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Explore Exeter College Summer Programme

Social Programme

While your academic work is an important element of ECSP, our team of Oxford students, Programme Ambassadors (‘PA’s’), will arrange an exciting calendar of activities and social events, including: a day-trip to London, architectural and literary tours of the University and its constituent Colleges, practical city guides, private viewings from the University’s special collections and rare artefacts, sports activities, talent shows, picnics, Shakespeare plays performed in College gardens, quiz nights, cream teas, punting on the River Cherwell and trips to nearby towns and places of interest such as Blenheim Palace and Bath. Although optional, we hope you join in! As Oxford students, the PAs are perfectly placed to show you the very best the City has to offer.

Included in your Programme fee is a day trip to London and Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. Transport to/from London is provided and the PA’s will lead a variety of themed London tours. The PA’s will also be on hand to help you make your own plans to travel independently.

Have a look at a typical week of socials here; Week 4 Socials

Life at Exeter College in the University of Oxford

Oxford is an international city on an intimate scale and despite the intellectual influence of the University, the city is modern, multi-cultural and lively. Cafés, shops and restaurants stand shoulder to shoulder with cobbled alleyways and the cloistered, enigmatic world of the 39 Colleges and Halls. Transport links to London (55 mins) and from there to Europe are good and Oxford’s location in the centre of England, on the edge of the chocolate-box beautiful Cotswolds (designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) makes it an excellent jumping-off point to explore the best the UK has to offer.

A tour of Cohen Quad

Exeter’s Cohen Quad (CQ) will be your home for the duration of ECSP. The CQ is a multi-award-winning building and offers state-of-the-art facilities, including: auditorium, bright communal spaces and smaller break-out rooms, student common room, archive and reading room, music room, and café, wrapped up in a stunning building, recipient of the Universities and Inspiring Spaces award 2021. CQ is ideally located in the happening Jericho district, just 10 mins walk to Turl Street, the City centre and railway station. Jericho is one of Oxford’s liveliest locations with its restaurants, cafés, bars and shops, and views from CQ over Worcester College, the striking Blavatnik School of Government and the historic Radcliffe Observatory.

A tour of the historic Turl St campus

Exeter College has been in the heart of Oxford in Turl St. since 1315. While Turl St. is perfectly placed to explore Oxford’s historic centre, inside it is peaceful and quiet – ideal for a relaxing picnic in the Fellows’ Garden or drinking in the breath-taking views of the Radcliffe Square and the Bodleian Library (scene of many a Hollywood movie!) and taking part in the ancient Oxford tradition of Formal Dining with your fellow students and Faculty.