The Examination Schools

A stunning Grade II listed event venue in the heart of the city

The Examination Schools

A stunning Grade II listed event venue in the heart of the city

The Examination Schools

A stunning Grade II listed event venue in the heart of the city

Examination Schools

The University of Oxford’s largest City centre conference venue

Built between 1876 and 1882 and designed by Sir Thomas Jackson, this historical Grade II listed venue was created to house the University of Oxford’s examinations. While still used for this purpose today, our flexible venue is also ideal for large conferences, business meetings, and a whole range of events all year round.

Situated in the heart of Oxford, it is easily accessible via a range of public transport methods or is within easy walking distance of many of Oxford’s landmarks.

See our rooms below for further information or look at our services section to see what we can offer your next event.

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Rooms

South Writing School

Examination Schools

Our largest room, South School can comfortably seat 440 people theatre style and is situated at the top of a sweeping central marble staircase.

  • Served Dinner

    150 - 330

  • Reception

    100 - 440

  • Theatre

    150 - 440

  • Cabaret

    60 - 168

  • Wedding

    100 - 200

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North Writing School

Examination Schools

This beautiful L-shaped room comfortably seats 330 people theatre style. It can be used by itself for talks, drinks receptions, lectures, or as exhibition and catering space in conjunction with South Schools.

  • Served Dinner

    150 - 330

  • Reception

    75 - 330

  • Theatre

    100 - 330

  • Lecture

    100 - 330

  • Cabaret

    80 - 192

  • Wedding

    100 - 200

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East Writing School

Examination Schools

East School is a rectangular-shaped meeting room located on the first floor, which comfortably seats 160 theatre style.

  • Reception

    50 - 60

  • Theatre

    20 - 160

  • Lecture

    20 - 160

  • Boardroom

    20 - 32

  • Cabaret

    50 - 160

  • U Shape

    20 - 32

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Room 1

Examination Schools

Room 1 is ideal for small day meetings, AGMs, seminars and workshops or as the catering room for a session taking place in the adjoining Room 2.

  • Reception

    50 - 75

  • Theatre

    20 - 75

  • Lecture

    20 - 62

  • Boardroom

    20 - 32

  • Cabaret

    20 - 35

  • U Shape

    20 - 24

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Room 2

Examination Schools

Room 2 is ideal for small day meetings, AGMs, seminars and workshops or as the catering room for a session taking place in the adjoining Room 1.

  • Reception

    50 - 60

  • Theatre

    20 - 60

  • Lecture

    20 - 47

  • Boardroom

    20 - 24

  • Cabaret

    20 - 35

  • U Shape

    20 - 18

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Room 5a

Examination Schools

Our smallest meeting room and situated just off the Great Hall, Room 5a is perfectly suited to small day or board meetings or as a conference office during large events.

  • Boardroom

    2 - 18

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Room 6

Examination Schools

The largest of our ground floor rooms, Room 6 faces on to the North West Hall (known as First Square) a beautiful marbled foyer area.

  • Reception

    50 - 100

  • Theatre

    20 - 100

  • Lecture

    20 - 71

  • Boardroom

    20 - 32

  • Cabaret

    20 - 42

  • U Shape

    20 - 24

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Room 7

Examination Schools

Situated just off the entrance hall, Room 7 is an ideal meeting room for seminars, workshops, product launches or employer presentations.

  • Reception

    50 - 75

  • Theatre

    20 - 75

  • Lecture

    20 - 68

  • Boardroom

    20 - 32

  • Cabaret

    20 - 42

  • U Shape

    20 - 24

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Room 8

Examination Schools

Situated near the North/South staircase is Room 8. With capacity for up to 45 people theatre style or 18 people in a boardroom set up, this meeting room is suitable for smaller meetings, seminars, AGMs and workshops.

  • Theatre

    20 - 45

  • Lecture

    20 - 37

  • Boardroom

    2 - 18

  • Cabaret

    20 - 21

  • U Shape

    2 - 14

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Room 9

Examination Schools

Room 9 is one of three rooms clustered around the South West Hall (known as Second Square). With flexible room layout, its size makes it perfect for day meetings, employer presentations, talks or workshops.

  • Reception

    50 - 65

  • Theatre

    20 - 75

  • Lecture

    20 - 67

  • Boardroom

    20 - 32

  • Cabaret

    20 - 42

  • U Shape

    20 - 24

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Room 10

Examination Schools

Originally the Music School, Room 10 is one of three rooms leading off the South West Hall. It can accommodate up to 60 people theatre style and is ideal for meetings, seminars, and small talks or as a breakout room as part of a major conference.

  • Reception

    50 - 60

  • Theatre

    20 - 60

  • Lecture

    20 - 53

  • Boardroom

    20 - 24

  • Cabaret

    20 - 35

  • U Shape

    12 - 18

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Room 11

Examination Schools

Facing the quad with an abundance of natural daylight, Room 11 can seat up to 70 people theatre style or 42 cabaret style.

  • Reception

    50 - 70

  • Theatre

    20 - 70

  • Lecture

    20 - 60

  • Boardroom

    20 - 32

  • Cabaret

    20 - 42

  • U Shape

    20 - 24

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Room 12

Examination Schools

One of our smaller rooms, Room 12 can seat 20 people theatre style or 12 people in a board room set up.

  • Theatre

    2 - 20

  • Lecture

    2 - 20

  • Boardroom

    2 - 12

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Room 13

Examination Schools

One of our smaller rooms, Room 13 can seat 20 people theatre style or 12 people in a board room set up.

  • Theatre

    2 - 16

  • Boardroom

    2 - 12

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Room 14

Examination Schools

Situated at the end of the South Corridor and originally the Metaphysics Room, Room 14 is a beautifully light room suited to presentations, small product launches, talks and day meetings.

  • Reception

    50 - 65

  • Theatre

    20 - 65

  • Lecture

    20 - 65

  • Boardroom

    20 - 24

  • Cabaret

    20 - 35

  • U Shape

    12 - 18

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Room 15

Examination Schools

A lovely dual aspect space, Room 15 is at the end of the South Corridor and can accommodate up to 75 people either standing or seated theatre style.

  • Reception

    50 - 75

  • Theatre

    20 - 75

  • Lecture

    20 - 65

  • Boardroom

    20 - 24

  • Cabaret

    20 - 42

  • U Shape

    12 - 18

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"The Examination Schools certainly provided a splendid, imposing and very different venue from the usual sterile modern hotel or conference centre that is so often used."

The Civil Aviation Authority