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Oxford University Club

The University Club provides discounted rates for staff and postgraduate students of Oxford University, academic visitors to the University and staff retired from working with the University and colleges.

Oxford University Sports Facilities

Discounted rates at the University sports centre are available for University staff, students, spouse/partner, alumni and senior citizens.

Botanic Gardens & Harcourt Arboretum

Admission to the University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum is free for University staff and students.

Eye Tests for Visual Display Unit (VDU) Users

If you are identified through your Display Screen Assessment (DSE) as a 'user' you are entitled to request an eye test.  Your admin team will arrange your test with one of the University's nominated opticians and reimburse the cost of the test. Where a new or altered prescription for spectacles is required for DSE use, the department will contribute £75 towards the cost. For more information on this visit the University guidance pages however please contact your local admin team to get this arranged through the department.  

Guided Tour of the Sheldonian Theatre

University staff are eligable for the concession rate upon production of their University Card. Information on the tour is available here.

Shops at Oxford University

There are a number of shops that offer a 10% discount to staff on production of a valid university card: The University of Oxford shop (The Oxford Collection), Oxford University Press Bookshop (Excluding any special offers), Ashmolean Museum Shop, Bodleian Library Shop. Discounted pricing is also available at the OUCS Shop.

Staff Restaurants

The University has various restaurants that are available to staff, for example, in the University Offices and or on hospital sites. These restaurants offer competitively priced meals, including vegetarian options. Discounts are often available for staff upon production of a valid staff card, for further details please contact your admin team.

Access to Colleges

University employees may visit the Oxford Colleges free on production of their University card. Please contact the individual colleges directly about details of visiting times.


Encaenia is the annual degree ceremony for the conferment of honorary degrees by the University. Some (free) tickets are available to university employees, subject to availability. Please contact the University Card Office on 01865 270576 for more details

University lectures

University employees can attend some university and college lectures on a wide range of subjects, when space permits. Details on these lectures can be found in the Gazette, the Blueprint publication or by visiting the Oxford Talks website.

Library use

University employees can use their University Cards to access all the libraries in Oxford University Library Services.


Find out more about the other discounts available to staff, ranging from retail to holidays and travel.