The entrance to Harris Manchester College from the street
The entrance to Harris Manchester College.
(Image credit: Richard Watts).

Harris Manchester College

About the college

Harris Manchester College is dedicated solely to mature students, and accepts both graduate and undergraduate students from the age of 21, with no upper age limit. 

As one of the smallest colleges in the University, there is an intimate, friendly atmosphere, with a great deal of peer support. The diversity of HMC's students in terms of age, culture and background makes the college a very interesting and vibrant community.

College facilities

Library and IT services

The college's principal library resource, the Tate Library, is open to students 24 hours a day during term time and some vacations.

Friendly professional library and IT staff provide one-to-one guidance. There are fifty study spaces, over two floors and a number of dedicated library PCs with printing and scanning facilities.

Wi-Fi access is available throughout most of the college, including student accommodation.

The library staff are also able to support readers remotely with many services, such as access to online materials, guidance and training on getting started with research, and accessing wider University library services such as subject specialists

Sport, music and college facilities

The college offers access to the University gym and swimming pool.

There is a college punt (the 'Royle Yacht'), a college choir and regular concerts during term time.

Facilities for disabled students

Harris Manchester is committed to providing equality of opportunity for disabled people. Please contact the college for information. 


The Harris Manchester College MCR is located in one of the graduate houses, which also contains a kitchen for use by all graduate students. The MCR Committee organises a number of social events each term.

The President of the MCR is entitled to attend the meetings of HMC's Governing Body to represent the college's graduate students. MCR members also have access to all JCR facilities.

Accommodation and meals


All graduate accommodation is on the main college site. Accommodation is only available in single study-bedrooms; those requiring family accommodation should apply to the University Accommodation Office. The college is currently unable to accommodate all first-year graduates, and accommodation is awarded by ballot.


Accommodation charges include meals during term time - breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday to Friday, breakfast on Saturday and brunch on Sunday. During vacations accommodation is self-catering only.


This college accepts graduate students for the following courses:

Please note that not all subjects areas or streams of a particular course may be offered by this college. Please see the college information on the relevant course page for further details. For a comprehensive list of all graduate courses available at the University of Oxford, please refer to our courses A-Z listing


The college is in a central but quiet location, close to the Bodleian Library and many other libraries and departments.

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