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Accommodation and Food

Accommodation

Keble has 380 student rooms on its main site and will, from the start of the 2018-19 academic year, have 255 rooms at the H B Allen Centre, currently under construction.   245 of the main site rooms are ensuite and the majority of the rest share one bathroom between two study-bedrooms.  All of the H B Allen Centre rooms will be ensuite.

Undergraduate accommodation

The College currently accommodates approximately 330 undergraduate students in rooms on the main site.  First- and second-year students are allocated rooms in the Butterfield, Hayward/De Breyne and Sloane Robinson buildings, located in the Liddon, Pusey, Hayward and Newman Quads; third- years are allocated rooms in the ARCO Building, Newman Quad.  All first and second years are offered accommodation.  After the second year some students have to live out of College in private rented accommodation.  From 2017-18 Keble will be able to offer accommodation on its main site to all undergraduates in their first, second and third years, but some students on four year courses may have to live out in their final year.

Rooms for first-year undergraduates are allocated by the Accommodation Manager, though incoming students may express a preference.  Second-year and third-year students choose their room by a ballot system operated by the JCR.  Modern Languages students and those in other subjects with a compulsory year abroad who study or work abroad during year 3 will be guaranteed accommodation in their fourth year.

Graduate accommodation

Pending completion of the H B Allen Centre the college provides accommodation for approximately 80 graduates in off-site accommodation or rooms in college.  The College houses as many fresher graduates as possible.  Up to 30 rooms are available for second- and subsequent-year graduates; these are allocated by the MCR in a room ballot held on Sunday 1st Week of Hilary Term.   Once the H B Allen Centre is completed Keble will be able to house 230-250 graduate students there.  The Centre is less than five minutes’ walk from the main site and will have its own common rooms, café, gym etc.

All College bedrooms are in buildings with an outer security door and all are provided with individual locks.  They are furnished with either a single (3ft) bed (or a king size bed in selected larger rooms), mattress, mattress cover and pillows, a desk and chair, and either a wardrobe or space for hanging clothes.  There is a bookshelf and/or cupboard supplied.  All bathrooms are fitted with a shower cubicle, wash basin and toilet.

You can either provide your own bed linen: duvet, duvet covers, sheets and pillowcases for the size of bed in your allocated room or you may wish to take advantage of our linen hire service at a cost of £35 per term. This service consists of:

  • The college providing a full set of bedding, including a duvet.
  • Linen swapped for clean on your cleaning day during the 1st, 3rd, 5th and 7th weeks of term.

You will also need to bring your own hand towels and bath towels.

The rooms in Liddon, Pusey and Sloane Robinson are organized along corridors, whilst those in Hayward and DeBreyne are on staircases. The 93 ARCO rooms consist of nine shared-ensuite apartments and flats of 10-12 ensuite rooms; each flat has a large equipped kitchen/common room.  The rooms in the H B Allen Centre will be configured either as individual self-contained study-bedrooms (each with bathroom and small kitchen area) or in flats of five, six or seven ensuite rooms, each flat with its own large shared kitchen.

Undergraduates starting in 2017 will be able to live in College rooms on the main site for the first three years of their course. Given that it is important for students to have as clear an idea as possible of the likely costs of their course, Keble fixes room rents for all three years and publishes them in advance of offers of places being made.  In fixing the rents, the College aims to position itself at the median of the second quartile of undergraduate rents in Oxford colleges – that is, slightly above the average.  The justification for this is location of the rooms (all on one site in the centre of the University), quality (almost all new or completely refurbished within the last twenty years) and facilities provided (all are ensuite or share one bathroom between two rooms).  However, not all rooms are the same.  They differ in bathroom facilities (ensuite vs shared), size (large vs standard) and aspect (quad facing vs street facing).  The mix of rooms for each year is as follows:

 

Accommodation stock available for undergraduates

 

 

 

 

Totals

1st Yr

2nd Yr

3rd Yr

 

 

 

379

128

126

125

Ensuite

Large

Quad

34

5

27

2

Ensuite

Large

Street

12

5

7

0

Ensuite

Regular

Quad

115

34

50

31

Ensuite

Regular

Street

84

18

24

42

Shared

Large

Quad

34

0

2

32

Shared

Large

Street

1

0

1

0

Shared

Regular

Quad

86

66

10

10

Shared

Regular

Street

13

0

5

8

 

In each year, the rent for a shared room is 5% lower than that for an ensuite room; the rent for a regular room is 5% lower than that for a large room; and the rent for a street-facing room is 5% lower than that for a quad-facing room.  Thus, at the extremes, the rent for a shared, regular, street-facing room will be 15% lower than that for an ensuite, large, quad-facing room.

The annual rents for undergraduates starting their courses in 2017 are as follows:

 

1st Yr

(2017-18)

2nd Yr

(2018-19)

3rd Yr 9 mth

(2019-20)

3rd Yr 3 term

(2019-20)

Ensuite

Large

Quad

4,706

4,749

5,804

4,185

Ensuite

Large

Street

4,471

4,511

-

-

Ensuite

Regular

Quad

4,471

4,511

5,514

3,975

Ensuite

Regular

Street

4,471

4,511

5,514

3,975

Shared

Large

Quad

-

4,274

5,224

3,766

Shared

Large

Street

-

4,274

-

-

Shared

Regular

Quad

4,236

4,274

5,220

3,766

Shared

Regular

Street

-

4,036

4,934

3,557

 

Rooms are available to view on the College Open Days.

The College is fully networked and all rooms in College have ethernet connection points.  Many areas of College are also wifi accessible.

Food

Keble provides breakfast, lunch and dinner in Hall every day (with brunch on the weekends).  Meals are self-service, except for Formal Hall dinners three nights per week (from October 2016). There are no upfront charges for meals, which are charged on a student card, with costs payable after the end of each term. There are no set breakfast, brunch, lunch or informal dinner charges. For these meals each item is charged individually, with the average cost of a lunch around £3.00 (see average meal costs under Money Matters).

The College provides a selection of vegetarian dishes and caters for special diets.

The quality and quantity of the menus are areas where students can provide very direct feedback to those responsible for their preparation.  Effective feedback leads to better meals and Keble has acquired a good reputation in this area among the undergraduates.

As well as the dining hall, Café Keble is open all day during term in the Sloane Robinson Building for drinks, sandwiches and light snacks and our Pizza Bar The Red Brick Oven is open from 9.30am - 9.30pm every day.

Keble is signed up to the
Student Accommodation Code

Keble Undergraduate Room Types

The Butterfield Buildings

Butterfield Liddon Quad

ButterfieldRoom1

ButterfieldRoom2

ButterfieldRoom3

Hayward and De Breyne Quads

DB

DB Room

Rick Mather Buildings

ARCO

ARCO and SR

ARCOroom1