The SSO program is housed at Wycliffe Hall, one of the six private halls which, along with another 38 colleges, make up the University of Oxford. Wycliffe lies on the north of the town center.
Students participating in SSO can either live in the North Wing of Wycliffe Hall or in The Vines, a late-Victorian mansion up on Headington Hill which overlooks the University.
Read more on the SSO Student Life page.
After the British Library in London, the Bodleian Library at Oxford is the largest in the UK. Various colleges from All Soul’s to Worcester have their own libraries, generally geared to the interests and specialties of the college’s members. Over the years, many Gordon students have declared the Radcliffe Camera their favorite spot for reading.
From museums like the Ashmolean—the world’s first public museum— to its gardens, rivers and parks the city and environs offers rich terrain for walking, biking and, of course, punting. (A few years ago a student took his skate board and did not ingratiate himself with the neighbors, but that’s another story.)
Beyond the city of Oxford, students are the proverbial hop, skip and a jump from places like Blenheim Palace (Winston Churchill’s home), and London is an easy hour and forty minutes away.
Over the course of the semester students have the opportunity for independent travel as well as the program travel that is a part of the British Landcapes Course.