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Brasenose College

Brasenose is a mid-sized, old college, located in Radcliffe Square, with a stunning view of the Radcliffe Camera. It's known for being the "happiest college," with a warm and inclusive sense of community, exhibited in our fun yet successful sports teams, musical concerts, and our legendary Arts Week. With over 500 years of history, Brasenose is not without some strange traditions… Including Ascension Day in May, when Brasenose student sneak over to Lincoln, through secret tunnels, to have a free pint of beer!



Brasenose provides informal breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday. In addition, Formal Hall is served Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday. Brasenose puts on its famously fully loaded and delicious Brunch on Saturday and Sundays. Our students are able to choose between 3-4 hot mains (including two veggie options), 4 hot sides and a salad bar, paying for what they eat. A full English costs about £1, with lunch and dinner between £2.50 and £4.



At Brasenose, accommodation is provided for every year of your course! First and third years live in College, whilst second and fourth years live in Frewin, our annexe, which is less than a 5 minute walk from the college. Students choose their rooms based on a random ballot. Frewin has kitchens shared between 4 students (on average) and both Frewin and College have some en suite rooms, though most students share showers and toilets between 4 people (on average).


Brasenose is a vibrant community where students are encouraged to pursue their interests. Many students are involved with theatrical productions or musical ensembles, but we also have a very active History society and Debate society. Sports at Brasenose is usually more about the taking part – BNC (short for Brasenose) does OK in the league tables and can put a team out, but it’s usually more for the laugh and the pub afterwards. The JCR at Brasenose is filled with comfy sofas and is usually busy with students hanging out, watching films, or playing Playstations/Wii/Xbox.


At Brasenose, college welfare is both fun and important. There are two welfare reps and a team of peer supporters, and their goal is making sure everything’s just fine. We hold weekly teas in our common room where everyone in college is encouraged to come along, relax, and enjoy some treats and snacks. These are great fun, and can help make sure Oxford life doesn’t get too stressful! Brasenose is lucky enough to have a secret Welfare Cookie Fairy, who keeps spirits (and sugar levels) high! Brasenose Welfare has a baking fund and weekly yoga classes for all to enjoy.


Brasenose Entz run lots of events down the bar, such as the hugely popular open mic nights and charity pub quizzes. The bar is well used, cheap, and a great place to be (it’s underground!). Indeed, many people who don’t drink are happy to go down the bar because of the friendly atmosphere and wide range of non-alcoholic options. There are also Entz-run club nights called bops. These are where we rent out a club and have a big fancy dress night. They take place at the bar (DTB) and then everyone heads to the club. BNC puts on a huge range of events, and there really is something for everyone... Including our biannual balls!

The regular open mic nights and the fantastic annual Brasenose Arts Festival have allowed me to band together with a couple of other talented Brasenostrils and showcase my deteriorating guitar skills.
Arty, Modern Languages, 4th year
The college also provides me with a great base to get involved in University sport, as well as allowing me to play in a more relaxed environment when I want to.
Alex, Medicine, 3rd year
What I love most about Brasenose is its sense of community. It’s great to be a part of a college that has such a friendly and inclusive atmosphere.
Tammy, History, student from 2014

Find out more

Founded: 1509
Students per year: 105
Total number of undergraduate students: 350
Famous alumni: David Cameron, William Golding, Michael Palin.

You might also want to take a look at the Brasenose alternative prospectus or the official college website.