University of Oxford
Oxford was the first University in the English-speaking world. Our aim is to remain at the forefront of centres of learning, teaching and research.
Oxford’s remarkable global appeal continues to grow. Students from more than a hundred and forty countries and territories make up a student population of over twenty thousand. Over a third comes from outside the United Kingdom.
But it is not just longevity and global reach that mark Oxford out and give the University its special character. There is also our distinctive college and tutorial system which underpins a culture of close academic supervision and careful personal support for our outstanding students. Our colleges and halls of which there are more than forty also help to foster the intense interdisciplinary approach that inspires much of the outstanding research achievement of the University and makes Oxford a leader in so many fields. It is an approach especially suited to confronting many of the hugely complex challenges that face us all. That is why we believe that the greater we can make Oxford, the greater its contribution to the well-being of the world we share.
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Life in Oxford
Oxford is a lively and beautiful city with much to offer both students and visitors. It is about 57 miles (90 km) northwest of London and has excellent road and rail links to the rest of the UK and all major airports.
The total population of Oxford is about 140,000 including over 30,000 students in total from the University of Oxford and the city’s other university, Oxford Brookes. As a result, you will find a wealth of cultural, recreational and sports facilities with a busy and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Enchanting historic buildings sit alongside all the main high street stores, numerous coffee shops and restaurants, and a thriving bar and club scene. Oxford also boasts a surprising amount of green spaces, including beautiful waterways that you can walk alongside or punt down, the oldest botanic garden in the country, the University parks, and individual college gardens.
Relatively compact, the city can be easily covered on foot or by bicycle and there is a good network of cycle lanes. Bicycles can be hired or bought (many are available second-hand) and there are also many excellent local bus services to reach the more outlying areas.
Most colleges and departments are situated in and around the city centre and college accommodation is usually on the main college site, or in annexe buildings only a short walk or cycle ride away from other college and University buildings.
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- There are over 22,600 students at Oxford, including 11,603 undergraduates and 10,499 postgraduates
- 63 per cent of graduate students at Oxford are from outside the UK
- The University has 38 independent and self-governing colleges, and 6 permanent private halls
- The collegiate system is at the heart of the University’s success, giving students and academics the benefits of belonging to both a large, internationally renowned institution and to a small, interdisciplinary academic community
- According to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, the official UK-wide assessment of all university research, Oxford has the largest volume of world-leading research in the country. The University is also rated top in the REF power rankings published by Research Fortnight
- In 2014/15, Oxford received £522.9m, which accounts for 43% of total income* from external research funding. Funding bodies include research councils, charities, trusts, foundations, and industry. Oxford consistently has the highest external research income of any university in the UK
- Over 95% of Oxford leavers are employed or in further study six months after graduating
*excluding exceptional income from the Research and Development Expenditure Credit and the Oxford University Press special transfer
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