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Mansfield College
The Main Building, Mansfield College.
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Mansfield College

Mansfield is one of the smaller colleges, and we provide a supportive environment in which our students can excel academically.

Mansfield CollegeAn open day at Mansfield College.
Throughout its history Mansfield has worked hard to make an Oxford education available to previously under-represented groups. Our proportion of students from the state sector is the highest among Oxford colleges. Mansfield runs a programme of visits and outreach activities with schools in parts of Greater London and Yorkshire, and also holds events for prospective candidates from colleges of further education and sixth form colleges.


Mansfield occupies one of the best sites in Oxford, a short walk away from the Science Area and University libraries and close to the city centre but in a quiet position near the University Parks.

Accommodation and meals

In the summer of 2017 Mansfield will complete a building project on the college site so that all our undergraduates can be housed in college accommodation, with all first years and finalists having a room in college and second years either on the college site or in our off-site accommodation, a 15-minute walk from college. Most students living on site will have ensuite facilities, but there are also more spacious rooms with shared bathrooms in the older part of college. There are several large kitchens for students who prefer to cook for themselves. The college provides some of the best food in the University at reasonable prices in the impressive surroundings of Chapel Hall, whilst the Crypt café with bar and terrace offers a more informal eating space. There is Wi-Fi access across the whole college site.

Read more on the college website.


The well-stocked library is a beautiful wood-panelled room in a quiet area of college, with separate subject rooms for Theology, Geography, Law, History and PPE, all open 24 hours a day. Mansfield is fortunate to share Merton’s sports grounds, just a few minutes’ walk from the college, with tennis and squash courts, and free gym membership for all students.

Student societies

Student societies depend on the interests of current students, but established societies include a popular film club, a poetry society, Human Rights Forum, thriving subject societies such as geography and law, and events to encourage and celebrate the achievements of women in the college. Many Mansfield students are involved in student drama and student journalism. Our Chapel Hall is available for music practice and holds regular lunchtime recitals, and there is an active college choir. Our small size makes it very easy to be involved in a wide range of sports teams, including netball, football and cricket, and many of our students try rowing for the first time when they come to Mansfield.

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