You’ll be blown away by the sheer age of the Oxford University Colleges. Their entire grounds are imbued with history and the presence of the famous people who studied and lived in these stunning buildings.
Oxford University Colleges are not just for students. Its legendary ‘ivory towers’ and ‘dreaming spires’, some almost a 1000 years old, add great cultural value to the city of Oxford. While each has its own distinctive character, the older colleges have a few things in common: a dining hall, a chapel, a library and most are build around at least one quadrangle (quad).
University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university, consists of 38 colleges and 6 permanent private halls. Some of its iconic buildings such as the Radcliffe Camera library, Magdalen College and Christ Church College are symbols of academia worldwide, and those who saw Inspector Morse, Endeavour, Shadowlands or Harry Potter may recognise them in scenes from those films.
The oldest of Oxford’s colleges are University College, Balliol and Merton, established between 1249 and 1264. St Catherine’s College is Oxford’s youngest undergraduate college.
Did you know… Oxford University has connections with an impressive 26 Nobel Prize winners, 30 international leaders, 125 Olympic medallists, 27 British Prime Ministers and many more famous and powerful people who studied there. Learn more about Oxford University famous alumni.
You would never believe you were in the middle of Oxford while walking around Oxford University Colleges. Outside is all hustle and bustle, inside the spaces are filled with peace and tranquility.
Knowing you are walking in the same steps as Isaac Newton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Albert Einstein to Oscar Wilde makes those places very special.
Time to discover these hidden gems among the many jewels of Oxford.