All About Oxford

Oxford as a City

Oxford has plenty to offer! As well as being steeped in history, the city is a hive of innovation and activity. Just ask the 162,000 residents and 4730 businesses who call the city home!

Alongside the oldest university in the English speaking world, Oxford has so much for you to explore. Click each image below to discover more:

Explore Gardens, Libraries and Museums
Explore the Covered Market
Explore Oxford Castle & Prison
Explore The Westgate Shopping Centre
Discover Great Arts & Entertainment
Use our great Transport Links

About The University

The University of Oxford is comprised of 36 Colleges and 3 Societies, which are home to over 25,000 students! While operating under the ‘University of Oxford’ umbrella, each college functions independently and has its own President.

Explore the University of Oxford Website
What Student Life is really like

The Application Process:

Applications to undergraduate courses at the University of Oxford take place between 1 September and 15 October each year, for places beginning the following autumn. These applications must be made through UCAS.

For guidance on when you should complete each stage of your application, see the Admissions Timeline provided by the Central University. This should provide all the deadlines you will need!

June to mid-August: UCAS Application: Start working on your UCAS application from June. Choose your course, choose your College or make an open application, write your personal application and organise your academic reference.

August to Mid-September: Confirm which tests you need to take, find out how to prepare and practice using the same papers online, find a test centre

September: Submit your UCAS application from mid-September. Register for any tests you need between September 1st and 28th. 

October: Check if your course requires an example of your written work and submit this to your college by mid-November. 

December: If you are shortlisted, interviews are conducted in December. 

January: In January you will find out if you have an offer.

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Read the 'Applying to St John's Guide'
Read application advice from the University
Learning about Admissions Tests
What to expect in your Oxford Interview
How to apply to Oxford
Ways you can prepare

Outreach Resources & Programmes:

The University of Oxford runs a large number of widening participation, widening access and student recruitment events each year, across the UK and internationally. These events are coordinated by colleges, departments, museums, the student union and a central Undergraduate Admissions and Outreach team.

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University Outreach Events

The University of Oxford has an online diary of Outreach Events for students and teachers. It includes events in Oxford, around the UK and in other parts of the world. You may want to bookmark this page and check it regularly for events of interest.


The best way to learn about Oxford life is to be fully immersed in it. UNIQ is designed to help you do just that, taking you behind the college gates, into lecture theatres and giving you access to Oxford’s top academics. UNIQ is open to students studying in their first year of further education, who are based at UK state schools/colleges, and has a summer school and digital component.


Oxplore is the home of big questions, engaging with debates and ideas that go beyond what is covered in the classroom. Oxplore tackles complex ideas across a wide range of subjects and draws on the latest research undertaken at Oxford.

Super-Curricular Materials

Oxford applicants are often recommended to pursue their interests beyond what they are currently studying at school. Here you can find some resources for engaging with your favourite subjects in a deeper way: we have included reading lists as well as links to useful websites and interesting social media channels to follow.

These Social Media Accounts May Be Of Interest

Link to University of Oxford Instagram account
Link to St John's College Official Instagram Account
Link to John's College Junior Common Room Instagram Account