Open day visitors
Open day visitors
Credit: John Cairns

For Families

As a parent or carer, you are in a great position to support your child as they make decisions about their education.

Here at Oxford, we really value students' families and want you to have all the information you need to feel confident in your important supporting role. Have a look at our Families’ Guide where we introduce Oxford University and explain how to support your child in their application. The guide is also available to read in additional languages. On this page you can find activities and resources for prospective students and their families.

Open Days

Who for: Students (Y11-13), Teachers, Families  |  When: June/July and September  |  Where: Oxford

The University holds three Open Days, two in June or July and one in September, each year. All colleges and departments are open for prospective students to visit and there's plenty of opportunity to ask questions. While you do not need to apply to visit us on an Open Day, sessions in some academic departments will require you to register in advance.

Find out information about what the Oxford for East England colleges have to offer here: Balliol CollegeHertford CollegeWadham College

Due to Covid-19, the University provided a Virtual Open Day in July 2020 and will do so again in September 2020. 

Open Day visitors mingling on a lawn.

Independent visits

Who for: Students, Teachers, Families  |  When: Year-round  |  Where: Online, Oxford

You’re welcome to visit Oxford independently at any time by going to see the colleges during their opening hours. When you arrive at a college entrance (known as a Porters’ Lodge) inform the people there that you are a prospective applicant and they should allow you to enter for free. Please check each college website for their visiting hours before your visit and feel free to email us in advance.

You can find advice for your visit here: Independent Visit Advice

If you’re unable to visit Oxford in person, there are plenty of online alternatives, including:

Please note that in-person visits are not currently possible due to Covid-19.

Tour group looking at window

UCAS Exhibitions

Who for: Students (Y10-13), Teachers, Families  |  When: Year-round  |  Where: Your region

Higher education exhibitions enable you to meet university representatives and industry professionals. These free events allow you to find out about a wide range universities and courses. You can also pick up copies of prospectuses and attend talks about student finance.

Find your nearest UCAS Exhibition and make sure to come and speak to us at the Oxford University stand.

Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach Newsletter

Who for: Students, Families

Keep up-to-date with all the latest news on undergraduate admissions, events and other opportunities from Oxford University. Sign up here: Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach Newsletter