Living at Mansfield
We make every effort to make sure that Visiting Students are integrated into the student body at Mansfield.
Visiting students live in College accommodation. In order that Visiting Students may have a fuller experience of living in the UK, the College tries - as far as is practicable - to integrate their housing with that of other Mansfield students. All students have their own study-bedroom, and share kitchen and bathroom facilities. They also have access to the College Dining Hall for meals during term time together with all other College facilities. Visiting students live either in the Ablethorpe Building, just over Magdalen Bridge, or in a house managed by the College on Cowley Road. Visiting Students do not have to move out of their accommodation over the Easter and Christmas vacations, and Oxford can provide an excellent base for exploring the rest of the UK and Europe.
This is a College owned student accommodation block with single occupancy rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. All bedrooms have a single bed, desk and chair, wardrobe and drawers. All kitchens have a stove and oven, fridge freezer, microwave oven, kettle and toaster. There is a laundry facility on the site as well as a common room with flat screen telly, sofas and chairs and a computer station.
Ablethorpe is a 15 minute walk from the main College site and is close to many local amenities including numerous restaurants, shops, bars and music venues.
A number of Visiting Students will have the opportunity to live in one of the houses the College manages on Cowley Road. These period houses were built in the early 1900's, but have been modernised for life in the twenty-first century. They feature comfortable single occupancy rooms with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities as well as wifi. All bedrooms contain a single bed, desk, chair and chest of drawers. The kitchen contains a cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle and toaster. The houses are in an excellent location for taking advantage of the amenities to be found on Cowley Road, including numerous bars, restaurants and shops. Cowley Road is served by a frequent bus service into the town centre, though it is only a 25 minute walk to the main College site on Mansfield Road.
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.