Oxford University is composed of over 30 colleges or academic communities, each of them with its own unique history and traditions. The different Oxford colleges also tend to have a library, common room, dining hall, a bar, and several societies and clubs. All undergraduate Oxford University students belong to a college. Explore the different colleges of Oxford University and find out how to visit them, what to see in them, and whether you can join a tour.
There are a few Oxford colleges that are renowned for their history and architectural beauty. People visiting Oxford tend to go into at least one of the following 5 best (most popular) colleges:
A large number of Oxford Colleges are open to visitors). Oxford is not a “campus” University, so the buildings are not all located in one place but distributed across the city. Fortunately, they are all within walking distance of each other.
The majority of colleges that receive visitors are open during the day, although their hours change. There are usually fees that apply and rules for groups. If you’re an Oxford Card-holder, you can visit many colleges as a Guest, for free and with up to three guests.
More info: How to Arrange a Visit to an Oxford College
Oxford colleges don’t specialise in a particular subject. Instead, they offer several lectures and practical assignments. In general, the colleges organise the tutorials and provide the accommodation, and the academic department(s) that run your course organise your assessment, lectures, and practical work.
Antiques on High is an antiques and art shop from Oxford founded in 1997 and open seven days a week. It has won several awards.
Aidan Meller Gallery is one of Oxford’s longest-established specialist art galleries. They showcase modern, contemporary and old masters.
Christ Church Picture Gallery is an art museum holding an important collection of about 300 Old Master paintings and almost 2,000 drawings and is one of the most important private
Carfax Tower, in Oxford, is a 23-meter-high bell tower that used to belong to a 12th-century church. Here’s how to visit it (and why!).
University Church of St Mary the Virgin is actually from where Oxford University grew, and an un-missable spot if you’re visiting the city.
24-26 Cornmarket Street, in Oxford, is a timber-framed building built in the late 14th century. It belonged to a wine merchant who ran it as an inn, the “New Inn”.