Greyfriars, Oxford

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Greyfriars is one of the smallest constituent Halls of the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. It is located in the Iffley Road. Besides being a university hall, it is a Franciscan friary. The College has undoubtedly one of the most distinctive buildings in Oxford; it the only flint-stone Norman-style building in the city. While Greyfriars is small in grounds and numbers, it boasts a closely-knit community and a lively academic life. Most students are tutored at other Colleges of the University.

Greyfriars is also notable in that it is the only Hall which still insists on academic dress at every meal provided; gowns and formal suits are expected.

The annual Greyfriars party, or in the vernacular 'Bop', is popular within the university, and has been dubbed 'The Monastery of Sound' in tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of the College's community of friars, who have become iconic within the university.

Greyfriars is also influential in the prestigious Oxford University Law Society, the Conservative Association and the Dramatic Society, not to mention rowing, hockey, rugby, tennis and table tennis. Its increasing prominence is very much disproportionate to student numbers, which is testament to their eagerness to get involved in University life.

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Greyfriars was founded in the 13th century, but did not achieve its present status as a "permanent private hall" of the university until 1957.

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