Balliol College

| University of Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford

Balliol College, Oxford was founded in 1263. It teaches in the region of 382 undergraduate students and 288 graduates. The college is ranked in position 20 of 30 in the Norrington Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.25 km from the centre of town.

Courses offered [ + ] Biological Sciences | Biomedical Sciences | Chemistry | Classical Archaeology and Ancient History | Classics | Computer Science | Computer Science and Philosophy | Economics and Management | Engineering Science | English | European and Middle Eastern Languages | History | History (Ancient and Modern) | History and Economics | History and English | History and Politics | Law | Mathematics | Mathematics and Computer Science | Mathematics and Philosophy | Medicine (A100) | Oriental Studies* | Philosopy, Politics and Economics (PPE) | Physics | Physics and Philosophy | (additional courses are often available to post-graduate students and many colleges offer complex arrangements of modern languages - please see our courses page for details ) *check with the college for the latest details - options offered within these courses also vary

College Scorecard (averages out of five calculated from 5 impressions)
Study (3), Music (3), Sport (3), Smugness (3), Artiness (3) Facilities (3), Accommodation (3)

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I'm quite a new grad student, but can add what impressions I have so far. Balliol has a very high reputation academically, though be sure to check this for your subject - it varies, I'm sure. The college itself is nice, but not spectacular, and I have no idea about undergrad rooms.

As a grad, it's fantastic. It's almost like a separate grad college, as everyone lives in either Holywell Manor or one of the surrounding buildings. In the Manor, there's an 'honesty bar', a gym, two TV rooms, something like a 'sitting room' (with a piano) and various computer facilities. The other buildings are more spartan, but definitely functional. The great thing about it, though, is that the MCR has a very good atmosphere.

So, for a grad, highly recommended.

Study (5), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (4), Accommodation (4), Smugness (4)

Review by Undisclosed - Grad Student (October 29, 2009) - add your impression

Study (3), Artiness (4), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (3), Accommodation (3), Smugness (5)

Review by Undisclosed - Student at other college (July 23, 2009) - add your impression

What i like about this place is that it's much less
stuck on ceremony than some others - there's no formal hall (no gowns...) and you can walk most of the grass! Which doesn't sound like a lot but is a big deal.. trust me!

The facilities are good and there's a big library / free gym / cheap student run bar. First years and third years generally live in teh college itself, while in your second year you live out a few mins down the road at Jowett Walk.

So if you're looking for a pretty lefty , relaxed college, though which works hard and boasts a few seriously important alumni, balliol is deffo worth a visit.

Study (4), Artiness (3), Sport (4), Music (4), Facilities (4), Accommodation (4), Smugness (2)

Review by Undisclosed - Student at another college (August 21, 2009) - add your impression

Balliol is incredibly laid-back and full of wonderful, interesting and individual people. I had been worried that Oxford would be full of lame geeks but my transition from school in London to Balliol was really easy and I met people very similar to me. The bar is amazing - we're the only Oxford college to have a student-run bar and it really is the hub of the college; I've been to other colleges where no one really goes to the bar but at Balliol it's not uncommon to go down about five nights a week. Even if you have an essay crisis it's a great place to pop in for an hour and see everyone and then go back to the library. I love Balliol for being casual and full of genuinely cool people - aside from being reputable academically and having beautiful buildings, I wouldn't say the college conforms to the traditional Oxford stereotype at all.

Study (3), Artiness (5), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (4), Accommodation (3), Smugness (2)

Review by Undisclosed - undergrad (October 27, 2012) - add your impression

I once got food poisoning from the mushroom soup...

Study (3), Artiness (3), Sport (3), Music (3), Facilities (3), Accommodation (3), Smugness (3)

Review by Undisclosed - current student at another college (August 24, 2011) - add your impression