Exeter College | University of Oxford
Exeter College
Fellows Garden, Exeter College.
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Exeter College

Exeter, Oxford’s fourth-oldest college, has a close – but not claustrophobic – community, and there is a caring atmosphere where people look out for others.

Exeter CollegeVisual impression of Cohen Quad, Exeter College.

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Uniquely, the college has its own careers advice office which offers internships with employers. It also has a distinctive programme of in-house seminars by prominent public figures: Philip Pullman, JK Rowling, film producer Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Paul Nurse have spoken recently. Former undergraduates include JRR Tolkien, Imogen Stubbs, Alan Bennett, Sir Ronald Cohen, Reeta Chakrabarti and Sir Roger Bannister. Exeter offers financial aid for student hardship and encourages strong international links: in addition to its above-average proportion of students from overseas, the college hosts 26 visiting students from Williams College in Massachusetts.


Exeter is in the centre of Oxford, close to the main libraries, lecture theatres and departments (as well as to shops and pubs).

Accommodation and meals

Students can have three years’ accommodation in Exeter-owned rooms. All first years live on the main college site in Turl Street, and about half of our students get another year here. Other college accommodation is in vibrant east Oxford and the new Cohen Quad just a few minutes’ walk away in fashionable Jericho. We hope to be able to offer rooms to all students who require a fourth year of college accommodation. All rooms have fast internet connections. Wherever students live, three meals a day can be taken in hall during term; annexes also have self-catering facilities.

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The library is generously funded and open for reading and borrowing 24 hours a day during term, with long hours in vacations. It has 40,000 volumes on open shelves and as many again in the stack. Most first years will find many of their books in the library, but students are also encouraged to suggest purchases. Computer rooms, with printers, are provided on site.

Exeter students enjoy one of the most beautiful gardens in Oxford, with views over Radcliffe Square.

Student societies

Exeter students participate in a wide variety of student societies, both in college and for the University. Exeter has a strong musical tradition: the excellent mixed choir sings in chapel, and the musical society supports everything from jazz through folk to classical. The bar is a popular venue for rock, folk, jazz and blues. The JCR (Junior Common Room) is a hub of social activity.

Exeter has many sports teams, a small gym and weights room on site, a sports ground and a boathouse on the Thames. Exonians, as Exeter College students are called, have had much sporting success, but most play for fun and exercise: it’s not compulsory!

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