British universities

Oxford and Cambridge are the oldest universities in England. Both of these universities are very beautiful. They have some of the finest architecture in Britain. Some of their colleges, chapels and libraries are three, four and even five hundred years old, and are full of valuable books and precious paintings.

Little is known about the early history of Cambridge but there is enough information to trace the first steps due to which Oxford gained its intellectual glory. The first college of Oxford University was founded in 1249. The university now has thirty-five colleges and about thirteen thousand students.

There were no women students at Oxford until 1878, when the first women's college, Lady Margaret Mall, opened. Now, most colleges are open to men and women. Oxford is famous for its first-class education as well as its beautiful buildings. Many students want to study there, It is not easy to get a place at Oxford University to study for a degree. But outside the university there are many smaller private colleges which offer less difficult courses and where it is easy to enrol.