University of Oxford Keble College

By | 17th August 2017

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University of Oxford Keble College

Keble College is one of the largest of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford with 425 undergraduate and 246 graduate students. It was the wish of our founders in 1870 to extend access to the University more widely, and the College has a continuing commitment to inclusiveness. The College prides itself on the academic achievements of its students, and aims to offer a supportive environment in which learning can flourish. Keble is a vibrant community whose students excel not only academically, but also in music, drama, and sport. We pride ourselves on our traditions, but we are forward looking, as shown by our exciting plans for enhancing graduate provision on the College’s Acland sitewithin a few minutes walk from the main College site.

Keble College welcomes visitors daily from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. Occasionally during the year, we will be closed for College events. More information, including planned closures, is available on the Visiting Keble page.

Keble College was established to extend access to Oxford University, and it remains true to that founding vision. The college’s central aim is to foster the highest academic achievement for all its students, from all backgrounds and every corner of the globe. We strive to provide a supportive environment in pursuit of this aim.

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Students at work in Cafe Keble.

The college has a programme of financial support for students through prizes, academic scholarships and grants.

Location

The college is adjacent to the University Parks, between the Science Area and the new Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. The main libraries are close by and the city centre is 5 minutes’ walk away.

Accommodation and meals

Keble normally offers rooms to all students in their first two years and to most in their third year within the main college site. We believe we have some of the best college accommodation in Oxford. Our 360 rooms are well furnished and 250 have their own shower and WC; the others have washbasins, with adjacent toilets and shower rooms. There are internet connection points in every room and wireless access throughout. The college retains the custom of dining in one sitting, with waiter service on three nights a week which makes the experience in our magnificent hall all the more special and important for Keble’s great sense of community. Café Keble (pictured) offers drinks and light bites during term and is a great place to socialise or study.

Read more on the college website.

Facilities

The library has over 100 work spaces, is open 24/7, and prides itself on a helpful and efficient service. Keble is also home to the Advanced Studies Centre, which fosters interdisciplinary research and hosts frequent talks by world experts. The college has one of Oxford’s newest and best-equipped theatres, the O’Reilly, which runs productions each term. We have a well-equipped gym and a sports ground and squash courts within easy reach, and we also use parts of the nearby University Parks.

Student societies

Keble is large and diverse enough to host societies and clubs of every description. Keble’s music society and chapel choir are among the best in the city. There is also a strong drama society which helps to run the O’Reilly Theatre. Our students organise and run an annual Arts Week, which showcases both the visual and performing arts and includes very popular stand-up comedy and poetry nights. Sport also plays a role in college life, with teams catering for all levels of experience and commitment. At the upper level, many Keble teams make the top division and compete in intercollegiate sporting competitions.