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Oxford University Academic Gowns to Purchase & Hire

Shepherd & Woodward are the largest supplier of Academic Gowns and Robes to Oxford University.  We have supplied Oxford Undergraduates, Post Graduates, Fellows and Dons for over 160 years.
As many of our Academic gowns are made in our own workshops, we can make bespoke gowns to fit all shapes and sizes so please enquire if you require a gown outside of our standard fit.
Sub fusc: It's an exciting time when you arrive at University for the first time, and organising your sub fusc is a rite of passage that all Oxford University students experience. Our experienced staff are at hand to assist in making sure you're ready with your Academic wear for Matriculation. 
Where to buy: We hold in stock many of the University of Oxford robes in a variety of qualities as well as having a large stock of ex-hire graduation gowns available to purchase (subject to availability) from our High Street store - 109-113 High Street, Oxford. OX1 4BT.
Rent/Hire: The rental service we provide at Shepherd & Woodward has been refined over many years and is unparalleled for quality of service in Oxford.
Hiring academic wear can be a confusing process, so we have endeavoured to help make your online selection as straightforward as possible. Please select if you are collecting a Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree above. Alternatively, you can contact our experienced, highly knowledgeable staff on and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Hire process:
Academic hires can be collected the day before your ceremony between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm (Monday – Saturday) or the morning of from 10.00 am. The returns can be made either the same day by 6.00 pm or the next working day after 10.00 am – 4.30 pm (Monday – Saturday). Please be aware that late returns will incur additional fees.
Gowns and Robes can be made for not only Oxford University but also many other Academic institutions, Schools, Universities, Professional bodies, Societies, and Livery Companies throughout the world.
Academic gowns and robes can be made in many different fabrics including; polyester, wool, cotton, silk and velvet. The hoods worn with these gowns often exhibit bright and bold colours that are available in a variety of different colours.
We are always happy to assist with new designs and custom orders and with the wealth of our experience, we are well placed to advise and discuss your ideas and cloth choices. Should you be interested in ordering new designs please contact
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