Student Life & Accommodation


Oriel College is located on a quiet, cobblestone lane in the medieval center of Oxford and plays host to The Oxford Prep Experience.

Oriel College was established in 1326 by King Edward II, the first college in Oxford to be founded by a monarch. Over the years many illustrious alumni such as Sir Walter Raleigh and Cecil Rhodes have attended Oriel College.


All our programs have centrally located offices open daily from breakfast until midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock. In addition, the college gates are manned by a staff of College Porters who are on duty 24 hours a day and always available in case of emergency.


Our students and faculty live in the same rooms and in the same style as undergraduate students. While historic buildings bring ambiance and tradition, they may also mean adapting to a different style of living. Each student resides in a single or double room on a traditional 'staircase.' Private bathroom or 'en-suite facilities' can be requested for a fee on the application form on a first-come, first-served basis. Standard rooms share a common bathroom and most college facilities have been recently updated to include several modern shower rooms per floor. Each room is furnished with a bed with linens, a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair. Every day a college employee, called a 'scout' in Oxford, tidies the student's room and makes the bed.


Students enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast and dinner in a college dining hall. Breakfast is primarily 'continental style' with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. Once a week students can sign up for a hot English cooked breakfast. Several options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Throughout the month special dinners are held, including barbecues and a curry tasting, and each program ends with a formal banquet. Students are responsible for their own lunches. These can be purchased at a college snack bar or at any of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, and coffeehouses near each college.


Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a Common Room for socializing and watching television or movies. There are nearby public telephones and onsite message boards and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.