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New College
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New College

About the college

New College was founded in 1379, about 200 years after the University came into existence. It is one of the largest, most famous and architecturally striking colleges, with beautiful gardens, and a variety of modern and old buildings.

The college has a relaxed, friendly and open atmosphere, and is known for its lively and varied musical life including all kinds of music making and performance, and a world-famous choir.

The college is proud of its actively engaged student body with an excellent reputation for promoting the social, academic, and sporting interests of its members.

Accommodation and meals

Accommodation is normally provided to the majority of new graduates coming to Oxford from elsewhere. The college is usually able to house up to 80% of new graduates, prioritising those living overseas who have not previously studied in Oxford. The college also offers some second- and third-year accommodation, which is allocated by ballot.

The majority of graduates who are resident in New College are accommodated in the Weston Buildings, which were built in the mid and late 1990s and are located alongside a branch of the River Cherwell at the College Sports Ground, a five-minute walk from the College. The Weston Buildings are comprised of fifteen staircases or "houses" with six single rooms to a house. Each house has a large kitchen with a dining area mostly looking out onto the sports field. The graduate student bar is also based at the Weston Buildings, and is the hub of the college’s graduate community.

All graduate accommodation is self-catering, with large, modern kitchens with a dining areas looking out onto the sports field. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are also available to graduates in the college's dining hall during term, and for several days either side of term.

All graduate rooms are single study bedrooms with Ethernet/LAN Internet connection. Bathrooms and toilet facilities in the Weston Buildings are shared between two rooms, and are therefore not en-suite. Graduate accommodation is self-catering, and there are communal cooking and dining facilities. In term time, breakfast and lunch are available in the college's dining hall and graduates may also sign up for dinner. Outside of term time, the college café is open for meals throughout the day.

Students will need to bring their own towels, duvets, pillows, duvet covers, sheets and pillow cases. Washing machines and driers are available in the Weston Buildings.

From 2014 the college has supplemented the accommodation in the Weston Buildings with rooms leased from the University in the Castle Mill accommodation block, which is a 15-minute walk from the main college site. The rooms there are also single study bedrooms with Ethernet/LAN access, and these are en-suite.

The college does not have accommodation suitable for couples and families.

Library and IT services

The college's library is a light and spacious 1930s building with plenty of work space and a collection of 100,000 volumes, 70,000 of them on open shelves, and substantial holdings of periodicals. There are also specialist and rare book and manuscript collections of interest to scholars.

The library has long opening hours and excellent IT facilities, including wifi access.

All study-bedrooms are equipped with Ethernet/LAN connections and wifi access is available in all areas of the college. There is a dedicated MCR computer room with PCs and printing facilities.

Sport, music and college facilities

New College has a world-famous choir, and a number of orchestras, supported by several music practice rooms with pianos, and the college's active drama society regularly puts on plays.

There is a ‘band room’ with a drum kit, keyboard, amplifiers, microphones, decks and a PA system, and a media room for watching television and movies and playing on games consoles.

The college is home to The New Collection, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal produced by graduates and offers graduate colloquia for graduates to present and discuss their work.

The college has its own sports ground and pavilion five minutes’ walk away from the main college site, with pitches for rugby, football and hockey, squash court, as well as an all-weather court for netball and basketball, and a small gym. In the summer, there is a cricket pitch and grass and hard courts for tennis.

There is a boat house on the banks of the river Thames, along with a number of college punts available for student use in the summer term.

Facilities for students with disabilities

New College will make every effort to accommodate students with disabilities. The college, like many others in the University, is made up of very old buildings, which can make disabled access difficult for some applicants. 

The University has a useful page with accessibility information for all the colleges and buildings.

Applicants are encouraged to make contact with our Home Bursar, for accommodation matters, and Academic Registrar, for tuition matters, to find out how the college can help.


New College Middle Common Room (MCR) is located in the Weston Buildings and is the active centre of the graduate life in the college. The MCR committee organises social, welfare, sports and cultural events for graduates, and represents the student body in college matters.

The MCR premises itself is a large room with a bar and veranda, as well as a kitchen and espresso machine. 


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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