It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from: if you’re truly passionate about your subject and prepared to work hard, you’ll always find a place at Somerville. It really is that simple.

Of course, you also need to know if Somerville and Oxford are right for you. You need to know whether you’re choosing the right course and which college will suit you best. And you’ve also got questions – from the big stuff, like whether you’ll fit in here, to the nitty gritty like how to write a great personal statement and do well at interview. 

Well, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. The following FAQs and videos will tell you all you need to know. 

Why study at Oxford?

For a comprehensive look at how university works, what makes Oxford different, and what the application process is like, check out the following video. It’s pretty long, but covers everything you need to know with handy chapter segments so you can jump to the important bits like financial support, how to apply and advice on drafting your personal statement. 

Watch a shorter version of Why University, Why Oxford? 

Choosing your college

If you still need help choosing the right college, then you should watch the following film to find out why our students think Somerville is the best College in Oxford.

If that STILL doesn’t persuade you, then you need to take a look at some of the beautiful locations contained in our Virtual Tour of Somerville, to get an idea of why our students think Somerville is one of the greenest, most peaceful places in all Oxford.

TAKE A Virtual Tour of Somerville

Subject-specific advice: hear from our tutors

If you’re looking for some subject-speficic advice, then look no further! These Q&As with the Somerville tutors were filmed during the university’s Virtual Open Days.

Virtual Open Day 30th June 2021

The above video contains a welcome from our Senior Tutor as well as subject-specific advice from tutors in Maths, Law, Medicine, Physics, Computer Science and Biochemistry.

Virtual Open Day 1st July 2021

The second of our Virtual Open Days 2021 contains subject-specific advice from tutors in Engineering, English, Biology, Music, History, Linguistics and PPE.

Virtual Open Days 2020

VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS 2020 – DAY 1

The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors in English, Physics, Biochemistry, PPE, Biology, Classics/Ancient History, Linguistics, Chemistry, Law, History, Engineering, and Maths.

VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS 2020 – DAY 2

The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors in Psychology, Music, Maths, Computer Science, Medicine, French, Biology, and Philosophy.

VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS 2020 – DAY 3

The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors in Maths, Physics, History, English, Computer Science, Psychology and Medicine.

Chat to Somerville students

Still have questions? Our student ambassadors are always happy to help answer your questions about Somerville and Oxford. Click the link below to start a conversation now.

Chat to Somerville Students now

Open Days

The University hosts Open Days for schools at the end of the summer term and the beginning of the autumn term. At present, we are inviting schools to book in-person visits next term, on the proviso that these may have to go ahead virtually if restrictions remain in place nearer the time. If you would like your school to attend an Open Day at Somerville, please use the following link, which includes options for schools to book both in-person and virtual visits.

Book an Open Day (Virtual or In-Person)

If you wish to arrange a personal visit to Somerville, please contact our Access & Outreach team to discuss whether this will be possible.

Virtual Open Days

Our Virtual Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to find out more about Oxford University, the various faculties in which you might study and all the different colleges. You can learn more about our Virtual Open Days by visiting our Open Day portal or watching some of the videos from our previous Open Days, held in June and July 2021 and Summer 2020.

Visit our Open Day Portal

Virtual Open Day 30th June 2021

The above video contains a welcome from our Senior Tutor as well as subject-specific advice from tutors in Maths, Law, Medicine, Physics, Computer Science and Biochemistry.

Virtual Open Day 1st July 2021

The second of our Virtual Open Days 2021 contains subject-specific advice from tutors in Engineering, English, Biology, Music, History, Linguistics and PPE.

You can also watch last year’s Virtual Open Day videos below.

VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS 2020 – DAY 1

VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS 2020 – DAY 2

VIRTUAL OPEN DAYS 2020 – DAY 3