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Balliol College
Balliol College as seen from Broad Street.

Balliol College

Balliol is one of the oldest colleges, and has a large student body. In the 19th century we led the University reforms that resulted in the selection of students solely on academic ability. We are committed to attracting women and men of exceptional potential regardless of their social, cultural or educational background.

Our dynamic student community is drawn from a broad spectrum of schools within the UK, the EU and overseas. College life is subsidised in many ways; in addition, eligible students can apply for a wide range of maintenance and hardship grants as well as special funds for research and travel. Many prominent figures in public life have graduated from Balliol. The college has a reputation for academic excellence alongside a friendly atmosphere and lively spirit of intellectual debate. The student body is arguably one of the most active in the University.

Read more on the college website.

Balliol is…

…an education that is absolutely top-notch – tutorials are challenging and enjoyable.

…enhanced immeasurably by the other students …and a stimulating culture of intellectual debate, which greatly improves the overall learning experience.

…receiving the Les Woods Scholarship, which has helped give me a sense of confidence in my ability to learn new skills.

…being welcomed with open arms, despite being initially worried that I’d feel left out here. My closest friends span a huge number of subjects and backgrounds.

College facilities

College accommodation

All first years on site: YES
Usually offered for three years: NO
Usually offered for first year and one other year: YES
Usually offered for all years: NO
Some vacation storage for international students: YES


Dining hall: YES
Bar: YES
Café: YES


Gym on site: YES
Boathouse: YES
Library open 24/7: YES
Computer rooms/stations: YES
Wi-Fi throughout college: YES
Music room: YES
Theatre/performance space: YES
Chapel: YES
Multi-faith prayer room: NO

Clubs & societies activities

Music society: YES
Orchestra(s): NO
Choir(s): YES
Dramatic society: YES
College student magazine/paper: YES
Some subject societies: YES
Other societies: YES

In order to make it easier for you to establish a first point of contact with our University, every Oxford college is ‘linked’ to a particular region of the UK. The ‘link’ college will know their region particularly well and already have contact with schools and students in the area.

Getting in touch with the college linked to your region has no influence on your chances of being accepted to this or any other particular college. You are also very welcome to get in touch with any other college for advice about applying or studying here.

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Access and Outreach at Balliol
David Freeman Outreach and Student Support Officer: Pravahi Osman

Admissions Office tel: +44 (0) 1865 277758

Postal address:
Balliol College
Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ