Living at Mansfield
From 2017, all first, second and third year students will be housed in college accommodation, either on the main site or in college-owned/run accommodation elsewhere. All first year undergraduate students live in College, either in the Hands Building or the Garden Building (both with en suite facilities), or in the more spacious rooms in the main College quadrangle (the John Marsh Building).
Second and third year students can live on the main site - in the Hands Building, the Garden Building, the John Marsh Building or the new accommodation building due to be completed in 2017 - or in the Ablethorpe Building (a fifteen-minute walk from College), or in College rented houses in Oxford.
Students on four year courses can choose to have college accommodation in either their third or fourth year of study.
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.