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Hello,
Recently, I went to an open day at Oxford University and I enjoyed it a lot, however, there's one thing that's been bugging me. I really want to apply to Oxford but I do need to consider the actual lifestyle there.
At every college, there is a chapel and bar which made me wonder what life is like for Muslims studying at Oxford. I was told that it's not actually religious, but for someone who would feel slightly uncomfortable going into a chapel and doesn't drink at all, I'm slightly confused, I also didn't see many Muslims when I visited.

How is life like for Muslims studying at Oxford university??

(preferably, answers from Muslims)

EDIT: thank you for all replies but now i wish to know about eid, are you allowed to take the day off to go home for eid? And how was ramadan for you?
I do plan on applying no matter what, i would just like to know how it is like beforehand.
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Hello,
Recently, I went to an open day at Oxford University and I enjoyed it a lot, however, there's one thing that's been bugging me. I really want to apply to Oxford but I do need to consider the actual lifestyle there.
At every college, there is a chapel and bar which made me wonder what life is like for Muslims studying at Oxford. I was told that it's not actually religious, but for someone who would feel slightly uncomfortable going into a chapel and doesn't drink at all, I'm slightly confused, I also didn't see many Muslims when I visited.

How is life like for Muslims studying at Oxford university??

(preferably, answers from Muslims)
Not a Muslim but not all colleges have chapels and you can easily go through your degree without ever having anything to do with a chapel. And I know plenty of people who don't drink and it's really not an issue.
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Hello,
Recently, I went to an open day at Oxford University and I enjoyed it a lot, however, there's one thing that's been bugging me. I really want to apply to Oxford but I do need to consider the actual lifestyle there.
At every college, there is a chapel and bar which made me wonder what life is like for Muslims studying at Oxford. I was told that it's not actually religious, but for someone who would feel slightly uncomfortable going into a chapel and doesn't drink at all, I'm slightly confused, I also didn't see many Muslims when I visited.

How is life like for Muslims studying at Oxford university??

(preferably, answers from Muslims)
Although I'm neither applying to or studying at Oxford, I did some work experience there and there is a mosque fairly close to the city centre, where most of the colleges are.

Not much to add but hope that helps
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Hello,
Recently, I went to an open day at Oxford University and I enjoyed it a lot, however, there's one thing that's been bugging me. I really want to apply to Oxford but I do need to consider the actual lifestyle there.
At every college, there is a chapel and bar which made me wonder what life is like for Muslims studying at Oxford. I was told that it's not actually religious, but for someone who would feel slightly uncomfortable going into a chapel and doesn't drink at all, I'm slightly confused, I also didn't see many Muslims when I visited.

How is life like for Muslims studying at Oxford university??

(preferably, answers from Muslims)
Sorry, I'm not a Muslim but I'm not religious (therefore not strongly Christian) and I don't drink either.

The fact that every college has a chapel is just a historic thing left over from the time they were founded. Most students will not regularly attend mass or anything.

There will be bars at every uni you visit. Drinking seems to be a big part of socialising at all unis; if anything, I'd say it was less a part of student life at Oxford because a higher percentage of time outside lectures is spent in study. And, it's definitely possible to make friends without drinking. There will be many people who stay sober for a variety of different reasons.
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There will definitely be a lot of non Muslims there. In fact almost all of the students are either of different faiths or atheist.

If that is a problem I don't think the uni is for you. There are other unis with a much higher proportion of Muslim students. Bradford I think and Queen Mary, London.

If you think you can live with non Muslims, however, it is one of the best universities in the world.
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I'm sure it's fine bro

Apply and visit again and again if you get a offer.

If you're still concerned email the I-Soc at Oxford and see whats up...
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I'm sure it's fine bro

Apply and visit again and again if you get a offer.

If you're still concerned email the I-Soc at Oxford and see whats up...
Ur username :awesome:

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As above - its historical. The number of actually practising christians is probably not too dissimilar to the number of muslims tbh.

And loads of people, muslim or not, don't drink. Doesn't prohibit you from socialising in the bar.
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Hello,
Recently, I went to an open day at Oxford University and I enjoyed it a lot, however, there's one thing that's been bugging me. I really want to apply to Oxford but I do need to consider the actual lifestyle there.
At every college, there is a chapel and bar which made me wonder what life is like for Muslims studying at Oxford. I was told that it's not actually religious, but for someone who would feel slightly uncomfortable going into a chapel and doesn't drink at all, I'm slightly confused, I also didn't see many Muslims when I visited.

How is life like for Muslims studying at Oxford university??

(preferably, answers from Muslims)
oh c'mon you are taking way much more than anything!
i am in a catholic high school and we have mass and we go to chapel just to show them respect! i am not catholic but that doesn't mean i can't go to the best school in my area... if you are only rejecting our choice because of the chapel and drinking and i think its a stupid idea to do it! i know there are Catholics who don't drink at all!
you are grown up and wise, so think carefully before making a decision!
soz for my harshness but its true - if i were you then i'll defo go to oxford, doesn't matter if it has chapel or temple or mosque
but the difference is that i am not going to oxford :rofl:
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Thank you for your replies!

I just have one more questiom before i close this thread,
What about taking days off to go home for religious holidays such as eid? Is that permitted?
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There will definitely be a lot of non Muslims there. In fact almost all of the students are either of different faiths or atheist.

If that is a problem I don't think the uni is for you. There are other unis with a much higher proportion of Muslim students. Bradford I think and Queen Mary, London.

If you think you can live with non Muslims, however, it is one of the best universities in the world.
You're not answering his question. Nowhere has he indicated that he has a problem with non-Muslims, and he's hardly going to choose Bradford or QMUL over Oxford if he's capable of Oxford. Bit condescending.
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Ur username :awesome:

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Thank you for your replies!

I just have one more questiom before i close this thread,
What about taking days off to go home for religious holidays such as eid? Is that permitted?
I'm sure that it must be permitted. If not, it would be discrimination considering that Christmas is observed as a holiday. Perhaps you should email the admissions department to double check.
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Brother, there is a fairly big Islamic society of Oxford university, u can meet alot of brothers there so I urge to go the prayer rooms over there



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Brother, there is a fairly big Islamic society of Oxford university, u can meet alot of brothers there so I urge to go the prayer rooms over there



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Sorry, just to point out that im a girl 😅
Also do you know if we are allowed to takw a day or two off for eid?
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I'm sure that it must be permitted. If not, it would be discrimination considering that Christmas is observed as a holiday. Perhaps you should email the admissions department to double check.
Thank you, I'll try that out
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Thank you, I'll try that out
Alternatively, you could ask the Oxford University Islamic Society on Facebook. It doesn't say on their page, whether students are allowed to go home or not but they do seem to organise prayers for Eid.

https://www.facebook.com/ouisoc/

The University of York says it allows students to go home for Eid, so I suspect most unis do.

https://www.york.ac.uk/admin/eo/Events/ramadan.htm

Here is Oxford's policy on leave for religious reasons. It seems to suggest employees of the university would be allowed time off, so I can't see why the same would not apply to students.

Leave for religious reasons
By custom, holiday arrangements include (amongst other bank holidays and fixed closure days) a day off on Christmas Day and Good Friday, both of which are Christian religious festivals. In the interests of equality those practising other religions should be given preferential treatment when booking leave on the religious festival dates of most significance to them, providing these days are booked with as much notice as possible in order to assist operational arrangements. The number of annual leave days overall will remain as set out in your letter of appointment. In some departments employees may not be able to come into work on public holidays or fixed-closure days for security reasons; therefore, any requests for flexibility regarding working on these days would need to be considered by each department individually. Administrators are advised to contact their HR Business Partner for advice if required. The main religious dates for each year are available from the Equality and Diversity Unit.

If a member of staff requests extended leave at a particular time for religious reasons, for example for the purpose of going on pilgrimage, the department should attempt to accommodate the request. If the extended leave exceeds the employee's annual holiday entitlement, the excess days would normally be taken as unpaid leave. If an individual requests the opportunity to carry over leave from one year to another for religious purposes line managers should agree such requests if operationally possible.

https://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel...ay/#d.en.55997
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Salam

Not sure about the Eid thing, but I have a friend who goes there and she doesn't drink. Just don't go to the chapel, simple.

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Alternatively, you could ask the Oxford University Islamic Society on Facebook. It doesn't say on their page, whether students are allowed to go home or not but they do seem to organise prayers for Eid.

https://www.facebook.com/ouisoc/

The University of York says it allows students to go home for Eid, so I suspect most unis do.

https://www.york.ac.uk/admin/eo/Events/ramadan.htm

Here is Oxford's policy on leave for religious reasons. It seems to suggest employees of the university would be allowed time off, so I can't see why the same would not apply to students.

Leave for religious reasons
By custom, holiday arrangements include (amongst other bank holidays and fixed closure days) a day off on Christmas Day and Good Friday, both of which are Christian religious festivals. In the interests of equality those practising other religions should be given preferential treatment when booking leave on the religious festival dates of most significance to them, providing these days are booked with as much notice as possible in order to assist operational arrangements. The number of annual leave days overall will remain as set out in your letter of appointment. In some departments employees may not be able to come into work on public holidays or fixed-closure days for security reasons; therefore, any requests for flexibility regarding working on these days would need to be considered by each department individually. Administrators are advised to contact their HR Business Partner for advice if required. The main religious dates for each year are available from the Equality and Diversity Unit.

If a member of staff requests extended leave at a particular time for religious reasons, for example for the purpose of going on pilgrimage, the department should attempt to accommodate the request. If the extended leave exceeds the employee's annual holiday entitlement, the excess days would normally be taken as unpaid leave. If an individual requests the opportunity to carry over leave from one year to another for religious purposes line managers should agree such requests if operationally possible.

https://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/personnel...ay/#d.en.55997
Thank you so so much for clearing this up! Since staff are allowed to take a day off, i think it would be safe to assume that students would be allowed to as well.
Thank you!
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Thank you so so much for clearing this up! Since staff are allowed to take a day off, i think it would be safe to assume that students would be allowed to as well.
Thank you!
No worries. Good luck with your application!
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