Community engagement

A warm welcome

Colleges are an integral part of the landscape of the city of Oxford, and many members of the collegiate University community offer their time and expertise to benefit our broader community.  Here you can find opportunities to visit and learn about the Colleges, attend an exciting programme of free events in the collegiate University, apply for community grants, find volunteers for your community project, or make use of college venues for your meeting or gathering.  Organisers of larger scale community events can also access resources, including a calendars of planned events and road closures, to help you work with the Colleges to deliver your own successful event.

Public events at Oxford   About the University's work in our community   
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Visiting the Colleges

See our living, working academic communities

The Colleges of Oxford welcome visitors and prospective students throughout the year.  Read about how to reach the Colleges, college opening times, and bed and breakfast accommodation that is available to the public in Colleges at different times in the year.  

Visiting the Colleges

Open Days for prospective students

Learn more about annual Open Days, when students, parents and teachers are invited to attend events, speak to staff and students, and find out answers to any questions you have about being a student at Oxford.

Widening access and participation

The University and the Colleges work collaboratively to deliver an innovative programme of outreach work with young people and key partners, both in our local community and across the UK.  Read about new and ongoing projects that include free summer schools at Oxford, new partnerships, and initiatives targeted towards students from BME backgrounds. 

Grants and opportunities for our local community

Colleges work in close partnership with the University of Oxford on a range of resources and events that are open to the local community.  Read about the University's grantmaking for the local community, continuing education, and other opportunities here.

Resources for community events organisers

Helpful information for colleagues to help you deliver your successful event in our local community, including calendars of major events and road closures in the city.


Oxford Open Doors Weekend: annual Festival of Oxford and the Oxford University Community Fair

Oxford Preservation Trust and the collegiate University welcome you to attend the annual Festival of Oxford, a weekend when we celebrate the city, its places, spaces, and, most of all, its people.

Find your local school's Link College

Every school in the United Kingdom is linked with an Oxford college as part of the University's programme of ‘link colleges.' This scheme not only allows the University to get to know schools and colleges in specific regions better, but also gives schools and colleges a more personal and direct way of staying in touch with the University.

Conference Oxford: hiring College or University premises for your meeting or event

Your official guide to booking residential conferences, day meetings and celebratory dinners at the Colleges and in the wider University.


Oxford Hub

Oxford Hub is a student-led group offering practical volunteering with community organisations, skilled placements, project incubation, and events.

Engaging with Colleges on local issues

The Conference of Colleges facilitates the regular discussion among colleges of important issues that affect our city and our communities collecitvely.  The Officers and Secretariat welcome contact from colleagues and local stakeholders. 

National Garden Scheme

Every year, a number of Colleges open their gardens to visitors for charity. Beneficiaries include the The Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Carers Trust, Hospice UK, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK and other guest charities.

Public events at Oxford

The University of Oxford maintains a list of public events, including events in Colleges, that are open to everyone. Whether you want to listen to a lecture, learn a new skill, take in a concert or an exhibition, see a play staged by Oxford University students, or attend one of our sporting events, there's always something going on!

Events on the Oxford University website