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At we as Independent Surveyors carry out many building surveys in Oxford and love to further our knowledge of all places so we decided to find out more information about Oxford University. We hope you enjoy the read!

Oxford University is in the city of Oxford and is the oldest university in the English-speaking world.


A Brief history of Oxford University

When the university was founded is not exactly known although as early as 1096 people were being taught at Oxford. The numbers grew quickly when English students were banned from the University of Paris by Henry II in 1167.

It was in 1190 when the first student from overseas arrived to study at Oxford.

University, Balliol and Merton Colleges are the oldest colleges of the university and were established between 1249 and 1264.


Oxford University Colleges and Halls

Thirty eight colleges and six Permanent Private Halls make up Oxford University teaching more than 22,000 students. Throughout the city centre of Oxford you will find University College buildings and Permanent Private Halls including;


All Souls College which was founded in 1438 by Henry VI and Henry Chichele


Brasenose College in Radcliffe Square which was founded in 1509 and is known for its six day summer arts festival which includes live music, film viewings and exhibitions


Christ Church College, founded in 1546 and one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford


Corpus Christi College, one of the smallest colleges founded in 1517


Lincoln College on Turl Street in Oxford founded in 1427


Magdalen College founded in 1458 and known for its lovely buildings and beautiful grounds.


Merton College with its medieval buildings is one of the oldest colleges and was founded in 1264


New College founded in 1379 and world famous for its choir


Oriel College founded by King Edward II in 1326


St John's College with its amazing architecture which is of great interest to us as surveyors was founded in 1555


Green Templeton College is the newest college and was formed in 2008



Famous people and Oxford University

Many famous people including 26 Prime Ministers and 120 Olympic medal winners have taught or studied at Oxford University throughout the years. Here are just a handful!


13th and 14th Centuries;

Thomas Bradwardine, Archbishop of Canterbury

Simon Bredon, Mathematician


15th and 16th Centuries;

Sir Walter Raleigh, Explorer

John Donne, Poet

Cardinal William Allen


17th and 18th Centuries

Edmund Halley, Astronomer

Sir Richard Lovelace, Poet

William Penn, founder of Pennsylvania

John Wesley, founder of Methodism

Sir Christopher Wren, Architect


19th Century

Lewis Carroll, Author

C B Fry, Cricketer

William Gladstone, Former British Prime Minister

Sir Robert Peel, Former British Prime Minister

Oscar Wilde, Poet, Author and Playwright


20th and 21st Centuries

J M G (Tom) Adams, former Prime Minister of Barbados

Rowan Atkinson, Comedian

Tony Blair, former UK Prime Minister

Benazir Bhutto, former Prime Minister of Pakistan

Lord (Melvyn Bragg), Broadcaster

Fiona Bruce, Broadcaster

Bill Clinton, former United States of America President

Hugh Grant, Actor

Professor Steven Hawking, Physicist

Cardinal Basil Hume, former Archbishop of Westminster

Imran Khan, former international cricketer and Pakistani politician

C S Lewis, Writer and Scholar

Harold Macmillan, former UK Prime Minister

Dudley Moore, Actor, Comedian and Musician

Michael Palin, Actor, Writer and part of Monty Python's Flying Circus

Rick Stein, Chef and Broadcaster

Baroness (Margaret) Thatcher, former UK Prime Minister

and also Sir Roger Bannister the Neurologist and Athlete whom we have written about in more details


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Oxford teaches students from 150 countries around the world and has many important links with these countries.

Oxford University works with the rest of the world on many high profile research projects at places such as CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Switzerland and also with pharmaceutical companies in Fujitsu doing medical research to name but a few.

Oxford University has offices in Tokyo, Hong Kong and New York.


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Oxford University Awards

Oxford University is ranked one of the top ten universities in the world and has won to date eight Queens Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education.


Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is the department of Oxford University that publishes the world famous Oxford dictionaries.

Oxford University Press has 6,000 employees and offices in 50 countries worldwide.

Oxford University Press publishes in more than 40 languages and for a variety of people from pre-school children to researchers.


What is Oxbridge?

Oxbridge is a portmanteau of Oxford University and Cambridge University and is used as both Oxford and Cambridge being the UK's top two universities are very often talked about together.


The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race

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The Oxford and Cambridge boat race is a fantastic event which started in 1829 in Henley on Thames as a challenge between school friends and is today an annual event which takes place on the River Thames between rowing crews from Oxford and Cambridge Universities.

The Boat Race course is between Putney and Mortlake and is a 4 mile course and eight oared rowing boats are used each with a cox who steers the boat and all crew members are students.

The boat race attracts large crowds yearly with people lining the riverbank to cheer on the rowers. The race is also screened live.

Hugh Laurie the well known English comedian, actor, writer, musician and director rowed for Cambridge University in the 1980 boat race.





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Commercial Property Surveyors

If you have a commercial property, be it leasehold or freehold, then you may wish to look at our Dilapidations Website at and for Disputes go to our Disputes Help site .


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