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Both colleges and subjects also offer Open Days, details of which are available on the University admissions website, along with whether or not bookings are required. If you’re visiting Oxford for an Open Day, then it’s worth looking at multiple colleges to see which ones feel most suitable for you. Although, remember that no matter which college you end up at, you’re likely to enjoy your time there. If you have any questions about Open Days at a spe- cific college or department, then you should email the admissions secretary there to ask in advance.


Talking to Current Students


One of the main goals of the ‘Alternative Pro- spectus’ is to give you an idea of what students think of the University. Other good ports of call include any friends or relatives who may have been to Oxford recently. If you wish you can contact the Student Union Access Officer on access@ousu.org or a Common Room Access Officer, whose email address will often be on a JCR or college website. Even if they can’t an- swer your question, they’re likely to point you towards someone who can. Common Rooms also often produce their own ‘Alternative Prospectus’ – you may want to see if they’re available online.


Official Information


The University Admissions website at www. admissions.ox.ac.uk is a great resource which lets you look at entry requirements, listen to podcasts from the University admissions team and read student profiles. If you have ques- tions, you can ask the Admissions Office on undergraduate.admissions@admin.ox.ac.uk or call on 01865 288 000. They have copies of the University and subject prospectuses and will be able to answer most questions that you have. If you’re around Oxford, then you can drop in during office hours to the Admissions Information Centre on Little Clarendon Street near the city centre and have your questions answered.


In addition to this Prospectus, the Stu- dent Union website contains a great deal of information for prospective applicants – visit www.ousu.org/prospective-students to read interview profiles and find out more about the student experience of applying to Oxford.


Visiting Colleges


Outside of designated Open Days, many colleges will be happy to let you have a look around, although it’s always best to ask in advance. The Junior Common Room Access Officer may be able to find a student to show you around, although this will vary by college. Being shown around by a current student al- lows you to ask them about life at the college as well as information about facilities which might otherwise not be available. If you have specific questions, then you may wish to contact the College Tutor for Admissions who oversees the admissions process and should be able to answer your queries about applying to an individual college.


Visiting Oxford


If you’re thinking of visiting Oxford, then you should strongly consider coming by train. Al- though it’s technically possible to park in the city centre, you’re very likely to end up driving around for much of the day before retreating to a parking lot outside of Oxford. If you do decide to drive, then it’s strongly recommend- ed that you use the Park and Ride. This will save money and preserve your sanity.


Oxford’s train station is a 10-minute walk from the centre of town. Remember that during vacations the atmosphere in Oxford is very dif- ferent, so it may not be representative of what terms here are like.


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