Oriel is an inclusive and high-achieving academic community with a friendly atmosphere. We value diversity and encourage applications from potential students of all backgrounds. We also recognise the financial needs of students today and offer bursaries, prizes for academic achievement, generous travel grants and access to hardship funds.
Oriel’s main entrance is on beautiful Oriel Square in the city centre, just off the High Street. Shops, the Bodleian Library, University departments and the railway/bus stations are only a short walk away.
Accommodation and meals
All students can live in college for the duration of their course; most undergraduates (and all first years) live on the main site. Rooms are graded for cost according to size and facilities. Many rooms on the main site have their own bathroom, or share it with one other room. All meeting rooms, common areas and student bedrooms have Wi-Fi. Three cooked meals are served in the dining hall every weekday. Evening meals at Oriel are extremely popular social occasions. There are also kitchens for students who want to cook for themselves.
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Oriel has an impressive library of more than 100,000 volumes that is open 24 hours a day and has Wi-Fi.
Undergraduates have their own common room, shop, TV room and an annexe for meetings or parties. Our popular college bar hosts a variety of social events including themed parties (‘bops’). Oriel has its own sports ground, gym, squash court and boathouse, with facilities for most sports. There is also a music practice room with a piano.
Oriel has a social and active student body. Our drama society’s annual highlight is the Oriel Garden Play, performed in one of the college’s quadrangles. Oriel has a very good mixed chapel choir and an active music society. The college also has a thriving cultural magazine, the Poor Print, published in print and online, which is edited and written by students.
The college’s sports teams include badminton, basketball, cricket, darts, football, modern pentathlon, netball, rowing, rugby, squash and water polo. The emphasis is on enthusiasm, giving the opportunity for everyone to take part.