Oriel College
Oriel College Quad

Oriel College

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.

Oriel is...

'...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.'

College facilities

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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 spaceNo
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.

Oriel College is part of Oxford for West Midlands.

Link Local Authorities

Kensington and Chelsea
Richmond upon Thames


Access and Outreach at Oriel
Outreach Officer: Arron O'Connor

Outreach : +44 (0) 1865 276518
 [email protected]

Admissions Officer: Patrick Holmes

Admissions : +44 (0) 1865 276522
 [email protected]

Postal address:
Oriel College
Oriel Street, Oxford OX1 4EW

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.