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.
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.
Explore the websites of all 38 Colleges and six Permanent Private Halls.
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.
View details of current academic and non-academic vacancies in the Colleges.
Your official guide to booking residential conferences, day meetings and celebratory dinners at the Colleges and in the wider University.
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.
Learn more about opportunities to visit the Colleges under Community Engagement below.
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.
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,
Visit the links below to learn more about the Colleges.
(PPH) = Permanent Private Halls
(G) = Colleges that take graduate students only