The main entrance to Linacre College
Linacre College
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Linacre College

About the college

Linacre is a graduate college with a strong environmental and egalitarian ethos. The student community comes from more than 80 different nations and most are new to Oxford. The college takes students in almost all subject areas creating a vibrant, diverse and international community.

Students and fellows - the academics attached to the college - eat and socialise together. Partners and children are welcome. Linacre has one common room for all and no High Table. The college is governed by its students and fellows.

Linacre is strongly committed to reducing its impact on the environment. Many in the college's community are studying or researching environmental issues and Linacre is a leader amongst Oxford institutions in environmental innovation. 

The college is situated 50 metres from the Science Area and University Parks, and only a ten-minute walk from all major departments and the centre of Oxford.

As a graduate college, Linacre’s facilities are available to its students throughout the year. Most students are in their 20s and 30s.

Accommodation and meals


Linacre is usually able to offer high-quality, modern accommodation to all new students, for at least their first year of study in Oxford.

The college has 233 single rooms and 15 double rooms or flats. There are a further two self-contained flats suited to small families. A small number of single rooms have been adapted for mobility-impaired residents. The majority of student rooms are provided in buildings which include the use of communal kitchens with laundry facilities and shower rooms. Rooms in the Griffiths building, on the main college site, benefit from en-suite facilities. There is also a development of 26 en suite rooms at Union Street (off the Cowley road), 12 at Stoke House in Old Headington,  a small number of en-suite rooms in other off-site properties particularly at Bradmore Road, and one room at 189 Iffley Road which has an en-suite. The flats in Neil Fraser-Bell House, West Grove and 189 Iffley Road have their own self-contained facilities.

Linacre has one guest room on the main site which can be booked by students on a ‘first come, first served’ basis and two short term student rooms located in a property on the Iffley Road for shorter tern (1 week to 1 month) academic visits to Oxford, eg by students returning to Oxford to complete write ups around fieldwork. 

Further information on accommodation at Linacre College is available on the college website.


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the college's dining hall on week days throughout the year, with the servery open for snacks and hot drinks all morning. The college is open all term and throughout most of the University vacation period and the food service in college has a high reputation throughout the University. There are always vegetarian and vegan options. Linacre is Fairtrade certified and strives to improve its sustainability. Linacre serves a formal ‘Guest Night’ on Tuesdays and Thursdays in full term, with an early informal hall service available additionally on these evenings. There is a small ‘buttery’ offering staple goods (pasta, tins etc.) at cost price in the hall for students and a take away range, eg pizzas to purchase and cook yourself. 

The college does not have a fixed catering charge – all meals are priced individually and student meals are subsidised. All rooms also have access to modern, well-equipped shared kitchens for self-catering. 

Library and IT services

The Linacre College library and study rooms have 24-hour opening, offering access to the University’s e-journals and databases and a selection of core course texts.

All study bedrooms have high-speed network connections and the college has some of the most comprehensive IT support for students in the University.

Access to the University of Oxford WiFi services OWL and Eduroam is available throughout the main site and in the college's houses.

Sport, music and college facilities

Linacre has a state-of-the-art gym facility, a wide range of sports and social clubs, a music practice room, and a number of small offices are available for use by graduate students who do not have a quiet, secure study room elsewhere.

The common room organises an exciting programme of social events throughout the year, including bops, a ball, garden parties, open-mic nights, film screenings and yoga.  

Facilities for students with disabilities

Most parts of the main college buildings are wheelchair accessible and specially-adapted en-suite student accommodation is available for students with disabilities. The Senior Tutor has responsibility for supporting students with disabilities.

Students may apply for assistance with extra costs that they incur as a result of a disability or learning difficulty.


The Linacre common room is large and comfortable with a bar, cable television, daily newspapers and journals. 


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

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