Living at Mansfield
Mansfield College offers housing for new postgraduates in a number of different buildings located around Oxford. Information about each type of accommodation, including a link to the virtual tour, can be found below.
Please note that we are not able to offer any couples or family accommodation, or accommodation to students studying for part-time programmes. If you require couples or family accommodation, we advise you to contact the University’s Graduate Accommodation Office about availability as soon as possible.
How to Apply
The final deadline for applying for accommodation is 30 June 2022. More information about how to apply is provided in the material accompanying your offer letter.
Please note that there are a limited number of rooms available, and it is likely that there will be more applications than available rooms. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Room allocations will be made as soon as the accommodation list is full, which may be before the final deadline for submitting the form. It is expected that allocations will be communicated by mid-July at the latest.
Students who apply for accommodation after the accommodation list is full but before 30 June 2022 will be added to a waiting list and prioritised for any spaces that become available. Please note that joining the waiting list does not guarantee that we will be able to offer you a room.
Please note, if you choose University accommodation in Castle Mill, separate procedures will apply, including a deposit.
Any questions about accommodation should be emailed directly to the Accommodation Manager, Andrew Little: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Types of Accommodation 2022-23
The following types of accommodation are available:
Mansfield College houses
222 Abingdon Road
224 Abingdon Road
Mansfield College houses
Tenancies run from mid-September 2022 to mid-August 2023, and prices vary depending on the size and location of the room. Current rent levels being charged for 2021-2022 are noted below a guide. Before taking up your accommodation, you will be required to return a signed tenancy agreement, which will be issued at rent levels applicable for the year 2022-23 (not yet set).
Virtual Tour: https://www.mansfield.ox.ac.uk/virtual-tours
222 and 224 Abingdon Road
222 and 224 Abingdon Road are a 30-minute walk from the College. These period houses were built in the early 1900's and still contain many period features of the late Victorian era including high ceilings and covings. This houses are owned by a private landlord and managed by Mansfield College and have recently been refurbished to a very high standard. The houses contains 7 and 8 comfortable single occupancy rooms with a large kitchen/diner, bathrooms, shower room, separate toilet and Wi-fi in each house. All bedrooms contain a bed (some are queen and some are single), modern handbasin with storage, desk, desk chair, wardrobe (some larger rooms have a built-in wardrobe), chest of drawers or bedside cabinet.
The kitchens have been extended to form a dining area and each contain a large American style fridge/freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher, oven, hob & extractor, plenty of cupboard space and a small breakfast bar, microwave, kettle & toaster and basic crockery & cutlery. There is also a large enclosed garden with rear access for bikes, shared by both houses. There are also some bike hoops situated at the front of the houses.
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.
The houses are in an excellent location for taking advantage of the amenities to be found nearby
including many shops (Westgate shopping centre), pubs, local sports amenities, parks and the river. Abingdon Road is also served by a frequent bus service into the city centre.
For 2021-22 the following termly costs apply (inclusive of all bills):
Large rooms: £2,681.76 per term
Small rooms: £2,597.12 per term
Tenancies will be issued at rent levels applicable for the year 2022-23 (not yet set).
The College also provides University housing in central west Oxford at Castle Mill, close to the train station, Port Meadow and the city centre.
You will sign a fixed-term student tenancy agreement directly with the University. This will be valid until the end date specified in that agreement, usually 12pm on 31 July 2023. Further information: 'Signing your tenancy agreement' on the 'How to Apply' pages of the university Graduate Accommodation website.
Virtual Tour: https://gradaccommodation.admin.ox.ac.uk/castle-mill
Mansfield provides accommodation 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 en-suite study bedrooms are in clusters of four, five or 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 en-suite 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.
In 2021-22, the following monthly costs apply (inclusive of all bills): £691.14 for an ensuite room in a phase 1 building, and £697.56 in phase 2. Tenancies will be issued at rent levels for the year 2022-23, and will ordinarily run until 31 July 2023.
Further information: 'Rent information' on the university Graduate Accommodation website.
Please note: you can apply for Castle Mill accommodation via Mansfield College or the University of Oxford Graduate Housing Office. Please do not apply for Castle Mill accommodation through both.
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.
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 and 2019 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.