Meet the Oxford Colleges

An integral part of the collegiate University and the city of Oxford

The University of Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and the Colleges.  The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries, and museums. The 38 colleges are self-governing and financially independent institutions, which are related to the central University in a federal system.  There are also six permanent private halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations and still retain their Christian character.    Discover more about the collegiate University and opportunities to engage with the collegiate community under 'About the Colleges' and 'Community engagement' below.

Alphabetical list of the Colleges   Community engagement   
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About the Colleges

Introducing the collegiate University

The Colleges and Permanent Private Halls of the University of Oxford are small, close-knit academic communities in which academics and students alike live, learn, and study.  They offer a supportive residential and community environment that brings together leading academics and students across subjects and year groups and from different cultures and countries. 
The collegiate system helps to foster the intense, interdisciplinary approach that inspires much of the outstanding research achievement of the University and makes Oxford a leader in so many fields.

Learn about the collegiate University

The Colleges and Permanent Private Halls of Oxford

Explore the websites of all 39 Colleges and four Permanent Private Halls.

Conference Oxford

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

Map of Oxford

A searchable map of Oxford to help you find your way around the city.  The University website also has available a printable PDF map of all Colleges and University departments in the centre of Oxford.


Community engagement

Resources including a calendar of planned events and road closures and the Broad Street Protocol

Community engagement   

The wider University of Oxford

Oxford is a world-leading centre of learning, teaching and research, and the oldest university in the English-speaking world.  Discover the rich range of digital resources available at the University of Oxford website,

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