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Lincoln College

Small and close-knit, Lincoln has one of the friendliest student communities in Oxford. From bumping into people from all years every time you go anywhere in college, to chilling on Grove Quad in the summer, there is always such a welcoming atmosphere around. Our central and homely grounds, surrounded by a dreamy ivy-covered wall, include the fairytale-like tower of our beautiful library.



With a reputation for having the best food in Oxford, hall is always buzzing. Although we don’t have kitchens until third year, hall is a great chance to catch up with friends. With great quality of dishes, the prices are relatively cheap at £2 for breakfast, an average of £3 for lunch, and £4.60 for dinner. We have both an informal and formal sitting every day except Saturday, so at least one usually fits with most people’s schedules, and our busy basement bar "Deep Hall" also serves cheap drinks and food.



A random ballot allocates first years all into en suite rooms either in the main college or the newly refurbished building just opposite. Second years are balloted into either mostly into the Mitre, or Bear Lane, both a five-minute walk from college. Although the rooms in the Mitre are notably variable in quality, you soon adore the wonky floors and labyrinthine layout! Third years mostly live in the modern houses at Mus Road, next to the science area, and a ten-minute walk from college. Living together for all 3-4 years creates a strong sense of community and makes life a lot easier with everything in walking distance!


We’ve got an active and enthusiastic JCR which means meetings can get quite political or chaotic but are always very entertaining. There’s always a great sense of humour within college, best seen through the election of our JCR honorary member Hassan, the one and only Turl Street kebab van owner. Comedy and open mic sessions in the common room or Deep Hall take place regularly. From the typical to the weird and wonderful, everyone also gets stuck into a range of societies, including sports teams for all abilities as well as free membership to Iffley Road gym, acapella, Amnesty, and even University quidditch.


Delivering at times of need, the cookie fairies are a joyful presence in college, and a part of the welfare team. Welfare is always available for those seeking support and hosts well-attended teas, full of colourful cakes, and biscuits galore!


From our regular wacky college bops (parties) and socials, and spectacular balls every other year, to our student-run charity, VacProj, which takes disadvantaged children on holiday, you really feel part of something special at Lincoln.

Lincoln is a second home and family with the perks of good food and lovely scenery. It’s a place where you can come out of your shell and express yourself.
Scott, Modern Languages, student from 2013
Beyond delicious food, dining in college is a great way to get together with friends across years and enjoy a meal together in our beautiful and historic hall.
Niamh, Law, student from 2013
A friendly, easy-going college. Lincoln's got a great-but-never cloying togetherness about it, with everyone welcoming right away.
Joe, History, student from 2013

Find out more

Founded: 1427
Students per year: 85
Total number of undergraduate students: 280
Famous alumni: Dr Seuss, John Radcliffe, Howard Florey, John le Carré.

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