Examination Schools

Exam Schools is home to the University examinations, lectures, many university events and external conferences.

exam schools exterior

To contact the Student Information Team please use student.information@admin.ox.ac.uk or 01865 286 359

To contact the Examinations and Assessments Team please use exam.services@admin.ox.ac.uk or 01865 276 907



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There is no university owned parking for the Exam Schools. 

There is a strip of pay and display bays located on Merton Street (behind the Exam Schools).

Merton Street is very old and cobbled and the paving is highly cambered and patchy.

There are also several disabled bays in Oriel Square (at the end of Merton Street), from here head to High Street to avoid the ancient paving.

To reach either of these continue down High Street from Magdalen Bridge and take the first turning on the left hand side, you will pass by the Exams Schools quad, turn the corner and the pay and display is on your left hand side, follow the road to the end for the disabled bays.

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There are two entrances to the Exam Schools, both on High Street, one is accessible the other is not level access.

Main entrance

The main entrance is located off High Street (underneath the pillared archway). There are three steps up and an additional step to pass through the doors, which are not automated.  There is no railing either.

Accessible entrance

Located adjacent to the main entrance (and signposted) is the accessible entrance.

It's ramped, so go up the ramp and pass through the archway.  On the left hand side you will see a buzzer.  Press for the Exam Schools, and the large glass door in front of you will open (although there is a delay- so don’t try and force it).

There is then a lobby with a platform lift.  Go past this and up a small ramp.  This will lead into the main building.

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There are two lifts located in the Exam Schools.

The main lift is located in a small corridor located just after the large double height entrance lobby, on the right hand side, before you reach the small seating area in front of rooms 6 and 7. 

At the end of the small corridor is the lift, this services the upper floor.  As you exit the lift you will be faced with a small landing area, immediately to the right is a wooden door. Pass through this door (not powered and with an original handle) and you will enter the large North School.

Near the accessible entrance is a secondary lift.  This platform lift services the lower ground floor where there is an additional accessible toilet.

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Accessible toilets

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There are two accessible toilets located in the Exam Schools:

In the main building there is one located just off the long corridor near to the main staircase.

As you pass the staircase it is immediately on the right hand side.

The second accessible toilet is located in the basement, there is a platform lift located at the main entrance point to the Exam Schools.  Take the lift down to Level  ‘-2’, as you exit the lift the toilet is located on the left hand side.

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Standard toilets

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There are standard toilets located on the ground floor, mezzanine and basement levels of the Exam Schools.

The Men's are located off the mezzanine landing on both  the main and rear staircase, there is an additional Men's toilet located in the basment.  Take the staircase down from the main lobby area, turn left and left again, pass the lift and they are directly ahead of you.

The Women's are located in the long corridor leading to the rear of the building, on the right hand side adjacent to the accessible toilet.

An additional Women's toilet is located in the basement. Take the staircase down from the main lobby area and turn right.

See floor plans for detailed locations.

hearing loop

Hearing support system

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There are infra-red systems in: 

  • the South School,
  • the East School,
  • Room 8.

Portable infra-red systems can be set up in all other rooms.  Recievers can be borrowed, please ask reception if you require one.

opening hours

Opening hours

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Opening times

Monday-Friday 08.30-17.00


Saturday and Sunday.


Inaccessible areas

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Good news, there aren’t any!

(Although the main double height entrance hall has steps down, the staff can place a temporary ramp to reach the offices or any welcome desks etc).

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At a glance

On-site disabled parking spaces 0
Parking nearby (within 200m) Blue Badge
Main entrance Not level
Alternative entrance (level access) Yes
Door entry Powered
Direct contact to lodge Doorbell
Number of floors 3
Accessible toilets 2
Lift to all floors Yes
Hearing support system Yes