Oriel College | University of Oxford
Oriel College
The entrance to Oriel College.
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Oriel College

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 CollegeA student working in the library of Oriel College.
The tutors at Oriel take a keen interest in the academic development of their students through their regular interactions in tutorials. Students are also encouraged to enrich their studies by engaging with research activity both in college and the wider University. We work with our students to help them achieve the highest academic standards, and to prepare them for their future lives and careers. Interdisciplinary sessions called Oriel Talks foster informal academic conversation between students and tutors. We are always keen to meet prospective students and their families – please stop by if you have any questions or would like a college tour.


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.

Read more on the college website.


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.

Student societies

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.

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