William Wordsworth was a neighbour and close friend.
In 1836, Arnold was sent to Winchester College, but in 1837 he returned to Rugby School where he was enrolled in the fifth form.
Arnold often described his duties as a school inspector as "drudgery," although "at other times he acknowledged the benefit of regular work." The inspectorship required him, at least at first, to travel constantly and across much of England.
"Initially, Arnold was responsible for inspecting Nonconformist schools across a broad swath of central England.
He moved to the sixth form in 1838 and thus came under the direct tutelage of his father.
He wrote verse for the manuscript Fox How Magazine, co-produced with his brother Tom for the family's enjoyment from 1838 to 1843.
He graduated in the following year with a 2nd class honours degree in Literae Humaniores (colloquially Greats).
In 1845, after a short interlude of teaching at Rugby, he was elected Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford.
Matthew Arnold has been characterised as a sage writer, a type of writer who chastises and instructs the reader on contemporary social issues.
The Reverend John Keble stood as Godfather to Matthew.