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. 

It is expected that single accommodation will be offered to all full-time first-year graduates (or ‘graduate freshers’) who have paid their accommodation deposit and met the financial and academic conditions of their University offer by 31st July 2021. With the exception of the accessible rooms, accommodation is allocated on a 'first-come, first-served' basis. If the demand for accommodation exceeds the number of rooms available, a waiting list will be kept.

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Reuben College Accommodation Booklet 2021/22

How to request accommodation

A link to the accommodation form is provided to you either with your formal offer letter or in an email with this booklet.  In the form, you will be asked if you wish to request single accommodation through the college and, if so, your accommodation preferences.  Details of the various accommodation bands are provided below.  We do our best to accommodate as many graduate freshers as possible and we try to align our offers with students' preferences. However, if you are offered accommodation, it may not match your first preferences.

Processing responses can take a few weeks at peak times; responses will be handled in the order the forms are electronically submitted, with the exception with students who have accessibility or health needs. As accommodation is allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, it may be advantageous to complete your Accommodation Form requesting accommodation as soon after you receive the form as possible.  

If you have questions regarding special requirements for accommodation please contact the Academic and Graduate Administrator, in the first instance. 

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

The College anticipates having 93 rooms available to offer to single first-year graduates (‘graduate freshers’).  The accommodation block has five floors. There is a comprehensive CCTV monitoring system, a lift and access is via an electronic card swipe system. A manager resides on site for urgent maintenance support and there is also a live in Sub Dean.  

The rooms are divided into the following bands:

Room Type

Description

No. of rooms

Banding and Monthly rent

Studio Room

Own Kitchen and Bathroom

7

B - £835

2 bed Cluster

Shared Kitchen/Bathroom and large bedroom (>11m2) and Large shared Kitchen)

3

B - £835

2 Bed Cluster Room

Shared Kitchen/Bathroom Large Bedroom (>13m2) with standard kitchen

8

C - £810

2 Bed Cluster Room

Shared Kitchen/Bathroom with standard size room and kitchen

27

D - £785

8 Bed Cluster Room

Shared Kitchen/Bathrooms with X-Large room with Queen Bed (>14 m2)

12

C - £810

8 Bed Cluster Room

Shared Kitchen/Bathrooms  with regular room with Queen Bed (>10 m2)

21

D - £785

8 Bed Cluster Room

Shared Kitchen and Bathroom with regular room with Single Bed

3

E - £700

8 Bed Cluster Room

Shared Kitchen with small bedroom (<10 m2) and single bed

12

F - £675

 

Bathrooms in the accommodation block have a toilet, sink and shower.  The 8-bed clusters have two bathrooms, a separate shower room, and a separate toilet and sink.  Bedrooms in the 8-bed cluster flats have a built-in sink in each room.  The first, second and third floors have two common rooms each. (NB: The building also has a ground floor and fourth floor).   

The accessible rooms are reserved for students with special access requirements and, if so required, are priced at £785 and £810 per month.  

All bedrooms are at a minimum furnished with the following furniture:

Queen or Single sized bed
Desk
Desk Chair
Chest of drawers
Desk lamp
Mattress and mattress protector
Waste bin
Pin board

Kitchens are furnished with the following:
Oven and hob
Fridge with freezer compartment (cluster rooms will have separate fridge and freezer)
Toaster
Kettle
Microwave.

Communal areas will have sofas, coffee tables, dining table and chairs.

Residents are expected to provide their own bedding (including duvet and pillow), kitchen utensils and crockery/cutlery.  We are still finalising details concerning car-parking for students and staff.  If there are any parking slots available to students, it will be on a very limited basis.  If you require a parking space, please let the Academic and Graduate Administrator know by emailing admissions@reuben.ox.ac.uk, including why you would need to bring a car to Oxford.  She will provide you with the information when it becomes available. 

Other amenities provided in the building:
Free Wi-Fi
Pay-As-You-Go laundry
Bike rack
Communal garden

Cleaning Contract cleaners will clean the communal areas such as bathroom, kitchen and common room.  Students are responsible for their own washing up.  Students in studio rooms are responsible for the cleaning all areas within 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

Oxford is a small, compact city. Much of the centre of the city is pedestrianised, and most students and residents choose to travel by bicycle or by foot. There are also buses that serve the city for those who wish to travel further afield. 

There is a bus-stop minutes away from Farndon Court, which goes to the city centre.  The following buses serve this bus-stop (from the city centre):

35 to Wolvercote
S2 Gold to Carterton
S3 to Chipping Norton or Charlbury
300 Park & Ride to Pear Tree Park & Ride

Many students choose to bring a bicycle and cycle parking is available 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.  There are many bicycle shops in Oxford which sell new and second-hand bicycles.    

Please note that due to the compact size of Oxford, very few departments are more than a few minutes’ cycle ride away, or a short walk. Departments are mainly located in the centre of the city, and college and university accommodation is not on a ‘campus’ but is interspersed with other buildings found in many city centres such as shops, residential housing and parks.

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, a beautiful area for a long countryside jog or walk.  

Rent and residency agreements  

Tenancy agreements are for 40 weeks or 44 weeks.  Contracts start from 14:00 on 27 September 2021 to 10am on 4 July (for 40 weeks) or 10am on 1 August (for 44 weeks).  Arrival the week before 27 September 2021 is possible, with pro rata rent charged for the days until 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 Accommodation Acceptance Form.  In exceptional circumstances, contracts may be extended during the summer vacation depending on availability and approval from the College.  The rent will be payable monthly in advance.  Payment can be made either by standing Order or card payment through the College’s online Payment Platform.

If your start date is on or after the 15th of the month, the rent up until the end of that month, and the following month’s rent, will be due in advance.  There is also a deposit system.  
 
Reuben College can only provide 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 for the following academic year.  

Residency requirements for graduate students

Please note that it is a requirement of the University for full-time graduates to live no more than 25 miles from the city centre. Most graduates who are new to the city choose to live in College- or University-owned accommodation as part of a welcoming graduate community.

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.  

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 may wish to contact the University’s Graduate Accommodation Office for help finding accommodation. 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.