The College provides purpose-built accommodation for graduates in two buildings: St Cross Annexe and Hollybush Row.  

Where are the Rooms Located?


St Cross Annexe is a short distance from the main college site. Accommodation is laid out in clusters of four and five bed flats, sharing two shower rooms and a well equipped kitchen. Standard rooms are approximately 150-160 square feet and there is access to a communal garden, cycle storage and a laundry. For guidance, fees range from £9,342 (band N) for a standard room and £10,747 (band M) for an ensuite room, both on 50 week tenancies. 


Hollybush Row which opened in September 2008, is located close to the railway station and Said Business School. It comprises 36 single rooms (Band P) and and 4 Superior Rooms (Band Q, large enough for 2 people). All rooms are ensuite with access to shared kitchens and communal laundry. There are also two self-contained, one bedroom flats which are also suitable for couples. For guidance, standard rooms (Band P) are priced at £9,734 on a 50 week tenancy, superior rooms (Band Q) £14,601 and £17,030 for the one bedroom flats (Band S).

Students at Hollybush Row are responsible for cleaning their own rooms and commual kitchens.

What Will I Need to Bring With Me?

All kitchens are equipped with cookers, microwaves, fridges and freezers. Students should bring their own bedding, towels, cutlery, crockery and cleaning materials. (These can be purchased cheaply from large supermarkets and other stores locally.) Laundry rooms are located in a separate building at St Cross and on the 4th floor of Hollybush Row.

For questions regarding Brasenose accommodation or College facilities, you should contact the Accommodation Manager, Mr Ryan Shaw. He can also be reached by phone at 01865 277878 or go to the Brasenose web page where there are various pictures and descriptions.

The University also offers accommodation for couples and those with children. Applications for University accommodation should be made to the University Accommodation Officer, Ewert House, Ewert Place, Oxford OX2 7DD.

University Accommodation Office

The Student Accommodation Code 

Brasenose College subscribes to The Universities UK Code of Practice for the Management of Student Housing this is available for viewing at



DiningAll meals are optional. There is plenty of choice and food is paid for using a pay-as-you-go swipe card system.  All students, including those in self-catering accommodation, are welcome to use their cards to eat in Hall.   The kitchen can cater for a wide variety of dietary requirements.

Breakfast is an informal, self-service meal which alternates between a full cooked breakfast and continental. Cereals, toast and tea, coffee and juice are always available.

Lunch is also self-service with a wide variety of hot and cold options.  There are three hot mains, fresh vegetables, a hot pudding, a cold sweet, and fresh fruit salad daily.  There is also a salad bar with cold meat, fish and vegetarian choices; and a chef's snack bar with pasties, pies, and hot jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings.

On Saturdays and Sundays breakfast and lunch are replaced by Brunch.

Gertie's snack bar is another option. Their bacon baguettes are popular with late risers who miss breakfast.  Gertie's also serves hot and cold drinks, cakes, chocolates, crisps and baguettes and panini with a variety of fillings.

There are informal dinners on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Dinner is self-service with a choice of three hot options, together with fresh vegetables and a cold sweet. There are themed nights, such as Mexican, Italian, or ‘Green' where all produce is sourced locally.

There are formal dinners on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays when gowns are worn and a three course meal is served at the table.  There are several College feasts during the year, including the Burns Dinner in January and Ale Verses on Shrove Tuesday.


SportsTraditionally Brasenose has been a sporty college and has produced some very strong sides. However, there is no compulsion for students to participate and a full range of sporting abilities is catered for, from the competitive 1st XV rugby and 1st XI football to the more relaxed 3rd XI football, 2nd XI cricket and mixed lacrosse teams.

Each year Brasenose produces several blues and half blues (awarded for playing in a 1st team against Cambridge).

The Brasenose sports ground is near the river, about ten minutes walk from the College. The groundsman does an excellent job of looking after the pitches and is available if help is needed.

There are rugby, hockey and football pitches as well as a netball court, and in the summer, there is a beautiful cricket pitch and both grass and hard tennis courts. The clubhouse has a small bar for drinks and snacks, which can be put on a tab and settled at the start of the next term.

Brasenose has a strong rugby side as well as a summer sevens competition. Other teams include netball, cricket, athletics, tennis, mixed lacrosse, squash, table tennis, fencing and pool.

Brasenose also has a strong tradition in rowing with its own boathouse by the river and each year has at least two men's and women's crews.

There are three college rowing competitions each year including the famous "bumps" and the "beer eights".

At a more relaxed pace, the College owns a croquet set which can be used on the New Quad in the summer. The college also rents out four punts for use in the summer term.




Music is flourishing at Brasenose, with regular concerts both by students and visiting professionals. Students can practise in the music room and the Chapel, which has a fine organ and grand piano. The College has many fine musicians, with a variety of ensembles and individuals giving concerts every term, organised by the Director of College Music. These range from the termly Platnauer concerts at which many well-known classical musicians have performed, to informal ensemble and solo concerts, open mic nights, and live music ‘down the bar'. The College Choir (reputedly the largest in the University - currently 42 strong) perform a wide variety of music in the  Chapel every Sunday, and vist Cathedrals regularly, and tours abroad are also organised.. For more information about what's happening musically in Brasenose, please follow this link.

Drama and Art

A College drama club puts on plays in the College and the City. In recent years a highly successful summer arts festival has been organised, at which a wide range of music and drama, both old and new, is performed on the New Quad Lawn and in the Chapel.

Exhibitions of art are staged from time to time and the College contributes a Culture Fund from which grants are made to support a range of activities.

ICT Facilities

Linked below is ICT information for Freshers:

Brasenose Computing Services



Graduate Guide

Read an introduction to Graduate Admissions for Brasenose

Fees & Funding

Graduate Community

Visit the website of the Brasenose graduate community


Read about the facilities on offer for Graduates, including accommodation and food