Broad Street Oxford
Balliol College.

Balliol College

About the college

Centrally located on Broad Street, Balliol is close to laboratories, lecture theatres, libraries and shops.

Balliol led the way in turning Oxford into a place open to all on merit. If you are hardworking, passionate about your subject, and ambitious to excel, you will find like-minded people here whatever school or cultural background you come from.

With a large number of tutorial fellows, the college has a reputation for academic excellence alongside a friendly atmosphere and lively spirit of intellectual debate.

The diverse student body is arguably one of the most active in the University. Balliol offers a wide range of subject societies, sports and cultural activities which allow students to get to know each other and enjoy their leisure time.

College accommodation is available to undergraduates throughout their course. College life is subsidised in many ways; in addition, eligible students can apply for a wide range of maintenance and hardship grants, and special funds for research and travel.

Read more on the college website.

Balliol is…

'…excellent tuition in a really supportive environment.

'…the tutorials. My favourite thing is that I can talk about maths for a couple of hours with a world leading expert and just one tutorial partner.'

'…there to support me. In my second year I needed a Student Maintenance Grant and a short-term loan, which . . . really helped with living costs.'

'…really central, it has really great academic, social and sporting facilities, which makes it a pretty amazing place to live and study.'

College facilities

College accommodation


College availability

All first years on siteYes
Usually offered for all yearsYes
Usually offered for three yearsNot applicable
Usually offered for first year and one other yearNot applicable
Some vacation storage for international studentsYes


Catering type

College availability

Dining hallYes


Facility type

College availability

Gym on siteYes
Library open 24/7Yes
Computer rooms/stationsYes
Wi-Fi throughout collegeYes
Music roomYes
Theatre/performance spaceYes
Multi-faith prayer roomNo

 Clubs & societies

Facility type

College availability

Music societyYes
Dramatic societyYes
College student magazine/paperYes
Some subject societiesYes
Other societiesYes

Link areas

In order to ensure that all areas of the UK are fully supported by the University of Oxford, our colleges are working together to establish Oxford for UK, a series of regional outreach programmes offering tailored and local support to students of mixed ages, their parents and teachers.

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.

Balliol College is part of Oxford for East England

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

 +44 (0) 1865 277752

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