Early homestay arrangements were largely replaced with residential accommodation as new houses in the area were acquired and refurbished,
and in 1999 the College bought the Oxford Academy site in Bardwell Road, which became the International College offering adult courses.
The Old Devils is also, despite its dedication to Martin's sons Louis and Jacob, a kind of love letter to Amis's first wife,
Hillary Bardwell, a typewritten apology note to a woman whom he seems
suddenly to have realized he loved desperately despite his many infidelities during the nearly two decades of their marriage.