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Dreaming spires of Oxford, a historical city that has been home to scholars, film stars and royalty. A bustling cosmopolitan that balances ancient, classical architecture with modern city life.

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Oxford, a city known for its breathtaking, horizontal views, is dubbed ‘the city of spires’ thanks to the number of buildings that feature spires, and the world-famous University of Oxford. Most of the university’s colleges and buildings are in the centre of Oxford which entices over 9 million visitors a year.

The city boasts luscious green parks and spaces to visit, frequent boat races to enjoy watching and cycling is taken up enthusiastically by its population (often the fastest way of getting around the city).

Three things you probably didn’t know about Oxford…

  • Oxford has more published authors per square mile than anywhere else in the world! Its famous authors include JRR Tolkien (The Lord of the Ring), Lewis Carrol (Alice in Wonderland), CS Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia) and Mark Haddon (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time)

  • An annual tortoise race was founded here in 1555. Many colleges at Oxford have a pet tortoise that they own and in May of every summer, the colleges come together to have a tortoise race.

  • Punctuation matters! The comma used before a conjunction (such as “and” or “or”) in a list of three or more items is known as the Oxford Comma. Invented by the Oxford University Press where the use of the comma is standard. 

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University of Oxford


One of the most prestigious universities, globally. The university is synonymous with the city. There are 39 colleges that make up the University of Oxford, the oldest English-speaking university in the world. The University of Oxford is the oldest and most famous university in Oxford. Its traditional rival is Cambridge University. There are around 18,000 students studying at the University of Oxford, with 11,000 being full-time undergraduates. 


Oxford doesn’t have a central campus, rather it has individual colleges placed all over the city of Oxford. Every student is a member of a college, their course department as well as the University of Oxford. Students live in their college accommodation in their first year, with the option to live in campus accommodation in their last year. Students mix within and external of their colleges and can have friends over to their college or invite them to some of the college’s events. There is also the option of inter-college sport and drama activities. Each college has its own unique characteristics and inclusions but generally, all include:


  • Staffed entrance and reception

  • Dining hall

  • Lending library

  • Student accommodation

  • Tutors’ teaching rooms

  • Laundry facilities

  • Music rooms

  • Green spaces

  • Common room (known as the Junior Common Room or JCR)


Some of the famous colleges of Oxford:

Christ Church College

Magdalen College

Keble College

Oriel College

Balliol College

New College

All Souls

Trinity College

Queen’s College

Merton College

Oxford Brookes University



Oxford Brookes University is a more modern university. It’s vibrant and has a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Oxford Brookes has an excellent graduate employment record. Originally it was set up in 1865 as the Oxford School of Art. The university’s motto is learning through doing with campuses in Harcourt Hill, Headington, Wheatley and Swindon. 


The university offers foundation, undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes across disciplines, these include Schools of Arts, Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford School of Hospitality Management, Department of Biological & Medical Sciences, Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development, Department of Sport, Health Sciences & Social Work, Oxford School of Nursing & Midwifery, School of Education, Department of English & Modern Languages, School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics, School of History, Philosophy & Culture, School of Law, Institute of Public Care, Department of Social Sciences, School of Architecture and School of the Built Environment.


Ruskin College



Ruskin College offers adult learning to people of all ages and backgrounds. With historic links to the University of Oxford, they offer university-standard education and facilities, without the need for qualifications.

For many of their adult learners, financial, personal or social obstacles have made it impossible for them to take educational chances earlier in their lives.

With courses to suit everyone, whatever the situation: whether it’s Further Education, Higher Education, getting into employment or simply a desire to develop personal interests.


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