About our building

From late 2023, Reuben College will benefit from an exceptional location near Oxford's city centre, University Parks, and in the heart of the University Science Area. It will be housed in stunning, architecturally-renowned buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The buildings are currently undergoing a major programme of refurbishment to create purpose-designed, flexible and accessible spaces for college life, including areas for quiet study, group meetings, social occasions, and offices.

Once building works are complete, there will be a College Common Room and social areas among offices and study spaces. The main dining hall, often a focal point of the college experience, is in a newly converted adjoining building that provides the vaulted ceilings and exposed timbers that can typically be found in older, more traditional Oxford colleges. The Quad (College garden) will provide a pleasant outdoor space for relaxing and socialising right next to College facilities, while the "green oasis" provided by the University Parks almost next door to the ollege is perfect for students' sports and recreational activities. Dedicated residential accommodation is offered on a separate site at Farndon Court, a 10-minute walk away.

rsl museum view

A view of the Museum of Natural History from the future Common Room.

Uniquely for an Oxford college, some of the building spaces are shared with the University's Radcliffe Science Library, which is situated on the top floor of the Grade-II-listed Jackson and Worthington buildings. Students will benefit greatly from access to the specialist knowledge and expertise of library and museum staff located in the buildings, and digital resources to support teaching, learning and public engagement. A new Collections Teaching and Research Centre for the University’s museums is to be housed in the basement, giving our students access to the public engagement expertise of museum curators. With unique objects of antiquity from the University’s museums stored in its basement levels, Reuben College literally has the history of the world in its foundations, and the future of the world in its sights.

Linacre College has extended its partnership with Reuben College for the 2022/23 academic year, for which we are enormously grateful to the Principal and Fellows of Linacre.


Building works photos kindly provided by fjmtstudio