Living at Mansfield
Mansfield College offers housing for new postgraduates in a number of different buildings located around Oxford. Most of the available accommodation is in vibrant east Oxford, between a fifteen and thirty minute walk from the main college site. All of the buildings offer the facilities needed for a graduate student to study at Oxford, and east Oxford has an interesting mix of shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as being the location of the University sports ground and gym facilities. In addition to the MCR common room on the main college site, the MCR has an off-site common room in the Ablethorpe building at the bottom of the Cowley Road.
The College also sublets University housing for at Wellington Square (in the heart of Oxford and very close to the University Offices) and Castle Mill flats (close to the train station, Port Meadow and the city centre).
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The College offers accommodation in three houses on Cowley Road, which are a 25-30 minute walk from the College. These period houses were built in the early 1900's and still contain many features of the late Victorian and early Edwardian era, including high ceilings and covings. The houses are rented from a private landlord and managed by Mansfield College and have been modernised for life in the twenty-first century, featuring comfortable single occupancy rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as Wi-Fi.
- 229 is made up of 13 bedrooms over 3 floors with a large ground floor kitchen containing a dining area. All bedrooms have en-suite facilities and contain a single bed, built-in desk, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
- 231 Cowley Road is made up of 16 bedrooms over three floors, with a kitchen, bathroom and separate shower and WC situated on each floor. All bedrooms contain a single bed, desk, chest of drawers and a small hand basin.
- 295 Cowley Road is made up of 10 bedrooms over three floors, with a large kitchen/diner, bathroom and WC on the ground and first floor. All bedrooms contain a single bed, a desk and a chest of drawers.
All kitchens have a cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle and toaster. Both houses have large common areas both indoors and outdoors. All communal areas are cleaned once per week, as per the rota displayed. All students are responsible for hoovering their bedrooms and keeping rooms clean and tidy.
39 Regent Street
39 Regent Street is a 15-20 minute walk from the College. The house was built in the early 1900's and still contain many period features of the late Victorian era including high ceilings and covings. 39 Regent Street has been fully modernised, and features 10 comfortable single occupancy rooms, with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. All bedrooms contain a single bed, built-in wardrobe, desk, chair, small hand basin with hot water heater, and an Ethernet point. The kitchen has been extended to form a dining area and contains two fridges, a washing machine, two gas hobs and ovens, a microwave, kettle and toaster. There is also a small enclosed garden area situated at the rear of the property.
All communal areas are cleaned once per week, as per the rota displayed. All students are responsible for hoovering their bedrooms and keeping rooms clean and tidy.
Mansfield sublets accommodation in four blocks within Castle Mill. Castle Mill is located in central west Oxford, close to the Railway Station, at the end of Roger Dudman Way. There is a designated cycle track that leads from the site to Port Meadow car park and Walton Well Road, giving cycle and pedestrian access to Jericho, North Oxford and the Science site.
The ensuite study bedrooms are in clusters of six, with a shared kitchen/dining room. Rooms are equipped with the basic furniture required, and there are cycle stores and sheds onsite. Utilities are included in the rent for the ensuite rooms, and the kitchens and common areas are cleaned regularly. There are four common rooms onsite which can be booked for parties and other gatherings.
Each block has a lift going to all floors.
This modern four-storey building houses graduates in study bedrooms, each with washbasins, arranged in clusters of five rooms. Each cluster has a kitchen/dining room, and a bathroom with a shower. All the facilities of central Oxford are within a few minutes’ walk.
The study bedrooms each have an Ethernet point and are centrally-heated. All communal areas are cleaned regularly, and all bills are included in the rent. There are two lockable cycle cages, and a laundry area with two washing machines and a dryer (coin-operated).
Please note: you can apply for Wellington Square or Castle Mill accommodation via Mansfield College or the University of Oxford Graduate Housing Office. Please do not apply for accommodation through both.
In 2019-20, tenancies will run from Monday 16 September 2019 to Friday 31 July 2020. There are differences in price between the various buildings to reflect the quality and location of the various rooms. For information on the costs of accommodation, please see Fees and Finance.
Applying for Accommodation
Under normal circumstances the College is able to accommodate any new Mansfield postgraduate student who requests accommodation for their first year of study. The deadline for applying for accommodation for 2019-20 is 31 July 2019 (please note: you must have received an offer from the College in order to request accommodation). A £400 deposit must also be paid by this date, which is offset against the first month's rent. The deposit is non-returnable if you do not take up your accommodation. Accommodation is allocated in August, and if the College's accommodation is oversubscribed at this time, the College will use its best endeavours to secure you accommodation elsewhere in Oxford.
Couple's or Family Accommodation
Please note that there is no accommodation for couples or for those with accompanying children. If you require this type of accommodation, we advise you to contact the University Accommodation Office as soon as possible to ask about availability. For further details, please visit their website.
Mansfield has some of the best food in the University, and at reasonable prices. Although there is no obligation to eat in the College Dining Hall, students are encouraged to do so.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the Dining Hall and most meals are cafeteria style. There is a wide choice of meals, including vegetarian options. In 2016 Mansfield was voted the best college for vegetarian food in the University.
The twice-weekly formal second sitting of dinner is very popular and there are regular special dinners such as a Thanksgiving dinner.
Mansfield occupies a very central location in Oxford, close to the libraries and shops, but in a quiet setting near the University Parks and the river Cherwell.
The college site includes the Chapel Dining Hall, the Crypt Café Bar, the libraries, a laundry room, fellows’ offices, administrative offices, student common rooms, and other social facilities. Mansfield also shares excellent sports facilities with Merton College, including tennis and squash courts.
The College’s main library is a wonderful wood-panelled room which contains core texts for all courses, and there are separate libraries devoted to Law, PPE and Theology. All four libraries are open to students twenty-four hours a day, and there are fully-networked computers available in the Main Library for use by students.