Alumni Benefits

As part of the St John’s family, our alumni have access to a number of benefits and services provided by the College, including accommodation at 20 St Giles.

The Development and Alumni Relations Office will be closed from Monday 20th December 2021 until Wednesday 5th January 2022.  If you would like to pay for a guest room or have any queries, a member of the team will get back to you once the office reopens.

20 St Giles Alumni House

Alumni Common Room

The Alumni House at 20 St Giles is a beautiful Grade II listed building. It was renovated in 2007 as a centre for our alumni and includes an Alumni Common Room and Alumni Guest Rooms.

St John's is the first college in Oxford to have an Alumni Common Room (ACR). This is your space in College, where you can relax, meet friends, access the internet and find out more about events and other alumni benefits. Facilities include:

  • free coffee, tea and biscuits
  • an iMac for your use, including internet access
  • comfortable chairs and a writing desk
  • the Alumni Library of books by (and donated by) fellow alumni
  • SJC merchandise to view and purchase

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-5pm
Please note that the Alumni Common Room is closed at weekends, on Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year.

If you are travelling from afar and wish to use the ACR at the weekend, please contact the Alumni Office in advance and we will arrange access for you.

20 St Giles alumni guest accommodation

St John's has five Alumni Guestrooms and one Alumni Guest Flat, in The Alumni House at 20 St Giles. The three twin and two double guestrooms are exceptionally appointed and all are ensuite. Please note that the guest room on the ground floor is wheelchair accessible. The Alumni Guest Flat consists of a twin bedded ensuite room, an open-plan sitting/dining room and a fully equipped kitchen.

Facilities include:

  • free wi-fi access
  • tea and coffee making facilities
  • 32" television
  • ensuite bathrooms (bath with shower)
  • British Allergy Foundation approved hypoallergenic bedding

Alumni can book up to 10 nights per calendar year in the Alumni Guest Rooms or Guest Flat. On Gaudy nights, during the Alumni Weekend and over Graduation weekends, only one room can be booked by each alumnus/a. On all other days alumni may book an additional room for (non-alumni) guests, as long as the alumnus/a is staying in one of the guest rooms throughout the booking.

Please note that for insurance reasons we are not able to let children under the age of 16 stay in any of the Guest Rooms, including the Flat.

Guest rooms are not available during College closures. This year the College will be closed for Christmas from 23 December 2020 to 5 January 2021, for Easter from 1 to 6 April and the Summer closure will be from 13-31 August.


Guest room: £63 per night for single occupancy and £100 per night for double occupancy 
Guest flat: £68 per night for single occupancy and £105 per night for double occupancy
All stays include breakfast in Hall.

To confirm a booking, we ask for payment in advance, either by credit/debit card over the phone or by cheque through the post. Any bookings cancelled up to a week before the arrival date will receive a full refund, but after this time we can only give refunds if the room is re-let.

Please either complete this formemail the Development and Alumni Relations Office, or telephone 01865 610885 for more information or to book a room.  N.B. The Development and Alumni Relations Office is closed from 20th December 2021 until 5th January 2022.

Parking in College is not available, please see the Visit us page for further information.

Alumni are welcome to attend Formal Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays during term time (with the exception of Hall closure). The cost is £27 per person and includes a three course meal and wine. Alumni are welcome to bring up to three guests, but please note that places are limited and all guests must be over the age of 18. Places at Formal Hall can be booked (and must be paid for) up to 48 hours in advance by contacting the Alumni Office. We regret that we are unable to provide a refund for any bookings cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice.

Alumni and up to three guests are very welcome to visit any part of College, including the Gardens, during daylight hours. Please ignore the signs about visiting hours which are for the general public. It would be helpful if you could introduce yourself at the Porters' Lodge upon arrival so they are aware of your visit. If you would like to visit with a larger group, please email the Development and Alumni Relations Office who will facilitate this where possible.

Very occasionally parts of College are closed off because of events or for safety reasons.

Degree Day September 2017In Oxford (as in Cambridge), the status of Master of Arts is a mark of seniority within the University which may be conferred 21 terms after matriculation. 

If you have completed a BA or BFA you will be eligible to take an MA in or after the 21st term since you matriculated (i.e. seven years after matriculation). 

This is not an automatic process and to obtain your MA you must apply to graduate at a degree ceremony (either in person or in absentia).  To enquire about this, please email

You must have had your BA or BFA conferred in order to take your MA. They can be conferred at the same ceremony provided that sufficient time has elapsed since you matriculated.

You are not at any point eligible to take an MA if your undergraduate degree is an integrated Masters degree (MBiochem, MChem, MCompSci, MEng, MMath, MMathCompSci, MMathPhil, MPhys, MPhysPhil).

For enquiries about upcoming degree days, please telephone 01865 277328 or email In order to take your MA, you must pay a conferral fee (currently £40). Please do not pay this fee until you have booked and confirmed your MA ceremony.

Please note the Oxford MA is about reaching a new status within the University and not an upgrade of your BA or an additional qualification. It therefore has no subject or class, and the nominals 'MA' should be represented in place of, not in addition to, the 'BA' in the holder's signature and on documents such as CVs.

We often receive requests from alumni for copies of matriculation and graduation photos. The photographers Gillman & Soame have a service called ImageBank which allows you to search for and order old photos. The St John's archive can be found here. Please be aware that you need to log in with an email address and the token stjohnscollege2018 before you can browse.

Please note, the College Office is running on a significantly reduced staffing level for the foreseeable future, and will be prioritising activities for current students. If your enquiry is urgent, please email or directly.

A transcript is an official summary of your academic performance and progress to date. It will only include final marks confirmed by the appropriate Examination Board.  All students who commenced their studies on or after Michaelmas Term 2007 will automatically receive one copy of their final transcript from the Examination and Assessments section of the University upon completing their degree. This will be sent to the home address listed in your Student Self-Service account. For more information, see the University's Academic Transcripts pages. 

Alumni who commenced their studies prior to Michaelmas Term 2007 may request a statement giving details of dates of attendance, degree course(s), examinations taken, marks achieved and degree class. You can request a transcript from the College Office using this form. Please allow 4 working days for delivery.

All alumni of the University are entitled to an Oxford Alumni Card, which carries your unique identification number. It entitles you to:

  • a wide range of benefits and discounts in hotels, restaurants, museums and shops in Oxford and elsewhere
  • identify yourself as having a connection with the University to those on college premises
  • sign up for University alumni events and services.

You can request your Oxford Alumni Card here.

The St John's Online Community was launched early in 2018. This exciting platform is designed to give St John’s alumni, students and Fellows the opportunity to connect across the world and offer each other mentoring, advice, networking and connections.

The Online Community enables you to:

  • reconnect with your old university friends
  • search for graduates around the world
  • share your career expertise and knowledge through e-mentoring
  • volunteer your time in a variety of rewarding ways
  • get advice on your next move and how to progress in your chosen career

Many of our alumni and students have already signed up to the platform, and we hope that many more will in the coming months. If you would like to register, please visit:

So, you’re thinking about your career? Here’s how the College can help.

The University’s Career Service 

The best place to start, especially if you're a current student or recent graduate, is the University’s Career Service. They have lots of helpful information that is well researched and can even offer appointments with specialist career advisers.

Some helpful links include:

Think you need more information?

Keep an eye out for our informal careers events where you can hear from members of the alumni community, who often speak about their journey from students to working in their field. Keep an eye out for these on our website, in newsletters and on social media. 

Start networking using online tools available to you

LinkedIn is a great place to start looking around to see what other fellow members of St John’s are up to, and the Career’s Service has a helpful guide to networking. You can join our LinkedIn groups for all alumni and for women [coming soon].

One-to-one guidance

Once you’ve taken these steps and have an idea of where you’re headed, you may want an open and frank conversation with someone who works in the field(s) that you are interested in. You can email the Alumni Relations team ( with some information about yourself and the field that you want to go into and we’ll find a member of our alumni community who works in that field to connect you with.  

You could have an informal email interaction where you get answers and advice to some basic questions, or you could enter into a more formal mentoring relationship that is sustained over a period of time. It really is up to you, but if you want the support, we’re able to provide it, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Offering your own help

If you think that you could be in a position to offer helpful career advice to a fellow alumnus/a or student, let us know.