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The purpose of this handbook is to provide basic information on how the College operates, particularly for new members. To ensure that it is as useful and comprehensive as possible, we welcome suggestions for its improvement.

Firstly, welcome to Linacre!  We hope that your stay in Oxford will be fruitful and that your membership of the College will help you to gain maximum benefit from all that Oxford has to offer. Linacre College is an entirely post-graduate institution and deliberately seeks to enrol a very diverse student body.   A friendly, informal atmosphere is a distinctive feature - coupled with a deserved reputation for good food!  Fellows, students and staff are members of a single Common Room.  There are numerous occasions when guests may be brought in, and families are always welcome.  A proportion of the membership comes from those who remain in Oxford and enjoy ‘continuing membership’. The pattern of post-graduate work means that most students are in residence for most of the year.  The College never entirely closes (see note on availability of meals).