New College is one of the largest, most famous and architecturally striking colleges, with beautiful large gardens, excellent facilities and a variety of modern and old buildings. The college has a distinguished musical tradition: our choir is world famous and our musical life is richly diverse (from 14th-century choral music to 21st-century jazz). The atmosphere in college is relaxed, friendly and open, and we are proud of our actively engaged and diverse student body.
Accommodation and meals
All first-year undergraduates are guaranteed accommodation. After the first year, the remaining college accommodation is fairly allocated via a ballot. Our rooms are single study bedrooms, with internet access; most are ensuite, some with shared bathrooms. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in hall during term. Some self-catering kitchens and kitchenettes are also available for student use. The college aims to accommodate students with disabilities, and such applicants are encouraged to contact the college to discuss their needs.
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The college library has plenty of work space and is open until midnight during term time. There are up-to-date books for all courses with roughly 90,000 volumes available (70% of which are on the open shelves). There are excellent IT facilities with internet connections in all college accommodation. The Junior Common Room (JCR) computer room has workstations with printers and scanners, and there is wireless access across the college. We have several music practice rooms with pianos and a band room with a drum kit, keyboard, amplifiers, microphones, decks and a PA system.
New College has its own sports ground and pavilion close to the main college site with pitches for rugby, football and hockey, two squash courts, and an all-weather court for netball and basketball. There is also a cricket pitch, grass and hard tennis courts and a boathouse on the banks of the River Thames, along with a number of college punts.
New College fosters individuality in its students, but they are also encouraged to get together so that societies flourish. Several drama groups put on productions each year, while music is a college passion too. There are chamber and choral groups of many sizes, as well as a college orchestra. Furthermore, we cater for jazz and non-classical musicians. We keep up high levels in sport and field many teams and boats. Our female athletes have been especially successful in recent years.