Oxford & Cambridge


A college at Oxford and Cambridge is like a mini campus, providing a base for students. Colleges are also responsible for admitting students. A student's preferred college will process their application and is usually where interviews take place (if shortlisted).

If applicants have no college preference when they are applying, there is the option to make an open application. Open applications are allocated to a college by a computer algorithm. When allocated to a college, open applications are treated in the same way as a direct applicant to that college.

Once students are admitted they will be a member of both their college and the University. Colleges are responsible for the academic and pastoral care of their students, and provide accommodation, dining and recreation facilities, as well as facilities for academic study such as libraries and computer rooms.

The majority of University teaching (lectures, seminars, classes, practicals) is organised by the departments and faculties and takes places in mixed college groups. Colleges organise small group teaching sessions (called supervisions at Cambridge and tutorials at Oxford) for their own students.

For full details of the colleges at each institution, please visit the college pages of the Oxford and Cambridge websites.

Oxford colleges

Balliol College


Brasenose College

Christ Church

Corpus Christi College

Exeter College

Harris Manchester College

Hertford College

Jesus College

Keble College

Lady Margaret Hall

Lincoln College

Magdalen College

Mansfield College

Merton College

New College

Oriel College

Pembroke College

The Queen's College

Regent's Park College

St Anne's College

St Benet's Hall

St Catherine's College

St Edmund Hall

St Hilda's College

St Hugh's College

St John's College

St Peter's College

St Stephen's House

Somerville College

Trinity College

University College

Wadham College

Worcester College

Wycliffe Hall

For more information on the Oxford colleges, please visit the colleges pages of the Oxford website.

Cambridge colleges

Christ's College

Churchill College

Clare College

Corpus Christi College

Downing College

Emmanuel College

Fitzwilliam College

Girton College

Gonville and Caius College

Homerton College

Hughes Hall

Jesus College

King's College

Lucy Cavendish

Magdalene College

Murray Edwards College

Newnham College

Pembroke College


Queens' College

Robinson College

Selwyn College

Sidney Sussex College

St Catharine's College

St Edmund's College

St John's College

Trinity College

Trinity Hall

Wolfson College

For more information on the Cambridge colleges, please visit the colleges pages of the Cambridge website.

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