Boarding facilities and student welfare
At Oxford International College, we are proud of our strong welfare system to ensure ongoing support of every student.
We appreciate that living away from home can be a daunting experience for our students, especially if they have moved to the UK from another country. For what may be the first time ever, they will be expected to manage their own time effectively, wash and iron their own clothes, keep their room clean and learn how to budget – all while attending their classes, meeting new people and making new friends.
Our pastoral team helps students to settle into college and boarding life and continues to support them throughout the whole duration of their studies.
With house parents and wardens living alongside our boarding students, we try to create a home away from home, where individual needs are accommodated and mutual respect - along with a sense of belonging to the OIC boarding community - acts to build a friendly and homely atmosphere.
Our full-time Student Services Manager is on hand at all times, and most students also form excellent relationships with their subject tutors. All students are registered with a GP surgery (Bury Knowle) for minor illnesses and free check-ups. Appointments can be booked through Student Services or by phone. Students will be accompanied, if necessary.
Our boarding options
We offer boarding at four Oxford sites:
Wavy Gate, Thames Street, and Between Towns Court - available to all students
Alice House - available to second year students over the age of 18
Wavy Gate was built in 2013 to provide security-gated, purpose-built student accommodation of the highest quality, close to the centre of Oxford. It hosts 90 spacious single en-suite rooms and studios. Close to a supermarket and many restaurants, this house is a gated community within walking distance from the College. Every student room at Wavy Gate is an ensuite bedroom, with heating, internet, desk to study on, linen, duvet and pillows provided.
Students are expected to keep their room tidy, but they can also opt into an extra weekly cleaning package at £30 per week. Rooms are grouped together into flats of six with a shared kitchen and communal room. Students are separated by age and gender into separate clusters.
Wavy Gate has a large modern laundry room available to all residents. The washers and dryers are networked, so students can monitor their washing remotely from their rooms and receive alerts when it has finished.
Cycling is one of the most popular modes of transport in Oxford and Wavy Gate oﬀers secure storage for bicycles. Students are required to wear a helmet at all times when cycling.
Thames Street is a purpose-built student accommodation of the highest quality located in central Oxford. With 70 spacious en-suite rooms, Thames Street offers a central Oxford experience close to the picturesque old town and River Thames. This site's location is its greatest asset. It is only a minute away from the city's famous Christ Church Meadows, as well as the river and Oxford's historic colleges Christ Church or Pembroke.
Every student room at Thames Street is an ensuite bedroom, with heating, internet, desk to study on, linen, duvet and pillows provided. Students are expected to keep their room tidy on their own. Weekly cleaning option is available for a fee. Transport to and from College is provided.
Thames Street boasts a large shared common area where students can socialise, watch TV and study. There is also an onsite laundry room.
Between Towns Court (BTS) is a brand-new, one-year old student accommodation of the highest quality located in east Oxford, a short bus ride from the city centre. Comprised of 57 spacious ensuite rooms, this Boarding House boasts an excellent location in Temple Cowley, close to green areas and the shopping heart of Oxford.
Every student room at BTC is an ensuite bedroom, with heating, internet, desk to study on, linen, duvet and pillows provided. Students are expected to keep their room tidy on their own. Additional cleaning packages are available for a fee. Students are separated by age and gender into separate clusters.
BTC boasts a large shared common area where students can socialise, watch TV and study. There is also an onsite laundry room. Transport to and from College will be provided.
Alice House is a purpose-built student accommodation of the highest quality located on St Clements Street, a short bus ride from the city centre of Oxford. Close to Magdalen Bridge and within walking distance to the College, Alice House offers its inhabitants spacious studios with kitchenettes. It is only available to students over the age of 18.
Every student room at Alice House is an ensuite bedroom, with heating, internet, desk to study on, linen, duvet and pillows provided. The studios are also equipped with fully functional kitchenettes.
Students are expected to keep their room tidy on their own. Weekly cleaning option is not available.
Alice House boasts a large shared common area where students can socialise, watch TV and study. There is also an onsite laundry room.
Learn more about accommodation in our Boarding Guide 2020.
Sport and Physical Fitness
Students who are 16 or above become members of the Oxford University Sport Centre. The centre is close to the Hall of Residence and offers a 25m swimming pool, gym, grass football pitch, tennis and squash courts, bouldering wall, athletic track and more. The College offers a large number of clubs including basketball, football and badminton.
Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Activities
We offer opportunities to help students learn personal skills and develop attributes that will help them to transition into university life and beyond, such as learning to be confident and perform at their best, coping under pressure and tackling exam anxiety.
Clubs and Societies
Students are strongly encouraged to create their own clubs within the College if they have a hobby/interest they would like to share with the rest of the school. Regular clubs and societies include for example: debating society, musical appreciation, documentary society, a cookery club and a charity club.
For more information please see our Extra-curriulum page.