St Catherine's College

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Lissel A
Brisbane, Australia691 contributions
Try and visit the dining hall to appreciate the architecture and design.
Jun 2017 • Couples
Stopped in for a look at a newer college of Oxford (1968) and particularly the hall, as part of our explorations of 1001 Buildings you must see before you die. We got there via the small walkways and towpaths around the area, and were helped by one of the guards in a building re how to reach the courtyard via the small moat bridge without intruding in areas that are private. The space is lovely and we even got to peek into the dining hall as it was not a mealtime. Maybe not overwhelmingly exciting if you are not into architecture or public space, but well worth a visit if you are in the area or have an interest in these things as we do. It definitely makes an interesting contrast to the older colleges that are more frequented by tourists visiting Oxford.
Written May 26, 2018
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camila844
Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay15 contributions
nice room, extremely noisy
Sep 2017 • Business
I stayed for a conference. Since it was during the summer there weren't any students. However, around 7-8 the cleaners started to work and they would shout to each other from the entrance door or stairs. Since they arrived until they left around 11 it was completely impossible to sleep or work as their conversations felt in the room.

The room itself is very nice and clean. I had a room in the ground floor which is not very private as they have big windows that allow people to see the bed and most of the room from outside. So, you have to choose between privacy and light.
Written September 26, 2017
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Emma S
Cambridge, UK65 contributions
Strange place to stay
Jul 2017 • Business
I stayed here overnight while attending a conference. The room was pretty grim, even for student accommodation. Sparse, with an uncomfortable and slightly unstable single bed. There were fixed blinds on the windows which didn't let in much light, so it was a bit dark. I couldn't get any hot water out of the shower. They also kicked me out at 10am so I had nowhere to return and work/answer emails during the lunch break which was annoying, though I suppose this is probably similar to other places. The college itself is not particularly pretty or worth visiting, but if you need to go there for some reason I'd suggest staying elsewhere. Other colleges have similarly priced summer accommodation that is a lot nicer.
Written July 31, 2017
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futtock21
London, UK11,095 contributions
Oxford meets Modernism
Jun 2017 • Solo
St. Catherine's College founded in 1962 following a campaign by historian Alan Bullock who became its first master is distinguished for its architecture to a design by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Traditional in the sense its buildings are set around a conventional quadrangle but modernist in their concrete and glass construction. In the dining room Jacobsen's designs also extended to the Cumberland slate floor, the lighting and lampshades and even the cutlery. The college's motto is 'Nova et Vetera' the old and the new. Although initially a male-only college women were first admitted in 1974. It received a Grade I listed status in 1993. Its alumni include Benazir Bhutto, J. Paul Getti and Peter Mandelson.
Written June 15, 2017
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Vincent B
Bristol, UK956 contributions
It sure is different
Oct 2016 • Business
I accept that this is one of the new colleges but come on what is with the ugly 1960s building? How on earth did that get planning consent to be nestled in between some wonderfully ancient buildings? It's only redeeming feature is that it is clad in Portland Stone.
Written October 29, 2016
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judisum
Newnham, UK34 contributions
Overnight stay
Jul 2016 • Friends
Very central place to stay, clean and tidy rooms and a good breakfast. And all for a reasonable price. What more could you want?
Written July 17, 2016
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Ken A
Stockton380 contributions
60s Design in Oxford, an abomination
Jul 2016
I guess they had enough old medieval buildings, this is the newest college in Oxford, supposedly a statement in modern design. It's so poorly designed that the parking lot is the center of the lefthand quad, and it is almost impossible to get through to the right hand side of campus, you have to run through a narrow gauntlet of odd rooms. Random brick walls and hedges make it quite closed, unpleasantly so. And the light brick is nauseating. The rooms heat up in summer too. One of my least favorite spaces anywhere. Rooms are Spartan, but nice in their own way.
Written July 13, 2016
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PubCrawlings
3 contributions
Beautiful Bar
Jun 2016 • Solo
Breakfast can be mixed: some days you can enjoy succulent strawberry yogurts with an english breakfast of juicy mushrooms, crispy hash browns and and eye-watering sausages, yet sometimes I am left disappointed: the displayed yogurts are not up to scratch, the mushrooms watery, and the hash browns just... well... below the usual michelin star quality.

The JCR has been regularly quoted "the best in Oxford", and the bar is no different, serving an enormous range of bottled beer, larger, cider, vks. The stock of wiskey and other liqueur is enough to grab any Scot's attention and there is a simply marvellous presentation of beverages on tap: from the standard Olde English Cider, Budweiser and Amstel to the more exquisite selections including Kozel, Hoegaarden and the real ales, such as St Austell's Tribute, which change from time to time but are always a beauty. Certainly a top pub or bar in Oxford for price and atmosphere
Written June 3, 2016
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AlisonCNIreland
Belfast, UK242 contributions
One of the modern colleges
Jul 2015
St Catherine's (St Catz) was built in the 1960s. To some it is a typical 1960s style building however to architecture students will recognise its striking buildings in glass and concrete to have been created by Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. It is now a listed building.
We stayed here for two night last June/July - the three hottest days of the year. With our rooms having so much glass, even with the windows wide open it was roasting - however the weather was ridiculously hot. My room was a typical 1960s student room, however, it did have a wash basin and mirror in an annex. There was one toilet and two showers per floor.
The dining room is massive - and modern compared to most other colleges. The variety of food was extensive and good quality.
The common room was bigger than the othersI saw in Oxford.
Written January 24, 2016
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Astronomer
Oxford62 contributions
Not much
Not much to see or say but some younger-generation members of theatrical families have been undergraduates here.
Written December 29, 2012
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