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The Queen’s College

The Queen’s College

A staggeringly beautiful college located on the High Street, founded in 1341 and named after Queen Philippa of Hainault, the wife of King Edward III.

Historically, Queen’s College had strong affiliations with the North of England – once favouring students from Yorkshire, Westmorland and and Cumberland. Now, however, Queen’s College welcomes exceptional academic students from far and wide.

About The Queen’s College

The Queen’s College is one of Oxford’s oldest and most central colleges, located on the High Street in the city centre.  Affectionately known as “Queen’s”, the college was founded in 1341 by Robert de Eglesfield and named after Queen Philippa of Hainault, the wife of King Edward III.

Among the beautiful architecture of Queen’s College are buildings designed by Christopher Wren and Nicholas Hawksmoor. The architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner famously described the Front Quad of Queen’s as “the grandest piece of classical architecture in Oxford”, an accolade that it clearly deserves.

Owing to its central location, Oxford Royale Academy students staying in Queen’s will have easy access to Oxford’s many attractions and amenities.

Among Queen’s many impressive and notable alumni are Henry V, the English king best known for his victory at the Battle of Agincourt, the former Prime Minister of Australia Tony Abbott, the theologian John Wycliffe, actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson and Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web.

 

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Outside view of The Queen's College
Students ready for their graduation party at The Queen's College
A group of students walking into The Queen's College
Students aged 16-18 inside The Queen's College
Clock tower at The Queen's College
Students aged 16-25 congregating through archway

Virtual tour

Explore the cloisters and quads of The Queen’s College through this interactive virtual tour.

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Accommodation details

Students will be accommodated in single or twin rooms, which are standard undergraduate bedrooms. The majority of bathrooms are en suite. Male and female students will be separated by corridor and/or staircases.

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Founded In


1341

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Bathroom Type


En-suite & shared (single gender)

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Bedroom Type


Single & twin

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Student Ages


16-18

Safety and security on campus

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.

ORA and The Queen’s College

It is important to note that Oxford Royale Academy is not a part of, or otherwise affiliated to, The Queen’s College or the University of Oxford. Find out more about ORA and the University of Oxford.

The grassy quad of University College, Oxford, in the summer sunshine

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