About the college
Oriel was the first college to be founded by a king back in 1326. Being a small college gives us a noticeably friendly atmosphere, with beautiful quads close to the Bodleian Library, the city centre and Christ Church Meadow.
We offer all our undergraduates accommodation throughout their studies, and highly-subsidised formal dinners most evenings shape our rhythm of life together.
College activities range from a pancake race to a summer Shakespeare play. Oriel excels on the sports field and the river. We have a dedicated music room, and a vibrant chapel and choir.
The college has a dedicated welfare team and offers help with bursaries, travel grants and scholarships for academic excellence, encouraging applications from all backgrounds.
We are a high-achieving academic community with a well-resourced library and tutors who take a keen interest in the academic and personal formation of their students in tutorials, seminars and numerous informal contexts. We aim to prepare our students for their future lives.
Read more on the college website.
'...a family with its own culture, where everyone is valued for who they are.'
'...able to accommodate you for three or four years, meaning the sense of college community becomes really strong as you go through your degree.'
'…a college alive with conversations across different subjects.'
'...a sociable environment where people are happy to talk to each other across the year groups and feel part of a college-wide community in quite a natural way.'
Visit our College Facilities Table to compare facilities across different colleges.
|All first years on site||Yes|
|Usually offered for all years||Yes|
|Usually offered for three years||Not applicable|
|Usually offered for first year and one other year||Not applicable|
|Some vacation storage for international students||Yes|
|Gym on site||Yes|
|Library open 24/7||Yes|
|Wi-Fi throughout college||Yes|
|Multi-faith prayer room||No|
Clubs and societies
Club / society
|College student magazine/paper||Yes|
|Some subject societies||Yes|
- Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)
- Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
- Classics and Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
- Classics and English
- Classics and Modern Languages
- Computer Science
- Computer Science and Philosophy
- Engineering Science
- English Language and Literature
- English and Modern Languages
- History (Ancient and Modern)
- History and Economics
- History and Modern Languages
- History and Politics
- Law (Jurisprudence)
- Law with Law Studies in Europe
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Mathematics and Philosophy
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Modern Languages
- Modern Languages and Linguistics
- Philosophy and Modern Languages
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
- Philosophy and Theology
- Physics and Philosophy
- Theology and Religion
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.
Oriel College is part of Oxford for West Midlands.
Link Local Authorities
Richmond upon Thames
Access and Outreach at Oriel
Outreach Officer: Arron O'Connor
Outreach : +44 (0) 1865 276518
Admissions Officer: Patrick Holmes
Admissions : +44 (0) 1865 276522
Oriel Street, Oxford OX1 4EW