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The University of Oxford (informally known as Oxford) is a collegiate research university in Oxford, England running 38 constituent colleges majorly teaching Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology. It is the oldest English speaking university in the world, whose founding date is not known but there are pieces of evidence of its pedagogy dating back to 1096. It is consistently ranked as one of the top 5 universities in the world with a motto called ‘The Lord is my Light'.




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The University of Oxford is a "city university" hence it does not have a "main" campus, instead, the colleges, departments, accommodation and other facilities are scattered throughout the city centre. The population of Oxford is about 155,300 out of which the student population is 33,640. It is a small university town with two bus companies and an app called Mobile Oxford to check up the bus timings. Students get Bus Pass and Railcards on discount. Cycling is also a popular mode of transport in Oxford. The Saïd Business School has two ‘sites’: the Park End Street and the Egrove Park. The Park End Street is the centre of the town and is located near Oxford railway station while the Egrove Park is located around 3.2 kilometres away from the Oxford City Centre.


Oxford does not have a "main" campus but it is uniquely spread across the whole Oxford city. It holds 70 acres of parkland spread across the north-east side of the city. Oxford's Botanical Garden is the oldest botanical garden in the UK. The ‘Ashmolean Museum’ founded in 1683 is the oldest museum in the UK holding significant parts of art and archaeology including the artworks of Leonardo Da Vinci and Picasso. Other Museums by Oxford are 'The University Museum of Natural History', 'PTT Rivers Museum’, 'Museum of the History of Science' and 'Christ Church Picture Gallery’. The university Wi-Fi covers mostly Central Oxford including parks and pubs. Oxford has three multiplex cinemas and the main theatre called the Oxford Playhouse. The architecture of Oxford has often been a subject of inspiration for various novelists, painters and film-makers. 
The Park End Street consists of an East and a West Wing. They include The Thatcher Business Education Centre, an Entrance hall, a Club Room, Dining, Harvard-style lecture theatres, classrooms, seminar rooms, and a Nelson Mandela Lecture Theatre- all built on a sustainable energy philosophy. The Egrove Park is split into a West Wing, a Central Wing and an East Wing. They consist of conference rooms, classrooms, Annexe, Information Centre, and grounds.

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All colleges in Oxford offer at least two years of accommodation to students (undergrads) where the rent is reasonable and only to be paid for 8 weeks of academic term. A typical cost of university accommodation would come (even for graduates) under £4000 pounds while living in a private accommodation would be in the range of £5000-£6000. A lot of students live out of Oxford, even London, to save on the expensive rent incurring about £1,000 as travel cost. About 34% students take journeys lasting more than 30 minutes. The Egrove Park has about 63 bedrooms and facilities such as an all-weather surface for tennis and football, a snooker room, a gym, and a croquet lawn.


The faculty to student ratio here is an incredible 9:10. Being one of the most competitive universities to enter in the world, with an acceptance rate of 17.5%, studying in Oxford is not an easy task. Tutorials are at the heart of academics at Oxford where the tutors are experts in their fields, take lessons once a week, for which students have to prepare well in advance. These tutorials help students to develop essential learning and critical analysis. The pressure is immense and the competition is perennial and one needs to deal with it. The Saïd Business School emphasises on high quality academic research. 48% of the faculty members hail from overseas. Some of the popular professors at Oxford are Shawn Carraher (Business), Federico Verse (Law), Naci Mehmet (Philosophy), John Kelly (History), etc.

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Being one of the top universities in the world, it sees the best of the jobs, companies and opportunities. The average salary of an MBA from Oxford is £69,132. Oxford students become the number one preference for all UK employers. Overall, Oxford graduates work in the following fields: Education (12%), Health (10%), Banking and investment (8%), IT (6%), Accountancy (6%), Media (6%) and other prominent fields. Oxford University has produced the most number of billion-dollar startup founders in comparison to any other institution in Europe such as Reid Hoffman (LinkedIn), Allie Morse (Jumia) and Kevin Hartz (Eventbrite).

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