Managing the Estate

The University of Oxford estate comprises a significant portfolio of land and properties, with a wide range of asset types and uses:

  • The functional estate – 235 buildings, providing nearly 600,000 m2 of space, accommodating the day-to-day teaching, learning, research and administrative activities of the University.
  • 150 other properties in and around Oxford that are managed commercially, including accommodation for graduate students, offices, warehouses and land.
  • Some of the oldest and finest buildings in the city of Oxford – nearly 40% of the estate was built before 1840, the oldest building dating from 1424,  and 25% is listed and includes the Radcliffe Camera, Sheldonian Theatre and Old Bodleian Library.
  • A significant number of state-of-the-art research buildings that have been developed over the last 10 years.

The estate has been growing at around 5% per annum for the last 15 years and we have masterplans in place for a number of key locations – such as the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter – that could provide up to an additional 250,000 m2 of space. 

Functional Estate

Maintaining and conserving our existing buildings, managing space, and providing facilities for work, research and study

Commercial Estate

Managing commercial, residential and agricultural assets, including accommodation for graduate students

Capital projects

Delivering world class new buildings for teaching, learning, research and administration


Looking after some of the finest buildings in the city and ensuring their continued use and access in the modern world

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Environmental Sustainability & Travel

Developing and implementing carbon reduction strategies and helping staff and students to make sustainable workplace and travel choices

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Residential Accommodation

Managing and letting accommodation in and around Oxford City Centre

Green spaces

Conserving Wytham Woods and University Parks, and managing gardens and landscapes

Security Services

Maintaining a safe and secure physical environment for staff, students and visitors

Internal services

Providing systems to support our service delivery: customer service, IT, finance, purchasing, HR and training

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