About our building

Reuben College is located near the Oxford city centre, in the heart of the University Science Area, and housed in stunning, architecturally-renowned buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century.

The buildings are all 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.

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) provides 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 college is perfect for students' sports and recreational activities. Dedicated residential accommodation is offered on a separate site a 10-minute walk away.

Uniquely for an Oxford college, some of the building spaces are shared with the Radcliffe Science Library, the University’s science library, which is situated on the top floor of the Grade-II-listed Jackson and Worthington buildings. Reuben College students will benefit from specialist services and the Library’s collections of over 20,000 books on open shelves, as well as e-books for all subject areas covered by the college’s interdisciplinary themes. 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. located in the heart of the University science area, in a suite of historic and architecturally renowned buildings that are currently undergoing major refurbishment. The College shares some of its space with the Radcliffe Science Library and the Museum Collections Teaching & Research Centre.

Students will benefit greatly from access to the specialist knowledge and expertise of library and museum staff located in the buildings, as well as a Digital Innovation Studio equipped with cutting-edge technologies and digital resources to support teaching, learning and public engagement. 

All works are scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2021-22 academic year.