Why Regent’s?

We’re convinced that Regent’s is one of the best places in which you can spend your time in this beautiful city, and below are some reasons why.

Simply being a student at the University of Oxford is an achievement in itself. Yet Regent’s supports its students to achieve their full potential.


Regent’s academic successes speak for themselves and the college has a long history of punching above its weight in matters academic, sporting and artistic.

In recent years, its students have, among other things, come top in the Final Honour School for Philosophy and Theology; gone on tour across the world with the University Drama Tour; edited a vast number of student publications, and captained the Varsity skiing team.

College provides support for excellence in a huge number of ways: from world-renowned tutors with a fantastic track record in helping students achieve top results in their exams, to JCR grants to those performing arts or competing at sports at University level.  Regent’s is a place where excellence is sought in all we do –  the perfect place to strive to be the very best within a supportive and enthusiastic community.

Regent’s is renowned for its warm and friendly atmosphere across the University.


Events such as ‘brew’, where tea and biscuits are provided in the JCR twice a day, and socials after Formal Hall every Friday night help to ensure that Regent’s is a hugely welcoming community for all.

The small size of the undergraduate body (around 100) means that friendships across subjects and year groups develop quickly, something often lacking in larger colleges. The Junior Common Room (JCR) is situated looking over the main quad, and is attached to college’s entirely student-run bar. 
Regent’s also hosts a large number of cross-common room activities that are enjoyed by the whole college community. Formal Hall on Friday nights has a real sense of occasion that is sometimes absent in colleges where formals happen more often, and events such as a charity fête in the summer and carols in the quad during Michaelmas also foster a feeling of community between the common rooms. Put simply, the sense of community present in college is at the heart of everything we do.
Formal Hall on Friday nights

Mixed colleges – Overall Undergraduate Satisfaction Survey results, 2010-13

Source: Oxford University Student Barometer

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Students at Regent’s are among the happiest and most satisfied in the university.

In 2012, Regent’s was ranked the number one mixed college for student satisfaction in a university survey, and has had the highest overall satisfaction among mixed colleges over the last four years.

A Proud History
The College First XI Cricket Team, c. 1898

We have a long and proud history rooted in that of the Dissenters, who were for much of the college’s history excluded from the upper echelons of the British education system.

Despite, and perhaps because of, the barriers placed in our way, we’ve always been at the forefront of social change.

We were founded in the nineteenth century to provide an education for non-Anglicans excluded from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

When we moved to Oxford in 1927 we continued this mission of supporting disenfranchised communities – we were one of the first Oxford institutions to admit women in the twentieth century, and one of the first to publicly show our support for the LGBTQ community in the twenty-first by flying the Rainbow Flag.

Along the way we’ve educated first-class cricketers, members of the House of Lords, laywers, civil servants, teachers, academics, poets, missionaries and abolitionists.

Regent’s is situated on Pusey Street, which is off St Giles in central Oxford. This is a fantastic location that is close to the centre of town and easily accessible by car and public transport.

We are also very close to many of the relevant faculties: the Sackler Building for Classics is barely five minutes away on foot, the Bodleian Library is around eight minutes, and the English, Law, and Social Sciences are a ten minute walk.

It is a simple walk down St Giles to reach Cornmarket, Oxford’s main shopping street, and there is a wide array of shops, restaurants and bars in the immediate vicinity.

Students also take advantage of the college boat house (shared with New College) on the Isis and the football pitches at University Parks to represent the college in rowing and football respectively; Regent’s is ideally situated to access such facilities.

Proximity to such a wide array of facilities is a key reason as to why students at Regent’s enjoy their time here immensely.

Regent’s has a fantastic network of people to whom students can turn when in need of support.

Among undergraduates, there is a team of trained peer supporters, led by a Welfare Officer elected at a JCR meeting in Michaelmas. These peer supporters have the use of a safe room where students can discuss matters in private, but they also put on welfare events, such as barbecues and sports events, at intervals throughout the term. The JCR welfare budget is the highest per student of any college in the University.

For more serious problems, there is a strong network of pastoral support among college staff. The dean, Dr Nicholas Wood, is responsible for discipline and pastoral care among students, and is always happy to talk to students in need of support. He works in close conjunction with the junior deans, Matthew Mills, Scott Ables and Karen Ables, who maintain discipline and provide pastoral support while living onsite. The Rev’d Myra Blyth, the college chaplain, also undertakes a substantial amount of pastoral care for members of the college community at all levels.

University can be hard, but we believe that nobody should have to struggle alone. It is for this reason that we take pride in the outstanding support network we have within college, and hold it to be one of the Regent’s community’s greatest strengths.