The Faculty’s annual Summer School is one of the world’s best-known astrological events, attracting students from many countries to the beautiful city of Oxford to enjoy the weekend and five-day courses. The programme caters for a range of levels, from relative beginners through to students and practitioners at advanced or professional level. With our world-class team of experienced guest tutors providing an exciting and dynamic programme of study, Summer School offers you a chance to work in depth with astrology, developing knowledge of new subjects and techniques, and deepening your understanding of existing ones.
The Faculty will do its very best to make you feel welcome and at home. Our conference team ensures the smooth running of the School, leaving you free to sit back and enjoy astrology, the community atmosphere and the beauty of Exeter College.
Exeter College was founded in 1314 and stands in the heart of Oxford near to the Bodleian Library. The oldest part of the college dates to 1432, with other buildings added in the 17th and 18th centuries, including the Gothic chapel with its magnificent stained glass and a stunning Jacobean dining hall. There are peaceful gardens ideal for quiet contemplation and the main quadrangle is one of the most beautiful in Oxford.
Many famous people studied here, including J.R.R.Tolkien and the pre-Raphaelite artists William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, some of whose original work is on display in the college. For anyone interested in magical children’s literature, Philip Pullman, author of the trilogy ‘His Dark Materials’, was also an undergraduate here, basing his fictitious Jordan College on Exeter.
The City of Dreaming Spires is one of the most prestigious educational centres in the world with a tradition of learning dating back to the 12th century. A breath-taking city, it displays many periods of English history in its streets, buildings, University colleges and chapels. Your stay here will immerse you in Oxford’s unique atmosphere of learning, history and discovery, where cutting edge research and ancient traditions coexist harmoniously.
There will be time on Sunday and Wednesday afternoons for you to explore the city. Oxford is well served by transport with a mainline railway station and excellent coach services, including direct links from central London, as well as Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton and Stansted Airports.
Both standard and en-suite accommodation is available. Delegates in standard rooms share a bathroom, with a maximum of four rooms to each bathroom. En-suite accommodation is either single occupancy or twin-set. All the accommodation is in college, close to the lecture rooms and Faculty conference office. Please note: for Summer School 2018, en-suite accommodation at Exeter College is fully booked for 5-day programmes yet is still available for the weekend. Cohen Quad has en-suite rooms for both weekend and 5-day courses.
Exeter is an undergraduate college and the accommodation is therefore simple but comfortable. If you do not wish to stay in college, the recently built sister site, Cohen Quad, offers modern single en-suite accommodation.
There is a generous choice of hot and cold options at breakfast and lunch, and dinner is a served two-course meal. Alternatively, a half-board option is available for delegates who prefer to make their own arrangements either for lunch or dinner. Please note that for delegates staying at the Cohen Quad site, all meals including breakfast are taken at Exeter College Dining Hall, Turl Street.
Tea and coffee are served in the morning and afternoon breaks. As well, tea and coffee-making facilities are provided in your own room, whether you are staying at Exeter College or at the Cohen Quad.
Prices for full and half-board, both standard and en-suite, are available on the booking pages of this website. The listed prices include all tuition, tea and coffee, evening lecture sessions and, for Five Day courses, IF THE DINNER OPTION IS CHOSEN, the Thursday evening Gala Dinner.
Non-Residential & Day Delegates
Non-residential and day delegates are also very welcome; this means you can attend the Summer School whilst arranging your own accommodation or by travelling from your home and that you may even attend for one or two days only – please contact the Summer School Registrar, Lindsay Gladstone on firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The Faculty of Astrological Studies is an organization that contracts with Exeter College, Oxford for the use of facilities, but which has no formal connection with the University of Oxford.