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“One of the smallest and newest Oxford colleges”
Review of St Peter's College

St Peter's College
Ranked #93 of 144 things to do in Oxford
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Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

It was originally a hostel for 13 men established by the Bishop of Liverpool in 1929, not achieving collegiate status until 1961, admitting women in 1979. It incorporates a motley collection of buildings: the entrance, porters' lodge and library is part of a Georgian rectory called Linton House dating from 1797; Canal House the master's lodgings dates from the early 19th century; the dining hall Hannington Hall dating from 1832 is the only remaining part of New Inn Hall, the street in which it is situated; the college chapel has taken over what was built as the Church of St. Peter-Le-Bailey in 1874; student living accommodation is in what used to be part of Oxford Girls' School. Otherwise St. Peter's provided the answer to the question what do the filmmaker Ken Loach, the cook and ecologist Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney have in common? Answer they were all students here.

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Reviewed 2 April 2017

This college was once a medieval hospital for "unlucky wretches", then a lunatic asylum. It now has some attractive architecture, but is often overlooked. The staff are lovely and it's definitely worth a visit. Especially attractive is the sunken pond and natural spring, in the fellows' garden. Old Boys include Geoffrey Claggsworth (notoriously unsuccessful Victorian playwright) and Sydney Bone, the first Englishman to drown in Antarctica.

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Reviewed 11 September 2016

I came to St Peter's while attending a conference in Oxford, and chose the College from the organisers' website. My room, however, turned out not to be at St Peter's main premises at New Inn Hall Street, but at a remote Annexe, and by the time I'd lugged my luggage there, I was feeling fairly worn. There was absolutely no signage in the street to identify the Annexe. The room was fairly startling too. No fridge of any kind, no electric kettle, not even a cup or glass. And no guide in the rooms to any of the facilities in the building. Fortunately, I'd brought a plastic mug with me, but I had to go out to buy a kettle at Debenhams. The fun started when I came back from dinner. The electronic key I'd received from the Porter, while it was still opening the gate, would not open the door to the building, and I had to traipse back to the Lodge to seek assistance. A porter came back with me, verified that his master key would not work, and went back to seek an over-ride tool. That did not work either, but another resident heard our knocking and opened the door manually from the inside. Clearly some systemic issues to address here. In the meantime, St Peter's is probably a College better avoided.

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Reviewed 28 September 2015

A beautiful and typical Oxford College. Choir sings in chapel each night at about 6pm. Formal Dinner in the dining hall is a great experience. Students in academic robes, grace said in Latin, Master of the College at the head table and a great three course meal. Vegetarians no problem, alternative menu deliver with a minimum of fuss.

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Reviewed 9 October 2013

this has a good standard of food serving students & guests. There is a large range of choices at a reasonable price. The staff are very helpful & attentive to the peoples needs.There are bed & breakfast options during the summer vacations which is convienent while visiting the city as it is in the city centre.

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