As the oldest university in the English-speaking world, Oxford is a unique and historic institution. There is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris.
Our core strategies set out how we propose to build upon Oxford’s existing strengths and share the knowledge we create with the wider world. They are also informed, as relevant, by our new overarching priorities. Each strategy is expressed as a series of commitments.
We believe that deciding what to research is a matter for the individual researcher or research group.
This belief reflects the value we accord to the principle of academic freedom, enabling the pursuit of academic enquiry subject to the norms and standards of scholarly undertaking, without interference or penalty.
The Student Information and Advisory Service is responsible for providing advice about issues affecting international students, including orientation, immigration questions, and assisting students who need to extend their visas.
The service also provides support for the University's broader international activities, and provides information on funds and opportunities for Oxford students wishing to study abroad.
The Student Information and Advisory Service is part of the Student Administration section of the University and is located at the Examination Schools on the High Street.
Colleges provide accommodation for all undergraduate students during their first year of study and for at least one other year of their course. Many colleges are also able to provide accommodation to graduate students.
As an undergraduate student, you can choose to move out of college and live with friends in student accommodation for some of your time studying at Oxford.
The Graduate Accommodation Office lets and manages rooms, flats and houses in and around Oxford city centre, on sites owned by the University, to full-time graduate students.
Oxford meets the needs of its students, academics and the international research community with a wide range of library services provided by more than 100 libraries, making it the largest library system in the UK.
A range of services are available for advice and consultation, whether work is affecting health, or health is affecting work, to ensure that you stay in the best possible shape.
For primary healthcare, you are advised to register with your college doctor, other local GP or with a local private medical practice for treatment.
Oxford is a beautiful city of stunning architecture, history and culture. You'll find ancient and modern colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks, gardens and green spaces in which to relax. Plus, the city centre is small enough to cover on foot, and only a few minutes walk from the main rail and coach stations.
Oxford has 83 University sports clubs, as well as countless college teams and recreational opportunities. Many colleges have their own pitches and facilities, while Oxford University Sport on Iffley Road offers a swimming pool, gym, sports hall, racket sport courts and more. It is also home to the running track on which Roger Bannister broke the four-minute mile.
Oxford SU (students' union)As a student at Oxford, you automatically become a member of the SU. The SU is a democratic, student led and independent organisation here to represent, support and enhance the lives of Oxford students. Get involved in numerous campaigns run each year, contribute to SU run media channels – Oxide and the Oxford Student – or find out how the SU is representing your interests.