different ages


In June, July and August, teenagers taking our English language courses can choose to live in one of our carefully selected homestays.

The advantages of living in a homestay are:

  • full immersion into the English way of life and a chance to learn about the country from people who live here
  • a single room with your own private space in a private home
  • an opportunity to practise your language skills in everyday social situations and interact with local people as you travel to and from college every day
  • a taste of home cooking: you will share breakfast and dinner with your host every day
  • you might sit together in the evenings and chat about your day
  • you can meet your friends for lunch in the college dining room or Sugar House café
  • it is often the best way to learn about life in Oxford

Further Reading

‘Party Time’

A Harold Pinter Play The IB19 held a great rendition of Harold Pinter’s ‘Party Time’. The students have been working with techniques from physical theatre, inspired by the work of the Frantic Assembly theatre company. With a minimalist style, the production used a...

Life after The IB

  Urruti (2012- 2014) and Katharina Schaeff (2011-2014) who studied The IB Program recently came back to Oxford to visit us We were delighted to see them and find out about their lives after St Clare's and how The IB program helped them Tell us what you have been...

Nina Celebrates 20 Years at St Clare’s

Our amazing, brilliant and nutty Course Director for the Junior Summer Course Nina Ward celebrated her 20th year with us at St Clare's! Her daily tasks involve running the busy and fun packed Junior Course as well as ensuring students settle in happily and smoothly....

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