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ansfield College is small but perfectly formed, with only about 70 people in each undergraduate year, so being here means knowing lots of friendly faces. The College’s open quad and youthful roots welcome one and all.


In Oxford terms, Mansfield is young – the college was set up here in 1886 to train Non- conformist ministers and it retains that knack for not adhering to stuffy traditions. Mansfield students do like to celebrate what they’re good at though, which recently has included rowing, cricket, rugby and football success at the top levels. Mansfield is also well-represented in different University-wide areas: student journal- ism, drama, international relations and charity involvement, to name a few.


Visit Mansfield and it’s likely you’ll come across the friendly adopted cat, Erasmus, wandering into the buildings. If it’s the summer term, you’ll probably find students playing croquet (with varying levels of success) on the quad, and distracting themselves from exam revision.


Studying can take place in any of the beautiful libraries; the main library with its distractingly pretty painted ceiling, or the smaller theology, law and history libraries, which you may find


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less busy. Socialising often happens in the large JCR with its plentiful games and maga- zines, or in the cosy, student-staffed basement bar. A pint of Carlsberg is £1.50, while Black- thorn is just £1.20, plus many other alcoholic and soft drinks at low prices.


There’s always lots of choice in hall when it comes to food, including the Friday favourite of fish and chips. Optional formals, twice a week on Wednesday and Friday, are also good examples of the college’s culinary attractions. Many would agree that Mansfield food deserves a 5* rating.


The JCR bench currently consists of a good mix of male and female contributors, and the Men’s, Women’s and LGBTQ reps ensure there is always someone to approach with concerns. The ratio of male to female recently saw its first female dominated Fresher year, but the average changes regularly with the College’s small size.


There is always a good social mix between year groups and inclusiveness of the visiting students from the US, who you will likely forge life-long friendships with. There is also a very high percentage of students who went to state school, so there’s certainly no snobbery – just friendly faces and a black and white cat.


Food


Breakfast, lunch and dinner are avail- able on weekdays with brunch on Satur- day and dinner also available on Sunday.


Facilities


Ensuites available to first years, oth- ers shared between a maximum of five. Three kitchens are available to all students.


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