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Boarding at Oxford International College will set you up for success. In our comfortable, modern boarding houses, you’ll meet like-minded students from around the world, forming friendships that last a lifetime. You'll develop the confidence, independence, and breadth of life-skills you need to thrive at OIC and beyond. 
Our boarding package includes: 
  • Superfast Wi-Fi, three meals a day, a laundry service, and bike storage. 
  • An ensuite room in one of four contemporary houses. 
  • Round the clock care from our experienced house parents and wardens. 
  • A sports centre membership and access to the University of Oxford’s facilities. 
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Our purpose-built boarding houses are a home away from home, offering the security, comfort, and modern facilities our students need to thrive.  
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Student Castle 
A mix of single ensuite rooms and studio flats, Student Castle is a bright living space just a stone’s throw away from the city’s shops, restaurants, and green spaces. A spacious common area is great place to spend time watching TV, hanging out with friends, or studying. Student Castle also has an onsite gym. 
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Thames Street 
Our Thames Street accommodation has 70 ensuite bedrooms, a large communal space, and an onsite canteen. Close to Oxford’s picturesque old town, the river, and only a minute’s walk from Christ Church Meadow, Thames Street is ideally placed to enjoy everything our city has to offer.  
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Wavy Gate 
Set in a secure gated community just walking distance from the college, Wavy Gate houses 87 spacious ensuite bedrooms and studios. Each group of six rooms has a shared kitchen and common room, mirroring the layout found in many university halls of residence. 
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Alice House 
Close to Magdalen Bridge and just a short walk to our teaching buildings, Alice House is an apartment-style building with 14 self-contained studio flats. Complete with a comfy double bed, study area, kitchenette, and shower room, our modern flats offer our oldest students a taste of post-college life. 


Oxford is a fantastic place to live. Renowned for its university, longstanding academic traditions, and cultural richness, it’s a city that offers an incredible breadth of opportunities.

Living here, you’ll explore world-class galleries and museums, go punting on the river, and enjoy picnics with friends in one of our city’s many green spaces. If it’s entertainment you’re after, Oxford is home to excellent live music venues, theatres, cinemas, and more.

Our compact city centre is safe and easy to get around, too. Home to more than 40,000 students – and with one-third of the population under 30 – Oxford is a cool, cosmopolitan setting that will give you an early taste of university life. 

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We understand that living and studying away from home can be challenging, which is why you’ll have access to a team of experts, including our experienced house parents, pastoral care department, a mentor, and progress tutor. We also employ a full-time nurse. 

Our boarders enjoy a nutritious diet, form positive relationships, and can take part in regular physical activity, all essential elements of a healthy lifestyle. Security is paramount, too, and all four of our boarding houses have electronic key fob access and are staffed around the clock. 

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Our fees reflect the innovative education we offer at OIC – one that’s designed exclusively for you. We’ll map out your entire learning journey, ensuring you follow a tailored pathway that nurtures your talents, embraces passions, and prepares you for success at your dream university. 
Our fees
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“Boarding at OIC is the best possible preparation for university life. I learnt lots of practical things, like how to cook my own food, and lived alongside dorm mates from all over the world.” 


  • What meals will I eat?
    From Monday to Friday, our boarders enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner, which they eat together in the college’s dining halls. We offer brunch on Sundays, which gives our young people time to relax in the morning. Our menus change regularly and always include a variety of options. We cater to all dietary requirements, too. 
  • Will I have my own room?
    It depends! Most of our accommodation is single occupancy, either in single bedrooms or small studios. We do, however, offer some ensuite twin rooms. 
  • Can I stay in my accommodation during the holidays?
    Our boarding fees cover your accommodation during term-time, enrichment week, and the Easter holidays. All our houses are closed during the winter (Christmas) and summer holidays. You can leave your belongings in your room or flat over Christmas, but you must move everything out – if necessary, into storage – over the summer.  
  • Is there a curfew?
    At all our houses, check-in time is 10pm. You must be onsite by this time. 
  • Can my family visit?
    Yes, of course. If your family plans to visit, they should get in touch with our boarding staff in advance. On the day, they’ll need to report to our house parents or wardens, and follow our signing in and out procedure.  
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We’re delighted you’re considering Oxford International College for your education. Our admissions process is designed around your needs and schedule – and our dedicated team will help you every step of the way. 
Our admissions process: 
  • Get in touch with us today – simply fill in our online enquiry form. 
  • Submit your application form. 
  • We’ll invite you to sit admissions tests in your chosen subjects. 
  • Successful applicants will then join us for an interview. 
  • We’ll then confirm your place. 
Apply now
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Our location in the heart of Oxford unlocks a world of academic, cultural, and social opportunities. Want to find out more? Get in touch with our admissions team today.

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