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Mansfield College
Mansfield College
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Mansfield College

About the college

Mansfield College offers an informal, stimulating environment in which tutors and students work together to achieve academic excellence and sustain a supportive as well as lively community. In any one year there are around 185 graduates in the MCR.

To encourage good relations between the Senior and Middle Common Room members, there are termly joint seminars and dinners. The MCR has occasional guest nights in the college's chapel dining hall, as well as joining JCR members at twice-weekly formal hall during term time.

The college is less than a five-minute walk away from the Science Area, major humanities libraries and the Bodleian Library.

Accommodation and meals


Under normal circumstances the college is able to accommodate for the first year of study all those requiring accommodation in college housing. However, in order to avoid allocating rooms to those who may, for whatever reason, be unable to take up their place, accommodation will not be allocated until late August.

It is usually possible to ensure that all graduates do have college accommodation for their first year, but if Mansfield accommodation is oversubscribed at the time of making these allocations, the college will use its best endeavours to secure you accommodation elsewhere in Oxford. 

Please note that Mansfield does not have its own housing for couples and families nor part-time accommodation. Rooms are leased for ten months, which can usually be extended to twelve.

Mansfield College offers housing for new graduates in a number of different buildings located around Oxford. Most of the available accommodation is in vibrant east Oxford, between a fifteen and thirty minute walk from the main college site. All of the buildings offer the facilities needed for a graduate student to study at Oxford, and East Oxford has an interesting mix of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as being the location of the University sports ground and gym facilities. There are differences in price between the various buildings to reflect the quality and location of the various rooms. The college also has a number of rooms in Castle Mill in central west Oxford, and rooms in Wellington Square in the centre of town.

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


Mansfield has some of the best food in the University, and at reasonable prices. Although there is no obligation to 'eat in,' students are encouraged to do so. In a recent survey of provision of vegetarian food in Oxford colleges, Mansfield came first. 

Lunch and dinner are served in the college's beautiful chapel dining hall and most meals are cafeteria-style. There is a wide choice of meals, including vegetarian options. Meals are available year round except for short periods of college closure around public holidays. Breakfasts, snacks and hot drinks are served in the college’s café-bar, which is also the social hub of the college.

The twice-weekly formal second sitting of dinner in the chapel dining hall is very popular and there are regular special dinners such as a Thanksgiving dinner.

The on-site Middle Common Room has a small adjacent kitchenette.

Library and IT services

The college's libraries - the Main Library and the specialised Law and History Reading Room, Theology Reading Room and PPE Reading Room - can be accessed 24 hours a day.

All study bedrooms have either a network connection or wifi access. There are computers and printing facilities available in the college library.

Sport, music and college facilities

Mansfield shares a sports ground, located around eight minutes' walk away from the main college site, with Merton College. Tennis and squash facilities are available on this site and the college also has excellent rowing facilities.

Mansfield hosts a winter ball, usually once every three years.

The college has a lively music community, with concerts held throughout the academic year and a small college choir.

Facilities for students with disabilities

The ground floor facilities on the main site, including the café, hall and MCR, are all fully accessible for wheelchair users. Further information is available upon request to the college.


There is a common room exclusively for graduate students on the main site ground floor, looking out across the quad. The Mansfield Middle Common Room (MCR) has full representation on the college's governing body and other committees, and a MCR-elected bench organises a number of events often with SCR, JCR and other colleges.

The MCR arranges speakers each term from among the MCR and SCR to allow members to present their own research.

The ground floor facilities on the main site are all fully accessible for wheelchair users.  


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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