Alumni Visiting College

Alumni and friends are always welcome to visit College, but do check with the Porters in advance to make sure the College will be open to visitors on that day. The Development Team are happy to give guided tours during the week if someone is available: let us know when you plan to come. We have four Fellows Guest rooms that Alumni can book (if available).  From time to time there may be student rooms available out of term time.  Please contact the Accommodation Manager to book.


Samuel Johnson's room.  In 2015, thanks to a generous gift from Judith McCartin Scheide, the small room in the Lodge Tower once occupied by Samuel Johnson as an undergraduate, was charmingly refurbished. To say it was restored to its former glory would be both dishonest and inaccurate: today’s tower is a Victorian replacement for the one which existed in Johnson’s time (although there is evidence that he did indeed occupy a room on the second floor) while Johnson was no lover of opulence. The refurbished room is nevertheless a fitting shrine to the great man, containing a marble bust, a portrait and other memorabilia. Its current occupant is a Fellow of the College. Alumni are invited to visit Dr. Johnson’s room by contacting the Alumni Relations Manager in the Development Office, Ros Anstey: at least 1 week in advance to arrange a mutually convenient time for an escorted visit.