University open days

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Open day dates in 2015

In 2015 we will be holding open days on Wednesday, 1 July,  Thursday, 2 July and Friday, 18 September.  Coming to an open day is the best way to find out more about studying at Oxford but you are welcome to visit us at anytime.  Please see our suggestions on how to plan your visit if you would like to come at another time.

Details of future open day events will be available here from May of next year, but in the meantime if you would like to see an example of our typical open day programme and the sorts of events which will be taking place, have a look at our sample open day programme.  Some college accommodation is normally available for students travelling significant distances.

You do not need to register for our open days.

A few events, such as some of those with tutors may require advance booking.  Further details will be given nearer the time. Please note that very busy events may only have places available for students, not for parents or companions as well. Parents and others who are unable to attend events in colleges and departments are always welcome to visit the Open Day Information Centre at the Examination Schools in the High Street, which will be open 09.00-17.00.  There will be information desks at this centre all day, as well as talks in the afternoon. 

Drop-in events

Most of our events, including college tours, do not require booking and you are very welcome just to turn up. 

Planning your day

It is easy to feel that there is just too much to do and see at our open days. In our experience people who plan their day in advance often feel they have made the most of their visit.

Find out more about planning your visit.

Getting around

There is no central campus at Oxford University so in order to visit one or more colleges and visit a department during the day you will need to travel around Oxford city.  However, most open day locations are within easy walking distance of each other. No open day location is further than a 15 minute walk from Broad Street. If you would rather not walk or would like to move around more quickly you might like to hire a bicycle for the day. The Oxford City Guide tells you where to hire bikes and how much this will cost as well as providing other useful information about getting around the city. Our open day guide includes a map and there will be staff volunteers (in blue T-shirts) available around the city centre and in the Open Day Information Centre to help you find your way. 

Disabled visitors
Anyone with a mobility impairment may borrow a free self propelled, or battery operated wheelchair or scooter to travel around Oxford city centre via Oxford Shopmobility. This scheme is run by Oxford City Council and available Monday to Friday, 09:30 - 16.00. To book your wheelchair or scooter call 01865 248737 at least one day in advance.  Oxford Shopmobility is based on level 1a of the Westgate Shopping Centre multistorey car park, which should be approached via Norfolk Street. Non-drivers may be able to use the local Ring-a-ride service by calling 01865 744478 for details.  For more advice arranging your visit, please contact colleges or departments directly or email study@ox.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1865 28800. Our Disability Advisory Service will also be happy to discuss support available both in advance and during your visit. For more advice on disabled parking facilities please see our travel advice.

How to get here

Please see our travel advice page for information on how to travel to Oxford. We strongly recommend that you do not travel by car but this page also gives parking information.