University College - normally referred to as ‘Univ’ - is the oldest college and one of the friendliest! It’s medium-sized, with a close-knit community, which means you quickly get to know loads of people. Perfectly located on High Street, it is a short walk from pretty much everywhere in Oxford. The buildings are beautiful without being imposing, so it’ll quickly feel like home! In the summer the college tortoise Percy (named after Percy Shelley) can often be seen wandering the quad.
Univ usually offers 3 meals a day in hall during term time, except at the weekend when there is brunch instead of breakfast and lunch. Meals cost £3-4, and the portions tend to be huge so you get pretty good value for money! There’s always a vegetarian option and at least two meat/fish choices. Formal Hall is three times a week, and Sunday Formal is always busy because it’s free for the choir.
Undergrads get accommodation for every year of their course. Accommodation for undergraduates in 1st and final year is normally on the main site whilst 2nd and 4th years will be offered accommodation at our Staverton Road annexe or at a College-managed property within Oxford. After first year, students ballot for rooms, and so can choose who to live with. There’s a variety of room sizes but all of them have WiFi, a sink, desk and mini-fridge, and the rent stays the same. Most rooms have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, but the brand new rooms in the Goodhart building have en-suite bathrooms.
Univ has plenty of sports clubs so there’s something for everyone, as well as the best boathouse on the river! There’s also a thriving arts culture, showcased in events like Arts Week and the summer Garden Play. The JCR is really active, with meetings every other Sunday where loads of people get involved. The JCR room was recently refurbished, so it’s an open, relaxed space to spend time in.
The JCR elects male and female welfare reps, who run welfare teas a few times a term. There are also ‘Sponge Cake Saturdays’ and Pizza and Film nights, allowing informal discussion of any issues (and the free food doesn’t hurt).
There’s usually three bops a term, and the first of the year is always the famous toga bop – bring a spare sheet! Bops are held in Univ’s spacious bar, which was also redone recently so is stylish and has a really relaxed atmosphere. Univ hosts a ball every other year, with the next set for 2016.
Univ is one of the friendliest colleges and that's one of the reasons I love it. Everyone gets along and people are always up for a bit of fun.
Univ is a place full of support – everyone is incredibly welcoming and down to earth, while perks like all rooms having a fridge make it a great place to live.
I love our chapel choir! The standard is great without being exclusive or competitive and some of my closest friends and best memories come from being part of it.