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Visiting Oxford Colleges – The Ultimate Guide

Don’t tell me – you’re making a special trip to Oxford to see the Headington Shark right? The towns random piece of art reflecting some emotions of Chernobyl (a giant shark sculpture sticking out of a roof).

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NO, OF COURSE NOT – YOU CAME TO OXFORD TO SEE THE COLLEGES.

The one with the famous dining room, the one with that Venetian-like bridge, the one with the wisteria? Oxford has been turning up on tv screens for years and immortalised in books for even longer. It’s the most beautiful city in the UK and I can totally understand why you would want to visit.

Choosing The Best Oxford Colleges To Visit

But, choosing the best colleges to visit in Oxford can be a time-robbing conundrum and if you’re only here for a short period you’re going to need a little help. Let’s face it – you’ll be kicking yourself later if you learn you were literally the other side of a wall or doorway and you missed an incredible piece of Oxford.

But worry not, we have been visiting Oxford for decades and we think we’ve worked out which colleges you ought to be putting on your bucket list.

Best Oxford colleges to visit

There are 38 Oxford Colleges in total but we have you covered for the prettiest ones, the ones you can see for free, Harry Potter filming locations and other famous Oxford colleges with impressive alumni or fascinating histories. And to avoid any unconscious walk-by’s we’ve added a map of ‘ Oxford Colleges ‘ at the bottom to make your visit easier – just click the drop-down menu at the top left to save to your device.

Here’s our list of the best Oxford colleges to visit…

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Christ Church College

CALLING ALL POTTER FANS…

Many people with a penchant for wizardry make the day trip from London to Oxford just for the Harry Potter locations. This makes Christ Church College the most popular and most recognisable spot in town. The Dining Room inspired the Great Hall at Hogwarts and the cloisters and the Bodley tower were actually used in the filming.

But make no mistake – all this Potter-patter makes Christ Church undoubtedly one of the busiest places to visit in Oxford and if you are interested in stopping by you might want to consider booking ahead. (See their website for details and booking info )

However, even before Harry had us hurrying to investigate, Christ Church has always been a popular place to visit in Oxford for several reasons…

The Dining Room especially stands to impress, with its walls of hung portraits of notable alumni like King Edward VII, Albert Einstein the Winklevoss Facebook twins, John Wesley and over a dozen English Prime Ministers. But as you walk into Christ Church make sure you take note of Tom Tower – the grand entrance designed by Christopher Wren, of St Pauls Cathedral fame. Signalling that the Great Doors are about to close, the Bells of Tom Tower go off 101 times every evening at 9.05pm, and you don’t need to be bound to the building to hear it!

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Being one of the wealthiest Colleges of Oxford, Christ Church also has its very own picture gallery with works of art by Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Raphael no less. Amazingly, the students are allowed to borrow certain pieces to hang in their dorm-rooms for their duration – can you just imagine falling over last nights empties and straight into a Da Vinci!?

But my favourite fact of all about this wonderful Oxford college is that the real Alice of Alice in Wonderland lived here! Her family (her father was the Dean) were friends of Lewis Carroll and regularly took trips on the river together, where the tale of Wonderland began and Alice became the main character. Top tip : look out for the Alice stained glass in the dining room.

Just outside of Christ Church College is the sweet shop where Alice bought her sweets as a child ( Alice’s Shop ) and also a cute little cafe called Cafe Loco which gives a little nod to Alice and her far-out friends.

Where is Christ Church College? Tickets can be bought at Meadow Gate on the Broad Walk. At the Magdalen Bridge end of the High Street.

New College

Not new at all actually, unless you’re the type of person who has medieval mead in your amazon basket. New College is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, completed in 1386, older than the Azteks, China’s Forbidden City and Cher. And, I’ve got to say, if you’re the type of person who writes a tick-list of goals on January the first, or own a clip-board full-stop, in terms of a check-list, this is one of the Oxford colleges to visit that has it all.

For just £5 (the chapel is free to visit) you get to see some of the prettiest insta-worthy Oxford university gardens, Harry Potter locations, a stunning chapel, famous artworks, beautiful architecture and it even has its own mountain. It’s value for money for definite.

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Pretty herbaceous borders line the ancient city wall (built 1200’s) and climbers and Wisteria enhance the already gorgeous college buildings – it’s an English-Garden postcard. Head to the New College cloister courtyard quadrangle to see the old Oak tree used as a seat for Malfoy in Harry Potter – The Goblet of Fire.

The ancient dining room is a highlight, Jacob Epstein’s ‘Lazarus’ statue stands in the chapel and so does an original El Greco (St James The Greater) – as far as colleges at Oxford go, this one has so much to take in. Plus, Hugh Grant went here, now what greater reason do you need?

Where Is New College?  Access is by Hollywell Street. See their website for opening times and ticket prices.

Magdalen College

Pronounced Mawd-lin, Magdalen is definitely one of the prettiest Oxford colleges you could visit. If you’re arriving in town via the High Street it’s also one of the first colleges you’ll see on your trip to Oxford. Being one of the wealthiest colleges in Oxford you can easily see why many a notable King or Prince have chosen it as their Bed and Breakfast for the night, it’s pretty impressive!

Magdalen also has a notable literary alumnus: Oscar Wilde, C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkein all walked these old cobblestones. In fact, if you take a stroll along the college’s Addison’s Walk it’s just a little bit awesome that you are literally following in the footsteps of good friends Tolkein and Lewis who used to promenade together – how cool is that!

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Adjacent to the river, Magdalen often throws out an epic scene of low lying mist across its very own Deer Park. It’s a beautiful picture and if you are visiting Oxford in winter or spring you might want to make this your early morning stop-off for the best chances of seeing this beautiful scene. The deer are more likely to be in the riverside meadows during summer but have been rutting here for over 300 years.

Included in your ticket price (£7) is the opportunity to see the Dining Hall, Medieval Chapel, Old Kitchen Bar and the Cherwell riverside walk. By the way, the Old Kitchen Bar is the riverside seating area you can see from Magdalen Bridge and is a beautiful place to sit and watch the world go by with your beverage – I’m giving you that tidbit for free, it took me years to work out how to get access to that terrace!

Where is Magdalen College?  Entrance is via the lovely Victorian tower gateway on High Street.

Balliol College

Balliol is one of those Oxford colleges where history seems palpable. It reminds me of Christ Church and I’m sure if Christ Church wasn’t available, Balliol would have been the second choice for certain filming locations. It’s grand, it’s beautiful and it’s impressive, but with considerably fewer crowds than others.

Founded in 1263 it’s one of the oldest colleges in Oxford and also a great place to retreat from the crowds out on the pavement – there are more than a handful of nooks and crannies in the Balliol gardens and some very pretty spots amongst the wisterias.

The ticket price is only £2 but it has great Quads, a Great Hall and a great chapel – it’s a handsome all-rounder.

Where is Balliol College? Entrance is on Broad Street.

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Which Oxford Colleges Are Free To Visit?

Several colleges at Oxford open their doors to the public for free at certain times of the day or week. They may not be as impressive as some of the ones with a ticket price but some have features that are definitely worth a little peek if you find yourself in the area. Here’s our recommendations and a few reasons why they are worth a visit…

All Souls College

The poet Matthew Arnold once labelled Oxford; 

‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires’

Because from places like Boars Hill, just west of the metropolis, the tall steeples are what fashion the Oxford skyline and All Souls College is the show-stopper.

In order to get in you have to take the hardest exam in the world, or just turn up between 2 and 4pm on week-days (all day on Sunday) and entry is free! 

Best view of Oxford College All Souls from St Marys tower University Church. Best college to vosot in oxford

Access includes a visit to the college front, the Great Quadrangles and the Chapel and it is definitely worth a look as you will more than likely find yourself at this popular Oxford location at some point anyway (it’s next door to the Radcliffe Camera). However, it’s the spires which make it glorious and you’ll get the best views of these from the top of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin across the way. (The church tower makes our list of Top Things To Do In Oxford and you can find out more details here )

The Gothic chapel of All Souls College is a particular highlight as are the unique angles of the Radcliffe Camera through the foliage of the gardens. You might not spend too long here but it’d be a shame to just walk on by.

The main entrance is on Oxford High Street.

Keble College

A little bit controversial, Keble College isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. It’s been called a Zebra, a humbug and a lasagne – but in my books, the latter is definitely not an insult! In any other town though, this Victorian piece of architecture in the Neo-Gothic style would receive the attention it actually deserved. In short, it looks nothing like the rest of the Oxford Universities!

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Photo credits; Holly Hayes, Keble College – Flickr

For starters, it’s way younger, but that shouldn’t deter you from a quick peek. You’re more than likely going to be stopping by the Pitt Rivers Museum over the road if you’re visiting Oxford for the day (and if not, why not!?), so you may as well visit Keble.

Check out the Dining Hall and Common Room, both a bit reminisce of a posh grand-mothers house and easy to imagine a soiree with Queen Victoria. However, Keble is anything but stuffy – it’s probably the friendliest college you will visit and the more laid back atmosphere is noticeable. Meal-times are a big deal in this place; the University keeps food prices low and in turn students make it a priority to eat here, including 3 formal dinners a week. Rumour has it that Keble is the envy of other Oxford Colleges when it comes to dining.

The College also has a rather beautiful chapel too. And, all for free – just make sure you plan your visit between 2 – 5pm.

Entrance is on Parks Road, opposite the Pitt Rivers Museum

Exeter College

Exeter is the 4th oldest college at Oxford and has a few famous alumni including William Morris, Tolkein and Roger Bannister of 4-minute-mile fame.

Check out the pretty Fellow’s Garden and the spot where Inspector Morse had his heart attack on the lawn! It’s also a filming location for some scenes in The Golden Compass . The hall and chapel are also great too, the latter where a William Morris tapestry of Christ’s Birth hangs. Open for free between 2-5pm.

Entrance is on Turl Street.

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Lincoln College

Worth a stop in Autumn-time just to see the beautiful red Virginia Creeper vines in the Quadrangles. Famous alumni – John Le Carre and Emily Mortimer and John Wesley.

Entrance on Turl Street.

Worcester College

A bit off the beaten path in Oxford, Worcester is a little hidden gem. It’s like a blend of stately home and quaint chocolate-box cottages, all set to a beautiful backdrop of gardens. Throw in a lake for good measure and you’ll find yourself in a city-centre secret place of calm. The college has won Oxford in Bloom a few times over the years – that should tell you something. And don’t miss the mosaics in the church, there’s a distinct Byzantian temple feel to it.

Entrance on Worcester Street, just along from the Ashmolean.

Corpus Christi College

The smallest College of Oxford University but also one of the cutest, Corpus Christi is famous for is annual Tortoise Fair, held in May. Over a thousand fans turn up to see the race between the college tortoises across the gardens. Don’t miss the Pelican sundial in the Quad and the scenic vista’s over Merton’s Field.

Entrance is on Merton Street and it’s open to visitors every day from 1.30 – 4.30pm.

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TIPS FOR VISITING OXFORD COLLEGES

Open Doors Oxford is an event which takes place over a weekend in mid-September every year and makes several Oxford colleges open to visitors that usually charge an entrance fee. It’s a good time to visit if you want to see as many colleges as possible.

When you visit Oxford colleges it may be wise to check ahead of time to see if all the areas are open, sometimes libraries or halls are closed for events or other reasons. Also, some Oxford college tours need to be booked in advance.

Here’s our map of Oxford colleges worth visiting. Remember, if you want to save this map just click on the arrow in the top left corner and star or save.

More Places To Visit In Oxford

Of course, there is more to Oxford than the university. The city has a fascinating royal and political past which you can learn more about. Plus, it’s not short on great places to eat and a good handful of historically famous pubs. We’ve come up with a list of the best things to do in Oxford if you’d like to take a read – stuff you really shouldn’t miss if you’re visiting Oxford for a day.

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Top 10 Oxford University Colleges to Visit

The University of Oxford is the oldest University in the English speaking world, and to date one of the best and most prestigious in the world with countless famous figures and great minds who studied there. Plan your trip to Oxford and check out our Top 10 University of Oxford colleges to visit.

Christ Church College

The castle-like Christ Church is arguably the most impressive Oxford college, and one of the most popular colleges to visit. The college is home to Christ Church Cathedral, and several Harry Potter filming locations.

New College

New College has it all – an impressive chapel, the oldest dining hall in the English-speaking world, beautiful gardens, castle-like cloisters, and the tree where Mad Eye Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire!

All Souls College

All Souls  is the most elusive Oxford College and it takes no undergraduate students. In order to get in, graduate and postgraduate students apply for examination fellowships through “the hardest exam in the world”. Best view from University Church’s tower.

Magdalen College

Magdalen College is one of the biggest Oxford colleges, and its grounds are enormous. Magdalen Tower, one of Oxford’s most iconic landmarks, looms over the college’s deer park, where a herd of deer have lived for over 300 years.

Exeter College

Exeter College , on Turl Street, is home to the most unique medieval chapel in Oxford. It’s one of the smaller Oxford colleges, but it has beautiful gardens and numerous literary connections. JRR Tolkien studied at Exeter, as did Philip Pullman.

Trinity College

On Broad Street,  Trinity College  is tucked away in its beautiful grounds, bordered by its extensive lawns. It is made beautiful by the intricate details of its architecture and statues, making this college look shyly majestic in the centre of the city.

Worcester College

Worcester College is one of the largest Oxford colleges, but is often overlooked by tourists, making it a perfect hidden gem. It boasts beautiful buildings, with walls covered with flowers, and even has an idyllic lake in its grounds.

Balliol College

Balliol College  is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford, dating back to 1263. The college boasts a stunning chapel and large landscaped gardens that always seems to be tranquil and calm. Did we mention they have a collection of prized tortoises?

Keble College

Keble College was established in 1870 in memory of John Keble, a leading member of the Oxford movement and is now one of the biggest colleges at the University of Oxford with 800 students.

Lady Margaret Hall

Founded in 1879, Lady Margaret Hall is a relatively new Oxford college. The Hall prides itself on boldly breaking boundaries, so its striking red brickwork suits the college’s personality! The imposing and grand architecture is a sight to behold.

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Best Colleges to Visit in Oxford

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I’ve spent a year living in Oxford (as a teacher) and also visited several times since I left as my Mom and my sister live there, and I am here today to help you to find out how to visit the best colleges in Oxford. There is no doubt that Oxford is one of the most beautiful and historical cities in England. Of course it is mostly famous for being home to one of the oldest and most prestigious Universities in the world. It attracts people from all over, many of them often ask me: What are the best colleges to visit in Oxford?

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Confession – Why I did not Study at Oxford University!

Here’s my confession….I actually was going to apply to study religion and theology at Oxford, and went to the open day. I asked about clubbing and nights out in Oxford and one of the students said to me: ‘If you are going to base you university choice on that then maybe you should be coming here!’ OK, cue Manchester University for me! Manchester actually suited me well as a student (and I actually slipped a grade!), but I still always enjoy visiting the Oxford colleges as a tourist!

There really is something magical about visiting Oxford and the University colleges. I guess that’s why some of the buildings were chosen as a filming destination for Harry Potter!

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What Architectural style are the Oxford Colleges Built in?

The Oxford Colleges are mostly built in the English early Gothic and Gothic Revival architectural styles, which was popular from the 12th-16th Centuries. It is the beauty of the gates, turrets and spires of the Oxford colleges that make the city so attractive to visitors.

Are the Oxford Colleges Open to the Public?

The great news is that most Oxford colleges are open to the public, although some are only open to guide tours that are pre-booked. Some colleges (such as All Souls) are free to get in while others you have to pay for. It is advisable that you visit this website for information on specific colleges and links to the individual college websites.

When should I visit the Oxford Colleges?

The best time of year to visit the colleges of Oxford is spring to early summer (April-June) or late summer (September) when it is less busy with tourists, but there are still students around to meet.

The academic year at Oxford University is divided into three terms:  Michaelmas term from October to December .  Hilary term from January to March .  Trinity term from April to June . So don’t go to the Oxford colleges outside of these times if you are hoping to meet students. Also, some colleges are not open to the public on weekends and so if you are coming to Oxford for just two or three days then weekdays may be best.

The weather in the spring and early summer will also be mild to pleasant making it a good time to visit in practical terms. At this time of year the beautiful flowers of Oxford will be in full bloom, making it the time of year for the best photographs!

I would not recommend visiting England between November and February due to the cold and unpredictable weather. Oxford is a walkable city and it will not be so fun doing this in the snow or pouring rain. Also there can be ice in the winter months and not everywhere gets gritted and so you run the risk of slips and falls!

Consider avoiding UK public holidays ( check UK bank holidays here ) and UK school holidays when you book (Oxford can be packed in half terms). Also you may want to avoid Christmas and Easter when it will be extremely busy and some of the colleges may be closed to visitors due to staff holidays. That is unless you want to visit for one of the festive services, of course! Oxford college chapels are very beautifully decorated during Christmas time.

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How many Colleges are in Oxford University?

There are over 30 Oxford Colleges, so when you are visiting the Oxford Colleges, plan your time carefully – you probably won’t have time to visit them all!

How long to spend visiting the Oxford Colleges?

It would be easy to spend a whole week in Oxford visiting the castle, colleges, Churches and Museums. Most people will spend 3 days in Oxford and this should be enough time to visit the best Oxford colleges and other main sites of the city. However, if you are really pushed for time I have put together this intense itinerary on how to spend one day in Oxford which includes two colleges – Christ Church and Magdalen, and also the University Church.

Some of the Best Colleges to Visit in Oxford include All Souls College, Christ Church College, New College and Magdalen College (pronounced Maudlin). Here’s my top 10 Oxford colleges to visit as a tourist:

#1 All Souls College

The college was founded in 1438 and is located in the heart of Oxford, close to many other colleges and academic departments. It has a small and highly competitive student body, with most students being graduate students who are studying for advanced degrees. All Souls is also home to a number of distinguished academics and researchers, and it has a strong reputation for research and scholarship in a wide range of fields. Some of the college’s notable alumni include several prime ministers and other prominent politicians, as well as numerous scholars and writers.

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The best thing about this college is that it is free to visit, so you can just rock up (as long as you avoid Christmas Day and other college holidays). No ticket is needed.

#2 Christ Church College

Christ Church is one of the largest and most prestigious colleges of the University, and is located in the heart of Oxford. Christ Church was founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII, and it has a long and rich history. The college has educated many notable figures over the years, including 13 British prime ministers and numerous other politicians, writers, and scholars.

Christ Church college Oxford

The most famous part of the building is the ‘Tom Tower’ or Tom Gate, which is the gate to Christ Church College. It is a gothic style tower that was designed by Christopher Wren. The  The 7 ton bell  in the tower is known as ‘Great Tom’ and it chimes 101 times a night to signify the original scholars of Christ Church.

Christ Church is also home to the Cathedral of Christ Church, which is the seat of the Bishop of Oxford. You can book a tour of Christ Church College through Get Your Guide here .

Cost: Visit is by guided tour only – £12 on the door or £10 if you book online in advance.

#3 Magdelen College

Magdelen College (pronounced Maudlin) is located on the banks of the River Cherwell in the city of Oxford, and is known for its beautiful and historic buildings and grounds. The college was founded in 1458. Magdalen College is also home to a number of important cultural and artistic resources, including the Magdalen College Choir, which is one of the most renowned choirs in the world, and the Magdalen College Library, which contains a large collection of rare and valuable books and manuscripts.

Magdalen College Chapel Churches in Oxford

Cost: Adults £9.50 (£8.50 concessions such as students and pensioners) or a family ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children aged 7 or over) is £28.

#4 New College

It is one of the oldest colleges of the University, having been founded in 1379, and it is located in the heart of Oxford. New College was made famous as one of the filming locations of Harry Potter and its majestic hallways and beautiful widow arches make it easy to see why it was chosen for this.

New College Oxford

You can book the Get Your Guide Harry Potter tour with New College Divinity school here .

#5 Trinity College

It is located in the heart of Oxford (located on Broad Street), and is known for its beautiful and historic buildings and grounds. The college was founded in 1555, originally as a training ground for Catholic Priests. It has a reputation amongst the students for having the best food in Oxford!

Cost: Adults £4, seniors/children £3.

#6 University College

University College is one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges of the University, having been founded in 1249 by William Durham. To visit University College you need to book a guided tour in advance (maximum of 15 people per tour). There is a VR app which offers a virtual tour of parts of the College (with commentary). It is available from both the Apple App Store (search ‘Univ VR App’) and via  Google Play .

Cost: £2 per ticket (free for children under 5 years old)

#7 Merton College

Merton College was founded in 1264 and is worth visiting for its beautiful gardens that are surrounded by the city wall. Merton College has medieval and 17th-century buildings, including a 13th-century chapel. There are guided tours of this college in the summer only for £5, which are worth it if you want to know more about the history of the college.

Best colleges to visit in Oxford Merton College

Cost: Adults £3, concessions £2 and free for children under 13

#8 Balliol College

Balliol (Pronounced Bayley-ul) college was founded in 1263 and is one of the prettiest of the Oxford colleges. It’s Alumni includes the former UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Bojo!) The Chapel of Balliol college has beautiful stained glass windows and there are War Memorials displayed at The Chapel Passage. The great hall is another good example of an Oxford College Hall with Harry Potter Vibes!

Cost: £5 for adults, concessions and students £3

#9 Lincoln College

Lincoln is the smallest of the Oxford colleges, but still very beautiful and worth visiting, especially as it is another one of the best Colleges to Visit in Oxford that is free to get in. It’s compact and the buildings seen from the main Quad are covered in Ivy. You can go up the second staircase to see John Wesley’s room which is behind a glass doorway.

Tips for Visiting the Best Colleges in Oxford

  • Check on the college websites in advance to make sure that they are open to the public and check the opening times – https://www.ox.ac.uk/visitors/visiting-oxford/visiting-the-colleges .
  • Spend at least 3 days in Oxford to visit the best colleges in Oxford.
  • Oxford is a walkable city – good walking boots and a raincoat (just incase) are a must!
  • Visit Oxford in the early spring or summer when then weather is mild and the flowers are in bloom.
  • The best colleges to visit in Oxford are Christ Church College, New College and Magdalen College, so prioritise these and book in advance if you are on a limited time schedule.
  • If you are on a budget the following Oxford Colleges are all free to visit: All Souls College, Lincoln College, Keble College, Kellogg College, Brasenose College, Corpus Christi College, Hertford College, Mansfield College, Nuffield College, The Queens College, St Hilda’s, St John’s, St Peter’s and Lady Margaret Hall.
  • Exeter College is currently closed to tourists.
  • Behave appropriately when visiting the colleges – no shouting or selfie sticks and remember to dress conservatively for visiting the Churches of Oxford .
  • If you are a Harry Potter fan then I would highly recommend a Harry Potter guided tour of Oxford and the relevant colleges .

Further Reading

I hope you enjoyed my guide on the Best Colleges to Visit in Oxford! You might also like to book this Walking tour of Oxford and the University Buildings with Get Your Guide .

If you are spending time in this beautiful University city you might also find these Oxford travel guide helpful:

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Oxford University Colleges

You’ll be blown away by the sheer age of the Oxford University Colleges. Their entire grounds are imbued with history and the presence of the famous people who studied and lived in these stunning buildings.

Oxford University Colleges are not just for students. Its legendary ‘ivory towers’ and ‘dreaming spires’, some almost a 1000 years old, add great cultural value to the city of Oxford. While each has its own distinctive character, the older colleges have a few things in common: a dining hall, a chapel, a library and most are build around at least one quadrangle (quad).

University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the world’s second-oldest surviving university, consists of 38 colleges and 6 permanent private halls. Some of its iconic buildings such as the Radcliffe Camera library, Magdalen College and Christ Church College are symbols of academia worldwide, and those who saw Inspector Morse, Endeavour, Shadowlands or Harry Potter may recognise them in scenes from those films.

The oldest of Oxford’s colleges are University College, Balliol and Merton, established between 1249 and 1264. St Catherine’s College is Oxford’s youngest undergraduate college.

Did you know… Oxford University has connections with an impressive 26 Nobel Prize winners, 30 international leaders, 125 Olympic medallists, 27 British Prime Ministers and many more famous and powerful people who studied there. Learn more about Oxford University famous alumni.

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You would never believe you were in the middle of Oxford while walking around Oxford University Colleges. Outside is all hustle and bustle, inside the spaces are filled with peace and tranquility.

Knowing you are walking in the same steps as Isaac Newton, J.R.R. Tolkien, Albert Einstein to Oscar Wilde makes those places very special.

Christ Church College

Christ Church College

Magdalen College

Magdalen College

New College

New College

Trinity College

Trinity College

Merton College

Merton College

Balliol College

Balliol College

St John's College

St John's College

Keble College

Keble College

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Hertford College

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The Oxford University Museum of Natural History

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Oxford University is actually a collection of 38 separate colleges which all operate independently and have mini campuses all over the city centre. Some of the colleges date back to the 1500s and quite a few are open to the public. There are two colleges we’d particularly recommend visiting. The first is Christ Church which is the largest college, has a dining hall (pictured below) which was the inspiration for the hall at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter movies and its chapel is Oxford Cathedral. The second is New College which has beautiful gardens containing the old Oxford city wall, a historic chapel, an attractive dining hall and cloisters which were used for a memorable scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. If you don’t want to self-tour around the university colleges, you can take a guided tour instead. The Oxford University Walking Tour gets great reviews, lasts around 100 minutes and visits 9 colleges.

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The busiest college for visitors is Christ Church which is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.15pm and Sundays from 2pm to 4.30pm. It’s also the most expensive at £10 for adults in July and August, falling to £8 the rest of the year (2018 prices). You enter via the beautiful Christ Church meadow which is free to visit during daylight hours and offers a lovely view of the river and Oxford. Follow the signs after you’ve paid you entrance fee and you’ll arrive at a small cloisters area surrounding a water feature. The next location is the stairway to the dining hall mentioned above. It tends to be quite cramped in the hall as there are usually some group visits there too, but you get a sense of the size of the place and what it must be like when the benches are occupied at meal times. Next you get to see the quadrangle which is the largest one at Oxford’s colleges, before a trip inside Oxford Cathedral. The church is lovely and if you don’t want to pay to visit, you can come to a service instead. Finally, you exit via a path which takes you past the rest of the colleges buildings.

Oxford New College Quadrangle (www.free-city-guides.com)

As mentioned above, if you only have chance to visit one college in Oxford, we’d recommend New College (pictured above). The entrance for summer opening (Easter to October) is on the picturesque New College Lane which starts with the ‘Bridge of Sighs’. Adult admission is £5 (2018 prices) and for us, this college sums up Oxford. Firstly, you’ll be wowed by the quadrangle which is very attractive, but the next stop is the cloisters, complete with an ancient Oak tree, which were used as a Harry Potter movie location when Mad-Eyed Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret. The area is instantly recognisable and we just sat on the benches and relaxed. The chapel is the next stop and there’s plenty to see, before a trip to the dining hall. Lastly you get to wander around the college gardens which are large and are bordered by some of the only bits of remaining Oxford city wall. The college is open 11am to 5pm (Easter to October, via New College Lane gates). The college also opens from October to Easter for a few hours in the afternoon – 2pm to 4pm via Holywell Street gates.

Oxford Exeter College Quadrangle (www.free-city-guides.com)

Another college we liked was Exeter College (pictured above), which was part of the University & City Walking Tour. Once again, the layout is similar to the others with a grassed lawn surrounded by a quadrangle including the dining hall and chapel. The dining hall here is like a mini-version of the one at Christ Church and the chapel is very pretty inside with very tall windows based on Saint Chapelle in Paris. This is also the college where Inspector Morse dies in the British TV series after a musical performance in the chapel. If you’re not on the walking tour, the college is open to visitors daily from 2pm to 5pm and admission is free.

Most of the Oxford University colleges allow visitors at certain times of the day and many are free or have only a small admission charge. There’s a full list on the Oxford University website linked below. You can also admire many of the collages without going inside, so walk under the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ (pictured at the top of the page) at Hertford College and peep through the metal gates of Trinity College to get a good view of the gardens.

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The 38 colleges are spread all around the city centre of Oxford. This map shows Christ Church, the biggest and most-visited college, but you can move it around and zoom in or out to see the location of the others:

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All Souls College

http://www.all-souls.ox.ac.uk/

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Balliol College

http://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/

Broad Street, 01865 277777 Open 1pm - 5:00pm daily Admission: £1(£2 with guidebook)

Brasenose College

http://www.bnc.ox.ac.uk/

Radcliffe Square, 01865 277830 Open 10am - 11:30am for guided tours, 2pm - 4:30pm every day for general public. Admission: £1

Christ Church

http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/

St. Aldate's, 01865 276150 Open daily except Christmas Day. Mon-Sat 9.00am-5.30pm, Sun 1pm-5.30pm (last admittance 4.30pm). Cathedral closes at 5.00pm - for special services see website Admission: £4.90 / £3.90

Corpus Christi College

http://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/

Merton Street, 01865 276700 Open 1:30 - 4:30 daily Admission: Free

Exeter College

http://www.exeter.ox.ac.uk/

Turl Street, 01865 279600 Open 2pm - 5pm daily Admission: Free

GreenTempleton College

http://www.gtc.ox.ac.uk/

Woodstock Road, 01865 274770 Open by appointment only

Harris Manchester College

http://www.hmc.ox.ac.uk/

Mansfield Road, 01865 271006 Open (chapel only) Mon-Fri 8.30am - 5.30pm, Sat 9am - midday Admission: Free

Hertford College

http://www.hertford.ox.ac.uk/

Catte Street, 01865 279400 Open daily 10am - midday, 2.00pm - dusk Admission: Free

Jesus College

http://www.jesus.ox.ac.uk/

Turl Street, 01865 279700 Open 2pm - 4:30pm daily Admission: Free

Keble College

http://www.keble.ox.ac.uk/

Parks Road, 01865 272727 Open daily 2pm - 5pm Admission: Free

Kellogg College

http://www.kellogg.ox.ac.uk/

62 Banbury Road, 01865 270383 Open Mon-Fri 9am - 5pm

Lady Margaret Hall

http://www.lmh.ox.ac.uk/

Fyfield Road, 01865 274300 Open daily 10am - 5pm Admission: Free

Linacre College

http://www.linacre.ox.ac.uk/

Linacre

St. Cross Road, 01865 271650 Open by appointment only

Lincoln College

http://www.lincoln.ox.ac.uk/

Turl Street, 01865 279800 Open 2pm - 5pm Mon - Sat, 11am - 5pm Sun

Magdalen College

http://www.magd.ox.ac.uk/

High Street, 01865 276000 Open Oct-Jun 1pm - 6pm or dusk (whichever is earlier). Jul-Sep 12pm - 6pm Admission: £4 / £3. Entry free to Oxford residents, Bodleian and Alumni card holders +1 guest

Mansfield College

http://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/

Mansfield Road, 01865 270999 Open Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm Admission: Free

Merton College

http://www.merton.ox.ac.uk/

Merton Street, 01865 276370 Open Mon - Fri 2pm - 4pm, Sat - Sun 10am - 4pm Admission: for College grounds. Old Library tours may be available at £2 per person from July to September.

New College

http://www.new.ox.ac.uk/

Holywell Street & New College Lane, 01865 279555 Open Easter - Oct 11am - 5pm (via New College Lane gates); Oct - Easter 2pm - 5pm (via Holywell Street gates) Admission: Adults £2, seniors £1.50, under 16s and full time students £1 (charge applies Easter-October only). Free to Oxford residents.

Nuffield College

http://www.nuffield.ox.ac.uk/

New Road, 01865 278500 Open daily 9am - 5pm Admission: Free

Oriel College

http://www.oriel.ox.ac.uk/

Oriel Square, 01865 276555 Open 2pm - 5pm daily Admission: Free

Pembroke College

http://www.pmb.ox.ac.uk/

Pembroke Square, St. Aldate's, 01865 276444 Open by appointment only

Queen's College

http://www.queens.ox.ac.uk/

High Street, 01865 279120 Open only through tourist guides - book thru tourist info on Broad Street

Said Business School

http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/

Park End Street, 01865 288800 Open during the day

St. Anne's College

http://www.st-annes.ox.ac.uk/

Woodstock Road, 01865 274800 Open daily 9am - 5pm Admission: Free

St. Antony's College

http://www.sant.ox.ac.uk/

St Antony's

Woodstock Road, 01865 284700 Open by appointment only

St. Catherine's College

http://www.stcatz.ox.ac.uk/

Manor Road, 01865 271700 Open daily 9am - 5pm Admission: Free

St. Cross College

http://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/.

St. Giles', 01865 278458 Open by appointment only

St. Edmund Hall

http://www.seh.ox.ac.uk/

Queen's Lane, 01865 279000 Mon-Fri 12pm - 4pm (term time). At other times contact the College Admission: Free

St. Hilda's College

http://www.ox.ac.uk/go.rm?id=481

St Hilda's

Cowley Place, 01865 276884 Open by appointment only Admission: Free

St. Hugh's College

http://www.st-hughs.ox.ac.uk/

St. Margarets Road, 01865 274900 Open 10am - 4pm Admission: Free

St. John's College

http://www.sjc.ox.ac.uk/

St. Giles', 01865 277300 Open 1pm - dusk every day Admission: Free

St. Peters College

http://www.spc.ox.ac.uk/

St Peter

New Inn Hall Street, 01865 278900 Open 10am - 5pm Admission: Free

Somerville College

http://www.some.ox.ac.uk/

Somerville

Woodstock Road, 01865 270600 Open daily 2pm - 4.30pm Admission: Free

Trinity College

http://www.trinity.ox.ac.uk/

Broad Street, 01865 279900 Open Mon - Fri 10am - midday, 2pm - 4pm. Sat-Sun (term time) 2pm - 4pm. Sat-Sun (vacation) 10am - midday, 2pm - 4pm Admission: £1.50 / 75p

University College

http://www.univ.ox.ac.uk/

University

High Street, 01865 276602 Entry for groups by prior arrangement with the Domestic Bursar. Entry for individuals and families at the discretion of the Lodge Porter

Wadham College

http://www.wadham.ox.ac.uk/

Wadham College

Parks Road, 01865 277900 Open 1pm - 4:15pm during term, 10:30am - 11:45am and 1pm - 4:15pm out of term. Admission: Free

Wolfson College

http://www.wolfson.ox.ac.uk/

Linton Road, 01865 274100 Open during the day Admission: Free

Worcester College

http://www.worc.ox.ac.uk/

Worcester

Walton Street, 01865 278300 Open daily 2pm - 5pm Admission: Free

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The beautiful city of Oxford is a tourist favourite due to its iconic buildings, history and charming feel. However, it can be expensive which is why I’m sharing this ultimate guide to the free things to do in Oxford.

As someone who has spent a lot of time here the last few years, I know it’s not all about the tourist sights. Due to the popularity of Harry Potter filming locations in Oxford , I’ve seen colleges like Christ Church triple their entrance fees in just a couple of years making it tricky to explore Oxford on a budget.

OXFORD ESSENTIALS Oxford & Cotswolds Pocket Lonely Planet guidebook Accommodation: Booking.com Activities: GetYourGuide Must read: my UK budget travel guide Getting there: Trainline / Busbud

Many Oxford locals miserably declare that Oxford is the most expensive place to live in the UK since housing prices almost match London’s but residents don’t receive London weighting when it comes to salaries. This won’t affect you much when visiting but you can give waiting staff a tip if you want to help out!

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Check out my Oxford day trip guide and my weekend in Oxford guide.

While it can be an expensive city to live, there are plenty of free things to do in Oxford for visitors. It’s a city full of museums and parks, plus some of the Oxford colleges are free to go inside. Let’s get stuck into travelling on a budget …

Free galleries and museums in Oxford

Museums in the UK are great when you’re at a lose end without a huge budget. They’re also great for rainy days, something that’s usually pretty hard to avoid in England. These Oxford museums are free…

1. Pitt Rivers Museum

You could stay busy all day in Oxford without leaving the Pitt Rivers Museum. Housed in one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in Oxford on Parks Road, it’s stocked to the brim with artefacts from different time periods and civilisations around the world. Including masks from Mexico and pottery from Pakistan, it’s all here. Visit from 10am – 4.30pm every day apart from Monday. Entrance is free but you can leave a donation.

2. Museum of Natural History

This museum is actually in the same building as Pitt Rivers so you can kill two birds with one stone. Speaking of dead birds, the Museum of Natural History is home to the only tissue remains of a dodo in the world, as well as a giant dinosaur skeleton which is the first thing you’ll see when you walk in. With lots of interactive and colourful exhibits, it’s a great free museum in Oxford to bring kids.

3. The Ashmolean

My personal favourite museum is the Ashmolean . As another top free thing to do in Oxford, you can while away a few hours without spending any money (unless you indulge in afternoon tea and cocktails at the cafe. Tempting!). The Ashmolean has been open since 1638 and does a great job of telling stories from various period of time such as ancient Egypt and Rome. There are lots of exhibits focussing on female, POC and LGBT+ voices and stories. The exterior of the Ashmolean is amazing so you’ll want to snap a few photos from the outside.

4. Museum of Oxford

This museum located on St Aldates has, for many years, been the place to go for all things Oxford. While other Oxford museums focus on art or archaeology from different countries around the world, this museum shares stories of Oxford throughout the ages including the history of the University. Rather than being stuffy, there are lots of interactive exhibitions and room reconstructions you can go inside.

5. Museum of History of Science

Anyone with an interest in science will want to check out this free museum in Oxford. The Museum of History of Science is home to 20,000 items, although only are a fifth are on display. Real science fans can make requests to view items of specific interest to them. Otherwise, you can pop in to browse items including a blackboard used to Albert Einstein. It’s open from midday to 5pm, every day apart from Mondays.

6. Modern Art Oxford

If you’re more into art than artifacts, another free thing to do in Oxford is visit the Modern Art Museum at 30 Pembroke Street. This space displays the work of modern artists around the world. You’ll find a cafe and shop, as well as the occasional live performance. Since the exhibits change often, visit the website to check what’s on.

Free things to do in Oxford – outdoor activities

7. free walking tour.

Oxford walking tour free things to do in Oxford

While there are a couple of companies offering free walking tours, I would definitely recommend going local while exploring Oxford on a budget. Footprint Tours are an Oxford-based company offering 2-hour free walking tours around the city highlights. You’ll get to see Harry Potter filming locations like Christ Church and the Bodleian Library, as well as historical locations visited by and C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Tours depart from 5 Broadstreet seven days a week up to five times a day. for more details and booking a free space, head to Footprints Tours .

8. Port Meadow

port meadow

Port Meadow is the largest green space in Oxford running alongside the River Thames. Not only can you swim in the river and have picnics in the summer, but the meadow is home to wild ponies. Last time I visited, a group of five friendly horses traipsed through a group of people sunbathing, sending them scattering. Even on an overcast day, you can take a long leisurely walk around Port Meadow. You can walk there from central Oxford, passing through Jericho . Otherwise, you can catch a bus from the city centre or park outside.

9. University Parks

Uni parks Oxford

For a free activity in Oxford closer to the city centre than Port Meadow, you can walk and relax in University Parks. Locals and students call these uni parks or simply just the parks. Like most things in Oxford, they’re owned by the University but they’re free for the public to enter. You can walk, picnic, spot wildlife, admire the large collection of plants and trees and even witness a game of Quidditch if you’re lucky. Check the University Parks website for events including charity runs and circuses.

10. Thames river walk

Thames river walk free activities Oxford

I recently spent an idyllic afternoon walking the Thames river path which is one of the nicest walks in Oxfordshire . Most of the tourists won’t know about this place but that shouldn’t put you off, in fact that should be an incentive! If you want to escape the crowds, this is one of the best free things to do in Oxford. Option one: Start at the Head of The River pub and locate the river path which passes along the edge of Christ Church Meadows. Walk on the other side of the river past Boathouse Island where you can watch Oxford students practise rowing and stop for a drink at Isis Farmhouse (if you have the budget). You can loop back around Christ Church Meadows to reenter Oxford via the Cowley Road. Option two: Take the river walk the opposite direction. Find The Folly Restaurant (the other side of Abingdon Road from the Head of the River Pub) and follow the river path towards Port Meadow, passing through Osney.

Hungry while there? Check out my guide to the top Cowley Road Oxford restaurants .

11. Wander Ifley Village

This charming village on the outskirts of Oxford is a pretty place to wander for a change of scene. To get there from the option #1 riverwalk mentioned above, continue past Christ Church Meadows, Aston’s Eyot and Donington, ending in Iffley. This should take about 40 minutes in total if starting from the Head of The River pub, but longer if you stop to relax and take photos. There’s not lots to do in Ifley but it’s worth wandering the charming Cotswolds houses, leafy streets and stopping at a traditional English pub.

Read next: best walks in Oxfordshire

12. Get a skyline view at South Park

Yet another gorgeous green space in Oxford is South Park measuring 50 acres. While you can you walk and picnic here, the highlight is the skyline view of Oxford’s dreaming spires. This would be a lovely place to finish a day in Oxford for sunset and a spot of photography. You can reach South Park on foot in 30 minutes from Oxford City centre.

13. Watch the punters

At £20 per person, punting in Oxford isn’t ideal for those visiting Oxford on a budget. If it’s not within your budget, head to Magdalen Bridge Boathouse and set up camp by the riverside. Here you can amuse yourself by watching punters attempt to push themselves along the river, sometimes bickering and occasionally falling out of the boat. What could be better entertainment than that?

Free things to do in Oxford – colleges

There are 38 colleges in Oxford but most have some kind of entrance fee if you’re not a student or staff. If you’re visiting Oxford on a budget and want to see these mysterious worlds for yourself, the good news is that there are free Oxford colleges to enter. These include…

14. All Souls College

All Souls is for researchers rather than undergraduate students making it a bit different from other Oxford colleges. In terms of visiting, it’s one of the grandest and most impressive colleges to wander around and better yet, it’s free. Locate All Souls in Radcliffe Square across from the Radcliffe Camera, marked by its distinctive wrought iron gates.

All souls college free things to do Oxford

Read next: A complete guide to visiting Oxford colleges

16. Exeter College

Nestled along pretty Turl Street is Exeter College, one of the oldest in Oxford dating back to 1314. It has a sizeable quad with ancient buildings set around a green square. Entrance is free and the doorway can be found across from Missing Bean, one of the best coffee shops in Oxford . J.R.R. Tolkien and Philip Pullman are both alumni.

16. Corpus Christ College

This small but atmospheric Oxford college is free to visit and doesn’t take long to wander around. They’re known as one of the only colleges to still participate in the annual tortoise racing festival in May. You can find the entrance on Merton Street.

17. Keble College

Keeble looks different to the other Oxford colleges with their golden stone. Keble is built with red brick and is spread across large, open ground. It has less of a cosy feel than some of the others but is visually just as striking.

There are more free colleges but not all are as impressive as these. Check details on the University website . Other free ones include:

  • Harris Manchester College
  • Hertford College
  • Keble College
  • Kellogg College
  • Lady Margaret Hall
  • Lincoln College
  • The Queen’s College
  • Somerville College
  • St Catherine’s College
  • St Edmund Hall
  • Mansfield College
  • Nuffield College
  • St Hugh’s College
  • St John’s College
  • Wadham College.

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Free things to do in Oxford – sights

If you’re visiting Oxford on a budget but don’t want to miss the highlights, I would suggest the following free activities in Oxford:

18. University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Along the High Street, you will find University Church of St Mary the Virgin, dating back to the year 1280. While it costs a few pounds to climb the church tower and look out over Oxford, you can enter the impressive church for free.

19. Wander under the Bridge of Sighs

bridge of sighs

Even if you’re stacked with cash, you can’t pay to go inside the Bridge of Sighs because it’s strictly for staff and students. This charming enclosed bridge connecting two Oxford colleges is suspended above the street. Wander underneath and take some iconic Oxford photos of the Sheldonian Theatre on the other side.

20. Spot the Sheldonian heads

Sheldonian heads free things Oxford

If you’re walking down Broad Street, you will see the Sheldonian Theatre but you might accidentally miss the quirky Sheldonian Heads . Around the outside of the building are 13 pillars, each mounted with busts featuring expressive faces. No one really knows who they were but they’re not the Twelve Apostles who many foreign tourists mistake them for.

There have now been a few sets of heads as the old ones have crumbled and been replaced. What became of the original ones is a mystery and experts in Oxford are apparently still searching the surrounding countryside for their remains.

21. Radcliffe Square

Radcliffe square

Many of the big names when it comes to Oxford sightseeing can be found scattered around Radcliffe Square. The Radcliffe Camera is an iconic sight, closeby to All Soul’s College and St Mary’s Church. Take some time to wander the cobbled square and people-watch.

22. Evensong at Christ Church

During the university term, the Christ Church Cathedral Choir sing for ‘evensong’, an Anglican Church tradition. For a free activity in Oxford, visit Christ Church Cathedral for a service. Check the Christ Church website for more details.

Free Oxford things to do – hidden gems

23. blackwell’s bookshop.

Literary fans will enjoy this free thing to do in Oxford. Blackwell’s are the largest educational publisher in the UK so where else would their flagship store be than Oxford? The higgedly-piggedly blue bookshop on Broad Street is inside an old building dating back centuries.

24. The Norrington Room

As well as browsing, you can head down to the Norrington Room , one of the largest rooms of books in the world. From the looks of the tiny high street store, you’d have no idea it was there. Covering topics from psychology to sociology and education, it holds over 150,000 books which take up over two miles of shelves! Blackwell’s Bookshop has been open since the 1870s. With so many books joining the collection, there was nowhere to store them but underground.

25. Colourful houses of Holywell Street

Holywell street Oxford

This street is a bit of a hidden gem in Oxford and always much quieter than the High Street. Bloggers and photographers need to visit because there are so many adorable buildings with flower-laden bikes resting outside, as well as a collection of pastel-painted houses that I believe are lived in by Oxford students. Local tip – if you love Japanese food, Edamame restaurant on Holywell Street serves some of the best Asian food in Oxford .

26. Find St Helen’s Passage

Most people frequenting St Helen’s Passage are on the way to the Turf Taven, one of Oxford’s oldest and most iconic pubs. Whether or not you’re heading there, I would recommend finding this cute alleyway which you’ll literally have to squeeze to get down. It reminds me of something from Harry Potter. Find it underneath the Bridge of Sighs.

27. Lion street art on St Catherine Street

During your time in Oxford, you may choose to explore the Cowley Road, a hipster and multi-cultural part of town with lots of cool bars and Cowley Road restaurants from Caribbean to Lebanese. A free thing to do is find the street art including this awesome lion mural on Catherine Street.

Lion street art Catherine street

28. Find the Narnia doorway

This decadent doorway shows a gold figure who appears part fawn. Since C.S Lewis lived on St Mary’s Passage whilst lecturing at Oxford, it’s thought this location may have inspired his Narnia novels, representing the doorway to a magical world. Who knows if it was his inspiration but it seems likely enough!

Free things to do in Oxford – markets

For a fun free activity in Oxford that will include some free samples if you’re lucky, explore the city’s markets. These include:

29. The Covered Market

Covered market Oxford free activities

This is one of my favourite places in Oxford. Even though there are lots of cafes where you can spend money, you can also browse the market for free. You’ll find stands of fresh produce, independent boutiques and colourful florists. It’s a lovely place to get lost in the winding alleys.

Related read: a complete guide to Oxford’s Covered Market

30. Gloucester Green Market

Gloucester green market food

This vibrant open-air market takes place at Gloucester Green on Thursdays and Saturdays. As well as every cuisine from Polish to Venezuelan, you can browse antiques, arts and crafts without feeling pressure to buy.

Read next: the best markets in Oxford

31. North Parade Market

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North Parade is a colourful and charming part of Oxford located off the Banbury Road, a 30-minute walk from Central Oxford. With Instagrammable pink pub, The Rose and Crown, decked out with flowery window baskets at all times, you could wander this area as a further free activity in Oxford. If you can time your visit around 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month, visit for the North Parade Farmers Market . The street comes alive with produce, coffee and takeaway food.

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Head to East Oxford Farmers’ & Community Market held every Saturday between 10am and 1pm. Head to 3 Collins St (just off Cowley Road) to browse ethically-produced organic food and produce. I had the best falafel of my life here!

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From free museums in Oxford to green spaces, markets and other attractions, you won’t get bored when visiting Oxford without much money.

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It is a distant dream of many to attend Oxford University, one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Many of the world’s leaders, writers, artists and many more have attended colleges at Oxford University and it has an incredible reputation as a learning centre. As you walk through the streets of Oxford you’ll immediately been intrigued by what is beyond the gates or entrance doors, but the good news is you can visit many of the Oxford colleges! Here are some of the most popular colleges to visit and should you wish to apply to Oxford after your visit or just learn more about the process, here’s an article on How to Get Accepted into Oxford written by a student herself!

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Christ Church College

St. Aldate’s 276150 Open every day except Christmas. Hall closed between 12pm and 2pm. Cathedral closes at 4:45pm. Admission £4/£3 when cathedral open, £3/£2 when closed.

Christ Church College is most famously known as “The Harry Potter” college around town, as it is here where visitors come to first and many make the trek out from London  just  to walk through these halls!

Don’t miss   the Great Dining Hall, as it was this exact hall that inspired the set for Hogwarts Great Hall! The similarities are uncanny. Scenes from the film were also filmed here and on the grand staircase you will enter on. If you’re a Lewis Carroll fan, don’t miss Christ Church! It is here where Alice herself lived (yes, Alice was an actual person), as her father was the Dean of this particular college.

All Souls College

High Street 279379 Open 2pm – 4:30pm Mon-Fri, Free Admission Official Website

All Souls College is very different to all the other colleges, as students can not apply, rather they are elected. Thus they are incredibly bright students with just as bright a future!

Lincoln College

Turl Street 279800 Open: 2pm – 5pm Mon – Sat, 11am – 5pm Sun. Free Admission.

Lincoln College was where Dr Seuss (actual name Theodore Geisel) earned his education. The front quad is particularly picturesque.

Magdalen College

High Street 276000 Open: October 1 – June 21 1pm – 6pm or dusk (whichever is earlier), June 22 – Sept 30 12pm – 6pm. Admission £3 / £2.

Pronounced “Mawd-lin”, Magdalen College is commonly referred to as the most beautiful of all the colleges in Oxford. Famous attendees include CS Lewis, Oscar Wilde and J. Paul Getty.

Merton College

Merton Street 276310 Open: Mon – Fri 2pm – 4pm, Sat – Sun 10am – 4pm. Admission Free.

Merton College is one of three original colleges built in Oxford and its’ attendees include JRR Tolkien and TS Elliot, among others.

New College

Holywell Street & New College Lane 279555 Open: Easter to early October 11am – 5pm Admission £2. Access via New College Lane gate. Winter months 2pm – 4pm. Admission Free. Access via Holywell gate.

New College is architecturally very different to other colleges in Oxford and appears as more of a castle than an actual college! Famous attendees include Hugh Grant and Virginia Woolf.

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Here’s your invaluable guide to visiting Oxford University, including what to do and things to see at Oxford University.

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Visiting Oxford University

Oxford University is not a campus university, so it is not all located on one site. It is made up of many different buildings, including academic departments, colleges and halls – all strewn across the centre of Oxford.

Many of the university buildings – colleges, libraries, museums and gardens – are open to visitors during the day (especially outside term time), although they may have varying opening hours, fees and rules for groups.

In the colleges, visitors can usually explore the college quad and gardens, as well as the chapel. Some colleges also open their dining hall to visitors, such as Wadham College and Christ Church , whose grand hall was the setting for Hogwarts’ Great Hall in the Harry Potter films.

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The Ashmolean Museum, which opened in 1683, is Britain’s first museum and the world’s first university museum. It holds a vast selection of treasures dating from 500,000 BC to the present day, including Egyptian mummies and the world’s greatest collection of Raphael drawings.

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Oxford University Museum of Natural History

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History, founded in 1860, holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens in a stunning example of neo-Gothic architecture. It is also home to a lively programme of research, teaching and events focused on the sciences of the natural environment.

Adjacent to the Museum of Natural History is the Pitt Rivers Museum. Founded in 1884, it holds one of the world’s finest collections of anthropology and archaeology objects from all parts of the world and all time periods in human history.

History of Science Museum, Oxford

History of Science Museum Oxford

The History of Science Museum is the world’s oldest surviving purpose-built museum building and houses an unrivalled collection of early scientific instruments, from a blackboard used by Albert Einstein during a lecture in Oxford in 1931 to the first life-saving Penicillin cultures.

Located in the University’s Faculty of Music on St Aldate’s, the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments celebrates the history and development of the musical instruments of the Western Classical tradition, from the medieval period to the present day.

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Founded by Sir Thomas Bodley and officially opened in 1602, the world-famous Bodleian Library is a must-see cultural destination in the heart of Oxford. It is the foundation of the Bodleian Libraries Group – the largest academic library system in the UK, comprising 27 other libraries across Oxford.

Weston Library, Oxford

Weston Library, Oxford

The Weston Library, across the road from the Bodleian Library, is a working library and research centre as well as a public event and exhibition space. It houses the Bodleian Libraries’ special collections and exhibits some fine treasures, from ancient manuscripts to a letter from Albert Einstein.

Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford

Christ Church Picture Gallery Oxford

Christ Church Picture Gallery houses and displays an important collection of Old Master paintings, drawings and prints in a purpose-built gallery of considerable architectural interest. You can visit the Picture Gallery to see works by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Dürer, Raphael and Rubens without visiting the rest of the college.

Oxford Botanic Garden

Oxford Botanic Garden

Founded in 1621, the Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in Britain. And with over 5,000 different plant species, it forms the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the world. The garden helps educate people about the importance of plants, conserve plants from the world over, and support teaching and research within the University and beyond.

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Christ Church College Meadow Oxford University

Christ Church Meadow is a large area of tranquil pasture in the heart of the busy city of Oxford, owned and maintained by Christ Church and bordering the rivers Cherwell and Isis. A herd of beautiful Longhorn cattle are maintained by Christ Church on the Meadow and spend most of the year there.

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The duck pond at Oxford University Parks

University Parks consists of around 70 acres (30 hectares) of beautiful parkland bordering on the River Cherwell. It includes various sports areas, a duck pond and a large collection of plants and trees in landscaped surroundings. Whatever the season, University Parks always has a lot to offer residents and visitors alike.

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Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford

Designed by Christopher Wren and erected in 1669, the Sheldonian Theatre is the principal assembly room and the ceremonial venue of the University. Inspired by drawings of Roman theatres, this magnificent and versatile theatre is also home to a raft of exciting events and offers stunning panoramic views over Oxford.

University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

University Church of St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

Standing in the centre of Oxford, the University’s own church has a long and varied history and offers excellent panoramic views of the city. There’s no charge to enter the church, which is a place of worship with dignified liturgy and beautiful music, but a charge applies for entry to the tower.

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If you’re simply spending some time exploring Oxford – perhaps you’re a huge Potterhead like me – then you’re in luck. There are plenty of free things to do in Oxford and ways to visit this magnificent and historic city on a budget. 

Oxford is a beautiful English city , but it can be expensive. And, I mean very expensive – pricier than London expensive. Locals actually complain because housing is the same price as London, but there’s no London weighting to ease the cost!

The top free things to do in Oxford

But it’s also historic, beautiful, and fascinating, and the architecture is gorgeous. It’s one of my favourite places to visit in the UK , alongside Devon and Bath .

So, whether you are looking to soak up some history, explore fascinating museums, or just want to relax in a beautiful park and try some traditional English food, Oxford has it all.

Here are the 15 incredible places to visit in Oxford for free. They’ll give you a taste of everything the city has to offer without breaking the bank. Enjoy!

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1. The Ashmolean Museum

One of the best free museums in Oxford, the Ashmolean is home to one of the world’s finest collections of art and archaeology.

With collections spanning almost two thousand years. Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum is the world’s first university museum, Britain’s first-ever museum, and one of the best things to do in Oxford for free.

The museum is housed in a beautiful classical building inspired by Greek architecture that was first erected in 1678–1683.

the ashmoean museum is one of the best free things to do in oxford

The main attraction features a huge collection of art and archaeological items from the Greek period to the Ancient Egyptian era and all across Asia too. Everything is categorized by country.

You can literally walk through global history, marvel at stunning Chinese artefacts, explore exotic relics from India, and then explore Ancient Rome and the antiques discovered at Pompeii.

The museum is bright and airy, making it a perfect destination for an hour or two of free sightseeing. Admission to Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum costs nothing.

This makes this one of the top things to do in Oxford on a budget.

2. Visit the Pitt Rivers Museum

Another of Oxford’s free museums, the Pitt Rivers Museum is home to Oxford’s world-famous collection of archaeological and anthropological items.

The museum has a huge variety of artefacts from the culture around the world as well as displays of ancient human evolution and a rather curious collection of shrunken heads.

If you’re looking for one of the best free things to do in Oxford, then this should be pretty high on that list! It’s one of those things that you think should cost money but doesn’t.

The incredible Pitt Rivers Museum

The Pitt Rivers Museum was founded by General Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt Rivers. He was a renowned archaeologist who donated his collections to create an educational resource for generations ahead. In 2011 he became only the sixth person to have a portrait hung in the National Portrait Gallery.

The museum is relatively small and easy to explore, making it perfect if you’re new to Oxford or want an alternative break from sightseeing.

Located to the east of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History, you actually have to go through that museum to access it. But they’re both free to enter, so this just gives you a little more to explore! 

The Pitt Rivers will leave your brain buzzing with knowledge for days! Admission costs nothing, so why not indulge?

3. Explore Radcliffe Square

Arguably one of Oxford’s most famous sights , Radcliffe Square is home to the Radcliffe Camera and the Bodleian Libraries.

This will give you a true taste of its historic past. But be aware this area can get pretty busy and there are often tourists taking photos all day long!

The beautiful Radcliffe Camera in Oxford

The Square was named after an original benefactor of the University: John Radcliffe. The university library stands on the site where he once lived as Chancellor.

In addition to being home to some of Oxford’s most famous buildings including Christ Church College, Corpus Christi College, and All Souls College.

It also serves as a meeting point for people from around the world who want their picture taken by our iconic landmark building. It’s easy to see why Radcliffe Square is one of the top free things to do in Oxford.

4. Walk through the Bodleian Library Grounds

It’s free to explore the grounds, see the exhibitions, and walk through the famous exterior facade of the impressive Bodleian Libraries. One of Oxford’s most historic buildings, they house a priceless collection of rare books and manuscripts including Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook.

bodeian library is one of the best free thigns to do in oxford

If you need some inspiration, then this is one of those places where knowledge comes alive at your touch. Just be warned that it can get very busy on weekends.

If you have £2.50 to spare, then you can pay to enter the neighbouring Divinity School. It’s located on the grounds near the libraries.

For Harry Potter fans , this was where Harry recovered after his first run-in with Voldemort in the Philospoher’s Stone as well as the hall where McGonegal taught the students to dance in the Goblet of Fire.

5. Walk Under the Bridge of Sighs

Located right next to the Library grounds, the Bridge of Sighs is Oxford’s famous stone bridge. It is most commonly seen in movies – and should not be confused with the one in Venice or the one in Cambridge !

bridge of sighs

The Bridge of Sighs was constructed by Thomas Nevile, Master of Trinity College, to link two colleges. You can’t go inside it even if you want to because it’s reserved for students and university staff. However, you can walk under it and admire the architecture.

6. Visit The Museum of History and Science

For those interested in both the past and developing the future, the Museum of History and Science will provide hours of free entertainment.

Unlike many museums in Oxford, this one is very hands-on with lots to explore. From interactive exhibitions on natural sciences to those about history, there’s something for everyone!

The museum has a huge variety of exhibits which allows you to enjoy your visit even if it rains outside. Home to over 20,000 items, this museum is open from noon to 5pm, every day except Mondays.

7. Explore the Modern Art Oxford

For fans of art, this is one of the best free things to do in Oxford. The Modern Art Oxford gallery houses a collection of post-war and contemporary art. It includes paintings by well-known artists such as Picasso.

modern art oxford

Located at 30 Pembroke Street, you’ll find it hard not to be impressed with this elegant building housing the museum’s permanent display.

You can find the occasional live performance here, as well as a cafe and shop. Exhibits change often, make sure to visit the website before you go and check what is currently on display.

8. Walk Around Christ Church Meadow

For fans of exploring the outdoors, there are some beautiful walks to be had around Christ Church Meadow. With a variety of trees and wildlife, this is one of Oxford’s most scenic areas.

This makes it perfect for those looking for free things to do in Oxfordshire which offer peace and tranquillity.

christ church meadow is one of the best free things to do in oxford

A popular place with tourists, the meadow offers plenty of photo opportunities whether you’re looking at animals or watching students playing sports on its lush green grass.

This area also provides easy access to Corpus Christi College – home to The Cloisters; an amazing medieval space that can’t fail but impress even the most ardent visitor.

9. Discover the Covered Market

One of the best things to do in Oxford, the Covered Market is alive with the hustle and bustle. The only remaining Covered Market in Britain, it is a wonderful place to go for some free things to do in Oxfordshire that offer culture.

covered market

This market was first constructed by architect James Gibbs in 1774 – since then there have been many modifications made; from roofing changes due to fire damage to being bombed twice during WWII (once on each side).

Today, you can find anything you need: food stalls selling fish & chips or locally-produced sausages are just a few examples, among dozens of others including fresh produce, clothes, handicrafts, and more.

Of course, it’s free if you’re window shopping. But if any of the trinkets in the windows or food items tempt you, you may end up spending a few pounds!

10. Sample Free Fudge at the Fudge Kitchen

If you’re a bit of a sweet tooth, the Fudge Kitchen is an absolute must. This small store on 5 Broad Street has been producing handmade treats for 35 years. As well as fudge, they serve up truffles, chocolates, and all sorts of other goodies too! 

The staff are very friendly – so don’t be afraid to ask them what they recommend. There’s nothing quite like enjoying some tasty local produce while taking a break from sightseeing. But once again, you may end up spending money on their delicious treats!

11. Tour the City Streets

Footprint Tours Oxford offers a range of free walking tours, giving a comprehensive overview of the best free things to do in Oxford.

Whether you’re looking for something family-friendly or more aimed at adults, there are options available that cover everything from history and architecture. For those who are new to Oxford, this can be especially helpful as it will give insight into what makes the city so unique!

The beautiful city streets of Oxford

The tour takes about two hours and it usually finishes close to where it started. It provides a great introduction to all aspects of life in Oxford; not just sightseeing spots but also culture and natural beauty! If you’ve got time on your hands and want to learn more about the city, this is a great free thing to do in Oxford.

12. Be Amazed by the Shark Attack House

A rather curious sight in Oxford, if you make your way to Headington, you’ll find this 25-foot long 400-pound shark that has taken a nose dive into someone’s house. Literally.

shark attack house

For 28 years, the house at Number 2 New High Street has been home to the infamous headless shark sculpture. For its creator and Oxford College graduate, Bill Heine, The Shark Attack House is a work of art that comments on how we live with danger and risk in our lives.

It is an expression of discontent, anger and desperation erected exactly 41 years after the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

This free thing to do in Oxfordshire has been one of its most unusual tourist attractions since 1988. So if you are looking for something different and quirky then be sure to visit while you’re here. It’s around a 50-minute walk from the city centre.

There are plenty of buses that can take you there, as well.

13. Wander the Thames River Walk

No, I’m not getting confused with London . Going for a walk along the River Thames is one of the top free attractions in Oxford.

Oxford’s green, leafy banks of the Thames River are a sight to behold. Packed with flowers and trees on both sides it is an enchanting walk that you can take for free.

The Oxford University Boat Club regularly uses the river as their training ground, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled.

You’ll find all sorts of boats out here including some pretty impressive rowing eights in full uniform as they go about their routine practice sessions before events or competitions.

A great place for families and dogs, this stroll offers something peaceful and calm in a city full of life and excitement.

14. Visit the Free Colleges

Yup, you read that right! Although they’re certainly not the most popular colleges to visit in Oxford, there are plenty that you can visit without paying a penny.

All souls college

The first one to mention is All Souls College. This is Oxford’s oldest college and was founded way back in 1438. A fantastic free Oxford attraction, it’s the grandest free college to walk around, so definitely worth a visit. There’s also:

  • Exeter College,
  • Keble College,
  • Corpus Christ College,
  • St Catherine’s College,
  • Mansfield College,
  • Wadham College,
  • St John’s College,
  • Kellogg College,
  • Lady Margaret Hall, and more.

Although they’re not as well-known as Christ Church College, for example, you’ll find some beautiful architecture that is well worth the visit.

15. Visit the University Church of St Mary the Virgin

Last but not least, one of the best free things to do in Oxford is exploring St Mary’s Church. Dating back to 1385, it has a rich history and atmosphere that you’ll be sure to enjoy.

Church of st mary the virgin is one of the best free things to do in oxford

The church is a fantastic way for visitors to get a feel for what life was like when they built this church all those years ago.

Be sure to check out the stained glass windows which were made around 1465 by John Rayne (a man who studied with William Morris). He also designed many other churches including one in nearby Mildenhall.

Entrance into the church itself is free. But if you have a few pounds spare, you can also climb to the top of the tower, for spectacular skyline views over the city.

Final Thoughts on The Best Free Things to Do in Oxford

I love Oxford. In a similar way to how I feel about Cambridge , I love that there are so many wonderful free things to do in the city.

The paid attractions are also well worth it, and Oxford is a wonderful city to spend a weekend or take a day trip to.

All in all, if you’re looking for budget tips for your next trip to Oxford, I hope you found plenty of inspiration.

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The 6 Most Beautiful Oxford Colleges (UK)

By: Author Ella

Posted on Last updated: 17th January 2024

If you’re visiting Oxford, I’m going to guess it’s for one thing – exploring its world-famous university and its delightful colleges! There are 45 Oxford colleges in total, and each has its own unique history and charm. From colleges like Balliol and Merton, established in the 13th century, right up to Reuben College, established in 2019, there are so many factors to consider when choosing which colleges to visit that it can get a bit overwhelming!

all souls college oxford

Of course, in an ideal world, you’d be able to visit them all, but realistically most visitors only have time to see a handful of them. When choosing which Oxford colleges to visit, you’ll need to keep a few different factors in mind. These include the entry price, how beautiful it is, how busy it gets and whether or not the college will be open to visitors when you plan to visit.

I spent a full week at Oxford when I applied for an undergraduate palace there, and my best friend also attended Oxford for four years. Needless to say, I’ve visited a respectable amount of the colleges and know which ones are the best to visit! Not all Oxford colleges are created equally, and I’m here to help you with your search for the ones that you can’t miss out on.

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What are the Oxford Colleges?

The University of Oxford , unlike most universities in the UK, has no central campus. Instead, numerous colleges collectively form the university. On being accepted at the university, a student is assigned a college. It is here that they will live, socialise and usually take the majority of their classes.

Each college usually has its own dining hall, a common room and of course, student accommodation. Some colleges are more exclusive than others (there’s a big debate around certain Oxford colleges which accept almost exclusively privately-schooled students), and some colleges are for graduate students only.

How to get to Oxford from London

Presumably, you’ll be visiting Oxford from London, which is a really easy day trip! On any given weekday, there are around 118 trains from either London Marylebone or London Paddington train station to Oxford.

oxford museum

The journey takes around 1 hour, and return tickets purchased on the day cost £28.10. If you book in advance, you can score return tickets for as little as £10! From the train station, all the colleges in Oxford are within walking distance. If you’re in a rush, use the City Sightseeing bus to get around the top tourist sights.

Phew! Now that that’s out of the way, here are the prettiest colleges in Oxford which you absolutely need to visit!

1) Magdalen College

Founded in 1458, Magdalen is one of the wealthiest colleges in Oxford. This isn’t surprising when you first see its immaculately kept lawns and gorgeous grounds. For literary fanatics, Magdalen was the college of such icons as J.R.R. Tolkien, Oscar Wilde and C.S. Lewis!

Entrance to the college costs £7, but you can easily spend ages exploring its gorgeous grounds and taking in its breathtaking architecture, so the entry price is well worth it. The large Magdalen Tower is one of the most iconic landmarks in Oxford, and is an essential photo stop !

Once you’ve admired the buildings of Magdalen, take a stroll along Addison’s Walk, a tranquil footpath along the river inside the college grounds.

magdalen college oxford

Magdalen’s position opposite the river offers an amazing opportunity to sit on the grass and watch the world go by. Magdalen also has its very own Deer Park! The deer have been roaming this area for over 300 years, but you have the best chance of seeing them in summer when they tend to hang out in the riverside meadows.

Don’t be caught out – you should (confusingly) pronounce Magdalen as  Mawd-lin . Mispronouncing it is the easiest way to reveal yourself to be a tourist! It is open from 10 am to 7 pm or dusk, whichever is earliest.

2) Balliol College

My personal favourite of all the colleges, Balliol is one of the oldest and most centrally located colleges in Oxford. Its ancient charm is nothing but alluring! Stepping through the gates of the college, it’s hard to imagine all the hustle and bustle happening on the other side of the walls in Oxford city centre. The grounds of Balliol feel like their own peaceful world!

The college was founded in 1263 and has produced many UK Prime Ministers, including Harold MacMillan, Edward Heath and Boris Johnson. Literature fans will want to know this college was also home to authors Aldous Huxley and Graham Greene, and the poets Matthew Arnold and Gerard Manley Hopkins.

balliol college oxford

Balliol is imposing, impressive, and (thankfully) less crowded than traditional favourites such as Christ Church college. Another perk of visiting Balliol college is that entrance costs only £3. This is a veritable bargain in comparison to the more popular colleges! Entry is from 10 am to 5 pm or dusk, whichever is earliest. Here’s a great walking tour of the Oxford Colleges with a guide.

3) Christ Church College

Undoubtedly the most iconic college, Christ Church is THE Oxford college to visit if you only have time for one. It’s gorgeous, it’s impressive, and it’s huge! That being said, given its popularity you’ll probably have to compete with hundreds of other tourists to get those sought-after perfect photos!

There’s a chance you might find Christ Church familiar, and that will be because it was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. The most popular place to visit for Potter fans is the dining hall, which inspired the Hogwarts dining hall.

You’ll also recognise the steps up to the dining hall, which is where Professor McGonagall welcomed the new first years when Harry arrived at Hogwarts. Harry Potter aside, Christ Church is also home to the iconic Tom Tower, an Oxford landmark designed by world-renowned architect Christopher Wren (who also designed St Paul’s Cathedral).

Of course, everywhere you go in Christ Church will blow your mind with its staggering beauty, so you should plan to spend an hour here at the very least! To explore in full, you’ll have to pay to enter the college, which costs between £7-9 (depending on what time of year you visit).

Opening times can often change at short notice, so it’s best to check their website for up-to-date information. You can also take a Harry Potter walking tour of the colleges and city which also includes a visit to the Bodleian Library.

Since the college is so popular with visitors, there’s an option to buy your tickets online in advance. I highly recommend doing this as the ticket queue, especially in summer, can be intense. Besides, if you’re only visiting Oxford for one day you don’t have time to lose!

colleges in oxford

4) Worcester College

To get off the beaten path in Oxford, take the stroll out to Worcester College . As it’s not as centrally located, you’ll escape the manic tourist crowds at the more popular Oxford colleges. That isn’t to say Worcester College doesn’t have just as much to offer visitors!

It’s another one of the larger Oxford colleges, boasting 26 acres of grounds. The college’s gardens have also frequently won the Oxford in Bloom competition. What’s more, entry to Worcester College is completely free, and visitors are welcome between 2-4pm daily. 

The main quad of the college is next to a set of medieval cottages which are the remnants of Gloucester College, which was active between the 13th and 16th centuries. Further into Worcester, you’ll find a lake where students gather around to study, catch up with friends or just get away from the pressure of their studies for a while.  Again with the weird pronunciation, pronounce Worcester as Wuss-ter .

5) All Souls College

The most mysterious and most exclusive of Oxford colleges, All Souls is also one of the wealthiest of Oxford colleges. Taking no undergraduates, and granting all accepted applicants with instant fellowship, getting a place at All Souls is like finding a golden ticket.

The gruelling admissions process is regularly referred to as “the hardest exam in the world”! It’s no surprise so many people want a coveted place in All Souls though – the college is drop-dead gorgeous!

Luckily, visitors to the college can easily side-step that admission ordeal by simply turning up to the college between 2-4pm on weekdays, or anytime on Sunday. Surprisingly, entry is free! Many visitors are intimidated by the exclusivity of All Souls, but there’s a certain thrill about exploring such a greatly revered college!

Fans of the beloved All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness will probably realise that the trilogy is named after this college, which is where one of the main characters, Matthew de Clairmont, is a fellow.

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6) New College

New College is another Harry Potter filming location, which draws a decent amount of visitors, but it’s also much more than that! Despite its name, the college was actually founded in 1379, making it a piece of living history. Just don’t be surprised if you see visitors wearing the iconic red and yellow Harry Potter scarves!

Like a lot of Oxford colleges, New College looks pretty small and unassuming from the outside. It’s only when you enter that you get an idea of its sheer size and grandeur! For Insta-worthy settings from start to finish, you don’t need to look any further than New College. Entry is £5, and entry to the college chapel is free.

The college chapel has exceptionally lavish interiors, and countless statues! It’s definitely worth stopping by before you pay your entry fee. Inside, the gates welcoming you to the college gardens were inspired by Paris’ Gates of Versailles! The college is open to visitors from 10.30 am-5 pm Easter-October, and 2-4 pm in winter.

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Of course, as you may have noticed by now, Oxford has  a lot  of beautiful colleges. What makes New College unique, though, are the stretches of the old town wall which run through the grounds. For another unique experience , you can even stay overnight in the college when the university is on a break!

There are so many beautiful colleges which didn’t make this list but are definitely worth your time. Merton, Brasenose and Jesus colleges, to name just a few, are also especially gorgeous. This means that you really can’t go wrong when choosing which college to visit.

No matter where you go, I’m sure you’ll be blown away by how beautiful Oxford colleges are (St Catherine’s college aside). You’ll also come away trying to imagine what it must be like studying there. I bet it’s a lot more enjoyable exploring the colleges with no essay deadlines, though!

I hope you enjoyed this list of prettiest Oxford colleges, if you enjoyed it then please consider sharing.

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Blood tests for diagnosing dementia to be offered in UK trial

4 April 2024

Thousands of people in the UK are to take part in countrywide trials to identify accurate and quick blood tests that can diagnose dementia, led by research teams at UCL and Dementias Platform UK, based at the University of Oxford.

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The trials will capitalise on recent breakthroughs in potential dementia blood tests to generate the evidence needed for them to be used in the NHS within the next 5 years.

Together, the research teams make up the Blood Biomarker Challenge - a multi-million-pound award given by Alzheimer’s Society, Alzheimer’s Research UK, the National Institute for Health and Research and Gates Ventures, including £5m raised by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery. The project aims to revolutionise dementia diagnosis.

Both teams will recruit participants from sites spread across the country, to ensure their findings are applicable to the whole of the UK’s diverse population.

Timely and accurate diagnosis of the diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is crucial as it means people can access vital care and support and take part in medical research. This will be even more imperative if new treatments are approved for use in the NHS, as these work best for people in the earliest stage of their disease. 

Currently, people are usually diagnosed using memory tests and brain scans. These are less accurate than ‘gold standard’ tests like PET scans or lumbar punctures, which can confirm what type of dementia they have. However, only 2% of people can access these specialist tests.

In recent years, a number of different blood tests that can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia have shown very promising results in research settings. But they have yet to be tested widely in clinical settings in the UK. 

Led by Professor Jonathan Schott (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, honorary consultant neurologist at UCLH, and Chief Medical Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK) and Dr Ashvini Keshavan (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology), the Alzheimer's Disease Diagnosis and Plasma p-tau217 (ADAPT) team will focus on the most promising biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease, called p-tau217.

This reflects levels of two hallmark proteins found inside the brain in Alzheimer’s disease – amyloid and tau. The researchers will carry out a clinical trial to see whether measuring p-tau217 in the blood increases the rate of diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease both in people with early dementia, but also in those with mild, progressive problems with memory.

Professor Schott said: “An early, accurate diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is already important, allowing people to access appropriate care and medications. If, as we hope, new treatments that can slow down Alzheimer’s disease become available soon, then this will be vital.

"This would pave the way for fair and equitable access to new and potentially life-changing treatments to all who might benefit.”

The Real World Dementia Outcomes (READ-OUT) team will be led by Dr Vanessa Raymont, Associate Director at Dementias Platform UK and a Senior Clinical Researcher at the University of Oxford, alongside other researchers including some from the University of Cambridge.

They will test multiple existing and novel blood tests, looking at a range of types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, and dementia with Lewy bodies. The researchers will also look at whether blood tests can help detect these diseases at various stages.

Dr Raymont said: “Since I first stepped into a memory clinic 30 years ago there has thankfully been a shift in the way society thinks about dementia. There was previously a feeling that this was just another part of ageing, but now we’re seeing that people want to know more about their condition and they want a diagnosis as it helps them access the support they need.

"Both my parents lived with dementia so I know firsthand the devastation this disease causes, and how a timely and accurate diagnosis can benefit people and their families.”

These complementary approaches will maximise the chances of providing the evidence needed to prove that blood tests are ready for use in the NHS, and will pave the way for them to be made available within the next 5 years.

With more than half of all local authority districts in England failing to meet the government’s target dementia diagnosis rate of 66.7%, and with new drugs on the horizon which appear to slow early Alzheimer’s disease, experts from both charities and the research teams agree that change is needed.

Fiona Carragher, Director of Research and Influencing at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “At the moment only 2% of people with dementia can access the specialised tests needed for a diagnosis, leading to unnecessary delays, worry and uncertainty. Blood tests are part of the answer to this problem – they’re quick, easy to administer and cheaper than current, more complex tests.

"I’ve spent decades working in research and the NHS and, after years of slow progress, it feels like we’re on the cusp of a new chapter on how we treat dementia in this country."

And Dr Sheona Scales, Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, added: “We’ve seen the enormous potential that blood tests are showing for improving the diagnostic process for people and their loved ones in other disease areas. Now we need to see this same step-change in dementia, which is the greatest health challenge facing the UK.

“It’s fantastic that through collaborating with the leading experts in the dementia community, we can look to bring cutting-edge blood tests for diagnosing dementia within the NHS. And this will be key to widening access to groundbreaking new treatments that are on the horizon.”

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University College (colloquially known as “Univ”) is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. It claims to be the university’s oldest college, founded in 1249 by William of Durham. Like many of Oxford’s colleges, University accepted its first mixed-sex cohort in 1979, having previously been an institution for only men.

A number of influential people have attended the college, including Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson, Bill Clinton, Neil Gorsuch, Stephen Hawking, C. S. Lewis, V. S. Naipaul, Robert Reich, William Beveridge, Bob Hawke, Robert Cecil, and Percy Bysshe Shelley.

What's the History of University College?

It is said that University College Oxford was founded by King Alfred in 872. This is why the college arms are those attributed to the King and the Visitor (an overseer of an autonomous ecclesiastical or eleemosynary institution) is always the reigning monarch. Most agree, however, that the college was founded in 1249 by William of Durham , who bequeathed money to support ten or twelve Masters of arts studying divinity. The property they used became known as Aula Universitatis (University Hall). The claim that University College is the oldest of the Oxford colleges is contested by Balliol College  and  Merton College .

The college acquired four more properties on its current site in 1332 and 1336, and built a quadrangle in the 15th century. The medieval buildings were replaced with the current Main Quadrangle in the 17th century.

The Buildings of University College

The college is divided by Logic Lane, which runs through the center.

The western side of University College is occupied by the library, the hall, the chapel, and the two quadrangles housing student accommodation and college offices. The eastern side is mainly devoted to student accommodation. The separate Goodhart building is named after the former master of the college, Arthur Lehman Goodhart.

A specially constructed building in the college, the Shelley Memorial, houses a statue by  Edward Onslow Ford  of the poet  Percy Bysshe Shelley , who studied at the college. The college annex on Staverton Road in North Oxford houses undergraduate students during their second year and some graduate students.

The college also owns the University College Boathouse and a sports ground located nearby on Abingdon Road.

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University College students publish the Alternative Prospectus , which was awarded a HELOA Innovation and Best Practice Award in 2011. The publication offers student-written advice and guidance to potential Oxford applicants.

University has the longest grace of any Oxford college, which is read before every Formal Hall on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. The reading is performed by a Scholar of the college and whoever is sitting at the head of High Table.

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University College is located on High Street (OX1 4BH), oxford. Tel 01865 276602.

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South Carolina beats Iowa to take home NCAA women's championship title: Highlights

South Carolina beat Iowa 87-75 to win its third NCAA women’s championship.

The Gamecocks' Tessa Johnson had 19 points and Kamilla Cardoso had 15 as the team smothered Iowa’s hope for its first championship title.

It was the final game in the college career of Iowa Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark, who broke Division I scoring records for both women and men , and who is going to the WNBA draft. She had 30 points.

South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was overcome with emotion and in tears after the win.

“I’m so incredibly happy for our players,” Staley said. “It doesn’t always end like you want it to end, much like last year.”

It was Iowa that knocked South Carolina out of the tournament last year, beating them in the Final Four. But since then, South Carolina has not lost a game.

“I’m super proud of where I work, I’m super proud of our fans — it’s awesome. It’s awesome. It’s unbelievable,” Staley said.

With the win, South Carolina had the 10th perfect season in the history of Division I women’s basketball.

Staley, after accepting the trophy along with her team, congratulated Iowa for an “incredible season,” and she singled out Clark.

“I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport,” Staley said. “She carried a heavy load for our sport. And it’s just — it’s not going to stop here on the collegiate tour, but when she is the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft, she’s going to lift that league up as well.”

“So, Caitlin Clark, if you’re out there: You are one of the GOATs of our game, and we appreciate you,” Staley said, using the acronym for “greatest of all time.”

It all comes down to this.

Rebecca Cohen

Tomorrow night, the UConn Huskies face the Purdue Boilermakers in the men's NCAA tournament championship game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, closing the curtain on this year's March Madness tournaments.

Tune in at 9:20 p.m. ET to see who takes the title.

Photo highlights from the women's championship

Whitney Matewe

South Carolina guard Tessa Johnson (5) fights for a loose ball with Iowa guard Sydney Affolter (3) and guard Kate Martin (20) during the second half on Sunday.

Clark: 'I'll miss ya'

Shortly after her team fell in the title game, Iowa's Caitlin Clark posted an Instagram story featuring her #22 jersey and signature yellow and black sneaks.

"I'll miss ya," she captioned the post, along with a bunch of yellow heart emojis.

Clark is headed to the WNBA after four years playing for the Hawkeyes.

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

LSU's Angel Reese congratulates the Gamecocks and looks ahead

Lebron james is a staley stan, tune in to nbc sports’ bet the edge for men's championship preview.

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Jay Croucher  and  Drew Dinsick  will preview the men's national championship on NBC Sports’ Bet the Edge Monday at 6 a.m. ET  right here  or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Indiana Fever will likely snag Clark as the first overall pick

That's a wrap on Clark's college basketball career with the Iowa Hawkeyes. Next up for the NCAA all-time scorer : The WNBA draft .

It's no secret Clark is a heavy favorite to go as the first overall pick during the April 15 draft.

The Indiana Fever won the first overall pick for the 2024 WNBA draft, so it looks like Clark will be staying in the Midwest and donning navy blue, red and gold on the court during the upcoming season.

This is the second consecutive year the Fever got the top pick, according to the WNBA . Last year, they selected Aliyah Boston, who was later voted the 2023 Kia WNBA Rookie of the Year.

Obama congratulates South Carolina

Here's who's headed to the wnba next year.

We already know Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese are headed to the WNBA next season. Here’s a look at some of the other top prospects who could be early picks in the draft later this month:

Cameron Brink (Stanford)

Cameron Brink

Rickea Jackson (Tennessee) 

Kamilla Cardoso (South Carolina) 

Aaliyah Edwards (UConn)

Aaliyah Edwards

 Jacy Sheldon (Ohio State) 

Alissa Pili (Utah)

Dyaisha Fair (Syracuse)

Dyaisha Fair

Charisma Osborne (UCLA) 

Nika Mühl (UConn)

Elizabeth Kitley (Virginia Tech) 

Jaz Shelley (Nebraska) 

Savannah Wheeler (Middle Tennessee State) 

Savannah Wheeler

Cardoso is tournament's most outstanding player

Asher Feldman

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso was named the tournament’s most outstanding player following her dominant 15-point, 17-rebound performance in today’s title game. That box score-filling line on the biggest stage comes after two other double-doubles during the earlier parts of the tournament.

Cardoso proved too much to handle for Iowa throughout the game, and the Hawkeyes likely aren't alone in that feeling, as Cardoso ends the tournament averaging a double double: 16.6 points per game and 10.8 rebounds per game while shooting 64% from the field.

"Kamilla Cardoso was not going to let us lose a game in the NCAA tournament," South Carolina coach Dawn Staley said in her postgame comments, also reflecting on Cardoso's strong WNBA prospects.

Cardoso ends her career with two national titles at South Carolina and was named WBCA defensive player of the year. She also projects as a top-five pick in this year's WNBA draft, along with title game combatant Caitlin Clark.

Raven Johnson's revenge tour is over

"All I have to say is the revenge tour is over," South Carolina's Raven Johnson said in postgame comments following her team's NCAA title and undefeated season.

Dawn Staley lauds Caitlin Clark for lifting up women's basketball

"I really would just like to say that I have to congratulate Iowa on an incredible season, awesome, awesome," South Carolina Coach Dawn Staley said following her team's win and undefeated season.

She went on to thank Clark for bringing such attention to the women's game.

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

"I want to personally thank Caitlin Clark for lifting up our sport. She carried a heavy load for our sport. And it's just — it's not going to stop here on the collegiate tour, but when she is the number one pick in the WNBA draft, she's going to lift that league up as well," Staley said in postgame comments.

"Caitlin Clark if you’re out there: You are one of the GOATs of our game, and we appreciate you."

Paopao reflects on Gamecocks' journey in postgame chat

Te-Hina Paopao, one of the standouts in South Carolina’s championship game victory, spoke with ESPN after the end of the game, highlighting the Gamecocks’ impressive undefeated run in the face of an entirely new set of starters and nonextraordinary expectations heading into the season.

“We’ve come a long way, this is a long journey,” Paopao told ESPN. “I’m just so proud of this team.”

Paopao finished with 14 points today, the third-leading scorer for the Gamecocks, and she hit the final two free throws to truly put the game away with just more than a minute left.

Dawn Staley sobs over South Carolina win

After her Gamecocks came out victorious, South Carolina coach Dawn Staley was crying so hard she could barely get the words out to express her excitement for her undefeated team.

Staley said she is "so incredibly happy for our players" and that "it doesn't always end the way you want it to end," referring to last year's tournament, when Iowa knocked out South Carolina in the Final Four.

"We hope we can erase whatever pain they had last year," Staley said of the win.

She called the win "awesome" and "unbelievable" and said she's "super proud" of her team's work and of the fans.

"You have to let young people be who they are. You have to guide them and navigate them through this world," Staley said. "When young people lock in and have a belief and trust … this is what can happen."

"They etched their names in the history books," Staley said of her team. "This is the unlikeliest group to do it."

Clark, Tessa Johnson clock in as leading scorers

Clark led the Iowa Hawkeyes, and the game, as the top scorer with 30 points.

For the Gamecocks, Tessa Johnson led the way with 19 points off the bench.

South Carolina wins it all, 87-75

The Gamecocks take the NCAA trophy, capping off a perfect season with a 38-0 record, making them only the tenth Division I women's basketball team to finish the season undefeated.

The win also marks the end of Caitlin Clark's decorated college basketball career, which stopped short of the ultimate title.

South Carolina might be tested on the line

Down the stretch South Carolina’s free throw shooting might prove essential — a risky proposition for the 245th-ranked team by free throw percentage (69%) during the season in women’s DI basketball. Iowa, by comparison, was 15th in the country at 78% from the stripe.

Gamecocks need the extra offense they're getting

South Carolina, which is looking for its third national title since 2017, will need to do something unusual to get there in this final quarter against Iowa: bring themselves to score more than 70 points in a championship game.

In the Gamecocks’ previous two title game victories in 2022 and 2017, the Dawn Staley-led squad needed just 64 and 67 points, respectively, to get the job done. Already, South Carolina is north of 75 points against the offensive powerhouse that is the Caitlin Clark-led Iowa team.

Iowa is still capable of a comeback, having done so many times throughout the 2023-24 season, including a 12-point comeback against Nebraska in the Big Ten championship game.

A best friend and basketball make for 10-year-old's perfect day in Cleveland

Jesse Kirsch

CLEVELAND — Charlotte Kulesea couldn’t be having a better day in Cleveland.

“A lot,” the 10-year-old said when asked how important the day was to her.

“It’s very important because I get to spend time with my mom and my best friend,” she said.

Charlotte and her best friend, Remy Hood, also 10, were wearing matching Final Four T-shirts at the women’s NCAA title game.

“It’s so fun because I get to watch my role models play. And just it’s so fascinating,” Charlotte said. “I can play and just be myself and work as hard as I want.”

Charlotte’s mom said it was treat watching the kids enjoy the game.

“This is just amazing. ... She loves basketball, so it’s really wonderful watching her be inspired to see these girls do this amazing stuff,” her mom said.

South Carolina maintains lead with 10 minutes to go

At the end of the third quarter, the score sits at 68-59 in the Gamecocks' favor.

Now, it all comes down to the next 10 minutes to determine who will pull through as the NCAA champion.

Image: NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

Star-studded stands in Cleveland

Jason Sudeikis made it back to the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to cheer on the women's game today. He was joined by Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts elsewhere in the crowd, the announcers said, even though Hurts wasn't shown on screen.

Image: NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

Cardoso has her third double-double of the tourney

South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso has asserted her dominance, especially in the paint, early and often in Cleveland. The South Carolina senior center already has a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds and has made the most of her time on the court.

That marks her third double-double of the tournament and second in a row after putting up 22 points and 11 rebounds against N.C. State on Friday.

South Carolina extends lead early in second half

A 11-0 South Carolina run across the end of the first half and beginning of the second has upped the Gamecocks' lead to nine, their largest of the game at 55-46.

Caitlin Clark reveals which athlete is on her lock screen — and he’s honored

Alex Portée, TODAY

Clark’s phone’s lock screen is Olympic-level.

The 22-year-old point guard and  all-time leading scorer  in college basketball revealed that she has a photo of Michael Phelps on the lock screen of her phone. The star player made the reveal in an interview posted to the NCAA March Madness women’s basketball X account on Wednesday.

The video shows Clark and her Iowa Hawkeyes teammates sharing some behind-the-scenes details.

“This is Michael Phelps swimming ... in the Olympics. It’s pretty tough,” Clark said in the clip.

Click through to read more.

NCAA athletes are inking deals, but lack of laws is creating chaos

College basketball stars such as Clark and Angel Reese have captivated sports fans everywhere with their skill and determination, but their meteoric rise is also shining a spotlight on the NCAA’s name, image and likeness policy that allows student-athletes to make money from their personal brand.

Ever since a landmark decision by the Supreme Court in 2021 paved the way for athletes to monetize their brand and pursue “education-related benefits,” the federal government has done nothing to provide structure or guardrails for how that would work.

Some 30 states have passed their own name, image and likeness (NIL) laws, while a series of court decisions have raised questions about what universities can and cannot do in the recruitment process.

The resulting vacuum has been filled by “collectives,” or third-party organizations formed by deep-pocketed donors and school supporters who can pool money and offer NIL deals to athletes — in some cases effectively creating a bidding war.

Read the full story here.

LeBron James rocks with Caitlin Clark

Women's tourney hype reaches 'snl'.

Rudy Chinchilla

The excitement of women’s college basketball made it to "Saturday Night Live."

Spoofing TNT’s panel of Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith and Charles Barkley, the “SNL” cast said what many people have been thinking: The women’s NCAA Tournament has proved more exciting than the men’s tourney.

Smith and Barkley, played by Devon Walker and Kenan Thompson, respectively, told James Austin Johnson’s Ernie Johnson that they didn’t watch the UConn men’s team beat Alabama on Saturday.

“It’s just hard to get excited when there’s better games on,” Walker’s Smith said. “You mean the NBA?” Johnson replied. “Naw, the women’s tournament,” Walker shot back.

Thompson’s Barkley pointed out the star power in the women’s tournament, namely Iowa ace Caitlin Clark, before reluctantly running down the matchups for the upcoming men’s final: “Him and him, this guy on this guy, half-‘stache on braids. Let’s see, baby face versus baby face, tall white versus tall Asian. Yeah, I think that about covers it.”

South Carolina leads heading into the locker room

It's been a battle on the court, but South Carolina is up at the half, after trailing behind Iowa for most of the first two quarters.

The 49-46 lead has been no easy feat for the Gamecocks. With just seconds to go and a 1 point lead, Raven Johnson stole the ball from Caitlin Clark to shoot a layup that secured South Carolina's lead.

Clark equals total from Final Four outing vs. UConn

Clark took a while to score in the second quarter, but she just hit a quintessential long-range three with less than 1:30 left in the half to get to 21 points for the game — already equaling her total from Friday’s Final Four game against UConn, where she struggled to get going in the first half. 

If Friday’s game was any indication, Clark likely has more in store for the rest of the game.

Her tournament high was in the Elite Eight against LSU (41 points) and her season high was 49 points in February against Michigan — both certainly within sights for the senior as she plays her final collegiate game.

South Carolina would have a perfect season if team wins today

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If the Gamecocks prevail against the Hawkeyes today, it will be the first women’s Division I basketball team to have a perfect season since 2016.

South Carolina has a record of 37-0 this season going into the NCAA championship game held in Cleveland. If the Gamecocks win, it would have the 10th perfect season in the 41-year history of the women's Division I basketball tournament.

The last team to have a perfect season including postseason games was the UConn Huskies in 2016.

Iowa has had four losses in its season.

There have been nine perfect seasons in Division I of women’s basketball, but only four universities — Baylor, UConn, Tennessee and Texas, according to the NCAA . UConn has had six, and the others had one each.

Gamecocks bench shining bright in second quarter

Undefeated South Carolina is proving its depth midway through the second quarter, as the Gamecocks already have 20 points from players coming off of the bench, including freshman guards Tessa Johnson and MiLaysia Fulwiley's 9 and 7 points, respectively.

That's not to take anything away from South Carolina's starters — highlighted by center Kamilla Cardoso, who is leading the Gamecocks with 11 points and 7 rebounds.

South Carolina takes 1st lead of the game

The Gamecocks took its first lead of the game with a layup by Kamilla Cardoso in the second quarter to bring the score to 36-34.

Iowa responded shortly thereafter to bring it to a 36-36 tie, on a Hannah Stuelke score.

‘She’s fast,’ Iowa coach says of South Carolina’s Fulwiley

Iowa Hawkeyes coach Lisa Bluder said South Carolina’s MiLaysia Fulwiley is so fast, their best option is to try and deny her the basketball.

“Man, she’s fast,” Bluder said after the end of the first quarter. “She’s fast with the basketball, she’s fast going downhill.”

“I think we’ve got to keep the ball out of her hands in order to stop her — because once she gets the ball it’s pretty hard to contain her,” Bluder said.

Image: South Carolina's MiLaysia Fulwiley  during the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

Clark all-time leading scorer in women's tournament history

Clark now has another notable NCAA record — her 480 points (and counting) in the NCAA tournament is also an all-time record, breaking Tennessee legend Chamique Holdsclaw’s record that she set for the Volunteers in the late 1990s.

Clark sets single-quarter title game record for points

Clark is pouring it on in Cleveland — the Iowa senior has 18 points through the first quarter in the NCAA tournament title game, an all-time record for a single quarter in title game history.

As we all grab a collective breath in between quarters, we can marvel at Clark’s performance so far: 3-for-4 from long range, 5-for-8 from the field and 5-for-6 from the line, all while creating offense all over the court.

Clark has 1st turnover of the game

Clark, after scoring many of the first points of the game, missed on a pass and caused the game’s first turnover.

Clark was inside the 3-point zone and passed back toward where Hannah Stuelke had been, but Stuelke had moved. South Carolina’s MiLaysia Fulwiley would go on to score a 3-pointer after the turnover.

Big weekend for Cleveland!

Fans cheer as Iowa takes the court

Cleveland is getting quite a lot of attention this weekend.

Between hosting the women's NCAA Final Four and championship game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and being in the path of totality for Monday's eclipse , it's sure an exciting weekend to be an Ohioan.

Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder poses for a selfie with a fan

Hawkeyes ahead at the end of the first quarter

Iowa leads 27-20 after the first 10 minutes of play.

After Clark quickly took an early lead for the Hawkeyes, South Carolina clawed its way back to close the gap a bit as the first quarter closed out.

Uncharted deficit territory for South Carolina in first quarter

Lost in the offensive explosion out of the gate for Iowa and Clark is the deficit that South Carolina is already having to battle back from. The Gamecocks have barely trailed in the NCAA tournament so far, to say nothing of the entire regular season, where South Carolina was notably undefeated, and routinely won games by 20-plus points. 

The Gamecocks are clawing back with a 9-2 run here late in the first quarter, but Dawn Staley's squad is certainly not used to playing from behind.

Image: South Carolina center Kamilla Cardoso drives around Iowa forward Hannah Stuelke.

Gamecocks' Staley among the game's most decorated and seasoned coaches

Dawn Staley has been here before — the Gamecocks inimitable leader is one of women’s basketball’s most decorated individuals and has led South Carolina to four straight Final Fours and two total national titles, and is looking for a third today. 

Staley, who has been in coaching for more than two decades, also has extensive Final Four experience as a player, leading her Virginia team in the late '80s and early '90s to three Final Fours and one title game. Staley averaged 16.3 points per game across her four-year college career before a much-celebrated professional career for Team USA, the American Basketball League and ultimately the WNBA.

Staley entered the college coaching ranks as coach at Temple, where the Owls made six NCAA tournaments before leaving for South Carolina, where she’s been since 2008. In total, Staley-coached Gamecocks squads have been to six Final Fours.

Crowd in Cleveland appears heavily pro-Iowa

CLEVELAND — From the noise, Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse sounds like an Iowa home game, despite being a neutral site.

The NCAA final between the Hawkeyes and South Carolina Gamecocks has been hugely hyped, in part due to Iowa star Clark.

South Carolina can earn the 10th perfect season in Division I basketball tournament history with a win over Iowa, having never lost a game this season.

Clark already running and gunning

Caitlin Clark needs no introduction, and needed less than 5 minutes to record 13 points in her final collegiate game. This burst out of the gate for the Iowa senior is particularly notable because during Friday night’s Final Four, it took an entire half for her to get to just six points.

Clark's done it from all over the court, already with two 3-pointers, points from the paint and in the midrange.

Iowa sinks the first shot

Kate Martin with the Hawkeyes sunk a three to earn Iowa the first points on the board after South Carolina won the tipoff and missed its first shot.

Women of NASA on the court

The women of NASA are holding the American flag on the court during the national anthem minutes before tipoff.

" @astro_watkins and some of the incredible women at NASA kicked off the @MarchMadnessWBB Championship Game!" NASA Administrator Bill Nelson posted on X .

"They represent our amazing workforce who enable us to inspire through discovery."

It's an Iowa crowd in Cleveland

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

CLEVELAND — The crowd in the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse is clearly pro-Iowa, proving to be far louder as chants of "Go Hawks" echo throughout the arena with the band playing in the background during team warmups on the court.

Keys for Iowa to win

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For Iowa to win its first national championship here are a few keys:

Clark effect

Clark has always seemed to play her best on the brightest stage. She had 41 points, eight assists and six rebounds in the win over South Carolina last year in the Final Four. Her coach has run out of words to describe her brilliance on the court. She’ll need to have one more big game for Iowa to have any hope of capping off her historic career with a national championship. South Carolina has the length and athleticism as well as the depth to make Clark work for her shots.

Iowa averages 41.6 rebounds a game, about five less than South Carolina. The Hawkeyes can’t let South Carolina dominate the boards like they did last year when the Gamecocks outrebounded them 49-25. This season they’ve punished opponents with easy putbacks and that would be tough for Iowa to overcome.

“I think going into that game last year, to say we’re going to beat South Carolina on the glass is probably something that’s not going to happen every single time we play them. But you have to be able to manage it the best you can,” Clark said. “And I think we did that versus LSU, and that’s where you get confidence from is just you kind of weather the storms on the glass, you try to come up with big ones when you can.”

Keys for South Carolina to win

For South Carolina to win its third national championship and second in three seasons here are a few keys:

Inside dominance

South Carolina has a distinct advantage inside led by 6-foot-7 center Kamilla Cardoso. She had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the semifinal meeting last season. She’s only gotten better. It’s not just Cardoso as the Gamecocks have other talented post players like Ashlyn Watkins and Chloe Kitts.

The Gamecocks routinely have dominated their opponents with outstanding play off the bench. South Carolina reserves are outscoring their opponents by 27.6 points in the postseason and 21.9 on the year. The Gamecocks have seven players averaging more than eight points a game, and in Friday’s win over N.C. State, the reserves had 30 points and 25 rebounds. Iowa got only three points from its reserves in the win over UConn.

“We pick ’em off the bench, and we didn’t miss a beat,” Raven Johnson said. “And that’s what makes us a great team.”

Women's championship expected to shatter viewership records

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The NCAA women’s basketball national championship is set to smash viewership records as star players and greater TV coverage drive more fans than ever to the sport.

On Saturday, TickPick said the “get-in” price for today's women’s final was $555 — a record.

Clark had been invited to Team USA training camp

Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark was invited to Team USA’s women’s basketball team training camp, but her team’s appearance in the Final Four and championship berth meant that she couldn’t attend.

Iowa beat Colorado on March 30 and LSU two days later to advance to the Final Four game held Friday, when they beat UConn 71-69. The training camp was held Wednesday to Friday. 

The training camp is one step in Team USA’s process for selecting members to play for USA in Paris this summer, the Olympics said in its announcement of the invitation.

Clark said last week that she was honored to be extended the invitation.

“People that are on that roster are people that I idolize and have idolized growing up. Just to be extended a camp invite is something you have to be proud of and celebrate and enjoy,” she said, according to The Associated Press .

Clark broke plenty of records this season, establishing herself as a college basketball great

It's been quite the season for Caitlin Clark.

The Hawkeyes guard spend her senior year sinking threes and breaking records. Here's a look at all of the titles she now holds as she heads into her final college basketball game, according to the NCAA .

  • Dec. 30: Clark sets the all-time NCAA assist record and becomes the first Division I college basketball player — men's or women's — to have 3,000 or more points, 900 or more assists and 800 or more rebounds.
  • Jan. 31: Clark becomes the No. 1 scorer in Big Ten history after scoring 35 points against Northwestern.
  • Feb. 11: Clark reaches 1,000 career assists, adding her to a club of only five others to achieve the feat, but she's the only one who has scored more than 3,000 points.
  • Feb. 15: Clark passes Kelsey Plum as all-time women's Division I points leader .
  • Feb. 28: Clark scores her 3,650th point to surpass Lynette Woodward as the highest-scoring player in major-college women's basketball. She also broke the record for single-season three-pointers.
  • March 3: Clark becomes the highest scorer in Division I college basketball history for men or women, soaring past Pete Maravich’s 54-year record.
  • March 8: Clark passes Stephen Curry for most three-pointers in a single season of NCAA Division I basketball history.
  • March 25: Clark unseats Plum (again) to score the most points in a single season with 1,113 points.
  • April 1: Clark breaks Diana Taurasi’s record and now holds the title for the most three-pointers scored during the women’s NCAA tournament.

Less than an hour until tipoff

CLEVELAND — With less than an hour to go before the game starts, crowds are pouring in to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Iowa’s Marshall says she received ‘hate comments’ after drawing late foul vs. UConn

Iowa guard Gabbie Marshall said Saturday she received “hate comments” from people upset about her role in a much-discussed foul call late in the Hawkeyes’ Final Four win over UConn.

Marshall responded by “kind of” deleting her social media apps from her phone, she said.

Referees called Huskies forward Aaliyah Edwards  for an illegal screen  on Marshall with 3.9 seconds remaining and UConn trailing by one. The Huskies never got the ball back as Iowa held on  for a 71-69 victory  Friday night and a spot in Sunday’s title game against unbeaten South Carolina.

Marshall was trying to guard UConn star Paige Bueckers when Edwards attempted to set a screen that would have freed up space for Bueckers to get off a shot. Edwards was not set — as the rules stipulate — when Marshall arrived, with the 5-foot-9 Marshall catching a portion of the 6-3 Edwards’ left elbow.

The contact was enough to draw a whistle, and Marshall was animated in her reaction, pointing down the court as if to say “our ball.”

The sequence drew plenty of criticism from fans and onlookers.

South Carolina's Raven Johnson eyes redemption

Raven Johnson couldn’t stop herself. One viewing of South Carolina’s  loss to Iowa  in the Final Four last spring would lead to another. And another. And another.

The image of Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark  waving Johnson off  when the Gamecocks guard had the ball at the top of the key, as if to say “no threat,” became seared into Johnson’s mind. It hurt in ways that left Johnson wondering if she even wanted to do this anymore.

And still, she couldn’t hit pause. Or delete.

“People were like ‘Can you stop watching that game?’” Johnson said yesterday. “And I was like ‘I can’t, I just can’t.’”

It wasn’t until senior Laeticia Amihere basically staged an intervention that Johnson found the strength to move on.

“I don’t even know how she got in my room,” Johnson said. “I thought I locked the door. But she got me closer to God ... She’s really the one that really helped me get over that hump.”

A year later, Johnson believes she’s a different player. One eager for a chance at redemption on Sunday when the unbeaten Gamecocks face Clark and the Hawkeyes in the NCAA championship.

Looking back, Johnson doesn’t see all those viewings of the biggest loss of her still burgeoning career as some form of punishment. She has reframed those dark days. They weren’t torture, even if it might have felt like it at the time amid all the tears. She was growing, even if she wasn’t aware of it.

“I think I was learning from the game, learning what I could have done better, what the team could have done better,” Johnson said. “Looking at how they scouted us. Looking at how they played me. Looking at how they played my team.”

Johnson doesn’t blame Clark for giving her an ocean of space to let it fly, knowing she likely wouldn’t. It’s what Johnson would have done if the player she was guarding made just 24% of her 3-pointers, as she did as a freshman.

It didn’t matter that Johnson actually played well that night, scoring 13 points and making half of her six shots from behind the 3-point arc. She wasn’t a threat from the outside. Not consistently anyway, and she knew it.

Even worse, so did Clark.

A year later, things have changed. Johnson is 7 of 13 from 3 during the NCAA Tournament. She knocked down three of her five attempts from behind the arc in a  blowout win over North Carolina State  in the Final Four on Friday.

They were looks she might not have taken — heck, she didn’t take — a year ago. It’s unlikely Clark will treat her so dismissively in a rematch 12 months in the making.

“She got in the gym, and she got better, and I admire that,” Clark said. “I think that’s what makes great players great. And that’s exactly what she did.”

Johnson allowed there was a time, however brief, in the aftermath of the loss when she considered “quitting.” She never took those concerns to South Carolina coach Dawn Staley. Maybe she didn’t have to.

Staley understands the young women that arrive on campus as 18-year-olds will evolve during their time with the program. Yes, having the game’s biggest star humiliate you on the sport’s biggest stage — as South Carolina’s Bree Hall put it — was difficult. Yet Staley never worried about Johnson’s ability to turn the experience into an opportunity to grow.

“She’s in such a learning phase of her life,” Staley said. “She’s open to learning -- not just basketball, but history. She’s learning what she likes. She’s learning a pathway of who she wants to be. And she’s unafraid to go out there to say or do some things that, it will rock you a little bit, it will make you laugh, but it is who she’s becoming.”

The next step, a vital one, awaits against the Hawkeyes. Johnson admits she was “definitely hoping” for another shot at Iowa. However it goes, she is unlikely to watch it “100 times,” though she has no regret on the path she took to get back to this moment.

“Like Coach says if you don’t watch the bad stuff why watch the good stuff?” Johnson said.

And there has been plenty of “good stuff” during the 37-game win streak that Johnson and the Gamecocks will carry into the final. Her assists are up this season. Rebounds and shooting percentage, too.

The player who was “so nervous” to go out and play last spring hardly looks it this time around. The notes of encouragement she received from Amihere in the aftermath of the Iowa loss have stuck with her. The cards talked of confidence and courage. Of what it takes for a flower to bloom.

The seeds were planted during that time spent holed up in her room, a time whose lessons have propelled her forward.

“Like it made me mentally strong,” Johnson said. “I feel like if I can handle that, I can handle anything in life.”

Iowa-UConn Final Four matchup draws 14.2 million viewers, most in women’s college basketball history

Greg Rosenstein

Image: Connecticut v Iowa

Iowa’s  71-69 win  against UConn in Friday’s NCAA Final Four game drew 14.2 million viewers, the most in women’s college basketball history, according to ESPN.

The matchup produced the largest audience for a basketball game — college or professional — and was the second-best non-football telecast ever for the network.

Friday’s figure is higher than every World Series and NBA Finals game last year. ESPN said the game peaked at 17 million viewers.

Iowa vs. UConn bested a  viewership record set just days prior  when the Hawkeyes defeated LSU in the Elite Eight on Monday with 12.3 million viewers.

Kylie Kelce meets Kristin Juszczyk and fangirls over her seatmates at the women’s Final Four

Maddie Ellis, TODAY

Places Kylie Kelce  has  business being : the NCAA women’s Final Four.

Kylie Kelce attended the semifinals of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament in Cleveland, Ohio, on Friday, meeting plenty of people along the way.

The  wife of former Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce  met  Kristin Juszczyk , wife of San Francisco 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk, at the game and posed for a selfie together.

“Finally got to run into this incredibly talented lady,” Kylie Kelce wrote over the pic, adding, “... and yes I made her do a spin so I could admire this outstanding jacket!”

ICYMI: Men's Final Four

Last night, the last standing men's teams battled it out on the court to try to earn their spot in the championship game on Monday, but only two prevailed.

In the first game, Purdue ultimately stymied N.C. State's Cinderella story and knocked out the 11-seed to advance to the championship. The Boilermakers held a steady lead throughout the entire game, proving their worth as a top seed.

Then UConn and Alabama went back and forth on the court in a tough match that saw No. 1 UConn advance to the championship game, sending the No. 4 Crimson Tide back down South.

On Monday, we'll see a battle of No. 1 seeds in Glendale, Arizona, and some real on-court talent from rising stars Zach Edey and Grant Nelson. While UConn has a bit of an edge, according to the bookmakers, it could be anyone's game.

Title game pits superstar Clark against unbeaten South Carolina

Caitlin Clark

This women’s college basketball season, which has pushed the sport to unprecedented popularity, will conclude today with a dream NCAA title game matchup — Iowa and superstar Caitlin Clark against unbeaten South Carolina.

Clark, who has become something of a national treasure while shattering scoring records, will play for the NCAA title that eluded her last season with a loss to LSU.

For the Gamecocks, it’s a chance to avenge their only defeat last season — 77-73 to Clark in the semifinals. Clark scored a Final Four-record 41 points as Iowa ended South Carolina’s 42-game winning streak.

How to watch the women's championship game

The Iowa Hawkeyes and South Carolina Gamecocks will play for the championship title at 3 p.m. ET.

The game will air on ABC.

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