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Worcester College, Oxford

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On this page you can read the experiences of students who have been a part of Worcester College, to see what they liked and/or disliked about the college. See the University of Oxford - Main Guide for an overview of factual information, or the University of Oxford - Student Guide for a student opinion overview.

College

Overview

Username: Niki_girl

Date: 28/09/13

Comment: After my first year studying history at Worcester I can genuinely say that I've really enjoyed my time in college. True, most if not all Oxford students love their college, and will insist that there is no better place. However, there is definitely something to be said for the atmosphere at Worcester. Our Provost (head of college) insists that students enjoy their time at Oxford by involving the college in sporting events, drama productions and charity functions. The amount of outdoor space available probably helps, but there is a very relaxed atmosphere here, even during Prelims (1st year exams) 2nd years would walk around the libraries with sweets for people doing exams. My tutors even took us out by the lake for a picnic with the Finalists (3rd years) also doing exams. The college is usually in the top-half of the Norrington table (like a league table for Oxford colleges...) and that's how everyone likes it, no massive expectations, but a sense of working hard with an eye for making the most of what the college and Oxford itself have to offer.

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Buildings and Environment

Username: Niki_girl

Date: 28/09/13

Comment: Worcester has a complete mixture of buildings, and is about to undergo more building work to construct a lecture theatre, and to revamp the kitchens at the back of Pump Quad. The main quad was built in the 1700s, and the cottages on the left-hand side of the main quad are medieval, dating back to the college's former life as a Benedictine monastery. This is where the Junior Common Room is located, and it is the oldest student accommodation in the world to be continuously inhabited (from the 13th-21st centuries). In terms of modern buildings, Ruskin Lane and Staircase 24 are around 5 years old, I think, and still appear very new. Gloucester House, the Sainsbury building, the Nuffield building and Earl building fit in somewhere between the 1700s and the late 20th century. The college has 26 acres of land, including a lake and orchard, as well as playing fields, tennis courts and a large lawn which students can walk/lie on (unlike the main quad!) The lake has a bridge on it, which you can stand on and look back towards the main quad. The orchard contains greenhouses which produce food eaten in hall. There is a patio area attached the Sainsbury building which overlooks part of the lake, and BBQs may be held here (with decanal/college permission!) in the summer.


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Location

Username: Niki_girl

Date:28/09/13

Comment: Worcester is located on the junction between Beaumont street (with the Ashmolean museum on one side, and the Randolph hotel on the other) and Walton street. It is about a 10 minute walk from the Radcliffe square/camera, 15-20 minutes from Exam Schools. It's also only a 5 minute walk away from a Tesco Express. Though some people refer to Worcester as "out of town", being closer to St. Hugh's/ Lady Margaret Hall/ the Jericho side of town has its advantages. Unlike the colleges in the middle of the city centre, Worcester doesn't tend to get as swamped by tourists and other visitors. The fact that it is away from the Turl street/ Broad street area has allowed for its grounds to be preserved over the centuries.


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Accommodation

Username: Niki_girl

Date: 28/09/13

Comment: Worcester is able to provide accommodation for at least 3 years of an undergraduate course. 72% of rooms are ensuite. Some first-year rooms, set around 18th-century quads (either the Main Terrace or Pump quad), do not have kitchens. However, these rooms benefit from cheaper food in hall, and they are usually larger than the more modern first year rooms (e.g., in Gloucester House or Staircase 24). In fact, if you live around the main quad, you might even get a "set" of rooms, with one room having a bed, sink, wardrobe in it, and the other having chairs, a desk and a bookshelf. 2nd year accommodation (mainly the Ruskin Lane or Earl building) is more standard, with ensuite rooms being placed along corridors with kitchens, and with around 6 people per kitchen.


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Meals

Username: Niki_girl

Date: 28/09/13

Comment: As I was in a room without kitchens during the first year, I ate in hall practically every night. Worcester is well known for having good, affordable food, and this reputation is particularly deserved when Formal Hall (the second, 3-course dinner sitting) is concerned. There is always a vegetarian option, and food is served throughout the weekend. The chocolate fudge-brownie is a legendary dessert brought out on special occasions, e.g. Junior Common Room dinner in Michaelmas.


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Formals & Events

Username: Niki_girl

Date: 28/09/13

Comment: Worcester has a variety of formal events which are held throughout the year. Sports such as rowing have their own black-tie dinners, usually after one of the university's rowing events (e.g, Summer VIIIs, during Trinity term). Seasonal events, such as the Christmas Party in hall (black-tie, entertainment last year included singers, musicians etc.) and Christmas dinner (nice formal meal) are also held. The Provost's Garden Party takes place in Trinity, the summer term (mid-June). This is a lovely Pimms-and-croquet event! Every three years Worcester hosts a white-tie Commemoration Ball, and in summer 2014 the college's tricentenary ball will be held in the grounds.


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Facilities

IT and Library

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Sporting

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Other

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