Lincolnites (that is, students who study at Lincoln College) like to think of Lincoln as Oxford's hidden gem! We're a small, friendly, Virginia-creeper-covered college in the very centre of Oxford. You can find us on Turl Street, alongside Jesus and Exeter - just look for our library spire that features on the famous Oxford skyline. Perhaps our best selling point is our library, a converted church with beautiful original ceilings that have the danger of distracting you from a deadline! If you're looking for a college with a tight-knit community, central location, and library-bragging rights, then Lincoln could be the one for you!
Our hall dates back to 1437, and allows you to experience the history and tradition of Lincoln and Oxford! First years don't have a shared kitchen to encourage them to eat at hall and meet new people! Meal time is always a convivial opportunity to chat with friends whilst eating a good hearty meal. We know that part of the appeal of Oxford is the tradition, but that it can be quite scary to eat in your gown and have grace in Latin read out every time, so we offer two sittings every night Sunday - Friday, normal dinner and then a formal! There is also Great Hall every second Thursday and a very popular Brunch sitting every Sunday.).
Lincoln is one of the few Oxford colleges that offers accommodation for all years of your degree! First years live on-site or across Turl Street in Lincoln House, whilst second years will live in the newly refurbished The Mitre which is also located on Turl. Third and fourth years live in the EPA Centre on Museum Road, just a 9 minute walk from college and still pretty central. There is also the opportunity to live out after your first year, but living in college accommodation encourages the community-feel we Lincolnites are really proud of. All first, second AND third year accommodation are en-suite, with second and third years having access to shared household kitchens.
Lincoln boasts an immense extra-curricular calendar! In addition to various societies, ranging from sports clubs to theatre, the college puts on its own unique events. Lincoln Leads invites alumni back to the college to speak to current students about their own experiences, or to teach them a new skill (we've already had bread making and Shakespearean acting classes this term!). Lincoln Unites (LU) is a week-long celebration of diversity, with past events including Drag in Conversation, and I/Eye Intersectionality Exhibition, in addition to international dishes being served in hall. In collaboration with our Turl Street neighbours, Exeter and Jesus, we also host the Turl Street Arts Festival (TSAF) which is a week of fun artsy events for you to enjoy.
We hold welfare teas every Sunday afternoon and after bops in the JCR. We also run the peer support scheme at Lincoln, and work with the Gender Reps to provide free period products and sexual health supplies. We have two JCR Welfare Officers who are ideally of two different genders, as well as Peer Supporters (around 8) and liberation officers such as the International Reps, CRED Reps, LGBTQAI+ Reps and Gender Reps etc. All are here to support students who feel they need it. During Covid, the Welfare Reps were quick to cater to the students. They held online welfare teams every week and pidged snacks to students stuck in their rooms.
Deep Hall or Deepers is the name of our college bar, and home to Lincoln's legendary bops. "Bops" are parties that happen about 3 times a term; they usually have a theme for fancy dress! We also usually have college balls every three years so that you can go to one at least once over the course of your degree.
Undoubtedly, Lincoln is the most welcoming college, and I was experiencing this for myself at an Open Day which encouraged me to apply here. Our small size means that you really get to know everyone within the college, from the porters, to other students and tutors. Therefore, you invariably see friendly faces around college, whether you’re eating in hall or working in the library and stressing out over essay deadlines that have been left a bit longer than they ought! Belonging to such a tight-knit community makes Lincoln a wonderful place to live and work in, as everyone really cares about one another. This is perceptible, with our Cookie Fairies and our peer reps and welfare officers, who organise random surprises such as the welfare dog, as well as weekly drop-ins and teas to help you cope with anything from stress, to fifth week blues, and mental health. As a Fresher, when you’re trying to acclimate to a completely new environment without the immediacy of your family, and coming to terms with what is an entirely new way of working, this support is invaluable. All of this contributes to a wonderfully inclusive community, to which I would encourage anyone to apply.
Lincoln is both a beautiful college and a wonderful community. The college has one of the nicest libraries and the community has an excellent welfare system. This aims to make sure that every student is aware of the many people they can talk to, should they want, which range from their peers, who have been trained, to the chaplain whose welfare role is very prominent and beyond. In such a small college with a close-knit and caring community, it is rare that anyone slips through this net.