St. Anne’s currently houses the majority of first year graduate students in its graduate accommodation block in Summertown at Robert Saunders House (RSH). There are 82 rooms at RSH and another 13 in the Eleanor Plumer house (EPH).
All college accommodation is cleaned by scouts. They clean communal areas daily and will hoover your room once a week as well as wash your bed linen.
If you find any faults or problems with your room, please report them to college and they will be dealt with by maintenance. For external maintenance requests (outside your room), please email estates [at] st-annes.ox.ac.uk, and for internal maintenance (inside your room) email accommodation [at] st-annes.ox.ac.uk.
College has laundry rooms both on its main site and at RSH. The machines are operated by a laundry card that you may get from the Lodge with a £10 deposit (in cash). A wash or drying cycle costs £1.45 per load. You can add credit on the card via the top-up machine in the JCR post room on the main college site.
Robert Saunders House (RSH)
St. Anne’s currently houses up to 82 students in RSH, situated in Summertown (about a 15 minute cycle or a 30 minute walk from the city centre). RSH is divided into 15 flats, each with its own bathroom, toilet, as well as a kitchen with an oven, a microwave, and a fridge/freezer. Each student gets a study bedroom, which comes with its own sink, wardrobe, desk, bookshelves, drawers, chair, bed, cabinet, heater and a free Ethernet connection (you will need to buy an Ethernet cable if you don’t have one; these are available from the college lodge). There is also a washing room (with several clothes washers and dryers), a TV room, and a games room complete with a pool table, dart board, table football, table tennis, and a payphone.
The address of RSH is 45 South Parade, Oxford OX2 7JL (click here for a map). Even if you aren’t living there, it’s worth remembering where it is as every now and again we’ll hold a party or film night in its upstairs Common Room.
RSH is ideally placed for access to a wide array of shops. There are three small supermarkets: Tesco (good for last-minute buys), Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer (expensive), Co-op (good value); most shut early on Sundays, so make sure not to get caught out. There are also delicatessens, bakeries, sandwich shops, a pub (the Dew Drop Inn), about a dozen restaurants and takeaways, a laundrette, and an alarming number of blind and curtain shops.
Four student wardens look after RSH in the evenings and at weekends. If the fire alarm goes off, you have a medical emergency, or just need advice, the duty warden is there to help you out: just ring the office bell.
If you have any questions regarding RSH, please direct them to the RSH accommodation manager, Lucia Santi-Exley, by emailing lucia.santi-exley [at] st-annes.ox.ac.uk.
Eleanor Plumer House (EPH)
St. Anne’s also houses 13 students in EPH, situated on the main college site. Our common room and graduate study centre are also in EPH.
The rooms in EPH are on the first and second floors of the building, above the common areas on the ground floor. Every room comes with wireless Internet as well as share of a large communal kitchen and bathrooms. The contents of the rooms themselves are similar to RSH. Emergencies are dealt with by the lodge (telephone 01865 274800).
Other university housing
If living in college accommodation isn’t your thing, there’s always accommodation available around Oxford. A good place to start is the Oxford University Accommodation Services, a university-run organisation that maintains university-owned properties throughout Oxford, in addition to providing lists of university-approved private housing. This is especially good for married accommodation, which we are unable to provide at St. Anne’s.
Some MCR members choose to live in privately rented accommodation, usually those in the second or third year of their course. The majority choose student-friendly areas such as Summertown, Jericho, and Cowley.
There is plenty of readily available private accommodation in Oxford. Have a look here for a list of letting agents. Many students have left their reviews via this site, so it’s a good way of checking the reputation of a letting agent before using them.