St Benet's Hall is a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford. It was founded in 1897 by Ampleforth Abbey to enable monks to study for secular degrees; but these days its students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and different faith traditions (or none). The small size of the Hall, around 125 students, favours a strong community from which male and female undergraduates and graduates participate fully in the life of the University. All members of the Hall — senior and junior — eat at a common table and are members of a united common room, further strengthening the unique ethos of the Hall.