Worcester College

| University of Oxford

Worcester College, Oxford was founded in 1714. It teaches in the region of 407 undergraduate students and 191 graduates. The college is ranked in position 3 of 30 in the Norrington Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.66 km from the centre of town.

Courses offered [ + ] Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular | Biological Sciences | Chemistry | Classical Archaeology and Ancient History | Classics | Classics and English | Computer Science | Earth Sciences | Economics and Management | Engineering Science | English | European and Middle Eastern Languages | Fine Art | Geography | History | History (Ancient and Modern) | History and Economics | History and Politics | History of Art | Law | Mathematics | Mathematics and Computer Science | Mathematics and Philosophy | Mathematics and Statistics | Medicine (A100) | Medicine (graduate entry - A101) | Music | Philosophy and Linguistics | Philosophy and Theology | Philosopy, Politics and Economics (PPE) | Physics | Physics and Philosophy | Psychology (Experimental) | Psychology and Linguistics | Psychology and Philosophy | Theology and Religion | (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 )

http://www.worc.ox.ac.uk/ | locate on map

My favourite thing about Worcester was the sports facilities: this is the only college with playing fields on site. There are also squash courts, both grass and clay tennis courts, a netball court, cricket nets and a gym!

But of course you don't have to be a sports buff to have a fun time here - loads of clubs to get involved with - otherwise can relax in the bar or buttery (complete with relaxing fire to lure world weary students in)...

Worcester is a bit of a secret gem in oxford.. Keep it in mind!

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

Review by Undisclosed - Undisclosed (August 26, 2009) - add your impression

Worcester has so many selling points, it's hard to know where to begin...

Firstly, academically, Worcester is very strong and has recently shot up the infamous Norrington table. Its a big law college with one of the best well-stocked law libraries but is very very strong in many other subjects due to its size. Mathematics and English spring to mind but it really excels across the board. Why does this matter? Well, it means you're likely to get a lot of teaching done 'in house' rather than at other colleges so the tutors get to know you and will naturally be more helpful.

Secondly, in terms of life outside of work, Worcester is known for its social scene and not just because we're the closest college to the main clubs in Oxford! The college is known for being friendly and sociable and there's always a Worcester presence felt out and about. All kinds of activities are strong here- as one (if not the only) college with its sports fields on site, we tend to dominate most of the sporting league tables especially cricket, rugby and football. The past few years have also been extremely good on the water with our rowing teams moving up divisions!
Worcester is also strong for the arts with the Buskins, a student run drama group, a college choir (who tour and have sung for Radio somethingorother!), and a big orchestra.

I think the thing that really sets Worcester apart is its grounds and its accommodation. Officially the prettiest college in Oxford, and the only one to boast its own lake, it's love at first sight for a lot of Open day visitors I've shown round. Furthermore, with its 26 acres, all undergraduates live in college for their entire degree. Trust me, not having to cycle for 20 minutes to get breakfast or the odd book is a life send. The accommodation here is also incredible. 70% of rooms have kitchen and ensuite bathrooms and for those unlucky 30% of first years who don't get this (I was one of them!), you are rewarded with beautiful views of the main quad as well as first pick of the rooms in your second year. All the accommodation has been fairly recently renovated so you really can't go wrong.

I think I'll end on the quick note that Worcester boasts a formal hall 4 times a week at an incredibly low price of around 2.30 for a three course meal that often includes pretentious sounding meat such as pheasant or venison. There's really no reason to do the 3 minute walk to tesco with those kinds of meals being offered every single day.

If that doesn't sell you Worcester, then I don't know what will!

Study (4), Artiness (3), Sport (5), Music (4), Facilities (5), Accommodation (5), Smugness (1)

Review by Hollie - Law Student (July 20, 2011) - add your impression