- Many visitors to Oxford ask for directions 'to the university' but Oxford is not a campus university and it can't be visited in that sense. The university consists of 39 completely separate, autonomous colleges, which are spread throughout the city. Students belong to and live in the colleges, which are the focus of their academic and social life. The university is responsible for centralised functions, such as the major laboratories and computing facilities. The university also sets the syllabus and the examinations for all students from every college. The buildings to be seen and visited in Oxford are both university and college buildings.
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