At the heart of the New College experience is its student life. The college offers students extracurricular and co-curricular programming, experiential learning, community engagement and leadership development, all of which support students’ academic and personal success. New College students will have opportunities to take part in many enriching activities, such as our Let’s Talk Days, SPROUT mentorship meet-ups and various educational and social pursuits. They also may want to get involved in the New College Student Council, the New College Residence Council or one of the many clubs and groups housed at New College.
Living at New—Residence Life
The New College Residence, comprising three buildings, provides a vibrant community for over 850 students. Residence is more than just a place to live; it is a home, a place to make lifelong friends and an abundant resource of programs and services that support the student experience. We aim to extend learning beyond the classroom by providing a host of extracurricular and co-curricular activities to develop students’ understanding of the world beyond campus.
New College offers unique living environments catering to the differing needs of our student body. These include multi-faculty communities, Living Learning Communities (LLCs) specific to areas of study or interest, and single-gender, as well as gender-inclusive (or all-gender) communities. New College also offers three room options for residents: traditional single and double rooms, as well as our bed-over-desk double rooms. Each room comes furnished with a bed, desk, desk chair and wardrobe.
Dons are full-time students who work to support student activities and academics in residence. Generally senior undergraduate students or graduate students, dons are able to draw from their own experiences as students to assist residents in navigating the university and also personal issues that may arise during the transition into first year. Dons provide leadership, support, academic referrals and advice to residents, and direct students for further supports. They also help to organize social, educational and academic activities within the residence. The dons have an important role in maintaining order in the house and encouraging individuals to avoid behaviour that may negatively impact other residents.
Living Learning Communities
A Living Learning Community (LLC) is a focused residence experience that brings together students sharing an interest in and around a particular topic. Led by an energetic and experienced don, the LLC is developed to engage students in intensive programming supported by related academic departments from within the college and across the institution. A special feature of LLCs is the opportunity it provides students to contribute to a legacy project—giving back to the college community in a meaningful way. We have three vibrant LLCs: Life (+) Sciences, Sustainability, Access and Equity, and Innovation and Technology (iTECH). Please visit the Residence section of the New College website for more information about the LLCs.
First Year Experience @ NEW
The First Year Experience at New College is a suite of programs spanning from June through April that are designed to support new students as they transition in and through their first year at the College. These programs group all new students with upper-year New College student leaders who will stay visible and accessible throughout the year. The First Year Experience consists of three marquee programs: SPROUT E-Mentorship (Summer), New Roots (New College Orientation), and SPROUT Mentorship (Fall-Winter).
Commuter House System
All New College commuter students will be assigned to one of our three Commuter Houses (Bolt House, Oak House, or Ray House). Commuter Houses are smaller communities within the larger New College community designed to provide students a sense of connection on campus. Houses are led by upper-year student leaders who help create a positive commuter community through providing advising, support, and programming for students. Commuter students compete to win the annual Commuter Cup through earning points for their house by participating in co-curricular programs and contests through the College (i.e. pumpkin carving, budget management workshops, neighbourhood walking tours). All programs and events offered are commuter-friendly, accessible and affordable.
Career Mentorship Program
For over 20 years, the New College Career Mentorship Program has helped to increase students’ exposure to ideas, connections and friendships while developing their career trajectory. Mentors and mentees are connected according to personal interests and career aspirations, ensuring a meaningful exchange for both students and their alumni mentors.
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