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Oxford University Colleges

Oxford University is a unique and historic institution, the oldest university in the English-speaking world, having over nine centuries' continuous existence.

Throughout the centuries the university has seen some of the world's greatest writers, thinkers, politicians and scientists study or teach at its colleges.

Oxford University consists of 39 colleges dotted around the city, each an independent entity, but also a part of Oxford University. Some colleges are large and visible, while others are small and tucked away on a side street. The colleges range from 50 to 750 years old. Many of them are open to tourists in the afternoon. Some are free while others charge a small fee.

Perhaps the most famous college is Christ Church whose Great Hall inspired Hogwarts Hall in the Harry Potter movie and whose meadow is grazed by rare breed cattle.

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