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Oxford University is famous for the exceptional teaching, research and learning opportunities it offers and its long history of excellence. Students enjoy personalised, regular tutorial teaching with subject experts and are part of college communities which provide a safe and supportive environment for study. Students and staff come from around the globe with an amazing range of backgrounds and interests.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city

Suburban
Suburban

On the outskirts of a city or town

Collegiate
Collegiate

The university is composed of individual colleges

Full Service
Full Service

Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: O33

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Gold is awarded to institutions that consistently deliver outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for their students. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population

Small
<5,000
Medium
5–10,000
Large
10–25,000
Largest
>25,000

Level of study

  • Undergraduate 59%
  • Postgraduate 41%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 78%
  • Part Time 22%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 22%

Student gender

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Oxford has over 100 libraries, making it the largest university library system in the UK.
  • The Bodleian Library is a legal deposit library meaning that it can request a copy of any item (including online and digital) published in the UK or Ireland.
  • The extensive library system means it may well be possible for students to complete their degree at Oxford without having to buy a single book.

Student jobs

  • Students are not normally permitted to work during term-time though there are opportunities for a limited amount of paid work within colleges, for which students may need their tutor's permission.
  • Colleges may also offer some employment during the summer conference season.
  • The Careers Service advertises over 400 summer internship opportunities from a range of employers at home and abroad.

Careers advice

  • Oxford University's Careers Service equips students to make the most informed choice after their degree, including enabling students to gain advice from alumni.
  • Services include 20-minute one-to-one sessions with an experienced careers adviser; CV and interview workshops; and 14 themed careers fairs held annually, as well as hundreds of term-time employer presentations and careers events within each department, faculty or college.
  • Employability and professional experience can be built through programmes including the Student Consultancy; and hundreds of local and global internships sourced exclusively for Oxford students
  • The CareerConnect events and vacancy system lists thousands of opportunities each year.
  • Oxford students can access the Careers Service after they graduate meaning they get lifelong expert careers advice and access to job opportunities.

Health services

  • Each college has a college doctor, linked to a local GP surgery, and many colleges have a nurse available to students.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university has a free, professionally staffed and confidential Student Counselling Service. The service offers a range of groups and workshops, as well as individual therapy. There are also a number of podcasts on a range of topics, from mindfulness, to perfectionism to exam preparation, via the university's podcast site.
  • Students may also access a peer support programme. All peer supporters are carefully selected and trained to take up this role and receive ongoing support and supervision from the Counselling Service.

Disability support

  • The university welcomes applications from students with disabilities, and has over 3,500 students registered with a disability.
  • The Disability Advisory Service provides support and advice to students on a wide range of adjustments to facilitate access to courses across the university.

Other services and facilities

  • Please refer to the university website's resources section for details of all facilities and student services.

Students' Union

  • The Oxford Student Union supports all aspects of student life, including representing students' views to the university and colleges.
  • The SU supports a wide range of student-led work, including volunteering and student media.
  • As well as offering a lively building that is open to anyone to use as a study space, meeting room or just a change of scenery, the SU runs a range of services, including bike repairs, a free advice service and well-being service.

History

  • Oxford University is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with teaching dating back to 1096.
  • With the arrival of Emo of Friesland in 1190, Oxford recruited its first international student.
  • Oxford's first women's colleges were founded in the nineteenth century. Every college today admits men and women.

Fascinating Fact

  • The History of Science museum at the University of Oxford has the blackboard used by Albert Einstein when he came to lecture at the university – it still bears the equations he wrote.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 28 Nobel Prize winners including J Michael Kosterlitz (Physics, 2016) and Sir John Gurdon (Medicine, 2012).
  • 27 UK prime ministers and 30 international heads of government, including Bill Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Dr Manmohan Singh.
  • 160 Olympic medals have been won by 120 Oxford alumni, including Constantine Louloudis and Zoe de Toldeo.
  • Scientists including JBS Haldane, Dame Janet Vaughan, Dorothy Hodgkin, Stephen Hawking.
  • Journalists and economists including Fiona Bruce and Kate Barker.
  • Security and law enforcement professionals, including Dame Eliza Manningham-Buller and Cressida Dick.
  • Poets and writers including John Donne, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy L Sayers, Iris Murdoch, Julian Barnes, Monica Ali.
  • Actors, comedians and film-makers including Emilia Fox, Sally Phillips and Michael Winterbottom.

Address

University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JD