If you are planning to take a degree and live in Oxford over an extended period, you can either rent privately or apply for accommodation through your college, with some offering accommodation to individuals, couples and/or families. This may be within the college grounds or located around Oxford (see each college entry for specific details). Not all colleges offer accommodation to Saïd Business School students and, where it is provided, accommodation is usually allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
The college experience
The collegiate system makes studying at Oxford a truly special experience.
Degree students at Saïd Business School will be attached to a college, either as a full member or associate member. In certain cases, you may also be offered accommodation at your college.
Where applicable, you will request a college during your admissions process.
My college has a very friendly graduate community, a beautiful environment and a wonderful history. They regularly run really thought-provoking talks, and of course, you can always take part in sport.
Oxford colleges are small, intimate communities, where you meet academics and fellow students from around the world.
Colleges help you establish a new circle of friends quickly. You will find yourself absorbed in fascinating conversations with students from a variety of disciplines at college seminars, dinners, and informal occasions. This is a distinctive advantage over universities organised on departmental lines.
All colleges invest heavily in facilities, with extensive library and IT provision, sports and social events. The relatively small number of students at each college means that you will have lots of individual support and close personal attention.
Some colleges are exclusively tailored to postgraduates and 30 colleges admit both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Choosing a college
Oxford University has 39 independent, self-governing colleges.
For most degree programmes, you can select your college preference. While you can select your preferred college when you accept your offer, please note that you may not be offered a place at your first choice.
There are a few factors to consider when applying for a college:
Type of college
You need to decide whether to apply for a college that accepts graduates only. You may prefer a graduate-only college if you are returning to study after a period of substantial work experience, perhaps with a family. Alternatively, you may prefer to mix with both the graduate and undergraduate community.
Location within Oxford
The town is small and most colleges are within a 15-minute walk of the city centre and Saïd Business School. View the college location map.
Art, music, drama and sport
Some colleges have strong dramatic traditions whereas others are very strong in sports, such as rowing.
There are lots of options to consider when choosing your accommodation.