Exeter College, Oxford

Exeter College, Oxford
Turl Street
Oxford
OX1 3DP

Exeter College is the fourth-oldest college and one of the most prestigious colleges at the University of Oxford.

Founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapledon, Bishop of Exeter, the college has a rich history and a beautiful campus located in the heart of Oxford. The college is situated on Turl Street, a bustling area of the city with many shops, cafes, and other amenities nearby.

The college is known for its strong academic reputation, particularly in the humanities and social sciences. It offers a wide range of courses, from Classics and English to Economics and Law, and is home to around 330 undergraduate students and 190 graduate students.

The relatively small undergraduate student body allows for a more intimate and personalised educational experience, with students benefiting from one-on-one or small group tutorials with faculty members.


Exeter College also has a significant number of graduate students from all over the world to study at one of the world’s top universities. The college offers a range of graduate programs, including taught master’s degrees and research degrees, and provides a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate study.

Buildings & architecture

Exeter College Chapel
Exeter College Chapel

The college is known for its beautiful and historic buildings, which range in style from medieval to modern. The chapel, which was completed in 1856, is particularly impressive, with stained glass windows by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones. The college also has a number of gardens and green spaces, including Fellows’ Garden, which offers stunning views of the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Library.

Fellows garden at Exeter College, Oxford
Fellows garden at Exeter College, Oxford

Exeter College is renowned for its strong sense of community and support for students. The college has a dedicated team of tutors and staff who are committed to helping students achieve their academic and personal goals. It also has a wide range of extracurricular activities, from sports teams to drama societies, allowing students to pursue their interests and make friends outside the classroom.

Exeter College is a world-renowned institution with a long and distinguished history, a strong academic reputation, and a supportive and welcoming community. It is an excellent choice for students looking to pursue their academic and personal goals in a stimulating and inspiring environment.

Visiting Exeter College

Exeter College, Oxford
Exeter College, Oxford

Access to Exeter College is currently restricted due to restoration work. Alumni, prospective students and Bodleian cardholders are welcome to visit the college for free between 2.00pm and 5.00pm, provided the college is open. Kindly call in advance to check the college is open and whether there will be restrictions on where you can visit. The college is currently closed to tourists.



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