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Size and Shape


Oxford colleges range from those which have been around for 700 years to those which have been built in the last 50. Whether you’d rather be at a modern college or one which has existed since the time of Henry VIII, you’ve got plenty of options. Colleges also vary in terms of how many students they have and in terms of physical size.


Location


You may want to apply to a college based partially on how close it is to your department building and anywhere in Oxford where you may want to spend time (sports grounds, music venues, etc). Remember that Oxford is quite small, so even the furthest colleges are only 15 minutes away on foot from the city centre.


Accommodation


All Oxford colleges offer accommodation to their students for part of their course, although only some offer it for the entire duration. Basic facilities such as Inter- net in your room and laundry are always provided. But some colleges are better equipped with music and sporting facili- ties, and provisions for disabled access also vary across colleges. If you want to know more about levels of provision for disabled students, then either contact the college in question or the Disability Advi- sory Service on disability@admin.ox.ac.uk


Overall


Don’t worry too much about college choice. While colleges are different, you’ll find friends wherever you end up and your closest friends may well come from out of college anyway. So long as key needs (such as disabled access, or storage for international students) are met, the rest isn’t so important. To find out more, you can always contact colleges directly, as well as visit Oxford to look around. A lot of people ultimately pick colleges simply by visiting a few that meet their key criteria and going with the one which feels best for them. You’re unlikely to be able to look round all of them, so hopefully the details in this section will give you a flavour of what different colleges offer which you can then work from.


Cost


Not all colleges cost the same to live in, with variation between rent, food charges and other costs. We’ve included rent figures on college pages, but check with colleges for details – some of our figures are approximate, and colleges change levels of rent every year. Colleges also offer differing levels of financial sup- port, including book and travel grants, bursaries and scholarships. The only way to get full details of these is to speak directly to colleges.


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