Somerville was founded in 1879 to give women the chance to benefit from an Oxford education, at a time they were excluded from membership of the University. The College, which has admitted men since 1994, fosters a pioneering spirit.

Why Choose Somerville?

If you want to change the world, come to Somerville. We expect the best from our students, and in return give them total commitment and support. Read more.



Blogs from the Principal and Fellows give a flavour of life at Somerville in our own words. The Archives blog explores some of our rich history. Read more.