Open Days

We are always delighted to welcome potential applicants to Oriel, and we especially encourage attendance at our Open Days. The next opportunity to attend an Open Day at Oriel will be on Wednesday, 1st July or Thursday, 2nd July 2020.

All of the undergraduate colleges and most faculties/departments will be open to visitors on these dates, and you can find out more about the events taking place across Oxford on the Oxford University website.

During the Open Days, potential students and their family/friends can take tours of the College, and attend events such as:

  • Talks by our Tutor for Admissions
  • Q&A sessions with current students
  • 'Meet the subject tutors' sessions (prospective students only: no parents/teachers)

Please note that booking is not essential for any aspect of our Open Days apart from accommodation, although if you would like to indicate your interest in attending any sessions you are welcome to do so using the accommodation booking forms below.

Open Day Programme of Events 

09:00 - 09:45am     Early bird talk with Tutor for Admissions plus Q&A session with current students

10:00 - 12:00pm     Tours of college leaving from 1st quad with current students

12:30 - 13:00pm     Meet with subject tutors 

13:15 - 14:00pm      Talk with Tutor for Admissions plus Q&A session with current students (this is the same talk as the Early Bird talk at 9am)

14:30 - 17:00pm      Tours of college leaving from 1st quad with current students

Please note we are unable to offer lunch as part of our open days, although refreshments will be available all day in the dining hall.

Open Day Accommodation

A small quantity of accommodation, priced at £60 per night (bed & breakfast), is available to any prospective students for the night preceding our Open Days. Accommodation is reserved for groups or individuals travelling 150+ miles to visit Oxford.

As part of our Access and Outreach programme, we also offer a limited number of rooms without charge to prospective students from state schools travelling long distances (more than 150 miles). 

All accommodation must be booked a minimum of two weeks in advance and we regret that we are unable to offer accommodation to parents. Accommodation for school groups is limited to a maximum of 7 per school and group bookings must be accompanied by a teacher or member of staff.

If you would like to enquire about staying with us, please contact: / (01865) 616763

Booking is not essential but encouraged for day visitors interested in attending our admissions talks or meet the tutors sessions. Booking is essential for those interested in accommodation.

Accommodation booking form for groups

Accommodation booking form for individuals

Visiting at Other Times

If you can't make it to an Open Day, you are also welcome to come and have a look around Oriel at another time. When you arrive in College, please report to the Lodge and tell them that you are a potential applicant here for a self guided visit. If you would like someone to show you around, please contact our Outreach Officer, India Collins-Davies ( or our Admissions Officer, Olivia Hawkes ( at least a week in advance of your visit. (Please note that guided tours outside of Open Days are subject to staff availability and some flexibility on date or time may be required.)