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Balliol College


Balliol is one of the oldest and largest colleges. Balliol stands on Broad Street in the city centre, few metres away from the Bodleian Library, and a short walk from many Oxford University faculties.

In 1260 a dispute between John de Balliol and the Bishop of Durham erupted into violence and Henry III condemned Balliol’s behaviour.

The Bishop had Balliol imposed a penance on John De Balliol of a substantial act of charity and the he founded Balliol College for scholars in Oxford University in 1263. The College celebrated its 750th anniversary in 2013.

There are approx. 370 undergraduate students and a nearly equal number of graduates, it is one of the largest colleges of the University of Oxford. There are 65 Fellows and 120 staff members who strive to make the College a beautiful, safe, and interesting place to live and work for everyone. Student life in Balliol College is fun, with relaxed atmosphere, active participation and rewarding.

Address: Oxford OX1 3BJ

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