Open Days

University of Oxford Open Days 2017: 28 June, 29 June and 15 September

Open Days are the perfect opportunity for prospective undergraduate students to get a feel for Balliol and to meet our tutors and students. They are designed to give you information about the College and the wider University, helping you to make a choice of where to study. 

Tours of the College run all day (10.00-17.00), and you are welcome to attend talks by subject tutors to find out more about the courses that interest you. There are plenty of chances to chat to current Balliol students, who help run the Open Days and will share with you their experiences of studying at Oxford. The student community at Balliol is lively and diverse, and we welcome applicants from all over the world and from the widest possible range of social, cultural and educational backgrounds.

All other Oxford colleges and departments will be open for you to visit. We encourage you to take advantage of this when you come, and explore the City and the University.

There is no need to book: just turn up on the day. Please follow us on Twitter @BalliolOutreach for regular updates. We invite you to join us at the next Open Day, and look forward to meeting you. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us


A complete schedule of events will be posted here prior to each event.

An outline of each day is as follows:

10:00-17:00          Balliol College open to visitors

11:00-12:00          Admissions Talk given by the Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions (repeated 15:00-16:00)

11:00-15:00         Subject Talks (see below)

15:00-16:00          Admissions Talk given by the Tutor for Undergraduate Admissions (repeat of earlier 11:00-12:00)

Tours led by current JCR Student Ambassadors run throughout, as will drop-in Q&A opportunitites.

Subject Talks and Q&As (Exact Times & Locations TBC)

11:00-12:00         Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in the Buttery (June only)

12:00-13:00        English Literature and Language, in the Russell Room

12:00-13:00        History, in Lecture Room 23

12:00-13:00        Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, in the Buttery (September only)

12:00-13:00        Chemistry, in Staircase 18 Room 8 (June) and Staircase 2 Room 5 (September)

13:00-14:00        Law, in the Buttery Room

13:00-14:00        Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), in Lecture Room 23

13:00-14:00        Maths, in the Massey Room

13:00-14:00        Physics, in the Russell Room

13:00-14:00        Computer Science, in the Bajpai Room

13:30-14:15         Classics and CAAH, in Staircase 11 Room 5 (and drop-in sessions 14:15-15:00, see below)

14:00-15:00        Biological Sciences, in the Bajpai Room

14:00-15:00        Engineering, in the Massey Room

14:00-15:00        Modern Languages, in the Buttery Archives Room

14:00-15:00        Philosophy and Joint Schools, in the Russell Room

14:00-15:00        Oriental Studies, in the Master’s Dining Room

14:00-15:00        Economics & Management, in Lecture Room 23

14:15-15:00         Classics and CAAH, drop in session, Staircase 18 Room 9


The Balliol Buttery will be open, serving tea, coffee and other refreshments all day. The JCR Pantry will also be open, serving tea, coffee and other refreshments for visitors.

Disabled access

We regret that some parts of Balliol’s ancient site do not have disabled access. If you have specific access requirements and wish to attend one of the subject talks listed above, please do get in touch with us in advance for further advice.


We regret that we are not able to accommodate visitors at Balliol for the Open Day.

Prospective graduate students

All events at our Open Days including subject talks are focused on undergraduate admissions, not graduate study. There is no formal opportunity for prospective graduate students to meet tutors or discuss admissions. Whilst graduate students are welcome to attend to look around the College main site, Holywell Manor (our graduate centre) will be closed. If you are a prospective graduate student keen to hear more about Balliol, or to visit us, we recommend you contact the Undergraduate Admissions Officer, Victoria Holt, to arrange an appointment on a different date.