Like other colleges, it is easy to miss the entrance. Unlike other colleges, you can visit the chapel, food hall, and wander the beautiful grounds. Not as grand as other colleges but also not as many visitors so this college is a lot more laid back to visit. Definitely worth a visit if you only have several hours to visit Oxford.
hall food. . .avoid the boiled root vegetables and go straight to the pudding, which you can almost always drench in custard.
drinks. . .i would hold out til the end-of-term drink-the-bar-dry to bother with the basement of a college bar. on the other hand, the megaron bar at holywell manor has an honor-system bar where you can get a beer for a quid. in exchange, however, you might have to entertain the musings of jaded MCR staples such as the famous/infamous irish historian chris davies.
bathrooms. . .most have separate hot and cold water taps, .apparently you have to fill the basin to wash your face.
college rowing. . .2008 summer eights head of the river baby.
education. . .apparently adam smith thought his education at balliol was dismal, and that his fellow students were slackers, but i. . . more-or-less disagree with that.
A very picturesque college, though quite small, it's entrance is easy to miss on Broad street. The large blue gate next to it belongs to Trinity College. The college itself is one of the oldest in Oxford. Make sure you walk through to the second quad, as the first isn't very impressive!
Have stayed here several times, and recommend it to everyone! Great out of term-time B&B experience for about £40 pn. Rooms are basic, with shared bathrooms. Fantastic breakfast setting, in Great Hall, surrounded by portraits of Wycliffe, Asquith etc. Wonderful gardens; porters are so friendly, too, and always allow me to leave luggage with them.
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