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15-19
years old
35+
nationalities
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care from our house parents

YOUR HOME AWAY FROM HOME 

Living at Oxford Sixth Form College is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. For our students, we’re a second home, an extended family, and a place where friendship, laughter, and exciting experiences are available every day. You’ll also receive the perfect blend of personalised support and individual freedom, ensuring you leave us ready for life at university – and beyond. 
Boarding at Oxford Sixth Form College, you will: 
  • Receive round-the-clock support from our experienced house parents. 
  • Have a private ensuite bedroom in a comfortable, secure boarding house. 
  • Make friends with students from around the world. 
  • Enjoy evening and weekend activities that enrich your experience. 
  • Be free to make the most of our superb central Oxford location. 
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Hear from our students

What’s it really like to live at Oxford Sixth Form College? Find out from the people whose opinions really matter – our brilliant boarding students. 
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Annesha
Student, Bangladesh
“The college provides an incredible support network for international students. Being such a long way from home, it’s comforting to know there’s always someone looking out for you. The house parents are amazing – and you can go to them whenever you have a problem.” 
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Olivia
Student, UK
“From the moment I stepped into the boarding house, I was greeted by a smile and a helping hand. The friends I’ve made here are like a second family, and I’ll have these connections long after I leave.” 
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Eric
Student, China
“I would recommend Oxford Sixth Form College to anyone, especially international students seeking a new experience in the UK. The small class sizes allow good interactions with teachers and classmates, which has really helped me academically.” 
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Andrew
Student, Vietnam
“I’ve been overwhelmed by how welcoming and friendly people are. I'm surrounded by some of the most wonderful and interesting people I have ever met.”

DAILY LIFE FOR OUR BOARDERS 

Whether it’s in the classroom or at the weekend, every day is different for our boarders. What always remains the same, however, is the 24/7 care, support, and guidance every student enjoys. 
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Starting the day right
Our boarders’ day starts with a healthy breakfast, which they can either make themselves or enjoy together in our catered canteens. 
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Breakfast
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An inspiring stroll
A short walk to our teaching buildings is a great opportunity to take in the gothic architecture, university colleges, and beautiful parks Oxford is renowned for.  
Before class
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Follow your own path
Our classes run between 9:00 am and 5:15 pm. Every student’s day is different, whether it’s experimenting in our labs, creating in our art studios, or studying in focused tutorial groups. 
The school day
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Lunch and learn
Lunchtime is a chance to spend time with friends in one of Oxford’s cosy cafés or – weather permitting! – parks. We offer a range of optional extra-curricular activities, too, including debate club and Student Council. 
Lunchtime
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Senior Tutor check ins
Weekly catch ups with a dedicated Senior Tutor provide the support, guidance, and mentorship each student needs to succeed academically – and flourish as an individual. 
After-School
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Studying and having fun
Back at the boarding house, it’s time for some self-study, revision, or reading. There’s always something fun happening in our shared spaces, too, whether it’s a quiz, board games, or movie night.  
Evening
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WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

From bowling and ice-skating to evenings at the cinema, a variety of social activities connect our students beyond the classroom. Weekends are made for fun, too, whether it’s hopping on the train to London, going for a walk in the countryside, or riding a rollercoaster at Thorpe Park.

You’ll also have the time and freedom to immerse yourself in Oxford's vibrant history and culture. Our compact city is home to world-class museums and galleries, several theatres and music venues, and an outstanding range of cafés, restaurants, and food markets.  

I’m trusted to take responsibility and act independently, whilst knowing support is available whenever I need it. This creates a positive, uplifting environment.

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Max
Boarding student

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO THRIVE

We understand how important it is to help you settle in, make you feel comfortable, and provide the ongoing support you need to make the most of your time here.

That's why we build a team around our boarders, which includes experienced house parents, a College Matron, and Head of House. Together, they’ll look after every aspect of your wellbeing. Each student receives expert individual guidance from their own Senior Tutor, too.

As you’d expect, security is a priority, and both of our boarding houses have CCTV monitoring, key card entrance, and are staffed around the clock.

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BOARDING FEES 

Our fees reflect the truly individual experience you’ll enjoy here. In our warm and inclusive environment, you’ll have everything you need to become the very best version of yourself, both personally and academically.

Also, unlike most boarding schools, you can stay in your boarding house for the October, February, and May half-term holidays at no extra cost.

START YOUR ADMISSIONS JOURNEY

We’re delighted you’re considering boarding at Oxford Sixth Form College. Our admissions process is tailored to your needs and schedule – and our dedicated team will help you every step of the way.

Steps:
  • Let’s talk about your sixth form options – you can get in touch using our online enquiry form.
  • We’ll go through potential scholarship opportunities.
  • Send us your application form
APPLY NOW
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS)

  • What meals will I eat?
    Students living at St. Ebbe’s and Pensons Gardens enjoy breakfast and an evening meal seven days a week. 
  • Will I have my own room?
    Yes, every student has their own private, ensuite bedroom. 
  • Can friends who attend the College visit me in the boarding house?
    Yes, your College friends can come and see you. It’s important they stay in the common areas; they’re not allowed in your or anyone else’s bedroom. The number of visitors at any one time is limited for safety reasons.
  • Can I decorate my bedroom? 
    Yes, we actively encourage you to personalise your bedroom. We want you to feel at home in a space that really feels like your own. 
  • How much free time will I have? 
    Depending on your programme, you'll have between 16 and 22 hours of lessons per week, which will take place between 9:00 am and 5:15 pm, Monday to Friday. Your time is your own before and after dinner. At the weekend, you can take part in college-organised activities or explore Oxford. We also expect you to make time for homework, assignments, and exam preparation. 
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FIND THE RIGHT FIT

Get a sense of what it’s like to live at Oxford Sixth Form College – and how you’ll fit in to our diverse community – by getting in touch with our admissions team today. 

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