University of Oxford Worcester College

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University of Oxford Worcester College

Worcester is one of the most beautiful of the colleges, with 26 acres of award-winning gardens and wooded grounds including a lake and on-site sports fields.

Worcester College
Worcester College has 26 acres of award-winning gardens.

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It is a happy blend of ancient and modern, with buildings from medieval cottages to self-catering accommodation completed in the last decade. Undergraduates enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities including music, drama and sport, making Worcester a diverse, vibrant academic community.


The college entrance is close to the city centre and coach station, and a 10-minute walk from the railway station.

Accommodation and meals

The college aims to offer accommodation to all undergraduates for three years of their degree. All rooms are on site or no more than 300 metres from the perimeter. Some are in historic buildings, but many have been recently built or refurbished, and over two-thirds are ensuite with access to good kitchen facilities. All rooms have internet connections and most rooms have a small refrigerator. There are also a number of shared student houses.

Worcester has a well-deserved reputation for excellent food at low prices, and many students choose to eat in the college’s dining hall. Self-service breakfast, lunch and dinner are available each day. A served formal hall option is also available on several evenings each week.

Read more on the college website.


The main undergraduate library has approximately 65,000 volumes and is well funded for purchasing new books. There is a separate college law library and a magnificent Old Library, which houses collections of European importance. Individual work spaces are provided in all three libraries, two of which are open 24 hours a day. A computer room is set aside for undergraduate use and is also open 24 hours a day.

Within the college grounds are sports fields, tennis courts and a multi-gym. The college also maintains a boathouse on the River Thames.

Worcester is committed to enabling students with disabilities to participate as fully as possible in student life; applicants are advised to contact the Tutor for Admissions with details of any special needs.

Student societies

Worcester students enjoy the many opportunities for extra-curricular activities that are offered by the college. There are teams of various standards in a wide range of sports, enabling students of all abilities to take part. Worcester has strong musical traditions, and the music society organises many activities throughout the year. Music practice facilities are available on site. Students may audition for instrumental awards, and organ and choral scholarships are also offered. An active dramatic society puts on regular productions, often staged in the college gardens. Having these facilities on site makes a harmonious blend of scholarship and recreation all the more achievable.