Discover Hertford through our Open Days
Welcome to the friendly college with the bridge! On this page you’ll find details of our upcoming in-person Open Days, as well as videos produced for our Virtual Open Days in 2020 and 2021. Find out what it’s like to live and study as an undergraduate at Hertford College.
Find out even more in our Alternative Prospectus, written by our students. Any questions? Explore our undergraduate study pages and feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do please check the University’s pages on planning your day.
Upcoming Open Days in 2023
We’re excited to welcome you back to Hertford College for our in-person Open Days on 28 June, 29 June, and 15 September 2023. We will be open from 10:00-17:30. You can find our programme for the day below. No booking is required for our events, though please note that there will be limited spaces available at some sessions so these will be offered on a first come, first served basis.
All day - College tours with undergraduates
Join one of our regular, informal college tours with a student ambassador to see the sights of Hertford, from our library and hall, to student accommodation, the bar, and the JCR (Junior Common Room). And of course you’ll be able to walk over our famous bridge! Tours will be running throughout the day, starting at 10:00, so you’ll only have to wait for a few minutes for the next one. While you’re waiting, check out our information stands in the quad. Here you can meet staff and ask questions about admissions and college life.
12:30 and 13:15 - Subject sessions with tutors
Meet our tutors to find out about your subject and how it’s taught at Hertford. You’ll also have the chance to ask any subject-specific questions you might have. Most subjects offered at Hertford will be represented in one of two groups, half from 12:30-13:00 and the other half from 13:15-13:45. Booking is not required for any of our sessions. Please come to the main quad promptly for the start time of your session so you can be directed to the appropriate room. As space is limited, these sessions are for prospective applicants only; parents and carers can attend the separate sessions happening at the same time (see below).
12:30-13:00 Group: Biochemistry, Economics and Management, English, Computer Science, Mathematics, Archaeology and Anthropology, History, Chemistry, Human Sciences, Music.
13:15-13:45 Group: Medicine, Law, Engineering, PPE, Biology, Modern Languages, Geography, Physics.
12:30 and 13:15 - Parents and carers' session
Running at the same time as subject sessions for prospective applicants above – we’ll talk about topics such as finance, accommodation, welfare and disability support and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
15:00 - Demonstration interviews
Get an insight into what your interview might be like by watching our live demonstrations. We’ll be running two sessions simultaneously, one in Biology aimed at those interested in a science subject, and in Politics aimed at those interested in the humanities and social sciences. Join us to hear a tutor and undergraduate discussing the application process and testing out some practice interview questions. Please come to the main quad promptly for the start time of the session so you can be directed to the appropriate room.
We’ll be offering a complimentary lunch from 12 to 1 on a first come, first served basis.
We are unable to offer overnight accommodation to Open Day attendees, however, some other colleges do. Visitors are advised to contact colleges directly to check availability and book. A full list of offering colleges can be found here: Open Day accommodation | University of Oxford
Virtual Open Day videos
Let’s start with our Virtual College Tour – join our friendly student guides as they show you the best of Hertford, from our famous bridge to our legendary brunch! You can also watch an interview with college Principal, Tom Fletcher, as well as compilations of our students and tutors.
College life at Hertford
Discover the special features that make Hertford a great place to be a student, from guaranteed accommodation for the duration of your course, to a 24/7 library and personalised academic skills support. Outside of your course, our caring wellbeing and welfare team are there to support you and there are plenty of clubs and societies to get involved in, including our chapel and choir.
Ask our students
At our 2020 Virtual Open Day, our current student ambassadors answered loads of excellent questions about what it’s like to live and study here. We’ve put together a selection of our favourite answers to your questions.
Catch up on our Q&As from September 2021 here, as our students discuss the best approaches to personal statements and interviews.
Tutorial teaching at Hertford
Find out more about our distinctive teaching style in our introduction to tutorials. We’ve got example tutorials in English and Physics, as well as a discussion with our Law tutors about the benefits of the tutorial system.
Our Alternative Prospectus is written by current students, giving you a unique insight into undergraduate life at Hertford. Click below to read it!