A quad in Jesus College
Jesus College Quad
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Jesus College

About the college

Jesus College’s lively graduate community makes up over 40% of the student body. The college is committed to offering its graduates the best possible support for their studies, through very generous research and book allowances, high-quality accommodation and other facilities.

Every graduate has a College Advisor, usually a fellow of the college in the same field. Academic support is also provided through an annual progress review with the Principal and Academic Director. Popular termly dinners and talks for graduates and fellows offer plenty of opportunity for discussion.

Preference will normally be given to graduate applicants whose research interests overlap with those of fellows of the college. 

College tour

College facilities

Library and IT services

The college library is open 24 hours a day. There is wireless internet through the library and a wired network connection at every desk. The College has a dedicated Postgraduate Study Room.

The college has a central computer room equipped to a very high standard and an IT support team available to offer advice. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the central site and annexes.

At the heart of the new Cheng Yu Tung Building is the Cheng Kar Shun Digital Hub. The Digital Hub will engage academics, students, staff, schools, and the public with digital research and teaching, events and activities. The Hub will foster innovation with digital technology, within and across disciplines. It will enable researchers to explore new methodologies and share research results in innovative ways.

Sport, music and college facilities

There is a wide range of sports available at all levels at Jesus College. The college has playing fields with a large sports pavilion, squash courts, and a boathouse on the River Thames. Free membership of the University gym and pool is also available to members of the college. The college also has a multi-faith room.

There is a non-auditioning college chapel choir and music room, with a grand and upright piano.

There is also a range of active student societies representing a variety of subjects and interests. The student-designed college bar, a popular meeting place for graduates, is open in the evenings, and the large Sports Pavilion doubles as an entertainment venue for special events.

Facilities for disabled students

Jesus College very much welcomes disabled students, who are encouraged to contact the Disability and Grants Officer (by email) in advance, to discuss their possible adjustments and requirements. 

For more information, please see the Jesus College website.


All graduates are automatically members of the Middle Common Room (MCR), a friendly, relaxed space for meeting other graduates, with wide-screen TV, Nintendo Wii and pool table.

The MCR Committee organises an extensive induction programme and a wide range of social functions during term time, from brunches and cocktail evenings to DVD nights and punting.

Accommodation and meals


Graduate accommodation is available on the central college site and annex sites in East and North Oxford. En-suite study rooms in the Cheng Yu Tung Building are clustered around shared kitchens and living space. In addition, there are further centrally located single study rooms with shared facilities in the Ship Street Houses and single rooms in blocks of shared flats at two annexe sites (East and North Oxford). There is a dedicated block of flats for established couples at our East Oxford Annex site.

The college aims to provide accommodation to the majority of its graduate students who apply for it. Unless otherwise requested, fresher graduates are housed on the central site so they can familiarise themselves with the college and the city easily. The Chen Yu Tung building is fully accessible and contains accommodation particularly for those with physical disabilities.

The college does not, at present, have a nursery or accommodation suitable for students who have children.

Further information on accommodation at Jesus College is available on the college website.


Popular and sociable meals, both cafeteria-style (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and formal, served dinners, are offered in the college's dining hall on a pay-as-you-go basis (meal costs are not included in your accommodation costs). Meals are also available during vacations when the college kitchens are open. There is also a café open during the day and evenings for more informal options. The wide range of options means that most dietary requirements can be catered for. Shared kitchen facilities are available to graduate students who live on the central site in the Cheng Yu Tung Building and the Ship Street Houses as well as to those living in shared flats at the college's annexe sites. 

Further information on catering at Jesus College is available on the college website.


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


Founded by Elizabeth I, the college is located on an attractive historic site in the centre of Oxford close to the libraries, Science Area, and all the city’s amenities.

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