Life at Oak Hill

The student experience at Oak Hill

Former student Pete Snow talks about his college experience

Oak Hill students visit Southall

As part of Oak Hill’s commitment to cross-cultural ministry, students have the opportunity to engage with other religions and cultures during their training

Training women for ministry

Former students share their reflections on training and ministry as women.

Studying biblical languages

Matthew Sleeman talks about the College’s approach to studying Greek and Hebrew and outlines why they are so important for ministry in today’s world

Anglicans and Independents

Oak Hill has always trained both Anglican and Independent students for ministry, as a matter of principle. We work that way because we believe that gospel people need to do things together.

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Chapel

Chapel is at the heart of life at Oak Hill. It offers an opportunity every day to turn our theology into doxology. There is a weekly rhythm to our meetings, reflecting the range of backgrounds and cultures in which students have been raised, and the variety of churches and contexts in which they will eventually serve.

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Fellowship groups

If you’re studying at Oak Hill full time, you’ll be part of a fellowship group of around 12 students. The groups are made up of a mixture of students in terms of year groups, Anglicans and Independents, men and women, single and married. They meet once a week and help students take time out of the academic programme for support, prayer and encouragement. It’s one of the ways we make a big college feel small.

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Pastoral care

Pastoral care, or the ‘cure of souls’, as it used to be known, is a vital part of loving each other, and an important part of training for ministry. Students who leave Oak Hill will, we trust, have experienced the kind of care from others at the college that they will want to offer to people in their church communities.

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Studying part time 

The majority of Oak Hill’s courses are open for part time as well as full time study. This can be very attractive for churches which want to send their people for training, but also want to make use of their gifts for the rest of the week.

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The campus

Oak Hill is set in 60 acres of 18th century parkland, with an abundance of trees, open green spaces and walks. We are a 15-minute walk from the tube, which puts central London within easy reach, and the countryside of Hertfordshire and Essex is close by.

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The library

Oak Hill houses one of the finest theological libraries in the south-east. It provides historical material and a wide range of contemporary resources from a variety of different traditions to support the teaching and research of members of the college.

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The academic centre

Oak Hill’s commitment to academic excellence is seen in the academic centre, which was opened in 2000. The centre provides a modern lecture theatre and lecture room, plus seminar rooms, together with library space and study facilities.

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Accommodation

Because of our spacious campus, we can offer a wide range of housing units, enabling about half of our married students to live on site. We also provide accommodation on site for single students in well-appointed study bedrooms and shared flats.

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