The college experience

Oxford college
Merton College, Oxford

Overview

The collegiate system makes studying at Oxford a truly special experience.

Degree students at Saïd Business School will be attached to a college, either as a full member or associate member. In certain cases, you may also be offered accommodation at your college.

Where applicable, you will choose a college during your admissions process.

My college has a very friendly graduate community, a beautiful environment and a wonderful history. They regularly run really thought-provoking talks, and of course, you can always take part in sport.

David Wright

Non-Exec Director, All Cloud Networks and Strategic Moves Consulting

College life

Oxford colleges are small, intimate communities, where you meet academics and fellow students from around the world.

Colleges help you establish a new circle of friends quickly. You will find yourself absorbed in fascinating conversations with students from a variety of disciplines at college seminars, dinners, and informal occasions. This is a distinctive advantage over universities organised on departmental lines.

All colleges invest heavily in facilities, with extensive library and IT provision, sports and social events. The relatively small number of students at each college means that you will have lots of individual support and close personal attention.

Seven colleges are exclusively tailored to postgraduates and 30 colleges admit both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Oxford from the air

Aerial image of Oxford
Oxford from the air

Choosing a college

Oxford University has 38 independent, self-governing colleges.

For most degree programmes, you can select your college preference (each diploma is associated with a specific college). While you can select your preferred college when you accept your offer, please note that you may not be offered a place at your first choice.

There are a few factors to consider when applying for a college:

Type of college

You need to decide whether to apply for a college that accepts graduates only. You may prefer a graduate-only college if you are returning to study after a period of substantial work experience, perhaps with a family. Alternatively, you may prefer to mix with both the graduate and undergraduate community.

Location within Oxford

The town is small and most colleges are within a 15-minute walk of the city centre and Saïd Business School. View the college location map.

Art, music, drama and sport

Some colleges have strong dramatic traditions whereas others are very strong in sports, such as rowing.

Students relaxing on grass
Students relaxing on grass

Accommodation

College formal dinner

There are lots of options to consider when choosing your accommodation.

If you are planning to take a degree and live in Oxford over an extended period, you can either rent privately or apply for accommodation through your college, with some offering accommodation to individuals, couples and/or families. This may be within the college grounds or located around Oxford (see each college entry for specific details). Not all colleges offer accommodation to Saïd Business School students and, where it is provided, accommodation is usually allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

College options

Balliol College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Brasenose College

MBA, Executive MBA

Campion Hall

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Christ Church

MBA

Corpus Christi College

MBA

Exeter College

MSc Financial Economics

Green Templeton College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

Harris Manchester College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Hertford College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Jesus College

MBA, Executive MBA, Diploma in Global Business (Associate Membership), MSc Financial Economics

Keble College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

Kellogg College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

Lady Margaret Hall

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Linacre College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

Lincoln College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Magdalen College

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Mansfield College

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Merton College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management

New College

MBA

Oriel College

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Pembroke College

MBA, Executive MBA, Diploma in Organisational Leadership (Associate Membership), MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

Regent's Park College

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

St Anne's College

MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

St Catherine's College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

St Cross College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

St Edmund Hall

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

St Hilda's College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Financial Economics

St Hugh's College

MBA, Executive MBA, Diploma in Financial Strategy (Associate Mambership), Diploma in Strategy and Innovation (Associate Membership), MSc in Major Programme Management, MSc Financial Economics

St John's College

MBA

St Peter's College

MBA, Executive MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Somerville College

MSc Financial Economics

The Queen's College

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Trinity College

MBA

Wadham College

MBA

Wolfson College

MBA, MSc Financial Economics

Worcester College

MBA