Oxford University plays a major role in the world's intellectual, creative and public life – a centre for debate and discovery for more than nine centuries. 38 independent colleges and six smaller halls are connected by the university's federal system; these close academic communities help foster the leading research that Oxford is known for. New technology and the creation of innovative, knowledge-led businesses are current key priorities.

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City Centre

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In or close to the centre of a town


On the outskirts of a city or town


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


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 58%
  • Postgraduate 42%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 79%
  • Part Time 21%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 11%
  • Other 23%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

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


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

Student jobs

  • 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.

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 fifteen 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; Insight programmes on teaching, medicine, academia and business; and micro-internship and full internship programmes, which include summer research experience.
  • Women can attend the Springboard holistic development programme.
  • The CareerConnect events and vacancy system lists thousands of opportunities each year.

Health services

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

Counselling services

  • The university has a professionally staffed and confidential Student Counselling Service. The service offers a range of group and workshops, as well as individual therapy.

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 student on a wide range of adjustments to facilitate access to courses across the university.

Other services and facilities

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

Students' Union

  • Oxford University Students' Union (OUSU) offers a wide range of services including advice, events, activities and campaigns to ensure students get the very best from their university experience.
  • OUSU represents Oxford's 23,000-strong student community, within their colleges and the wider university, on undergraduate or postgraduate issues.


  • 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 majority of the University of Oxford's UK undergraduates come from state schools.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • 26 Nobel Prize winners including Sir John Gurdon (Medicine, 2012) and V S Naipaul (Literature 2001).
  • 27 UK Prime Ministers and 30 international heads of government, including Bill Clinton, Benazir Bhutto, Dr Manmohan Singh.
  • 120 Olympic medal winners, including Matthew Pinsent and Stephanie Cook.
  • Scientists including JBS Haldane, Dame Janet Vaughan, Dorothy Hodgkin, Stephen Hawking.
  • Poets and writers including John Donne, Oscar Wilde, Dorothy L Sayers, Iris Murdoch, Julian Barnes, Monica Ali.
  • Actors, comedians and film-makers including Felicity Jones, Armando Iannucci and Ken Loach.


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