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One of the best things about Trinity is our location. We’re conveniently placed for city centre shops and cafes, as well as being right on the doorstep of the Bodleian Library, around the corner from the university’s museums, and a short walk from both the main science area and many other departments. We are also a short walk from the University Parks, where there’s space for everything from jogging and sports practice to picnics.
Most undergraduate and a lot of postgraduate life is centred on our main site, where you will find the library and study space, music practice rooms, dining hall, beer cellar, common rooms (JCR and MCR) and gym, among our other facilities.
From 2022, our new Levine Building will add a wide range of facilities to the main college site, including additional library study space, a state-of-the-art auditorium, a café and community centre, more performance practice spaces, meeting and teaching rooms, plus a further 46 ensuite student rooms with kitchen and laundry facilities.
Trinity College students have 24-hour access throughout the year to the college Library, which holds close to 60,000 books covering all the subjects offered by Trinity. It provides copies of books needed by undergraduates for their tutorial work, and has multiple copies of standard texts (plus a generous budget for ordering additional volumes needed by students and tutors). In addition, when you need the resources of the world-renowned Bodleian Library, they are just across the road, and most of the faculty libraries are also close by.
For 2020-2021, we have provided additional study spaces in the light and airy Lawns Pavilion building, as well as printing and photocopying facilities.
Trinity members, of all faiths and none, are welcome to visit the Chapel, to attend its services or to use it for private prayer or quiet thought, or as a practice space for music. The Chapel houses the College’s grand piano and is the location for the termly President’s Concert.
Nearby and around the corner on Parks Road in the Robert Hooke Building, you can find the main prayer room run by the Oxford University Islamic Society. Details about other places of worship in the city can be found here.
For many students, it's important to balance their studies with some physical activity. Trinity has a sports ground a short cycle away in Marston (for football, cricket and tennis), and a boat house for rowing. There are gym and cardio equipment rooms on the main site, and a larger gym (also used as a dance practice space) in our north Oxford Old Nunnery annexe.
You can also join the University gym - and use the University swimming pool - if you’re looking for a wider range of sports and activities.
In the new Levine building, we shall have dedicated and soundproofed music practice rooms, with piano and drumkit. In addition, and for 2020-21, there are pianos which may also be used by all students in the Sutro Room, the Lawns Pavillion Britton Room, and the Chapel, and in our north Oxford Old Nunnery annexe.
The Sutro Room, which is one of our most popular seminar rooms in teaching hours, is also available for drama, musical ensembles and other arts-based activities after 6 p.m. and at most weekends.
The phrase Junior Common Room (JCR) refers both to a room and to all undergraduates in the College as a group. Every undergraduate is automatically a member of the JCR and there are regular meetings where undergraduates can have a say in the College, or get involved by being on the committee. Many JCR events happen in the JCR Common Room, which has a TV, table tennis table, and video games.
The phrase Middle Common Room (MCR) similarly refers both to a room and to all graduate students in the College as a group. Graduates have their own MCR lounge and kitchen facilities in Kettel Hall, which overlooks Broad Street. There are also common room facilities in the Rawlinson Road and Woodstock Road graduate annexes in North Oxford. The MCR Committee offers a chance for graduates to play a role in organising their own activities and contributing to college projects.
For more on the JCR and MCR and their role in college, see the JCR and MCR pages.
On site there are two large kitchens, one for undergraduates and one for graduates. All our north Oxford annexes have their own kitchen facilities, shared between groups of students.
All students on the main site and in external properties have access to washing machines and tumble dryers, as well as communal airing and ironing facilities.