A student studying at St. Stephen's House


St Stephen’s House offers courses and qualifications in three main areas: ministerial formation, teacher training (PGCE) and further academic study of theology, education, and related subjects. The student community is made up of approximately 80 students, roughly a quarter of whom are training for ordination, a quarter are PGCE students and the rest are graduate students. Just over half the students live in college, either in the main building or the flats and houses in the grounds.

What unites all those studying at St Stephen’s House is an inclusive community, with students from a variety of backgrounds pursuing a range of different studies and thriving together in an inspiring setting, complementing the lives and learning of all.

The college has car parking facilities (rare among Oxford colleges and halls) which are usually available on-site for resident students, and accommodation during the Christmas and Easter vacations is available, which is useful for those with extended term dates and international students. An early continental-style breakfast is also provided during the week for PGCE students on placement.

All Oxford students have full access to college and University facilities, and are encouraged to play a full part in the community and social life of the college and Common Room.

Ordination training
The original mission of the college was to train priests in the catholic tradition of the Church of England, and this is still an integral part of the work of the college. Ordinands are drawn from dioceses all over England and have varying professional and academic backgrounds.

Graduate Study
There is a thriving community of graduate students from the UK and around the world. Students read for a variety of Oxford University post-graduate qualifications in areas such as Theology, Education, Oriental Studies and Late Antique and Biblical studies. For more information, please visit the University website.

Teacher Training (PGCE)
St Stephen’s House has one of the largest communities of students training to be teachers in the University, and admits these PGCE students from all the disciplines available in the Department of Education. Please visit their website for more information.