Our doors are always open to schools and pupils interested in studying at Somerville.

We are currently allowing prospective applicants and offer holders to visit Somerville; you can pick up a self-guided tour from the Porters’ Lodge when you arrive, or you can ask at the Lodge if there’s a member of the Academic Office or Access Office available to show you around. Members of the general public can visit us free of charge on most days, without needing to book ahead.

We are now inviting schools to book in-person visits to Somerville, on the proviso that these may have to be postponed or go ahead virtually if Covid outbreaks or restrictions prevent them being in-person. Click here to find out more about Somerville’s Covid Safety Measures for School Visits.

If you are a teacher, you can book a school visit for a group of students for next term using the following form, which includes options for schools to book both in-person and virtual visits:

Book a school visit (Virtual or In-Person)

We participate in the university-wide open days in June/July and September and host visits from schools each week during term time. We also host annual Year 12 Study Days and collaborate in university-wide Remote Interview Workshops in November for state school applicants to help demystify the interview process. See below for more information.

Virtual Open Days 2021

Our Virtual Open Days provide the perfect opportunity to find out more about Oxford University, the various subject departments in which you might study and all the different colleges. These include a range of live video and typed Q&As with students and tutors across college and the wider university.

The last virtual open day was on September 17th, 2021. You can learn more about our Virtual Open Days by watching some of the videos from our previous Open Days, held in September, June and July 2021 and 2020. The videos below all contain chapter segments, so you can skip ahead to the subject Q&A you’re most interested in.

Virtual Open Days 2021

17th September 2021

September Virtual Open Day 2021

The above video contains subject-specific advice from tutors and students in Maths, Computer Science, Classics, Classical Archaeology and Anthropology, Ancient and Modern History, Medicine and Psychology.

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.

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


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


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


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

Open Days (In-Person) - 2022

The University hosts Open Days for prospective applicants at the end of the summer term and the beginning of the autumn term. In 2022 these will be on 29th and 30th June and 16th September.

At an in-person Open Day, our team of warm and friendly student helpers will be on hand to guide you around the College and give you a first-hand account of life at Somerville. There’ll also be talks to help you learn more about the subject you’re interested in applying for.

Here is what a typical Open Day here usually looks like:

College Opening Hours: 08:45-17:00

There will be free drop-in tours led by current Somerville students available from 09:00-16:45.

Our Tutor for Admissions will be available to chat to in the Flora Anderson Hall all day. Our Welfare Officer and Disabilities Lead, Jo Ockwell, will also be available to talk to on request.


There will be a chance to meet our tutors, and an admissions talk from our Senior Tutor. We’ll put more details up here closer to the day.


There will be a free sandwich lunch from 12:30-14:00 in the Flora Anderson Hall. Tea & coffee will also be available throughout the day.


We do have some B&B rooms available in Somerville at a discounted rate. Please contact our for booking information.


If you wish to arrange a personal or school group visit to Somerville at another time, please contact our .

Oxford Remote Interview Workshops

Somerville is one of the colleges which participates in the University-wide Remote Interview Workshops, which are held in November following applications but before the invitations to interview are sent out.

These are run for Oxford applicants from state schools on Microsoft Teams, and involve general admissions guidance, as well as subject-specific workshops and Q&A opportunities with tutors and current students.

The subject workshops may include mock interviews, discussion of sample questions, and advice about what interviewing tutors are looking for.

More information will be sent out to eligible candidates nearer the time.

Year 12 Study Days

Somerville hosts several virtual Study Days in the Spring Half Term. These are open to all Year 12 students currently at a UK state school or college. They are entirely free of charge.

The Study Days will feature taster lectures or workshops run by Oxford University academics, which will offer a challenging and entertaining introduction to university-level study of the subject.

The sessions are open to all Year 12 students at a UK State School who are taking a related subject, and/or are thinking about going on to study a related subject at university. The students will also have the opportunity to hear advice from admissions and outreach staff about applying to Oxford and Cambridge, and to ask the college tutors and current undergraduates questions about their subject of interest.

The timetable and a full list of the sessions on offer will be made available here closer to the time.

Virtual Tour

Can’t wait until Open Days to have a look around? Luckily, thanks to our Virtual Map Tour, you won’t need to.

TAKE a Virtual Tour of Somerville

Or you can watch our Access Support Officer’s tour below:

You can also watch our students’ virtual tour videos to see college through their eyes and to see some of our first year accommodation:

Watch our students’ Virtual Tour

Watch our students’ Bedroom Tours


Join the Somerville Mailing List

School teachers may be interested in joining our mailing list in order to find out about the opportunities offered by Somerville and other parts of the University to learn more about studying at Somerville and Oxford. Please email us at access@some.ox.ac.uk if you’d like to receive our regular newsletter or call 01865 270592 to find out more about applying to Somerville and organise a visit.

You can also find out about the latest outreach events by following us on Twitter.

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Contact the Access & Outreach team

Nuala Marshall

Access & Outreach Support Officer
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Hannah Pack

Access & Outreach Officer
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