Oxford University

Have you heard of Oxford University? Students from all over the world come to study in the UK at Oxford and other universities. In this video you’ll meet some of them and see how they live.


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Oxford should be about an hour's drive from London. It’s very popular with tourists and students. And Oxford University is one of the top ten universities in the world.

I’m at the top of the Carfax Tower. It has amazing views over the city and from here you can see that the university really is at the heart of the city.

Oxford University is made up of 38 different colleges. There are 20,000 students studying at Oxford from nearly 150 countries. Studying here can be an amazing experience. Some of these colleges are more than 700 years old.

Many students get involved in activities outside their studies. The Oxford University Fencing Club is over 100 years old. It is still popular today.

Nick: How important are the extracurricular activities like the sporting clubs and societies?

Student: I think it’s really important. I think especially in Oxford where it’s a really strong academic environment it’s really easy for people to just get really caught up and just live in the library. It’s definitely good for people to get out and do something different.

Nick: Is it difficult to get the balance right between your university work and your sport?

Student: Well, I tend to be busy all of the time. So I’m studying during the daytime and then in the evenings I come down here and train. You have to work really hard but at the same sense you can also, kind of, play really hard. You can train hard and do really well at sports and other activities.


There are universities in most big towns and cities in Britain. This is the LSE, the London School of Economics, part of the University of London.

Many students come from abroad to study in the UK. They have to find tuition fees, food and somewhere to live. It can be expensive.

Waqas Adenwala is from Pakistan and lives in Rosebery Hall, the university halls of residence about two kilometres from the main campus.

Nick: Hi, Waqas.

Waqas: Hi Nick.

Nick: Nice room.

Waqas: Thank you.

Nick: So why do you live in a halls of residence?

Waqas: It’s really nice. It’s a short walk to the campus, it’s cheap and I get to meet a lot more people.

Nick: What’s it like to live here?

Waqas: It’s great. There’s so many things I can do over here. There’s a canteen, a bar, a TV room and then there’s even a laundry.

Nick: Will you live here next year?

Waqas: I will. In the first year everyone gets the accommodation, but they move out to share a flat next year, but I’m definitely staying here.

Back on campus, students have social areas where they can relax. The Students’ Union building is the place where they can meet friends after a busy day.

Michael Lok is from Hong Kong and is studying law at the London School of Economics. He’s also International Students’ Officer.

Nick: So what goes on here at the LSE Students’ Union?

Michael: Well, Nick, as you can see, students will come here between their classes and lectures and will meet up with their friends before going home or going to another class.

Nick: And you’re an International Students’ Officer. What does that mean?

Michael: About 70% of our students come from overseas, so I work with some of them in helping them in visa issues and generally settling down in a new home in London.

Nick: And what tips would you give to any students thinking of coming to study in the UK?

Michael: I think my number one tip is get a nice jacket because it can get pretty cold, and secondly know what you are looking for because different universities are very different. And finally, keep an open mind. Do not be afraid to meet new people and have fun!

Nick: Good advice. Your shot.

Studying in Britain can cost a lot of money and students need to work hard but the main thing to remember about being a student is that it’s also a lot of fun.


Are you hoping to go to university? What would you like to study?

Does university life at Oxford look very different to going to a university in your country?

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Submitted by JohnC103 on Tue, 08/10/2021 - 00:54

I hope to go to United States Naval Academy, I would like to study about engineering and science having bachelor's of engineering, science. I like to push myself out of my limit. I would like to be an astronaut.

Submitted by falleetto on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 17:05

When I went to the UK I visited the capital city of England, London, and Oxford

Submitted by falleetto on Tue, 05/19/2020 - 16:58

Yestarday I saw a film called "Twilight" , I liked it for the story and also for the cast. I would definitely see that again

Submitted by lkngan on Thu, 11/28/2019 - 09:57

Oxford University is a good university. I wish I could study here.

Submitted by dungnna8 on Tue, 11/26/2019 - 08:25

Of course, I'm hoping to go to university. I think this's a great experience. I will discover about many things in this. The university life at Oxford look very different to going to a university in my country, i think so. If i learn there, i will have many experience about the culture, knowledge and have chance to meet many new friend around the world.

Submitted by Rosie on Mon, 11/25/2019 - 04:16

Hi guys ! I'm from Vietnam. Yes, I'm hoping to go to university. I would like to try to join fencing club. It makes me interested, very good for health. I also like playing Billard although I don't know how to play :) University life at Oxford is very different from my university. It's so convenient for students because there're many services around the university, such as a laundry, a Billard club, a canteen, a TV room and so on. My university of course can't be as big as Oxford university. What a nice school ! I love ! I wish I could go there ♥️
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Submitted by RosenSindSchwarz29 on Mon, 01/18/2021 - 10:20

Hey, I'm Rose from Germany. Of course I hope to go to university, too. I don't know what I will studying, but I think I'll choose chemistry or languages, but I very l love music and mathematics too, so that's difficult to answer on this question. I play many instruments, such as piano, violin and guitar and teachers're hoping I go to highmusic school. I'm only 14 so I've got a few more years to think. Nice day.

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Submitted by Seppup on Mon, 10/14/2019 - 13:07

Oxford university is a beautiful If i learn there, i will learn more about culture, Experience a lot, meet and make new friends
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Submitted by Lenan on Sun, 04/22/2018 - 11:43

oxford is very nice univErsity.
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