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Visiting Student Accommodation

Living in Oxford

Visiting students live in College accommodation. In order that Visiting Students may have a fuller experience of living in the UK, the College aims 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.

Accommodation locations

Visiting students live either in the Ablethorpe Building, just over Magdalen Bridge, or in houses managed by the College on Cowley Road, not far from Ablethorpe.

Visiting Students don’t 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.

Ablethorpe Building

This is a College-owned student accommodation block, located just off Cowley Road in East Oxford. The rooms are single occupancy 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’s a laundry facility on the site, as well as a common room with a television, sofas, and chairs.

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.


Cowley Road

The Cowley Road houses are a 25-30 minute walk from the College.

These period houses were built in the early 1900s 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.

Both houses have kitchens with a cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle and toaster. There are large common areas both indoors and outdoors. All communal areas are cleaned once per week.

229 Cowley Road

231 Cowley Road

Applying for accommodation

All Visiting Students are guaranteed college accommodation. When accepting your offer, you will be asked to express a preference as to which accommodation you would like to be allocated.

Please note that we can’t guarantee any individual student a particular type of accommodation, but we endeavour to take preferences into account where possible. We encourage you to let us know of any needs (medical, disability, religious belief, or other) when accepting your offer.