St John's College Oxford

Visiting St John's

We offer a range of opportunities for students and teachers to visit St John's. Find out more here about our programme of visits and events for schools. To discuss how we can support your students, please email our Access and Outreach Officer.

Regional outreach

To ensure it is as easy as possible for schools and colleges to engage with the University, each Oxford college is now linked with a number of local authorities across the UK. As part of this, St John’s College is particularly happy to receive enquiries from schools in the London boroughs of Harrow and Ealing, and from Brighton & Hove, East Sussex and West Sussex. Find out more information about link colleges here

We prioritise working with non-selective state schools, and schools with little or no history of sending students to the University of Oxford. Our activities are aimed at high-achieving students. 

Booking a visit to St John's

If you would like to book a visit to St John’s College with your school, please see our inbound visit calendar here for available dates and activities. Once you have a date in mind, please email us at with the following details:

  • The date you would like to visit
  • How many pupils you would like to bring (max. 25), what year group they are and any specific timing requirements
  • Afternoon activities ranked in order of preference (options are given in the calendar above)

If you would like to visit St John’s as an individual, please see the details for individual visits below.

Events and visits for pre-16 students

School visitWe welcome groups of high-achieving KS4 students on designated taster days throughout the year. These days aim to give learners a realistic experience of life at the University of Oxford, to give guidance on post-16 options and to encourage them to think about how they can prepare for an application to a competitive university. Download a typical KS4 Visit Typical Programme

Due to the popularity of the taster days, we can only accommodate non-selective, state schools in our linked regions, with a limit of 10 students per school. 

If you would be interested in booking a KS4 group from your school in future, please email us at: 

" Thank you for a fantastic day! The Year 10s are utterly inspired and the whole experience has raised their aspirations, as was clear from the conversations they were having on the train journey back. They really liked meeting yourself and the undergrads and send their thanks. Most importantly I think a lot of myths have been dispelled about Oxford life. " School visit to St John's College

Events and visits for sixth formers

St John's bannerThere are lots of opportunities for sixth-form students to visit St John's. We especially welcome teachers bringing a group to visit us. Under the University's regional links programme we prioritise visits from schools in our linked regions, but some events are open more widely. Please see below for details of the different opportunities for sixth formers to visit. 

Open Days

St John's participates in all three of the University's main open days, in June and September. This is a great time to visit Oxford as all the colleges are open and the vast majority of the departments also welcome visitors. You will have the chance to ask in-depth questions of the academics who design and deliver the courses, as well as being able to meet current students. St John's is able to offer overnight accommodation to individuals and school groups travelling more than 70 miles for the Open Days and lunch for pre-booked visitors. 

The next open days will be on 1 and 2 July 2020, and 18 September 2020.

For more information see our Open Days page and the Oxford University Open Days pages.

School visits through the year

Our Access and Outreach Officer welcomes visits from sixth form groups wanting to know more about Oxford. Programmes can be tailored to meet the needs of each group, but typically include a morning session on the structure of the University, financial support and making an application, a College tour led by a current undergraduate, lunch and an academic taster session. We can usually only host full-day visits from non-selective, state schools in our linked regions. For other schools, we can normally arrange a tour, often as part of a visit coordinated by your link college.
To arrange a school visit please contact the Access and Outreach Officer.
To be kept informed of forthcoming opportunities for students and teachers register here.

Year 12 study days and competitions

St John’s organises a range of subject-specific events each year, designed to challenge and stimulate high-achieving Year 12 students by giving them a taste of studying their subject at Oxford. In 2017 we held Study Days in English, History, Law, Classics and Ancient History. Participants attend talks and workshops led by tutors, find out more about the course at Oxford and what tutors are looking for, and meet current students. For more information see our Study days and competitions page. 

German Study Day German Study Day in 2016

Individual and group visits

For individual prospective applicants, St John's is open daily from 2-5pm and entry is free. Visitors are free to explore Front Quad, Canterbury Quad, the Gardens and Chapel. Groups of more than 14 people must book in with the Lodge in advance and may be asked to split into smaller parties. If you are a school group the admissions team may be able to arrange a tour of College for you but advance notice is required.   

To discuss how St John’s College can support your students please contact our Access and Outreach Officer.

Register here if you would like to be kept informed of forthcoming opportunities for students and teachers.

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