Founded in 1326 by King Alfred, Oriel College is the fifth oldest of the University of Oxford’s colleges, with the majority of its buildings dating from the 17th century onwards.
Oriel’s main buildings incorporate four medieval halls, including the oldest standing hall in Oxford, Tackley’s Inn. In recognition of its royal connection, Oriel College has been historically known as King’s College or King’s Hall. Oriel has produced two Nobel Prize recipients including Alexander Todd (Chemistry, 1957) and James Meade (Economics, 1977).
Today, Oriel prides itself on being a welcoming academic community, hosting over 300 undergraduate and 250 postgraduate students.
Oriel is perfectly located in the centre of Oxford, with less than a 3-minute walk from the Radcliffe Camera and a 5-minute walk to other amenities, including the High Street and the Ashmolean Museum.
Students will be accommodated in shared rooms which are standard undergraduate bedrooms. Bathrooms are shared between a few students, with ensuite rooms available. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases.
In the college, students are overseen by the Programme Director, who implements the day-to-day running of the programme. The Director is assisted by a team of Counsellors who very often are current members of the University of Oxford.
The Counsellors ensure that students are looked after pastorally, culturally and socially during their programme. Students are able to talk informally and frankly to the Counsellors in order to raise concerns or to discuss university applications.
Each campus has a few members of residential staff who live in the college throughout the programme and are able to assist students at any time of the day or night.
It is important to note that Oxford Royale Summer Schools is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, Oriel College or the University of Oxford. Find out more about Oxford Royale and the University of Oxford.
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