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Student Life at Oxford

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Official Video Guide to undergraduate study at Oxford

Oriel College quad on a stormy day

College life

How does the college system work and what's it like in real life? Find out from our students

27 colleges offer Engineering Science:

Balliol College, Brasenose College, Christ Church, Exeter College, Harris Manchester College, Hertford College, Jesus College, Keble College, Lady Margaret Hall, Lincoln College, Magdalen College, Mansfield College, New College, Oriel College, Pembroke College, St Anne's College, St Catherine's College, St Edmund Hall, St Hilda's College, St Hugh's College, St John's College, St Peter's College, Somerville College, Trinity College, University College, Wadham College, Worcester College

Example Timetables

Timetables vary quite significantly from year to year. You'll find some example timetables from real students in different years here so you can see what your day might look like when you are studying Engineering at Oxford.

What's the best thing about studying in Oxford?

Here's what some of our current students think


Becky, 1st Year, Lady Margaret Hall

"I love the city because of how vibrant it is. There are so many places to visit and admire, as well as an endless amount of fun activities to get up to."

Oliver, 1st Year, St Hilda's College

"Apart from the obvious - the amazing architecture and picturesque setting - my favourite part of being here is the fact that it is 'normal' to love your subject."

Minnie, 2nd Year, St Peter's College

"I love how there’s so many small independent food places to try! And how there’s always something to do, never a dull moment!"

Anna, 2nd Year, St Catherine's College

"Being constantly surrounded by inspiring people - whether they are the lecturers who are at the forefront of their fields or just college or course friends."

Ambre, 3rd Year, St Edmund Hall

"It is an incredibly vibrant and cosy place to live in. My fave place apart from college is probably Christ Church Meadows."

Sara B, 3rd Year, St Catherine's College

"My favourite thing about Oxford is the size of the city. Almost everything is within walking (or biking) distance from my room."

Chris, 4th Year, St Edmund Hall

"Oxford is synonymous with the world-class level playing field of education to me - here, there is a place for everyone. I also love the city's vibrant streets which blend modern and old in rarely seen ways."

Nobel, 4th Year, Lincoln College

"The collegiate system. As soon as you start, you already know at least 80 people in your year, plus people in years above. And then there are the intercollegiate competitions (which are very relaxed). If you want to play some sport, your first avenue doesn’t need to be university level – it can just be on a college level."

"My favourite thing about Oxford - its diversity. We meet so many different people from so many different backgrounds! It also offers lots of opportunities. Oxford is the place where you can be who you want to be. This is where you have the chance to try out different things and work on yourself!"

Katarina, 2nd Year, St Hugh's College

Student Societies

With more than 150 officially recognised societies listed in the University's Register of Student Clubs, there is something for everybody. However, if you think that there is a gap to be filled, you can set up your own student society!

Here are a few societies associated with the Department of Engineering Science.

  • Oxford University Racing
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Engineering Society
  • Women in Engineering
  • Innovation Fund
Undergraduate motor racing team with Dr Neil Ashton at Formula Student competition

Formula Student is Europe's most established educational motorsport competition, backed by industry and high-profile engineers including Patron, Ross Brawn OBE. It tasks each team with producing a prototype single-seat race car — either in the autocross or sprint class. The competition culminates in a series of rigorous vehicle testing, as well as a team proposal to a hypothetical manufacturing firm aimed at justifying the project's economic viability.

“Participating in the Formula Student competition this year was a fantastic experience. I have been working with this team since the end of my first year here and it has been a tremendous opportunity to learn about engineering in practice and to grow as a human being."

Leo, 3rd Year, St Hilda's

Engineers Without Borders team member working with schoolchildren in Karnataka, southern India

Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Engineers Without Borders Oxford emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2014, we’re an organisation driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, and a strong foundation of support.

Oxford University Engineering Society logo

OUEngSoc aims to promote the engineering profession and career paths associated with the skill set provided by an engineering degree.

Members include students from a range of backgrounds, including Engineering Science, Materials Science, Engineering Economics and Management, and Physics.

OUEngSoc hosts a variety of social and networking events throughout the year with the aim of providing opportunities for students and engineering, finance and management companies to interact.

Female DPhil students at Women in STEM event in Oxford Town Hall, January 2020. Stood by Women in Engineering network banner

A women’s networking group has been established in the department with the intention of organising talks, social events and other networking activities (for allmembers of the department). Membership of this organising group consists of Postdoctoral Research Assistants, Postgraduate students, Undergraduate students and an academicmember of staff.

The iGEM team

The Engineering Undergraduate Innovation Fund (EUIF) funds extracurricular projects providing students with the opportunity to take part in novel activities that they themselves have identified. Here are some of the projects that have been funded.