University Guide

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is famous around the world for its exceptional teaching, research and learning opportunities as well as its long history of excellence. Students and staff come from across the globe with an immense range of backgrounds and interests. There are currently over 24,000 students at the University of Oxford, but the University receives around seven applications on average for each available place.

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The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Oxford.

  • Rankings

    University of Oxford has been ranked 1st in the World University Rankings 2024 as well as 1st in the UK Rankings 2024.

  • Employability

    All Oxford graduates’ impressive skill-sets are highly sought after by employers, so whatever degree course you study, you will have a very wide choice of careers. Six months after leaving, most graduates are in employment or in further study 8% were doing something else such as taking time out to travel and only 4% were looking for work.

  • Fees

    Fees for UK and EU students are £9,250 per year with the fees for international students varying between £33,050 and £48,620 find more details here.

  • Bursaries

    The University has multiple bursaries available for students which meet the qualification criteria. With the bursaries ranging from £500 to up to £7,200 per year. Full details are here.


The University has no central campus but is made up of over 30 colleges and halls spread across the city centre and beyond. These colleges are at the heart of Oxford's reputation as one of the best universities in the world and make it a very special place to study and live. Every student belongs to a college as well as being a member of their course department and the University. This means all Oxford students have the benefits of belonging to both a large, world-class university and to a small and friendly academic community.

Students' Union

Oxford SU is the representative body for all University of Oxford students and its direction and ideas are led by student members, with the overall goal to improve the overall experience for current and future students at the University of Oxford.

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Famous for

University of Oxford has produced an astounding number of notable alumni known as Oxonians. Including current Prime Minister, Boris Johnson; Theresa May; Stephen Hawking; Oscar Wilde; Hugh Grant; J. R. R. Tolkien; David Cameron.


Scientists from Oxford University’s Department of Physics have developed an extremely rapid diagnostic test that detects and identifies viruses in less than five minutes. The method, published on the preprint server MedRxiv, is able to differentiate with high accuracy SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for COVID-19, from negative clinical samples, as well as from other common respiratory pathogens such as influenza and seasonal human coronaviruses.

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