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Breaking: Magdalen College to fund accommodation costs for quarantining internationals

Image: The gate of Magdalen College to the left of the Porters’ Lodge as seen from the High Street.

Magdalen College will not be charging international students for their accommodation during the two-week quarantine period following their arrival to the UK before term begins. They will instead be funding these costs under their Student Support Fund, the college’s financial support program.

This comes in light of charges for international students at several other colleges, including Oriel, which will be charging each international student £400 to cover “catering for this period,” and St Anne’s, which will be charging £548.10. An email sent to St Hugh’s students also stated that a £350 flat fee would be charged for “ensuite accommodation until the start of term.”

When contacted for comment, Dr Joe Sampson, Senior Dean of Arts at Magdalen, stated: 

“We are well aware that while the pandemic is a source of great anxiety for us all, our students coming from overseas face particular difficulties in planning their return to Oxford. For many, self-isolation will be a necessity. This forces students to make a choice: arrive early and face the cost of additional accommodation, or spend the first quarter of their term self-isolating.”

“We hope this will enable these students to make the best start or return to their education possible in the circumstances.”

“At Magdalen we are extremely fortunate to have a generously endowed Student Support Fund, and offering to make a contribution to out-of-term self-isolation costs seemed to us a natural use of this resource. This will be available for all students coming to Magdalen from overseas in advance of Michaelmas, new and returning, undergraduate and postgraduate. We hope this will enable these students to make the best start or return to their education possible in the circumstances.”

It is not yet clear whether this support will cover the cost of food delivery to quarantining students. 

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