Open Days

Wadham College looks forward to welcoming all prospective undergraduates to the University Open Days. Our next Open Day will be held on 20 September 2019. On Open Days, all colleges and most departments open their doors to welcome those thinking of applying to Oxford. For a list of subjects offered at Wadham College, please click here

Click here to access the University's Open Day Guide.

If you are interested in graduate studies, please visit the Virtual Open Day.

All are welcome at Wadham Open Days

Why attend an Open Day?

Open days give you the chance to meet some of our current students and our college tutors. There is also the opportunity for you to see what the departments and colleges have to offer - libraries, laboratories, lecture halls, accommodation, sports facilities, student societies and much more besides! And our admissions team will be on hand to answer your questions throughout the day, as well as running talks and sessions to help explain and demystify the Oxford admissions process. 

Most students will travel independently to the Open Days, but parents are welcome to attend some of the events. If you are a teacher looking to bring a group of prospective applicants, we welcome groups of up to 10 students with accompanying teachers. Please do check that we offer the courses your students are interested in, as this is their opportunity to meet students and tutors in their chosen subject(s). 

How do I get to the Open Days?

We strongly advise that you do not drive into Oxford city centre, as it is a small, compact city and the coach and railway stations are located within a 15-minute walk from the College. 

Students studying here walk or cycle around the city, and so we would advise that you also make your explorations on foot (so sensible footwear is key!). There is very limited, very expensive parking in central Oxford so please do not attempt to drive directly to Wadham College as you will most likely not be able to park. Traffic is doubly heavy during the Open Days but if you do decide to drive, there are several Park and Ride services around the city which will convey you directly to the city centre, the use of which we strongly advocate. We have been advised that the city council will be laying on extra resources at the Park and Rides to accommodate the open day visitors, but Seacourt Park and Ride will not, so where possible, please park at one of Water Eaton, Redbridge, Peartree or Thornhill Park and Rides. 

For full travel advice, please visit the University website.

Oxford Park and Ride

Open Day events at Wadham

There is no need to book for any of the events on our Open Day, just show up at the Welcome Desk on Parks Road in good time before the start of the event you would like to attend and one of our Student Ambassadors will be happy to direct you.

Current undergraduates will be offering short tours of the College throughout the day, including a look at our student accommodation.

9.00-17.00: Meet the Students/College Tours. Departing from the Welcome Desk on Parks Road, College tours will be running all day.

9.00-9.45: Life in College. A chance to listen to some of our students talk about life as a student at Wadham College (Holywell Music Room).

12.45-13.10: Applying to Oxford. Our Tutor for Admissions will give a talk on applying to Oxford in the Holywell Music Room.

13.15-14.00: Meet the Tutors (prospective applicants only). We will be offering the opportunity for prospective applicants to informally meet with our College tutors to learn more about their desired course and the admissions process. Candidates to meet at the Welcome Desk on Parks Road at 1 pm.

Please note that we will not be offering a tutor session at Wadham for Oriental Studies. Visitors interested in subjects offered by this course are welcome to sign up in advance for the Faculty's 'Meet the Tutors' sessions at 10.45am (Oriental Institute, Pusey Lane). There will not be a Wadham tutor session for Experimental Psychology, however visitors will be able to meet academic staff at the Departmental Open Day from 10.45 - 11.30 (at the Examination Schools on the High Street). 

13.15-14.00: Q & A session for parents, guardians and teachers. While the tutor sessions are taking place for prospective applicants, we will be running an informal Q&A session for parents, guardians and teachers with Wadham’s Tutor for Admissions in the Holywell Music Room. This will include information about finance and welfare provision.

14.10 - 15.00: Demonstration Interviews. Our demonstration interviews will be in a STEM subject in the Moser Theatre, and in a humanities/social science  in the Holywell Music Room. For the September 2019 open day, the STEM subject will be Engineering, and the humanities/social science subject will be Law. Attendance at the demonstration interviews is not limited to those wishing to apply for the specific courses listed; other prospective applicants may find them equally helpful and all are welcome. 

15.10 - 15.40: Writing a Personal Statement. Before heading home you may wish to attend our final event for the day, where you can pick up useful tips on how to write a UCAS personal statement (Moser Theatre).

Please note that this timetable and venues may be subject to change, so either check this page again prior to setting off or pick up a programme from the Welcome Desk upon arrival.

Programme of Events (for printing)

Open Day in pictures

Open Day accommodation

The College offers accommodation for the June/July open days only, but is unable to offer accommodation for the September one.

Building Work at Wadham

Prospective candidates are advised that construction for the new Undergraduate Centre and Access Centre started within the main College site in July 2018, which is due for completion in summer 2020. Visitors are therefore advised to expect some disruption during the open day. Please click here for more details.

Additionally, Wadham is constructing a 135 bedroom development to provide housing for second years students on Iffley Road. Schedules permitting, construction is due to be completed and the site ready for use from October 2019. See here for more details.

Further information will be available at the Open Days.

Any other questions?

If you have a particular query regarding Wadham's Open Days, please do contact the Admissions Officer on +44 (0)1865 277545 or email: 

Full details of all college, department and faculty Open Days, are available on the University Admissions web page

Open Days are not part of the admissions process and you will not be disadvantaged by not having visited the College before applying.



Student guides will show you round and answer questions

Aside from our open days, you are welcome to look round the College at any time. Do ask the porters to call the Admissions Office if you have any questions. If the College appears to be closed, please inform the porters that you are a prospective applicant and, unless the College is holding a restricted event, you will be welcomed in.