Communal Rooms

*During the COVID-19 lockdown, common inside spaces have altered access. Find more details on the COVID facilities updates page*

Green Templeton has a wide range of rooms available to students and college members for studying, meetings, interviews, or just relaxing. Locations can be seen on the college map.

Stables Bar and Gallery

Stables Bar. Photo (c) John Cairns

The Stables Bar sits between Lankester Quad and McAlpine Quad.

It’s a popular space for everything from quiet individual study to one-to-one catch-ups with supervisors, group meetings, and simple relaxation. There are tables and chairs, sofas, and plug sockets in the Bar, and the daily newspapers are available at the start of each day for anyone to read

The vibe is casual: you can bring your own food and drink, and there is a free tea and coffee machine located in the Stables Gallery. All members of the college community are welcome to use it – just remember to bring your own reusable cup!

In the evenings, the Stables Bar hosts a variety of events ranging from regular pizza nights, where the bar is opened, to sketching classes, and welfare teas. On Sunday mornings in term, the Graduate Common Room hosts a tasty brunch – all college members welcome! Details of events in the Stables Bar are circulated regularly via email throughout the year.

There’s no need to book the Stables Bar or Gallery – just turn up! Please note on occasion the area is reserved by our Events team, who will give notice of when the space is not available for use.


The Hayloft at Green Templeton College. Photo (c) John Cairns

The Hayloft is a cosy space above the Stables Bar that is popular with Green Templeton students. It’s a relaxing room filled with comfortable sofas and chairs, lots of books to read, a large TV, and games. Similar to the Stables Bar, there’s no need to book in advance – just head on up whenever you’d like!

As well as being a nice space to unwind, the Hayloft hosts a variety of events throughout the year such as film screenings and mindfulness sessions, which are open to the whole college community. Details of events in the Hayloft are circulated regularly via email throughout the year.

Radcliffe Observatory 

Radcliffe Observatory Common Room. Photo (c) John Cairns

The iconic 18th century Radcliffe Observatory is the central focus of Green Templeton’s main college site.

On the ground floor, you’ll find our main dining room, where lunch is served daily. You can book into lunch here. This is also where formal dinners are held. Next to the main dining room is a smaller private dining room called the Grzeslo Room.

Heading upstairs, the Common Room is located on the first floor of the Observatory. This impressive room has a free coffee and tea machine, available to all members of Green Templeton. It’s a wonderful place for meetings, study or just relaxing in the beautiful surroundings.

In the evenings, the Common Room is often used for pre-dinner drinks and post-dinner coffee. It also hosts events throughout the year such as GTC Performs! and recitals by our Musician-in-Residence Maki Sekiya. Details of events in the Observatory are circulated regularly via email throughout the year.

Radcliffe Observatory Common Room. Photo (c) John Cairns

There is a Yamaha grand piano in the Common Room which all members of college are welcome to play, however we politely request you use the piano for practice only at times when the Common Room is not very busy and if social distancing allows.

The piano is kept locked and covered, with access via keys at the Lodge. If you would like your name to be added to the list of those authorised to use this piano, please email your request to

Tower of the Winds, Radcliffe Observatory. Photo (c) John Cairns

There are a two further rooms accessible via doors off the Common Room: the Fellows’ Room and the William Gibson Room. These rooms are not normally used by students.

If you continue up to the second floor of the Observatory, you’ll find the iconic Tower of the Winds. This beautiful room is kept locked at all times and keys are available from the Lodge. All college members are permitted to sign out the keys and bring guests up to the Tower – you just have to complete a form at the Lodge before doing so. And please note, the Tower is only available for admiring the views – not to study or socialise!