Facilities

Catering

Please note that the provision of catering in college has changed significantly as a result of Covid-19 restrictions. Food will still be provided and it will still be to an excellent standard but precautions have been taken to minimise risk. Despite this, the atmosphere has survived and we hope you will still find these meals as enjoyable as our current students do.

The college's Dining Hall is a particularly fine example of a late-Victorian baronial-style hall, named after the Arlosh family, who gave the Hall in memory of their son, Godfrey. The Catering Team pride themselves on their high standard of service, offering an excellent and comprehensive menu selection.

Normally, seventeen meals a week are provided in the Dining Hall during term time. Students who are resident in college should be aware that it is not possible to be self-catering, though they may sign out of a small number of meals every term and receive credits.

While students may sign guests into any meal, Monday and Wednesday evenings are formal dinners, for which members are expected to dress more formally and to wear their academic gowns. There are also a number of special meals, such as the college Christmas Dinner and JCR Guest Night. Students living out of college are most welcome to take meals in college. The college prides itself on the quality of its food and makes an effort to cater effectively for vegetarians, vegans, and those on special diets.

Shared kitchens are available for all live-in students should they wish to use these facilities (we've all missed 9am breakfasts before...)

Library and Quiet Room

The Tate Library is on the first floor of the college in the Main Building. It has reading spaces, desktop computers, printing and scanning facilities, an up-to-date book collection, and a self-issue stystem. More information can be found via the Library's website section. 

The Quiet Room can be found on the Holywell Street side of the main site. With comfy sofas and a TV this is a room for all students to take a break from the bustle of college life.

Common Rooms and Bar

The Junior Common Room (JCR) is the association of undergraduate students at Harris Manchester. The JCR Committee is elected by all undergraduate students. Its role is to represent students within college and in the wider University, and to organise a variety of events throughout the year.

The JCR's space in the Main Building includes one of the few student-run bars in Oxford.

The Middle Common Room (MCR) is the association of postgraduate students at Harris Manchester. The MCR is located in one of the graduate houses on site, which also contains a kitchen for use by all members of the MCR. MCR members are also members of the JCR and have access to all JCR facilities.

Chapel

The college Chapel is a place of worship for the whole college community, for people of all denomiations and none. Everyone is most welcome to attend services or just to sit for a while during a busy college term. The Chapel is also used for musical practices and performances, and students are welcome to use the college pianos. More information may be found via the Chapel's website section.

Sports Facilities

Harris Manchester is ideally placed within a sporting context as it is a short walk to the University Club astroturf and the University Parks sporting facilities. As HMC is a relatively small college, we often team up with Mansfield College and Wadham College for inter-collegiate sport, and HMC members often make up a sizeable contingent of the Wadham Boat Club.

Societies

For a full list of JCR societies (most of which are open to MCR members also) please check the HMC JCR website.