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The XML Sum­mer School is held in St Edmund Hall, one of the smal­ler of the Oxford Colleges.

Although a Col­lege in the strict sense only since 1957, the his­tory of St Edmund Hall goes back to the thir­teenth cen­tury, for it is the sole sur­vivor of the medi­eval Halls that provided under­gradu­ates with accom­mod­a­tion and tuition before the Col­leges began to do so. It there­fore lays claim to being “the old­est aca­dem­ical soci­ety for the edu­ca­tion of undergraduates”.

The col­lege takes its name from St Edmund of Abing­don, Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury (1234–40), who tra­di­tion­ally resided and taught in a house at the west­ern end of the present front quad­rangle when he was a Regent Mas­ter in the Arts, prob­ably in the 1190s.

More details on the his­tory are avail­able on the col­lege web­site.

The black bird that is a col­lege emblem is a chough, pro­nounced “chuff”.

Situ­ated right in the heart of Oxford, Teddy Hall (as it is affec­tion­ately known) com­bines the ancient tra­di­tions and build­ings that make Oxford fam­ous, with mod­ern teach­ing facil­it­ies and accom­mod­a­tion. From the moment you are greeted at the Front Lodge, you will be immersed in the same magical exper­i­ence enjoyed by today’s under­gradu­ate and post-graduate students.

Accom­mod­a­tion at the Hall is in single rooms, with shared facil­it­ies. If you wish to share a room with another attendee, please be sure to let us know when you register. There are only a few such rooms. Meals are all taken in col­lege; please let us know when you register of any diet­ary issues. There is a col­lege bar that is open from 6 pm until approx­im­ately 10 pm.

We strongly recom­mend using pub­lic transit to get to and from the col­lege. The col­lege has NO PARKING facil­it­ies for vis­it­ors and park­ing is very dif­fi­cult within the city centre. There are only a few Pay & Dis­play spaces avail­able nearby on Long­wall Street and overnight park­ing is not advised, unless you want to get up early to move the car. The nearest Pay & Dis­play car park is at Angel Meadow, just over Mag­dalen Bridge, off St Clements.

There are 5 Park & Ride sites around the city. You can park your car for free, up to 72 hours at Thornhill and Water Eaton, and 24 hours at the other sites. Check the bus timetable, to make sure you can get to the col­lege after leav­ing your car. There is some park­ing on St Cle­m­ents near the Mag­dalen Bridge, within walk­ing dis­tance of the Col­lege. The cost in July 2012 was GBP 17.30 per day. Oxford City Coun­cil keeps a list of local park­ing options at with a map of loc­a­tions and list of prices.


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