Living at Mansfield
Under normal circumstances the College is able to accommodate for the first year of study all those requiring accommodation in College housing. However, in order to avoid allocating rooms to those who may, for whatever reason, be unable to take up their place, accommodation will not be allocated until the middle of August. It is usually possible to ensure that all graduates do have College accommodation for their first year, but if Mansfield accommodation is oversubscribed at the time of making these allocations, the College will use its best endeavours to secure you accommodation elsewhere in Oxford.
Mansfield College offers housing for new graduates 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. The MCR has an off-site common room in the Ablethorpe building at the bottom of the Cowley Road which enables social events for graduates living in the area to socialise together. The College also sublets University housing for its own students 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). There are differences in price between the various buildings to reflect the quality and location of the various rooms.
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Cowley Road Houses
The College offers accommodation in two 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. Both 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.
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. 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, and in 231 Cowley Road a small hand basin. 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 twice per week.
Regent Street Houses
The College manages two properties on Regent Street, both a 15-20 minute walk from the College. Like the Cowley Road houses, 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.
18 Regent Street was fully refurbished in 2013, and features six comfortable single occupancy rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. All bedrooms contain a single bed, wardrobe, desk, chair, chest of drawers, small book shelf, and an Ethernet point. The kitchen has a fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave, kettle and toaster. There is also a small enclosed garden with rear access for bicycles, bike hoops, and a clothes line.
39 Regent Street has also 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 in both houses are cleaned once per week.
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).
Mansfield has some of the best food in the University, and at reasonable prices. Although there is no obligation to 'eat in,' 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 and a Burns night supper.
There are also kitchens on site for students who prefer to cook for themselves.
For information on the costs of accommodation and meals, please see Fees and Finance.
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 student accommodation, tutors’ rooms, offices, the chapel, the dining hall, the library, a laundry room, 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 and Theology. All three libraries are open to students twenty-four hours a day, and there is a computer room available for use by students.
In 2014, a new student cafeteria, bar and terrace were completed.