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The Vines

The Vines is SCIO’s student residence hall, and was built in 1887 for the then professor of botany Sydney Howard Vines.  Just out from the town centre, Professor Vines wanted a pleasant spot with a more rural air.  Today the house is within a protected zone and is popular not only because of its stunning views over the Oxford spires, but because the large gardens and green spaces in the area provide a haven of peace alongside the business of downtown.

This large Victorian villa is situated within one and half acres of private garden where you can relax, read, or play a game of croquet, if the weather obliges.  The Vines is a 35-minute walk into Oxford city centre, or a 5-minute walk to the nearest bus stop (with busses passing by every six–seven minutes). The house has a large kitchen, laundry facilities, a well-appointed common room and adjoining library, and bathrooms for every two to three bedrooms.


The Vines was not merely a place of residence ... it was a place of respite for my entire being. I was able to go home, and I did not have to board a plane to do so. Read more about what it is like living at the Vines.
Madeline Spivey, Fall semester 2017

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