Examination Schools

With stunning architecture, modern facilities, and catering that wows, this unusual venue is ideal for large conferences, meetings, festivals, talks, dinners and much more. Located in Oxford’s city centre, its largest room can hold up to 440 with a further 13 meeting rooms that are truly flexible for 10 to 330. Meeting rooms are spread across two easy-to-navigate accessible floors. A beautiful outside quad provides extra conference room or catering space for 300 when a marquee is used. Combine using this venue with the nearby Sheldonian Theatre to hold up to 750 or try using a number of our venues for large scale events.


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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

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Designed by the now famous architect Sir Thomas Jackson, the Examination Schools is brimming with beautiful architectural features from sweeping Italian marble stair cases to ornate wooden carvings, and original Victorian fireplaces. This impressive venue will not disappoint. Considered to be Jackson’s masterpiece, it was built between 1876 and 1881 and was designed to house the University’s examinations a function it still performs today. During the two world wars, the Examination Schools was used as a military hospital and in its basement, signs pointing to the ‘resuscitation’ room can still be seen today.

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How to find us

75-81 The High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BG

TrainOxford railway station is approximately a 20 minute walk away or 10 minutes by taxi. Bikes can be hired at the train station or around the city.

BusThe nearest bus stop and airport bus stops are on the High Street just outside the Examination Schools (Queen’s Lane stop). Information about buses in the city can be found here.

Car – There is no car parking on site so we recommend using the park and ride system. Alternatively car parks are available across the city. The nearest one is St Clements.

If you need help finding other University buildings in the city centre, try our searchable map.