New College was founded in 1379, about 200 years after the University came into existence. It is one of the largest, most famous, and architecturally striking colleges, with beautiful gardens, and a variety of modern and old buildings - all of this at the centre of the city, close to cafés, cinemas, shops and clubs.
The College has a relaxed, friendly, and open atmosphere, with an actively engaged student body. With our distinguished record of commitment to equal opportunities, we believe in admitting students with the most academic potential regardless of their social, ethnic, regional or educational background.
There are about 420 undergraduate and 370 graduate students studying at New College. Students make friends and share interests across subject and year groups, making for a great sense of community. A large proportion of our students live in College accommodation, and College is where our students work, eat, and socialise. So College life is a big part of their University experience.
New College is fortunate enough to have its own sports ground and pavilion five minutes' walk away from the main College site, with pitches for football, rugby, and hockey, as well as an all-weather court for netball and basketball. In the summer there is a cricket pitch and grass and hard courts for tennis. The sports pavilion has two squash courts and changing room facilities. The College also owns a boat house on the banks of the River Thames, and there are College punts on the Cherwell, which are available for student use in the summer term.
Music provision for our students is also second-to-none. In College we have several practice rooms with pianos. Students may use the 'band room', which contains a drum kit, keyboard, amplifiers, microphones, decks and a PA system. Many of our students become involved in drama while at New College, and regularly put on plays in our 120-seat 14th century Long Room. In the summer term, the Cloisters are the setting for the College's annual production.
Students also have full use of the Junior Common Room, where is is a TV and pool table, the College bar, and the beautiful gardens.