New College

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New College, Oxford

New College, Oxford was founded in 1379. It teaches in the region of 391 undergraduate students and 180 graduates. The college is ranked in position 4 of 30 in the Norrington Table of academic results for the year 2014 (where 1 is the top possible score). It is located around 0.2 km from the centre of town.

Courses offered [ + ] Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular | Biological Sciences | Biomedical Sciences | Chemistry | Classics | Computer Science | Computer Science and Philosophy | Economics and Management | Engineering Science | English | European and Middle Eastern Languages | Fine Art | History | History (Ancient and Modern) | History and Economics | History and Politics | Law | Mathematics | Mathematics and Computer Science | Mathematics and Philosophy | Mathematics and Statistics | Medicine (A100) | Music | Philosopy, Politics and Economics (PPE) | Physics | Physics and Philosophy | Psychology (Experimental) | Psychology and Philosophy | (additional courses are often available to post-graduate students and many colleges offer complex arrangements of modern languages - please see our courses page for details )

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Accommodation: guaranteed for first two years, half of which is ensuite..

Food: generally ok in hall, guest night dinners are every two weeks and really good though!

Music: the college choir is world famous and auditions for members - but there's also a few more laid back choirs as well as a college orchestra and music scoiety. The band practice room is probably the best in oxford (with full set of drums/PA and decks)..

Sport: a few minutes away from the college are some excellent sports facilties - cricket pavilion + bar

Drama: as hugh grant's old college the keep the tradition is kept running with a JCR play each summer.

Writing: very easy to get involved in the college paper, called Newt

Partying: excellent bops in the bar!

Study: unlike some places, the library here closes at midnight

Study (3), Artiness (4), Sport (3), Music (5), Facilities (4), Accommodation (3), Smugness (3)

Review by Will - Undisclosed (August 26, 2009) - add your impression

- Very sociable, perfectly relaxed and friendly college with a large, active community. Best atmosphere and 'type' of student throughout Oxford I would say - a true taste of Oxford without unnecessary pomposity and with a good helping of ents, music, sport, drama, debating etc. (ie a good balence)
- JCR which is large, well-equipped and actually used
- Can live in throughout degree
- Not overly "studious" (aka geeky) in atmosphere, yet high in the Norrington table
- Best reputation (and strong faculty) for Music
- Really good band prac room, and lots of open mic events
- Amazing mound and grounds (the cloisters are extra quiet as a get away, hardly anyone goes there)
- Allowed to smoke in designated areas of college (some colleges do not permit smoking at all)
- Tri-annual ball, one of (if not) the best in Oxford.
- Perfect central location, close to Exam Schools for lectures, Bod, SSL, Sheldonian, and most shops... not too far from clubs, and a nice pub that's open an hour or so later than most on the same road.
- Negative point: in my view, dire food (too greasy, too carb-heavy -completely unhealthy), and no kitchen facilities in first year, not guaranteed for second year. (quite a negative for me)


Oh and the bar is easily the best bop (a fortnightly cheesy/sweaty fancy dress thing) location that I have encountered so far. (its old. its stony. its small enough to work large enough to accommodate. its got a separate bar and dance/seating area) Actually its just amazing as a bar too.

**Note on "Study" - I would say not hard-working to the extreme, but generally very high-achieving hence the ambiguous number...

Study (3), Artiness (1), Sport (4), Music (5), Facilities (4), Accommodation (4), Smugness (3)

Review by Undisclosed - Student (April 16, 2010) - add your impression

New College is the best college in Oxford. Fact. It's not flashy but it's got every you could want in an Oxford college. Its got all the lovely old buildings of Christ Church and Magdalen but none of their arrogance, it's a really relaxed place to be. It's got some of the best academics in Oxford and the best choir in Oxford. It's got the best bar in Oxford and a range of opportunities for music and sport. We've got a spacious JCR and the largest herbaceous border in the United Kingdom. So if you want a taste of the real Oxford without feeling intimidated or overwhelmed, come to New

Study (3), Artiness (2), Sport (3), Music (5), Facilities (5), Accommodation (4), Smugness (2)

Review by Undisclosed - Current student (April 9, 2010) - add your impression

PROS:
- Being a big college, New College is good at pretty much everything. It doesn't have one defining feature, like Pembroke has rowing or Merton has academics - it's just pretty good at all of them. That means that whatever you want to do, whether it's sport, music, drama or just working hard, there'll be other people at New College who like to do the same, and probably to a very high standard.
- Great accommodation. You live in for your first 2 years (and for your fourth if you do a four year degree). Almost all first year rooms are en suite and in second year you can choose your room - generally it's a choice between a room with an en suite or a room with a kitchen. They're all pretty big too.
- Really big college site with loads of outdoor space for sunbathing in Trinity. We've got a big garden with plenty of room for barbecues and frisbee, and we even have our own designated croquet lawn.
- Very friendly. Unlike at some other colleges, the porters are really nice and I've never had a bad experience with them. It's just a nice, friendly atmosphere.
- Pretty down-to-earth, for an Oxford college. You still get a few stuck-up public school types, as you do everywhere in Oxford, but it's no way near as bad as somewhere like Magdalen or Christ Church.
- It's quite a big college, so you'll easily find people who have the same interests as you, and it's not as claustrophobic and insular as some of the smaller colleges.
- Really really pretty. Most colleges have a 1960s architectural monstrosity spoiling one of their quads. New College doesn't - the only modern buildings we have are tactfully hidden behind very large walls.
- We're a fun college and there's always a strong New College contingent at club nights - if you want to go out, it's very easy to find people to go out with. Our bops are also a lot of fun and very well-attended. That said, if you're the kind of person who'd rather stay in with a cup of tea and a game of scrabble, there are plenty of people who like to do that too.

CONS:
- Unless you're very very lucky in the room ballot, you'll probably have to live out in 3rd year, which is when you do your finals. Expect to do a lot of cycling to and from the library.
- It's not nearly as bad as a lot of colleges, but there are some stereotypically 'Oxford', less savoury aspects of New College life - secret all-male drinking societies and that kind of thing. To be honest, though, you'll find those at almost every college.
- No kitchen facilities in first year, and very few in second year.
- The food is pretty ropey in my view, and very over-priced for what it is.
- Currently we're having repairs done to the old hall and bar. These should finish in Summer 2014, but before then we have a temporary hall set up - which is actually very nice for a temporary hall, but still not the kind of old Harry Potter style hall you'd expect. Because of this we also don't have any formals (though we still have guest night every two weeks, which is basically the same thing).

Study (4), Artiness (3), Sport (4), Music (5), Facilities (5), Accommodation (5), Smugness (4)

Review by Undisclosed - Current student (June 5, 2013) - add your impression