St John's College

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Year founded[❔] 1511
Mature (21+)[❔]
Women only
Postgraduate only
Accepts part-time students
Oxford sister college[❔] Balliol College
Gold/Platinum Green Impact Award 2018[❔]
College website click here

User reviews
  • 8
    They have lots of money that they invest in students through student ships, travel grants and summer bursaries to name a few!
  • 7
    Separate formal hall and canteen (buttery), with formals 6/7 days a week
  • 7
    Beautiful buildings
  • 6
    Sports pitches on site (football, rugby, netball, hockey)
  • 6
    Being able to chill on the lawn by the river watching the punts go by
  • 3
    24/7 library
  • 3
    Amazing student services team - very friendly and understanding about any issues (exchange programs to accommodation requests to exam arrangements)
  • 3
    Cripps building is fantastic - big kitchens, very social, nice rooms that have been renovated relatively recently, many of which are ensuite
  • 2
    Really amazing ents with super cheap drinks
  • 2
    Accomodation throughout the whole degree (in houses and also on site)
  • 2
    Free laundry
  • 2
    Great location - close to the centre but also quiet inside
  • 2
    Accomodation throughout winter and easter break included in the rent price
  • 1
    Many university-wide events are held in John's as it is this big
  • 1
    Loads of welfare events
  • 0
    Cheap punts for students

  • 3
    Lots of tourists visiting
  • 1
    About a quarter of first year accommodation is located at Chapel Court/North Court - it’s much less social than the Cripps building, with much smaller kitchens and smaller rooms on average
  • 1
    Accommodation services are terrible at responding to student requests, and accommodation in older buildings is sometimes poor - e.g. broken heating, broken windows etc.
  • 1
    We have a scholar's ballot where students who get a 1st or a 2:1 get higher priority when choosing rooms each year
  • 0
    Not completely balanced in terms of gender, also has a very high proportion of private school:state school ratio
  • 0
    In second year, a majority of students have to share a double set, which are rather limited with respect to privacy.

  • 1
    Accommodation services

UG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 4
UG - usual # years room provided[❔] 4
PG - usual # years on-site room provided[❔] 0
PG - usual # years room provided[❔] 4
Couples rooms ✔️
Family rooms ✔️
Ballot system[❔] ✔️
% full-time PG in college room (~)[❔] 64
PG single room min. (~£/wk) 106
PG single room max. (~ £/wk) 166
Deadline to have met conditions to be eligible for college accommodation 1st of September
Kitchen fixed charge [❔] ✔️
UG accommodation website click here
PG accommodation website click here

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On-site room quality: Avg: 4.7/5
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On-site room value for money: Avg: 4.2/5
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Off-site room quality: Avg: 3.5/5
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Off-site room value for money: Avg: 3.8/5
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  • 1
    Heating often broken, accommodation services slow to respond to complaints, tiny kitchen with no oven
  • 1
    Big difference between North/Chapel and Cripps in first year, but North/Chapel is also considerably cheaper (cheapest 1300 Pounds per term including term breaks)
  • 0
    Really nice and spacious rooms in beautiful buildings.
  • 0
    Very helpful maintenance - there is an online form for sending in maintenance requests and reasonable requests get responded within 1-7 days (lots of students don't seem to be aware of the form though).


24/7 library ✔️
College cafe ✔️
Anglican chapel ✔️
Interdenominational chapel
Discounted punting[❔] ✔️
Free punting[❔]
Radio station
Student garden
Bicycle scheme
Art room ✔️
Gym (weights) ✔️
Cinema ✔️
Badminton court ✔️
Basketball court ✔️
Dance studio
Eton Fives court
Netball court ✔️
Squash court ✔️
Swimming pool
Tennis court ✔️
Rugby field ✔️
Lacrosse field ✔️
Hockey pitch ✔️
Cricket pitch ✔️
Volleyball court ✔️
Football pitch ✔️
Brunch Saturday ✔️
Brunch Sunday
Daily vegan option

User ratings
Value for money: Avg: 4.8/5
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Quality of food: Avg: 4.2/5
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Acapella
Africa
Altruism
Anglo-Japanese ✔️
Anthropology ✔️
Apotheosis
Archeology ✔️
Art ✔️
Baking
Ballroom dancing
Bachata
Bee keeping ✔️
Board Games
Book Club
Botanical
Caledonian ✔️
Card games
Casino
Charity ✔️
Chess ✔️
Chinese Culture ✔️
Choir ✔️
Christian Union ✔️
Classics
College Brass Band
Comedy
Computer science ✔️
Consulting
Contemporary dance
Current affairs
Debate
Drama ✔️
Economics ✔️
Engineering ✔️
English ✔️
Entrepreneurship
Families Club
Feminist ✔️
Film ✔️
Finance
Food
French
Gardening club
Gender equality
Geographical ✔️
History ✔️
Humanities
Investment
Irish
Islamic
Jewish ✔️
Land economy ✔️
Languages
Law ✔️
Lawn Games
Literary
Lockpicking
Maths ✔️
Medical
Mindfulness
Music ✔️
Musical
Orchestra ✔️
Oriental
PhD
Philosophy
Photography ✔️
Pilates
Poetry
Poker
Politics ✔️
Quiz
Role playing games
Russian
Salsa
Science ✔️
Serbian
Sign language
Smoothie
Social science
Speakers
Steel pan band
Student publication
Swiss ✔️
Tango
Tea ✔️
Theology
Ukelele band
Veterinary
Video games ✔️
Wine
Yoga
Zouk
Zumba
Aerobics
Athletics
Badminton ✔️
Basketball ✔️
Climbing
Cricket ✔️
Croquet
Cycling
Football (mens) ✔️
Football (womens) ✔️
Golf ✔️
Hockey ✔️
Kayaking
Lacrosse ✔️
Netball ✔️
Netball (womens) ✔️
Ninjitsu
Pole
Pool ✔️
Rounders
Rugby (mens) ✔️
Rugby
Rugby (womens) ✔️
Running
Sailing
Shooting
Ski
Squash ✔️
Swimming
Table football
Table tennis ✔️
Tennis ✔️
Tiddlywinks
Ultimate Frisbee ✔️
Volleyball ✔️
Waterpolo ✔️
Windsurfing
% 1st Class degree achieved (~)[❔] 31
JCR/MCR split[❔] ✔️
Student trustee[❔]
UG student website click here
PG student website click here
Free formals ✔️
Free formals per year 3
Free formal for guest
Private dining discount
Free formal for guest per year 0
Free parking
Use of squash and tennis facilities
Free sports facilities
Right to step on grass
Gym membership discount
Punt booking ✔️
Corporate event discount
Wedding discount
Accommodation discount available ✔️
May Ball frequency (years)[❔] 1
June Event frequency (years)[❔] 0
Winter Ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Spring ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Other ball frequency (years)[❔] 0
Entrepreneurship competitions[❔]

User ratings
May/Spring/Winter/other ball rating: Avg: 3.3/5
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User reviews
  • 5
    Sixth best party in the world according to The Times and I believe it!
  • 3
    Pricey but worth it for all of the entertainment, food, and drink - so much to choose from!
  • 1
    Most amazing ball experience you can get!
  • 0
    Tacky and overpriced

  • 1
    A band/headliner we've actually heard of please

# full-time Bachelor's (~) 610
% full-time Bachelor's (~) 70
# full-time Master's (~) 50
% full-time Master's (~) 5
# full-time PhD (~) 220
% full-time PhD (~) 25
Total # full-time students (~) 880
% full-time UK (~) 60
% full-time EU (non-UK) (~) 15
% full-time non-EU (~) 25
% full-time female (~) 45
% full-time Male (~) 55
# part-time Master's (~) 0
# part-time PhDs (~) 0
Total # part-time students (~) 0
Total # students (~) 890
% Arts and Humanities students (~) 45
% STEMM students (~)[❔] 55
High-table[❔] ✔️
Gowns required[❔] ✔️

User ratings
Formal food quality: Avg: 4.8/5
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Value for money: Avg: 5/5
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Formals
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Sat
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Graduate-only formals
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Net assets (est.) 780.0 million
Net assets/student (~£/student) 885,000
Scholarships and awards (~£/student ) 3,400