Open Days

Wadham College looks forward to welcoming all prospective undergraduates to the University Open Days, which in 2018 will be held on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th June, and Friday 14th September. 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.

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). 

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. Tours start at 9 am and will depart from the Welcome Desk on Parks Road.

12.45-13.15: Our Admissions team will give a talk on applying to Oxford in the Holywell Music Room.

13.15-14.00 (prospective applicants only): We will also be offering the opportunity for prospective applicants to meet with our college tutors. Candidates to meet at the Welcome Desk on Parks Road.

Please note that we will not be offering tutor sessions 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). 

13.15-14.00 (parents, guardians & teachers only): While the tutor sessions are taking place, 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: Prospective applicants will be able to attend one of our two demonstration interview sessions (one for science subjects (Moser Theatre), the other for humanities/social sciences (Holywell Music room) which will take place simultaneously.

15.10: 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 an up to date programme from the Welcome Desk upon arrival.

Open Day in pictures

Open Day accommodation

We are able to offer Open Day visitors free B&B accommodation within College on the night of either Tuesday 26th June or Wednesday 27th June, with a maximum of twelve places available per school group (ten prospective applicants and two accompanying adults). If you would like to bring a larger group, please contact our Admissions Officer on admissions@wadham.ox.ac.uk to see if this is possible. Please note that we are not able to provide lunch or an evening meal in the College. To book accommodation, please fill out our online booking form.

Note that unfortunately, we are unable to offer accommodation for the September Open Day.

How do I get to the Open Days?

We strongly advise that you do not drive to Oxford, as it is a small, compact city and the coach and railway stations are located no more than a 15-minute walk from the College. For full travel advice, please visit the University website.

Oxford Park and Ride

Students studying here walk or cycle around the city, and so we advise that you also make your explorations on foot. Traffic is often very heavy during the Open Days but if you do decide to drive, there are Park and Ride services around the city which will convey you directly to the city centre. Parking in central Oxford is extremely limited and the centre of town is pedestrianised so please do not attempt to drive directly to Wadham College.


Any other questions?

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

Contact Wadham Admissions Contact Wadham Access

Full details of all Open Days, including those of Departments and Faculties, are available on the University Admissions web page

The Open Days are not part of the admissions procedure and you will certainly not be at any disadvantage in the entrance competition if you have not 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 and to ask the porters to call the Academic 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.