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 three Oxford sites:
Wavy Gate and Slade Park - 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. Comprised of 93 spacious single en-suite rooms and studios, these Halls of Residence provides a light and clean environment with plenty of outdoor space and excellent facilities. Rooms are grouped together into flats of six with a shared kitchen and communal room. Boys and girls are accommodated separately.
The bedrooms at Wavy Gate are spacious, modern and full of natural light. Each bedroom has a small double bed, a desk and wall storage for textbooks, as well as a wardrobe and an en-suite with a sink, toilet and shower. Students are expected to keep their room tidy, but they can also opt into an extra weekly cleaning package at £24 per week.
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.
Slade Park is a purpose-built student accommodation of the highest quality located in Headington, a short bus ride from the city centre of Oxford. Comprised of 65 spacious en-suite rooms, these Halls of Residence provide a light and clean environment with plenty of outdoor space and excellent facilities.
Rooms are grouped together into flats of 5 or 6 with a shared kitchen and communal room. Boys and girls are accommodated separately.
The bedrooms at Slade Park are spacious, modern and full of natural light. Each bedroom has a small double bed, a desk and wall storage for textbooks, as well as a wardrobe and an en-suite with a sink, toilet and shower. Students are expected to keep their room tidy and additional cleaning will be
provided free of charge fortnightly. Communal spaces are cleaned weekly.
Slade Park has a modern laundry room available to all OIC residents free of charge. All students boarding at Slade Park will also receive a free entertainment package (Netflix). There are also bookable conference and common room facilities free of charge which students may utilise for private study groups or social gatherings.
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. These Halls of Residence provide a light and clean environment with excellent facilities.
Rooms are individual studios with a kitchenette. Each Studio has a small double bed, a desk and wall storage for textbooks, as well as a wardrobe and an en-suite with a sink, toilet and shower. Students are expected to keep their room tidy. Alice House boasts a large shared common area where
students can socialise, watch TV and study. There is also an onsite laundry room.
Click here to for more information about our halls of residence.
We have an exceptionally good choice of homestay options, providing students with a safe and comfortable home away from home.Students are carefully matched with a suitable host and the College maintains a close relationship with all our homestay families throughout the year, ensuring a safe and happy environment. The accommodation is typically within easy reach of the College (usually a short bus ride away).
The Student Services Manager makes frequent visits and telephone calls to the hosts to ensure that a good rapport is established and that any issues are dealt with quickly.
The homestay accommodation package includes:
- Single room occupancy
- Wifi internet access
- Weekly laundry
- Breakfast and dinner
- Clean bed linen, provided once a week
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.