University College | University of Oxford
University College
Main quadrangle, University College.
(Image credit: Rob Judges Photography / Oxford University Images).

University College

Students at Univ come from all sorts of backgrounds, and from all over the world. They have two things in common: intellectual ability and potential. They also have the capacity and enthusiasm for hard work, and enjoy intellectual challenges. Univ has a well-deserved reputation for academic excellence, openness, informality and strong welfare and student support systems.

University CollegeThe 16th century gothic style dining hall at University College.

(Credit: Eleanor Chamings)

To make it easy for everyone who gets a place to come here, we offer some of the most generous college bursaries at Oxford on top of University financial support. To make sure that everyone settles into their life in Oxford, we offer a carefully balanced Welcome Week and a programme of academic support activities for all new students. We are unique among colleges in offering a free pre-sessional maths booster week for students in the relevant mathematical, physical and medical sciences.


Univ is located right at the centre of the city, minutes away from the main libraries, lecture halls, laboratories, shops, restaurants, pubs, parks and the river. Our beautiful old buildings have been fully modernised for 21st-century needs, and we have several peaceful courtyards and gardens with grass and trees.

Accommodation and meals

Undergraduates are offered accommodation for all three years of their course. Students studying four-year courses can usually also be housed in their fourth year. Our student accommodation is high quality and affordable, while good-value, high-quality food is served from our kitchen and buttery seven days a week in term time.

Read more on the college website.


Students love working in our college libraries (we have three!) which contain about 60,000 volumes with plenty of computers exclusively to support their study; there is a separate law library which is also well stocked. All libraries are open 24 hours a day in term. All student rooms are fully networked for computer use and also have telephones.

Student societies

Many students at Univ take advantage of starting university to try out new interests and activities in their spare time. The Junior Common Room (JCR) is the student union for the college, and organises a wide variety of social events as well as representing students’ needs. Lots of Univ students also get involved with our successful Ambassador Scheme, which works across the UK with schools, teachers and pupils to get them thinking about applying to university and to help them with their applications. There is a high level of participation in music through the music society and the chapel choir; typically there are about nine college concerts a year, while the drama society, the Univ Players, usually puts on a summer production each Trinity term. There are a number of other societies and college teams in many sports and access to excellent sports facilities.

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