Ten reasons to choose Balliol
Balliol’s top priority is the pursuit and sharing of knowledge through the highest standards of learning, scholarship and research. Our tutors are all leaders in their fields who are committed to helping you realise your full academic potential.
If you’re talented, you’ll fit in
We select students solely on their academic ability, as we have done since the 19th century, when Balliol led the way in turning Oxford into a place open to all on merit. If you’re hard working, passionate about your subject and ambitious to excel, you’ll find like-minded people here, whatever school or cultural background you come from.
Generous financial help
We are determined that no one should be prevented from studying here by financial worries and we help students as much we can with:
- financial aid for any student in need: maintenance and hardship grants, bursaries, loans.
- subsidies for food, support for societies, grants for academic projects and many other forms of support.
From the beginning of the 2020/2021 academic year, undergraduates are guaranteed accommodation in College for all three years of their course.
An illustrious history
Right in the heart of Oxford
Centrally located on Broad Street, Balliol is close to laboratories, lecture theatres, libraries, and shops.
One of Oxford’s largest colleges
Balliol has 370 undergraduates and a nearly equal number of graduates. You’ll have the opportunity to meet people from many kinds of background, with all sorts of different interests.
A great community
Students and tutors here enjoy a stimulating intellectual life together, not just at tutorials but at academic events and in subject societies. Also on offer are a range of sports, the choir, concerts, an annual charity musical and many other ways in which students get to know each other and have fun. With a friendly atmosphere and people available to talk to if you need help, the community is close-knit and supportive too.
A unique JCR
The Balliol JCR has a reputation for being one of the liveliest and most active in Oxford, and it is unique in the level of input it makes to College life. The JCR Committee administers a substantial budget, liaises with the College about students’ needs and interests, and has a voice on key College committees. The JCR also runs its own Pantry and is responsible for the Lindsay Bar, largely run by students. See also:
- Balliol JCR website
- Balliol JCR Alternative Prospectus: a booklet created by students ‘to give you a realistic insight into what studying and living’ at Balliol is like, available on the JCR website here
Our students love it here
There is no better testimony than the students’ own: read what some of our undergraduates say about being at Balliol.
‘Ethos is extremely healthy: aspiration is promoted, achievement is praised, and support is in place. It also happens to be filled with wonderfully interesting people, in my experience.’ Balliol undergraduate, BA Modern Languages, in the Student Barometer Survey 2016.
For more information about the College, please explore this website. As well as the Undergraduate Admissions pages, you may be interested to read About Balliol and see the undergraduate courses we offer. For an overview of the College, see our undergraduate prospectus.