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 38 Colleges and six Permanent Private Halls.

Student admissions information

Colleges offer a supportive environment to foster the academic development and welfare of their students. They are also physical buildings, with rooms where students live, as well facilities like a dining room, bar, and common room.

Vacancies in the Colleges and Permanent Private Halls

View details of current academic and non-academic vacancies in the Colleges.


Conference Oxford

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


College gardens in our Image Gallery

Many of the images for this website are kindly contributed by Colleges and their gardening teams. Visit our picture gallery to explore pictures from the magnificent gardens of the collegiate University.  

Visiting the Colleges

Learn more about opportunities to visit the Colleges under Community Engagement below.

Community engagement

Learn more about the work that Colleges do in our community

Discover the work that Colleges do with partners in our local community.  Access resources for engaging with the Colleges, learn about the University's work to reach out to students from state schools, and learn about opportunities to visit the Colleges throughout the year at University Open Days, Oxford Open Doors, and the National Gardens Scheme.  College premises are also available to be hired for private meetings and events through Conference Oxford.

Community engagement    Visiting the Colleges

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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