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University College
Main quadrangle, University College.
(Image credit: Rob Judges Photography / Oxford University Images).

University College

Students from all sorts of backgrounds find Univ’s inclusive and friendly atmosphere enables them to pursue their academic interests to the highest level. The pioneering Univ Opportunity Programme, recently launched, has increased the number of places available, in particular for able students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Students at University College

Our commitment to provide the best possible support to our students begins immediately on arrival with our free pre-sessional Maths Week for students of the relevant sciences. Two 24-hour libraries provide constant access to numerous workstations and resources. Alongside our reputation for academic excellence we have strong welfare and student support systems and offer a generous bursary scheme.

Many students take advantage of a wealth of extra-curricular opportunities including music, drama and sport. Our enthusiastic student ambassadors engage with prospective applicants to inform and encourage them.

Though having a claim to be Oxford’s oldest college, we are thoroughly forward thinking in aspiration and modern in outlook.

Read more on the college website.

Univ is...

…a home away from home where I’ve always felt welcome.

…a place full of people who are unapologetically friendly.

…a casual chat to the porters on your way to a lecture.

…being challenged academically in a supportive environment.

…a sigh of relief when you’ve come back from a busy morning straight into the waiting arms of a ‘Welfare Tea’.

College facilities

To compare facilities across different colleges, please visit our College Facilities Table.

College accommodation

University CollegeThe 16th century gothic style dining hall at University College.

(Credit: Eleanor Chamings)

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


  • Dining hall: YES
  • Bar: YES
  • Café: NO


  • 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: NO
  • Chapel: YES
  • Multi-faith prayer room: NO

Clubs and societies

  • Music society: YES
  • Orchestra/s: YES
  • Choir/s: YES
  • Dramatic society: YES
  • College student magazine/paper: NO
  • 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.

Link Local Authorities

Telford and Wrekin
West Berkshire


Access and Outreach at Univ
Schools Liaison and Access Officer: Eleanor Chamings-Manley
Tel:  +44 (0) 1865 286565

Admissions Office


Postal address:
University College
High Street, Oxford OX1 4BH