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Open day visitors
Open day visitors
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Sample open day programme

The next University-wide open days for undergraduates will be on Wednesday 27 June 2018, Thursday 28 June 2018, and Friday 14 September 2018. The official timetables for the days will be made available as the dates approach but some sample programmes are provided here to give you a flavour of what you can do and see during an Oxford open day.

If you can, visit at least one department and a shortlist of colleges which offer the course(s) you are interested in studying on the open day. This will give you the best chance to find out what it's like to live and study in Oxford. If you still have questions, then you can come to the Open Day Information Centre where there will be information desks and admissions staff available from 09:00 to 17:00.

Subject events

Choosing the right course is one of the most important decisions you will have to make when considering your options for university. Open days offer a rare opportunity to visit departments and speak to staff and students who know all about the subject you love and what it is like to study it here.

Most departments offer information to visitors on a drop-in basis though some require you to book in advance for their events. You will usually need to make bookings on the departments websites. Below are sample opening times from the 2016 open days with links to the department websites.

Department name

Opening times for drop-in visitors


Department name

Opening times for drop-in visitors

Biochemistry 10:00-12:00
 History of ArtAll visitors are asked
to book in advance
Biological Sciences10:00-16:00 Human Sciences10:00-17:00
Biomedical Sciences09:45-15:00 Law09:00-16:00
Chemistry10:30-16:00 Materials Science10:00-16:00
Classics09:15-16:00 Mathematics09:30-16:00
Computer Science09:30-17:30 Medicine09:30-16:00
Earth Sciences 10:00-16:00 Modern Languages14:00-15:00
Economics and Management09:30-12:00 Music10:00-16:00
Engineering Science 10:00-17:00 Oriental StudiesAll visitors are asked
to book in advance
English10:00-16:00 Philosophy, Politics and  Economics10:00-16:00
Fine Art  Physics10:00-16:00
Geography10:00-15:00 Psychology (Experimental)09:00-16:30
History (at the Examination Schools) 09:00-14:00 Statistics14:45-16:45

College events

All colleges welcome drop-in visitors, but some require you to book in advance for some of their events. Below are sample opening times from the 2016 open days with links to the college websites. Many colleges offer accommodation for students attending their events who cannot make the journey to Oxford and back in one day.

College name


Opening times for drop-in visitors


College name

Opening times for drop-in visitors

Balliol 10:00-17:00 The Queen's College09:30-16:30
   Regent's Park09:00-16:00
Brasenose 09:00-17:00 St Anne's09:15-17:00
Christ Church09:00-17:00 St Benet's Hall10:00-17:00
Corpus Christi 10:00-16:30 St Catherine's09:30-18:00
Exeter 09:30-16:30 St Edmund Hall 09:00-17:00
Harris Manchester (21+)09:00-17:00 St Hilda's 08:30-16:30
Hertford10:00-17:00 St Hugh's 09:00-18:00
Jesus College 10:00-17:00 St John's 10:00-17:00
Keble 09:00-17:00 St Peter's 09:00-17:00
Lady Margaret Hall 09:30-18:00 St Stephen's House (21+)09:00-16:30
Lincoln 09:00-17:00 Somerville 09:00-17:00
Magdalen10:00-16:30 Trinity 10:00-16:00
Mansfield09:00-17:00 University College 10:00-17:00
Merton 09:45-16:30 Wadham09:00-17:00
New College10:00-17:30 Worcester 10:00-17:00
Oriel 09:00-17:00 Wycliffe Hall (21+)14:00-16:00
Pembroke 09:00-17:00   

Open Day Information Centre

If you still have questions after visiting departments or colleges, or if the event you planned to attend is full, then you may choose to come to the Open Day Information Centre at the Examination Schools, 75-81 High Street. You may attend talks or chat to staff at the following information stands: Admissions, Pre-interview tests, Student Fees and Funding, International Students, Disabled Students, Mature Students, Careers Service, IT Services. The Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) and representatives from University Sport as well as clubs and societies will also be on hand to answer your questions.

Museums, Libraries and other venues

Museums and Libraries are an important and exciting resource for Oxford students. Those listed here welcome open day visitors and some offer tours.


Ashmolean Museum10:00-17:00
Museum of the History of Science12:00-17:00
Oxford University Museum of Natural History10:00-17:00
Pitt Rivers Museum10:00-16:30
University of Oxford Botanic Gardens09:00-18:00


Bodleian Library and Radcliffe Camera (Classics, English, History, Philosophy and Theology)11.15-15:45
Bodleian Social Science Library (PPE, Politics and Economics)09:30-17:30
Sackler Library (Ancient History, Archaeology, Assyriology, Classics, Egyptology, Fine Art and History of Art) Tours at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00
Philosophy & Theology Faculties Library (Philosophy and Theology)10:00-16:00
Radcliffe Science Library (All Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Maths and Psychology)09:30-16:30

Other venues

Sports Centre


Language Centre

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