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Balliol College

Balliol College


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Balliol is one of the oldest and most centrally situated of the Oxford colleges, well-known for its high academic standards, diverse community, friendly atmosphere and lively spirit of intellectual debate.

The Graduate Centre, located in Holywell Manor, has a thriving academic and social life, and the College is proud of its large, lively and international graduate community.

Autumn at Balliol buttery

Autumn outside the Balliol buttery

Accommodation and meals

Graduate accommodation is located in Holywell Manor. Most rooms contain their own wash basin, whilst bathrooms and shower rooms are communal.

Lunch and dinner are available in the College Dining Hall, and a number of well-equipped shared kitchenettes available throughout the Graduate Centre, and lunch and dinner

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Funding and prizes

The College offers a number of graduate scholarships, some usually held in association with the University Clarendon Fund Scheme. 

Some graduate bursaries are given annually to current students, and small grants are available towards research expenses and the preparation of theses.

For more information, please see the Balliol website and the Oxford Funding Search.

Ivy outside Balliol

Ivy on the side gate of Balliol

Library and IT services

The large and well-stocked Balliol college library on the main college site is open 24 hours. The library houses important collections of medieval and modern manuscripts, early printed books and books by former and current College members. There is a specialised Law Library and extensive college archives (Twitter balliolarchives).

There are a number of computer rooms in College equipped with scanners, PC computers and high quality laser printers, including ten computers with a networked printer and scanner in the Graduate Centre.

Network broadband connections are available in all study bedrooms and wireless internet access is available throughout the Graduate Centre.

Sport, music and college facilities

The College has sports fields with a basketball court, tennis and squash courts, table tennis facilities, a croquet lawn, football and cricket pitches.

There is a well-equipped College boathouse on the Thames with an excellent boat club (Twitter balliolrowing), and multi-gyms in College and in the Graduate Centre in Holywell Manor.

There are music practice rooms in College, including a Steinway grand piano available for concerts, and in Holywell Manor. There is a also a studio theatre available for rehearsal and performances.

The College operates a full-time year-round day nursery for the pre-school children of Balliol students and staff, and childcare bursaries are available.

Balliol Chapel is a centre of worship for all denominations.

Sundial commemorating the women of Balliol College

Sundial commemorating women of Balliol College

Facilities for students with disabilities

Specially adapted facilities are available in the Graduate Centre in Holywell Manor.

Arrangements are made on an individual basis; please contact the College to discuss any requirements before submitting an application.


The Balliol Middle Common Room (MCR) has an active committee involved in many aspects of student life and deals with everything from organising a variety of social events to representing Balliol graduates.

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Head of House

Professor Sir Drummond Bone

Student numbers

c. 350


c. 350

Number of graduate student places

c. 95

College fees
College fee for graduates


College fee for the MBA



Exceptional arrangements apply in a small number of cases


University fees also apply


Continuation fee

£100 for each term is payable after fee liability has ceased


Most first-year graduate students are offered accommodation in their first year, thereafter rooms are assigned by ballot

Accommodation charges

c. £1,740 per term