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 each house offering a large kitchen and dining area mostly looking out onto the sports field. The MCR (graduate common room), including a student-run bar, is also based at the Weston Buildings, and is the hub of the college graduate community.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available to graduates in the college dining hall during term, and for several days either side of term. Outside of term time, the college café is open for meals throughout the day.
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.
Since 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 20-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 which provides plenty of work spaces and a group study room. The library has physical collections of 100,000 volumes, 70,000 of them modern texts, largely on open shelves. There are major manuscript and rare book collections of interest to scholars, including c400 medieval manuscripts and some 30,000 volumes of early printed books, which include c330 incunabula.
The library has long opening hours and provides excellent IT facilities, including WiFi access and printing.
All study-bedrooms are equipped with Ethernet/LAN connections and wifi access is available in all areas of the college. There are dedicated PCs in the JCR and MCR with printing facilities. Remote printing from student’s devices is also available from all parts of college.
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. 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, as well as termly 'New College Conversations' where fellows of the college discuss their research in an informal setting with senior, graduate and undergraduate members.
The college has its own sports ground and pavilion next to the Weston buildings, with pitches for rugby, football and hockey, and a 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, housing the college's rowing boats, and a number of college punts are available at the sports ground 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.
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.