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Brasenose College
Old Quad, Brasenose College.
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Brasenose College

Brasenose is a friendly and diverse community, with a strong tradition of academic excellence. Situated in the beautiful setting of Radcliffe Square, we are at the very heart of the University and the city. In accordance with the Common Framework on Admissions, Brasenose is committed to admitting the brightest and best students regardless of background, and creating an environment where individuals can flourish and realise their potential.


Brasenose CollegeStudents at a tutorial.
Brasenose College is the only undergraduate college on Radcliffe Square, near to the main University libraries, lecture theatres and other buildings, but also right next to the bustling High Street. We also have accommodation at the Frewin Hall complex, which is a five minutes’ walk from the main site and also in the centre of the city.

Accommodation and meals

Brasenose is able to accommodate undergraduates for all years of study. First years live together on the main site, second years normally live in the nearby Frewin complex, and there is accommodation for later-year students on both sites. All our rooms are single, and have either a washbasin or full ensuite facilities. We have some rooms suitable for disabled students, and applicants with special requirements are welcome to contact us to discuss needs.

Brasenose enjoys a well-deserved reputation for delicious food. A full and affordable pay-as-you-go meal service is provided in our splendid 16th-century dining hall. There is a popular recently refurbished café on the main site, and shared kitchens in the Frewin complex. Our lively bar is a fantastic place to relax and meet up with friends.

Read more on the college website.


Brasenose has three excellent libraries open 24 hours a day. We offer free membership to the University’s gym, and have our own sports ground (five minutes’ cycle ride from college) where students play rugby, football and cricket, among other sports. There is also a well-equipped boathouse on the river. The college has music practice rooms, a large double common room with satellite TVs, newspapers, a pool and table tennis table, film library and games consoles, laundry facilities and a friendly porters’ lodge staffed 24/7. Each bedroom has internet access, and there is a comprehensive college Wi-Fi network. The college offers grants to those wishing to stay during vacation: for course-related research and travel, to support extra-curricular activities, and to aid those in unexpected financial hardship.

Student societies

The college has a strong tradition in drama and music and there is an annual week-long summer arts festival featuring student-produced plays, concerts, film nights, exhibitions, a cabaret, a bake-off and more. We have an energetic choir and numerous sports teams, plus a range of other social, cultural and sporting activities, where all levels are catered for.

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