The Summer Term differs from the other terms in several respects. Food costs may be halved but travel expenses are likely to be equal or perhaps greater (due to the time of travel). The following table summarizes the structural differences.
Length of Housing
Number of Tutorials
Michaelmas or Hilary Term
1 Primary & 1 Secondary
Clubs & Societies
No Dining Hall
No Clubs & Societies
The Summer Term presents several advantages:
It is less expensive than a full term.
It requires less of a time commitment.
It provides access to the various Oxford libraries.
It provides 70% of the worldview training with Kevin James Bywater.
It is at a time of the year more accessible to students who otherwise have curricular calendars that disallow them from participating during the school year.