Teachers' e-guide

Supporting your Oxford Candidates

Three students after graduation

Choosing an Oxford College

Oxford Colleges: the basics

Most colleges offer most courses, so you will meet a wide range of interesting people whichever college you go to. You will have plenty of chance to meet up with other students across the University as well, as there will be a library and other facilities in your department. You may have lectures, classes and lab work in the department too, depending on your subject. There are also hundreds of University clubs and societies to join, as well as all the ones in the colleges.

This all means that you can get all the benefits of a large, international university while living in a small, friendly community. You’ll probably get much more personal tuition and more support than most other universities can give.

If you study here you will be a member of a college, and probably have most of your tutorials in that college, although it is possible to be taught elsewhere. You will also be a member of the wider University, with access to University and department facilities like laboratories and libraries, as well as hundreds of University groups and societies. You would usually have your lectures and any lab work in your department, with other students from across the University.