Lincoln College

Student Profile, Frances Bell-Davies

Frances Bell-Davies, 2nd year Medicine


I didn’t apply to Lincoln, but it was the second college I was interviewed at and I’m so lucky that it was! Medicine applicants are interviewed at both the college they choose and another randomly allocated college, and the friendliness of the Lincoln students and tutors made me feel so at home that when I found out that I had been accepted here I was really excited.

Lincoln is an incredibly pretty college, right in the centre of Oxford so you're never far from anything. College provides accommodation for at least four years of your course and all first and second years live no more than two minutes from college giving Lincoln a really great sense of community across all years. This is also helped by the fact that Lincoln is quite a small college both in terms of the college site and the student body, something I was a bit worried about at first, but it’s made it so easy to make friends and get to know pretty much everyone in my year and the years above.

As well as community at Lincoln in general, the medics in all years at Lincoln are really supportive of each other, with older years giving loads of advice to the fresher’s, something I found really helpful in my first year. There are loads of opportunities to meet the other medics, from the regular drinks hosted by Professor Vaux (the head medicine tutor) to medic curries with Lincoln medics from all years, and everyone is so friendly that you quickly feel like part of the family. Along with some brilliant tutors, this makes Lincoln a really good place to study medicine.

I’m part of the Lincoln Chapel Choir which has been such a great experience so far - I’d never sung in a chapel choir before so I wasn’t sure what to expect but everyone was so helpful and friendly, and its been a great way to meet friends from other years. We recently went on tour to Paris and Luxembourg and sung in the Notre Dame which was amazing. Lincoln’s also great for drama - I’ve been part of two productions since coming to Oxford, both of which have had lots of others from Lincoln.