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Founder’s Building

Founder’s Building

We live, study and socialise in a high-tech, vibrant atmosphere, with the Founder’s Building, an impressive Victorian masterpiece based on a French chateau, at its heart.

The Founder’s Building is one of the world’s most spectacular university buildings. Opened by Queen Victoria in 1886, it sits at the heart of university life.

The building is home to our famous Picture Gallery containing Thomas Holloway’s fine collection of Victorian paintings, and our beautiful Chapel.

It also houses a dining hall and library and provides a home for 500 of our students.

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