As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.
There are 39 Oxford colleges, which are financially independent and self-governing, but relate to the central University in a kind of federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which are similar to colleges except that they tend to be smaller, and were founded by particular Christian denominations.
Of the 39 Oxford colleges, SBC operates at two of them.
Wycliffe Hall is a Church of England theological college and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is named after the Bible translator and reformer John Wycliffe, who was master of Balliol College, Oxford in the 14th century. Wycliffe Hall was founded in 1877. Wycliffe Hall can be found on Banbury Road which is a long pleasant street full of language schools, old town houses and bed and breakfasts. It can be found just heading north out of the city centre and is a stone throw away from University Parks, which is arguably one of the best green spaces in the entire city.
Against the backdrop of Wadham’s beautiful buildings and magnificent gardens students will instantly feel inspired by the history of Wadham College, which can be found on Parks Road. With Oxford city centre only a ten minute walk away students will find a lot on their doorstep that they will enjoy at Wadham College. Surrounded by the grandeur of university buildings and close to University Parks for fun outdoor activities, students will be fully immersed in the distinct Oxford atmosphere at Wadham College.
In terms of reputable figures with a profound influence on modern day Britain, famous Oxonians include: Tony Blair, W.H. Auden, Sir John Betjeman, Hugh Grant, and Oscar Wilde.
At Wycliffe there are cosy sized single rooms, many with either a pleasant street view or one overlooking the garden. There’s an intimate canteen with a pleasant wooden cabin type feel, which really lends itself to chatting over lunch and making new friends. Wycliffe has a large common room with sofas, bean bags, kitchen facilities and a large pool table, just perfect for chilling out after a long excursion. There is a laundry room situated next to the main office, and the laundry is collected and given out at specific times throughout the week to avoid any overcrowding in the entrance hall.
And last and by no means least, is the large relaxing garden outside with a marquee, which gives students the feeling of spending their summer at a small festival. There, students usually play table football, throw a frisbee, read a book, and have a kick about. All in all, at Wycliffe you can find the perfect setting to build a kind and trusting community.
And in addition to what can be found on campus, University Parks is less than a five minute walk round the corner. For those who like to jog, a lap around the park is 2.3km, which is great for beginners or if you want to double it up and do a 5km or more, you easily can. For activities at University Parks, Wycliffonians often capture the flag, play touch rugby, do arts and crafts, meditation, yoga, amongst many more games. For sporting activities such as basketball, badminton, and swimming a modern leisure centre is booked. Needless to say that Wycliffe Hall comes fully equipped with WiFi.
At Wadham College our guests will be awestruck by the grandeur of buildings which go as far back as 1610. As well as ancient courtyards students will be charmed by the college gardens which have been used to put on outdoor Shakespeare productions in previous summers.
At Wadham College, lodging is mostly offered in the traditional Oxford “staircase” model, with each staircase hosting 6–17 students. There are comfortable places to live and learn on every stairway. The Front Quadrangle is surrounded by stairs 1 to 7, which are amongst the most atmospheric parts of the accommodation. Remaining stairs are in a variety of structures, from old to contemporary purpose-built housing, which create a unique character and welcoming atmosphere.
All dorm rooms for students include a single bed, a desk and chair, a wardrobe, a chest of drawers or other built-in storage, bookshelves, a desk lamp, and high-speed wired and wireless internet. On the Wadham campus, each stairwell has a common bath and/or shower room in addition to a washbasin in every bedroom.