Accommodation and Facilities

Accommodation at the Graduate Centre (also known as the Holywell Manor complex) is at three sites:

  • Holywell Manor (rooms are in James Fairfax Yard, a 1930s annexe to the medieval house)
  • Jowett Walk, two minutes away, built in 1995 (undergraduates also live here)
  • Further along Jowett Walk, new accommodation at the Master’s Field, where student rooms are being built as part of a development under construction (see below) 

Balliol is able to offer accommodation to most first-year postgraduates (although we are unable to guarantee accommodation to all), usually in one of the buildings in the Graduate Centre. In later years accommodation is allocated by ballot. If you are offered a place a Balliol, you will be sent additional information about the accommodation processes and the choices available.

As part of the Master’s Field Project, currently under construction and due to be completed in early 2021, some 60 rooms will be added to the total available for postgraduates. Applicants should be aware that during construction work, unfortunately some rooms may be affected by disruption and noise. The College has chosen a construction method designed to keep disruption and noise as low as possible, but we ask for the forbearance of those affected as the project proceeds.

The Manor itself, which dates from 1516, has a large and elegant garden, a common room, bar, gym, television room, music room and computer room. All graduates have the use of these facilities, as well as those available on the main College site in Broad Street (graduates are automatically members of the Junior Common Room as well as the MCR).

The College owns several rooms that are specially adapted for disabled students: for more information, please see the disability page. Unfortunately we do not have accommodation suitable for couples and families.

Further information