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University of Oxford

4.6 out of 5 (68 ratings / 36 reviews) Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Oxford has a distinctive collegiate structure. Students and academics benefit from belonging both to the University, a large, internationally-renowned institution, and to a college or hall, a small, interdisciplinary academic community.There are 38 Oxford colleges, which are financially independent and self-governing, but relate to the central University in a kind of federal system.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (3)
Engineering & Technology (3)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.


  • Oxford offers more than 350 different graduate degree programmes.
  • Oxford's research activity involves more than 70 departments, the colleges, more than 1,800 academic staff, more than 5,500 research and research support staff, and more than 6,100 graduate research students.
  • Undergraduate and postgraduate Oxford qualifications: certificates, diplomas, advanced diplomas, Master's and Doctoral degrees, offered part-time, in the arts, social sciences, diplomatic studies, human rights law, health care and biomedical sciences.


Our core strategies set out how we propose to build upon Oxford’s existing strengths and share the knowledge we create with the wider world. They are also informed, as relevant, by our new overarching priorities. Each strategy is expressed as a series of commitments.

We believe that deciding what to research is a matter for the individual researcher or research group.

This belief reflects the value we accord to the principle of academic freedom, enabling the pursuit of academic enquiry subject to the norms and standards of scholarly undertaking, without interference or penalty.

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University Ranking

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Student services

The Student Information and Advisory Service is responsible for providing advice about issues affecting international students, including orientation, immigration questions, and assisting students who need to extend their visas.

The service also provides support for the University's broader international activities, and provides information on funds and opportunities for Oxford students wishing to study abroad.

The Student Information and Advisory Service is part of the Student Administration section of the University and is located at the Examination Schools on the High Street.

Housing services

Colleges provide accommodation for all undergraduate students during their first year of study and for at least one other year of their course. Many colleges are also able to provide accommodation to graduate students.

As an undergraduate student, you can choose to move out of college and live with friends in student accommodation for some of your time studying at Oxford.

The Graduate Accommodation Office lets and manages rooms, flats and houses in and around Oxford city centre, on sites owned by the University, to full-time graduate students.

Library services

Oxford meets the needs of its students, academics and the international research community with a wide range of library services provided by more than 100 libraries, making it the largest library system in the UK.

ICT services

  • ITLC
The IT Learning Centre delivers a broad range of classroom based and online courses for staff and students to enhance their digital skills.
  • WebLearn
A web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) that supports teaching and learning in the University. 

Medical services

A range of services are available for advice and consultation, whether work is affecting health, or health is affecting work, to ensure that you stay in the best possible shape.

For primary healthcare, you are advised to register with your college doctor, other local GP or with a local private medical practice for treatment.

Student Life

Campus life

Oxford is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You'll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax. Plus, the city centre is small enough to cover on foot, and only a few minutes walk from the main rail and coach stations.

Sports facilities

Oxford has 83 University sports clubs, as well as countless college teams and recreational opportunities. Many colleges have their own pitches and facilities, while Oxford University Sport on Iffley Road offers a swimming pool, gym, sports hall, racket sport courts and more. It is also home to the running track on which Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.

Student clubs

Oxford SU (students' union)

As a student at Oxford, you automatically become a member of the SU. The SU is a democratic, student led and independent organisation here to represent, support and enhance the lives of Oxford students. Get involved in numerous campaigns run each year, contribute to SU run media channels – Oxide and the Oxford Student – or find out how the SU is representing your interests.

Student Reviews

Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

During my A-Levels, studying at the university of my dreams seemed so far away. However, through hard work and a little faith, I'm now studying the course I love at the University of Oxford. Every day presents new challenges, but it's all worth it!

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Studying at Oxford has been the best and worst experience of my life. The first year of the Beginners' Russian course is notoriously difficult. Every week we would have: a vocabulary test (for which we had to memorise from 150-300 new Russian words); a grammar test; a dictation/listening comprehension test or essay; translation, grammar and listening exercises for...

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

If you are coming here you'll know you'll get one of the best degrees, and knowing that will help you get through the hardship and difficulty of going through this program. You'll be surrounded by brilliant people, with whom you'll even get better outside of the curricula. However, you might find the environment and people a bit one-sided, which might be a bit...

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