University Preparation students

Welcome from the Principal

Principal Mike SmithOn behalf of all the staff at Kings I would like to welcome you to our college and to the beautiful City of Oxford. Your exciting new adventure with us begins!

There is no better place to study than in a city which is steeped in historical culture and learning. The famous universities, the beautiful architecture and the international ‘vibe’ will inspire you and support you in your own learning.

I am sure that by now, having made your decision to come to Kings, you have done your own research on Oxford and are looking forward to exploring this marvellous city. We are certainly looking forward to meeting and working with you!

While working and living with other international students and studying in English you will increasingly gain confidence in your own ability to converse, debate and improve your own standard of English. This I can say with certainty because of the excellent and dedicated staff that will be supporting your learning. We will help you to consider what skills and experiences you personally require to successfully meet your own goals and the global challenges that increasingly surround us on a daily basis.

Kings will value the different culture, knowledge and skills you bring with you and endeavour to assimilate these into the learning process to assure your personal progress and achievement. Everyone at Kings will do their best to ensure you have a truly memorable and successful time while you are with us in Oxford.

Mike Smith
Kings Oxford


T +44 (0) 1865 711829

About this guide

Being a student in the United Kingdom is a great opportunity, but it helps to be prepared. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to living and learning at Kings and in the UK.

What this guide contains

  • Essential information you need before you leave home
  • Information about your learning, the college and life in the UK
  • Expectations of you as a student
  • How to become a part of the Kings community and how to make the most of your time with us
  • Tips on noticing, understanding and dealing with cultural differences
  • What to expect from living with a host family or in a student residence
  • Explanation of the educational culture in Britain, and the kind of learner you are expected to be
  • Ways to meet people, make friends and enjoy your free time
  • Useful links and information for your Kings location.

Throughout this guide we have included links to the Kings Education website and various other sites to give you additional information, support or advice.

We hope you enjoy your stay with Kings and that you gain the knowledge and progression you want. More than that, we hope you return home with many fond memories.

Contact Kings Oxford

St. Josephs campus
Kings Oxford
Temple Road

St. Michaels campus
Kings Oxford
21 St Michael's Street
OX1 2EB 

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 711829

Emergency number: +44 7887 847018

Fax: +44 (0) 1865 747791


College opening times

Monday to Friday
8.00am to 7.00pm (Winter only)
8.00am to 9.00pm (Summer only)

Other key staff at Kings Oxford

Ian TervitIan Tervit

Vice Principal




Adam PottertonAdam Potterton

Foundation Course Director




Paul SteelePaul Steele

Course Director, A-level and GCSE




Melrose FernandesMelrose Fernandes

Head of EAP and UCAS Advisor




Debbie BrownDebbie Brown

Accommodation Officer




Gerda LysleyGerda Lysley

Welfare Officer