St. Hilda's College
St. Hilda's College
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Founded as an Oxford hall for women in 1893, St. Hilda's is currently the only women's college in the University.
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permia
Ireland62,181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
By the Cherwell River it has an expansive campus with much greenery.

Founded in the 1890s as a women’s only college, it maintained this approach until 2008 when the first men were admitted. It was the last single-sex college in the University.

A notable Jacqueline Du Pré Music Building is named for the famous cellist who was an Honorary Fellow of the College. A lovely sculpture of Jacqueline by Glynis Owen is here.

Given its riverside location a sizable number of punts are available to the students for pleasure cruising.
Written June 12, 2024
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Millie E
Oxford, UK8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Solo
In contrast to the majestic architecture of the typical central Oxford colleges is a calmer and more relaxed college on the banks of the river Cherwell. The atmosphere is really friendly and the college has a subtle charm. Definitely worth walking an extra ten minutes to see another side to Oxford's famous university. Sign in at the lodge at the entrance to register as a visitor.
Written March 8, 2013
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rayrest
Fenton, UK7,858 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Couples
Founded in 1893 St. Hilda's college is currently the only women's college in Oxford university. Located in Cowley Place and near to the riverside.
Written February 4, 2018
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futtock21
London, UK16,478 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
'I didn't live in vain' is a translation of the motto for St. Hilda's College Oxford whose alumni include Scottish Nationalist author Val McDermid, Ruth Hall the CEO of Stonewall and feminist author Kate Millett. Whether any of these have lived up to the motto of their alma Mater I leave to others to decide. St. Hilda's was founded in 1893 as an all women's college and did not introduce any men into the mix until 2008. Since 1995 it has been home to the Jacqueline du Pre Music Building which was Oxford's first purpose built music building since the Holywell Music Room was finished in 1742. It houses a Steinway grand, hosts concerts mainly of chamber music arranged by the enterprising St. Hilda's Music Society and whose foyer was extended in 2000.
Written June 16, 2017
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hfulton32
Paisley, UK378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014
St hildas is opposite magdalen & a short walk down cowley lane.

It was founded in 1893 by the principal of cheltenham ladies college and it STILL has the atmosphere of a girls private school - a little sad in a way that men had to be admitted from 2008!

You enter through the lodge where friendly porters hand you a visitors badge and off you go as there's no entrance fee

You then get a real surprise as the college has a lovely riverside location and views to magdalen. One of the main buildings houses the mellow old library, not usually open to visitors, and the other has the dining room senior common room, offices and rooms for students upstairs

The dining hall overlooks the river and has large windows so it is light. It's in the traditional layout of high table and long low tables below. There are portraits of former principals all round: you can imagine in low light with tables decked with linen silver and glass it would look very cosy indeed

There's little else to see except the modern jacqueline du pre music building but it's truly pleasant on a sunny day to sit on the lawn sloping to the river and enjoy the flower beds and views

It must have been quite something to see in its heyday and a great advance for womens further education. the old college handbook informs students however they must not play the harpsicord after 10 pm or place teapots on the lawn - a place where some wild parties were (never) held it has a very tranquil feel
Written September 22, 2014
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gillian750
London, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Why do you still show the comment which says StHilda’s is the only women’s college in Oxford. It has been mixed for 10 years.

Why do you not check facts?

Written September 14, 2018
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Fritheswith
Cheshire, UK30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014
St Hilda's is often missed by virtue of being slightly further out of town than most of the other colleges, but the various gardens are lovely, the college is set right on the river, and the view over to Christ Church Meadows are great. No entrance fee, so worth a wander around if you are on that side of Oxford.
Written June 15, 2015
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Wendy T
115 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Business
We stayed at St. Hilda's for two weeks for a class we were teaching. Our undergraduates loved Oxford and immediately adopted the concept of being "Hildabeasts." OK, you may not want to do this but the site is lovely, right on the Cherwell, over the Magdalen Bridge and the rooms in which we stayed were en suite, quiet, and lovely. It is a college, not the Marriot but a great experience if you are visiting Oxford out of term. Everyone was so nice and helpful here. We did see both groups and some families here.
Written July 14, 2016
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Lisa T
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
As mentioned in earlier reviews this college is very often overlooked. It's a beautiful college at the Riverside with a great atmosphere! The porters are always very friendly and willing to help. St. Hilda's College may not be as old and massive as other colleges but definitely not worth being missed! It's only a few minutes away from Magdalen College so it really isn't a trek to visit. Plus afterwards you can go explore Cowley Road afterwards! And to all the prospective applicants out there - it really is the friendliest college and they have their own punts!
Written March 28, 2016
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Carole R
Edinburgh172 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
Ok, this is convenient if you are at a conference, or cheap if that is what you need. Mobile and internet receiption is non-exisitent. There is Wifi if you can persuade them to give it to you. I was at a conference for an internet commuity and we were promised Wifi but it was still an effort to actually get it. Don't expect your room to be serviced. I had the cleaners visit once in the week I was there - I'm not that untidy but I had to ask for clean towels and a toilet roll and I left leaving three bags of rubbish tied up in my room. I stopped making a cup of tea in the morning because of the tanin stains on my mug which hadn't seen a cloth in a week. I'm not usually too worried about towels and bedding if they are clean but my flat sheet had a hole in it and my duvet cover was torn. I was left two towels but one had to be used as a bath mat because of the leakage from the shower. Staff don't really want to help. After one complaint I was told they would pass it on IF they saw the person responsible. I could go on but it was convenient and cheap (for Oxford).
Written April 17, 2015
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