Accommodation

Reuben College currently has one accommodation site, Farndon Court. Farndon Court is a newly refurbished apartment block which has 100 single bedrooms and two accessible bedrooms, clustered in a variety of patterns. Students starting in October 2021 will be the first to use the building. The college guarantees single accommodation to all full-time first-year graduates who request for it.   

This page offers information about accommodation related to the following areas:

Location / Rooms & provision / About the area / What happens nextRent & residency agreements / University accommodation

Location

Farndon Court is located north of the city centre of Oxford at: 133 Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HW. It's about a 15 minute walk away from both the city centre and Reuben College's main site on Parks Road. Find out more about the accommodation facilities and surrounding area in the sections below.

Farndon Court and Reuben College map

Rooms and provision

Farndon Court is a residential block, divided into the following categories:

  • Studio flat - Rental band A
    7 flats - En-suite with kitchen, access to common room on same floor
  • Studio flat - Rental band B
    3 flats - En-suite with kitchen, access to common room on different floor
  • 2-bed flat - Rental band B
    15 flats - Two single bedrooms, with shared kitchen and bathroom, access to common room on same floor
  • 2-bed flat - Rental band C
    4 flats - Two single bedrooms, with shared kitchen and bathroom, access to common room on different floor
  • 8-bed cluster flat - Rental band D
    6 flats - Eight single bedrooms, with shared Kitchen, 2 shared showers, 3 toilets and 3 wash basins and access to common room
  • Accessibility flat - Rental band D
    2 flats - En-suite single accessible room with shared kitchen and access to common room (NB: only available to students with special access/health requirements)
  • 4-bed cluster flat - Rental band E
    1 flat - Four single bedrooms, with shared Kitchen, access to common room and separate shower room (with a toilet and wash hand basin) and one extra toilet and wash hand basin)

(Please note that we have not yet finalised the rental value for each banding, but they will be within the range of accommodation costs provided across Oxford, and as detailed on Oxford University's Living Costs webpage. Rent will include payment for amenities (electricity, water, wifi etc.) but not for individual television licences, which will need to be applied for by occupants, if desired.)

All bedrooms are at a minimum furnished with the following furniture:
 
        Queen sized bed                                 Desk lamp
        Desk                                                       Mattress and mattress protector
        Desk Chair                                             Waste bin
        Fitted wardrobe                                   Pinboard
        Chest of drawers

Kitchens are furnished with the following:
 
       Oven and hob
       Fridge with freezer compartment (cluster flats have separate fridge and freezer)
       Toaster
       Kettle
       Microwave
 
Communal areas have sofas, coffee tables, dining table and chairs.  Residents must provide their own bedding (including duvet and pillow), kitchen utensils and crockery/cutlery.  Some car-parking spaces are available.  Eligibility for these parking spaces will be provided at a later stage.  

The building also has the following amenities:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Pay-As-You-Go laundry
  • Bike storage
  • Communal garden 

Cleaning is provided for the communal areas such as bathroom, kitchen and common room.  Students are responsible for their own washing up.  Students in studio flats are responsible for cleaning their own flat.  Shared cleaning equipment such as vacuum cleaners, ironing boards, bucket and mops will be provided.  Students will have to provide their own cleaning supplies.  Students are responsible for the removal of all rubbish to the outside bins. Recycling bins are available for both general recycling and food waste.

Students with partners and families

Regrettably, Reuben College currently does not have accommodation suitable for couples and graduates with children. Graduate freshers who will be coming to Oxford with a partner or family are recommended to contact the University’s Graduate Accommodation Office (see below) for help finding either University or other accommodation.

Student with special needs and/or disabilities

The College welcomes students with disabilities. There are two accessibility flats within Farndon Court, which are available to students with special access/health requirements. To discuss any requirements in relation with your accommodation, please contact: admissions@reuben.ox.ac.uk

About the area

Farndon Court also enjoys good public transportation links, with a bus-stop on the Woodstock Road, which has frequent buses to and from the city centre. Many students choose to bring (or buy) a bicycle, as it is so easy to get around Oxford by bike, and there is ample free cycle parking at Farndon Court. 

There are many cafes, restaurants and grocery shops near Farndon Court.  There is a pub, ‘The Anchor’, and a small grocery/deli shop nearby. There are more shops, restaurants and cafes in Jericho (included in the list of ‘101 Best Places to Live in Britain’ in 2019 by The Sunday Times) and North Parade, all about 5-10 mins walk away.  The city centre and Summertown (north of Farndon Court) are about 17 minutes’ walk.

For those who love green spaces, Port Meadow is a stone’s throw away from Farndon Court, and a beautiful area for a long countryside jog or walk. University Parks is also a beautiful open area for connecting with nature or with friends over a picnic, a game of cricket or even Quidditch.

Farndon Court also enjoys good public transportation links, with a bus-stop on the Woodstock Road, which has frequent buses to and from the city centre.  The following frequent buses serve this stop:

•    35 (from Wolvercote)
•    S2 Gold (from Carterton)
•    S3 (from Chipping Norton or Charbury)
•    300 Park & Ride (from Pear Tree Park & Ride)

Many students choose to bring (or buy) a bicycle, and there is ample free cycle parking at Farndon Court. If you are bringing a bicycle, please do remember to bring a good set of lights, as these are compulsory by law when travelling after dark, and a secure lock.  This law is strictly enforced by the police.  We also recommend that cyclists wear a good cycle helmet whenever out on the roads. There are many bicycle shops in Oxford which sell new and second-hand bicycles and accessories.    

Please note that due to the compact size of Oxford, very few academic departments, libraries or laboratories are more than a few minutes’ cycle ride away, or a short walk. Departments are mainly located across the centre of the city, and accommodation is not on a ‘campus’ but is interspersed with other buildings found in many city centres such as shops, residential housing and parks. Much of the city centre is pedestrianised, and most students and residents choose to travel by bicycle or by foot.  For students whose departments are based at the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Old Road Campus, there is a bus which connects the city centre and the University Science Area to these two campuses.  

What happens next

In late April, you will be sent an online College Reply Form.  In the form, you will be asked if you wish to request accommodation through the college. You will also be asked to state your accommodation preferences.  

Once we have processed your form, you will be asked to make a deposit payment, which is refundable if you let us know that you no longer require accommodation by a set deadline.  The amount for the deposit payment will be published in the College Reply Form.  This deposit will be held by the College until the end of your residence agreement to cover any damage to its property or contents; disposing of rubbish or unwanted items left in the property; and/or any outstanding payments due to the College.  Details on how you can pay the deposit will be provided once the College Reply Form has been processed.  

You will be provisionally allocated a room after the deposit has been paid and the allocation is done on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis, with the exception of the accessible rooms, allocated in discussion with the college and University’s Disability Advisory Service..  If demand for a particular type of accommodation exceeds the number of these rooms available, a waiting list will be kept.   Your room will only be confirmed once you have met the financial and academic conditions of your University Offer.  

Rent and residency agreements  

In the main, residency agreements (contracts) are for 40 or 44 weeks.  Contracts normally thus start from 14:00 on 27 September 2021 to 10am on 4 July 2022 (40 weeks) or 10am on 1 August 2022 (for 44 weeks).  Arrival the week before 27 September 2021 is also possible, with pro rata rent charged for the days until the 27 September 2021. Requests for arrival any earlier in September by students whose courses or orientations start early will be considered on a case by case basis. (Requests can be made on the College Reply Form.)  In exceptional circumstances, contracts may be extended during the summer vacation depending on availability and approval from the Accommodation Officer.   The rent will be payable monthly in advance.  Further details on how payments can be made will be provided later.  

Reuben College can only guarantee accommodation for first year graduates.  Whilst some students may find there are vacancies just before the start of a new academic year, most graduates who are continuing beyond their first year are advised to apply for University Accommodation or seek private accommodation during Hilary Term of their first year.  
 

University accommodation 

The University’s Graduate Accommodation Office is responsible for the letting and management of University-owned Graduate Accommodation. They have various sites and properties throughout Oxford, ranging from study bedrooms to purpose-built sites housing singles, couples and families.  

The University’s Graduate Accommodation Office allocates its accommodation on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications should be made as far in advance of the start of the academic year as possible, as the accommodation they have available tends to become fully booked very quickly.

The University Graduate Accommodation Office can be contacted as follows:

Website: http://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/accommodation/
Office Address: 6 Worcester Street, Oxford OX1 2BX
Telephone: 01865 280923
Email: graduate.accommodation@admin.ox.ac.uk

If you have any further queries concerning your offer, accommodation and life at Reuben, please contact the Academic & Graduate Administrator, Ellen Moilanen at admissions@reuben.ox.ac.uk.