Do St John's or Magdalen offer en-suite and single rooms?
I stayed at St. John's on the open day and it was a shared bathroom between 4 (for first years).
Not thaaat many colleges do (due to a lot of first year accommodation being on site, and most being built a many many years ago and all being single sex so shared bathrooms were never really an issue).
The only one that springs to mind is St Catz but im sure there must be others?
Most of Keble's are either ensuite, and the few that are not are shared between just two people.
Many, if not most colleges have ensuite rooms. That goes without saying.
The real questions are
a) At what point are they available? Do fresher's have a chance, or will it just be 3rd years?
b) Are these on site, or at a college annex or separate building?
c) What buildings are these in? Many ensuite rooms will be in ugly, and often unsightly modern buildings, although some colleges manage to have them in their old buildings.
d) And most importantly, how many are there? Is it just a handful, or does the college have an entire building or hallway full of them?
Lincoln on site as first years and third years do, but you may be unlucky in your first year and end up across they road where they share and second years share too.
Sharing is fine.
Magdalen you won't get one in your first year. You have a 50% chance of being high enough in the ballot to choose one in your second year and can always have one if you want in your third. There are a lot of much nicer non-en-suite rooms though.
Balliol has now done something hilariously impractical with staircase 22 where they have stuck toilets in all the rooms. It'll probably be fine, and better for conferences, but me and a friend couldn't stop giggling about it when we tried to think out the logistics of having someone back to your room...then getting out the bed...walking one foot...going into your tiny, thin-walled bathroom...and having them hear EVERYTHING. Because you can hear EVERYTHING throughout the staircase - there's this weird piping thing where you sit in the toilet, and hear conversations from someone's room at the other end of the hall and up two floors. Admittedly we were very drunk at the time, but when I sat on the bed, and he went and stood where the toilets will be in his already tiny tiny room, we were literally about a foot and a half apart, and it just seemed really unpleasant and funny all of a sudden.
There are also some real ensuites in Staircase 2, but if ensuites are your thing, Balliol probably isn't for you.
Then what about single rooms? Do St john or Magdalen offer single rooms?
I really desire a single room.. (don't want to share a room with others...)
As far as I know, most freshers at Mansfield are given small rooms with en-suite bathrooms, but a minority are given larger rooms (originally doubles) with a bathroom that's shared between about four or five people.
St. John's: 100% singles, 0% en-suites, or near enough to make no difference.
Seriously, en-suites are not worth it. Much better to have the extra floor space and a bathroom 8 ft from your door. You'll also quickly learn that kitchens are much more important.
I don't know anyone who's shared a room with someone in oxford.
About half, maybe more, of Worcester's rooms are ensuite. The Provost is determined to get as many rooms ensuite as possible for conferences. And some of them are quite roomy as well. If that's your thing.
There are some ensuite rooms at LMH which seem rather sturdily built, but as I understand it they account for less than half of all the rooms in college.
Having done both ensuite and 'normal' rooms, anyway, I'd still probably recommend going for the normal room. Ensuites have too much stuff in them (piping etc) meaning that there's more stuff to potentially go wrong, and most people are perfectly reasonable and usually have normal standards of hygiene, so there's really absolutely no reason to worry about sharing a bathroom.