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Explore Univ in VR

Given the current global situation and with College life effectively “on pause”, we know you won’t be able to visit Univ in person for some time.

But we can still welcome you in to explore many areas of our main site in a virtual sense – from the Quads to Hall and Chapel to Library – thanks to our VR app.

Not only can you navigate your way around Univ with 360° narrated tours of key parts of College, but now you can take a look at the near-future too by immersing yourself in 3D renderings from the University College, North Oxford development.

The Univ VR App is available in both the Apple App Store (search “Univ VR App”) and via Google Play

We have created a limited number of our own branded VR headsets, which we can post to you free of charge (please email development@univ.ox.ac.uk) but, as these are limited in number, please also note that they may be purchased online from a range of retailers including Amazon.

We hope you will enjoy exploring both the familiar and the new.

Please read these FAQs for further details.

The Univ VR App allows us to stand with a foot in the past and a foot in the future. We can see in vivid detail our Univ of the past, which we remember so fondly, and also the Univ of the future.  An innovative and immersive experience, it is as if one is there, opening old doors and turning new corners. With the App, we get a glimpse of the exciting College life that awaits future Univ students.” – Ruth Shannon (1985, Computation and Statistics) 

“This is fantastic. I was totally sceptical until my daughter loaded up the app. But what fun to visit Univ so immediately, strolling into rooms which rekindle memories, and getting a glimpse of the future in North Oxford.” – Ngaire Woods, Senior Research Fellow; Professor of Global Economic Governance; Development Adviser; Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government

“The VR headset and app provides a fantastic insight into the most ambitious capital project undertaken by the College in centuries. It is clear that the successful delivery of the North Oxford project will address the accommodation challenges faced by junior fellows and students, will have a positive impact on the local community and environment, and will position the College well for many years to come.” – Minesh Shah (Physics, 2004)

Published: 21 May 2020

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