Red, white and black baloons tied to the railings of the library. In the distance, a family is shown around the College by a student helper.

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

We host several open days throughout the year; visits from schools every Wednesday of term; and an annual event aimed at 'Demystifying Interviews' for state school pupils. Members of the general public can visit us free of charge on most days during the University's terms.

Open Days

University Open Days in 2019 will take place on Wednesday 3rd July, Thursday 4th July and Friday 20th September. 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 a full breakdown of our open day schedule:

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


“Early Bird” Admissions talk with the Senior Tutor, Steve: 09:00-09:45

Meet Somerville’s Tutors (drop-in sessions): 12:30-14:00


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.

Accommodation: A small number of rooms in Somerville are available through our online booking system at Please use the event code OPENDAY12019 when booking. A twin room costs £40 for the night, and a single room is £25.

You can read more about Open Days across the University on their website.

School Visits

We host a school visit on almost every Wednesday during university term-time. We are always very happy to hear from schools about potential visits, especially those from our link regions of Buckinghamshire, Hounslow, and Kingston upon Thames.

Students in year 7 and above are welcome to visit for the day and get a flavour of studying at Oxford. Our fellows are experienced in giving talks to capture the imagination of our visitors, on subjects including the pitfalls of translating Harry Potter into French and much more. The day will also include a tour of the College buildings and lunch in our beautiful Dining Hall.

If you're interested in visiting us, get in touch on or call on 01865 270 592.

De-Mystifying Oxford

Each year, Somerville gives all state school applicants the opportunity to attend a “De-Mystifying Oxford” interview preparation and guidance day. The event features the chance to watch a mock interview between a tutor and one of our current students, as well as a tour of some of the areas of the College used for interviews and an advice session from our Senior Tutor.

The event is held in November following applications but before the invitations to interview are sent out. Every state school pupil whose application names us as their College is invited to join us for the day.

More information is available in the email sent to eligible attendees.

Students watch a mock interview during the 2018 Demystifying Interviews day
Students watch a mock interview during the 2018 Demystifying Interviews day


Contact our Access team

Schools and propsective applicants can get in touch on or phone us on 01865 270592 to find out more about applying to Somerville and organise a visit.

Schools may also be interested in joining our mailing list in order to find out more about the opportunities offered by Somerville and other parts of the University to help your students discover more about studying at university, regardless of their plans after secondary school.