Fountain and pond in the main quad of Christ Church
A view across the fish pond in the centre of Tom Quad with a statue of Mercury in the middle.
(Image credit: Greg Smolonski / Oxford University Images).

Christ Church

About the college

Christ Church is one of the largest colleges in Oxford with a vibrant academic community in a diverse range of disciplines.

The college is located in the centre of Oxford, close to the river, with its own water meadow and art gallery. The Cathedral of the city of Oxford, with its world-famous Cathedral Choir, is part of the college.

Accommodation and meals


Some graduate accommodation is located in the St Aldate's quad, adjacent to the main college site, and comprises private study bedrooms with shared bathrooms. There is similar accommodation at the Liddell Building on Iffley Road, a ten-minute walk from the college. There are also a number of one-, two- and three-bedroom graduate flats and houses located near the railway station, off Botley Road. 

The college has a very limited number of one-bedroom flats suitable for couples and these are in very high demand. All accommodation is subject to availability.

Further information on accommodation at Christ Church can be found on the college website. 


Meals are taken in the college's dining hall; graduates usually have a separate table in Hall for dinner, and there is a graduate dining room in the GCR. Meals are not included in the accommodation charges, but are charged separately. A discounted meal season ticket is available.  An ad-hoc meal service is available for students during vacations, except when the college is closed. All graduate students housed in college accommodation will have access to kitchen facilities.

Library and IT services

Christ Church has one of the largest college libraries in Oxford with well over 160,000 books, generous opening hours and comfortable work areas. The library also houses a particularly large and rich collection of early books and manuscripts.

There is a specialised law library with a valuable and continually expanding collection of legal works which is open 24 hours a day.

There is a graduate computer room with ten PCs that provide printing facilities and internet access, and the study room has a wireless hotspot and power points for laptops.

Sport, music and college facilities

Christ Church has a sports ground on Iffley Road, a short distance from the college, which offers facilities for a wide range of sports including badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, squash and tennis.

There is a college boathouse with rowing teams for all abilities, and the Christ Church Boat Club is one of the most successful amongst Oxford's colleges with an excellent history of producing Varsity-standard rowers, known as 'blues'. There is also a multi-gym located in the boathouse and the college owns several punts which can be rented by members.

Music is an integral and important part of the college's extensive cultural activities. The Cathedral is a renowned venue for musical events, ranging from small chamber group recitals to full orchestral performances, and the music society organises a very successful annual music festival. Band nights and termly 'open mic' nights are held to support and showcase the college's talent in more contemporary genres. 

There is a music practice room facility with a Steinway grand piano and an art room, which offers an open-access studio, seminar, exhibition and social space for college members. 

The Christ Church Picture Gallery contains an extensive permanent collection, strongest in Italian art from the 14th to 18th Century; the drawings are internationally renowned as one of the most important private collections of Old Master drawings in the country and include works by Leonard, Michelangelo, Rubens and Raphael. The gallery also has a programme of exhibitions that feature works from many different periods in art history, from sacred Russian icons to contemporary local artists.

Facilities for students with disabilities

If you have mobility difficulties or other disability, please contact the Graduate Officer to discuss individual circumstances. The college cannot guarantee accommodation but will consider reasonable adjustments.


The Christ Church Graduate Common Room (GCR) - the equivalent of the MCR in other colleges - has its own president and committee and runs an active social programme, including speaker nights, guest dinners, parties and cultural excursions.

The main common room has kitchen facilities and a mini-bar, a stereo and a widescreen TV with a DVD player and several games consoles.


This college accepts graduate students for the following courses:

Please note that not all subjects areas or streams of a particular course may be offered by this college. Please see the college information on the relevant course page for further details. For a comprehensive list of all graduate courses available at the University of Oxford, please refer to our courses A-Z listing

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