Exeter College
Fellows Garden, Exeter College.
(Image credit: Exeter College).

Exeter College

About the college

Exeter is the fourth-oldest college in Oxford, renowned for its warm welcome and supportive community. The College is a place where life-long friendships flourish in no time at all.

Accommodation is provided for three years of an undergraduate’s course and usually for a fourth year for those who want it. All first-year students live on the main college site on Turl Street (Exeter's home since 1315), right in the heart of central Oxford. Other college accommodation is in vibrant East Oxford (with self-catering facilities), and Cohen Quad, Exeter's multi-award winning modern facilities in fashionable Jericho.

During term time, three meals a day are served in Exeter’s Jacobean dining hall, and Cohen Quad’s café is a much-loved venue for socialising, studying, and refuelling. 

Exeter’s stunning Victorian Gothic library has just reopened after being restored and modernised, with the installation of a lift and wheelchair-accessible toilet, more reader spaces, environmentally friendly lighting and ventilation systems, charging points at every desk, and even not one but two secret doors!

The transformed library is not only breathtakingly beautiful but also a comfortable, functional and inspirational study space for all. Exeter College is the perfect mix of Oxford’s celebrated architecture and 21st-century study facilities.

Facilities include:

  • on-site gym
  • stunning dining hall
  • bar
  • café
  • chapel
  • music practice rooms
  • performance space
  • learning space
  • sports ground
  • boathouse.

We have a beautiful garden, with outstanding views over Radcliffe Square. Exeter is home to a wide range of student groups, clubs and societies, including our excellent student-led choir, a life-changing student-run charity, ExVac, plus music, art, theatre and sports teams.

Read more on the college website.

Exeter is...

'…small enough that you’ll never feel lost, but big enough that everyone finds their place. It’s a very inclusive and diverse environment, making it easy to settle in.'

'…impressive catering facilities, particularly at lunch time where there’s so much choice on offer.'

'…having communal spaces which are really well used.'

'…having fun with college sports teams – they’re all really close and friendly communities, as I’ve found with the rugby team.'

'...a perfect blend of old and new, historic architecture meets 21st-century innovation.'

College facilities

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College accommodation


College availability

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


Catering type

College availability

Dining hallYes


Facility type

College accommodation

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

Clubs and societies

Club / society

College availability

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

College outreach

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.

Exeter College is part of Oxford for South West.

Link Local Authorities

Isles of Scilly
North Somerset

City of London
Islands of Jersey and Guernsey

Outreach programmes


Access and Outreach has long been a key component of Exeter College’s activities. We wish to open our doors to students with great academic potential to excel at the University of Oxford, no matter what background they come from.

Through our access and outreach work we are committed to widening access to higher education and increasing social mobility for those who are currently under-represented in 3rd level education in general, and at Exeter College and Oxford in particular.

Exeter College runs a variety of access and outreach programmes for state schools and students of all ages to introduce them to the University of Oxford. We are open to working with state schools from all across the UK, especially those in our link region in the South West of England.

Our regional work includes school visits and a summer residential for Year 12 students.

'Thank you so much for the experience! I have loved every moment and felt so fortunate to have had this opportunity to have a taster of living as a student and learning as an undergraduate. Huge thank you to the organisers, they have been so friendly, approachable and welcoming and I've really enjoyed all of it and learnt so much!' 

Attendee of our summer residential, 2023

We also run visits for prospective applicants from beyond our link regions including our Subject Days and Open Days.

For more information check out our website. 


Access and Outreach at Exeter
Access and Outreach Lead: Ellie Lee

Outreach  +44 (0) 1865 610352
Admissions  +44 (0) 1865 279668
 [email protected]

Postal address:
Exeter College
Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP

Outreach events

Visit the University's Outreach event calendar to view upcoming outreach events. Please note that some events may require advance booking or have specific eligibility criteria.