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St Benet’s Hall

Informally called Benet’s, St Benet’s Hall is one of Oxford’s Permanent Private Halls. Its principal building is located on the western side of St Giles’ near the intersection with Woodstock Road.

The original purpose of St Benet’s Hall was to allow its monks to study for secular degrees at the university. The hall was established by Ampleforth Abbey in 1897 and historically has been influenced by the Roman Catholic and Benedictine movements.

St Benet’s Hall hosts an international community of 44 graduate students and 79 undergraduate students across all faiths and none. Unlike other Colleges, there is no High Table at St Benet’s Hall, but instead a Common Table that is shared by all students.

What is St Benet's Hall's Affiliation?

Blackfriars is Roman Catholic (Benedictine). The Order of Saint Benedict, or Black Monks, was founded by Benedict of Nursia, a 6th-century monk who laid the foundations of monasticism through the formulation of his Rule of Saint Benedict. The Benedictines do not operate under a single hierarchy but are instead organised as a collection of autonomous monasteries. 

What Degree Subjects Can you Study at St Benet's Hall?

Undergraduate degree subjects include Classics, Classics and Oriental Studies, History, History and Politics, Oriental Studies, PPE, Philosophy and Theology, and Theology.

Where is St Benet’s Hall?

Address: 38 St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3LN

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