Christ Church | University of Oxford
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

Many different kinds of people, from various backgrounds, come to Christ Church. We are one of the larger colleges and can offer places for most undergraduate courses. The result is a diverse, vibrant and active academic community.

Christ ChurchAn entrance to one of the many accommodation buildings at Christ Church.
In line with the University’s admissions policy, we select solely on academic ability and potential. The college is committed to widening participation: attracting talented students whatever their background.

Christ Church is sensitive to the growing financial costs associated with a university education. We are in the fortunate position of being able to offer generous support in addition to the financial package provided by the University. This means that no student with the ability and potential to study at Oxford should be deterred from making an application to us on financial grounds.


Christ Church is on St Aldate’s, close to the Bodleian Library and other University facilities, and next to Christ Church Meadow with its peaceful river walks.

Accommodation and meals

All Christ Church students live in college rooms throughout their course. Most rooms are on the main site, in spacious modernised buildings built over five centuries. About 60 students live nearby in modern self-catering flats. One flat is equipped for up to three disabled residents, and two single rooms for disabled students are also available on the main site. A full service of varied and high-quality meals is provided in the hall, and we aim to cater for all special diets.

Read more on the college website.


Our magnificent 18th-century library, one of the largest in Oxford, aims to supply everything undergraduates need for their courses and responds to many requests for new purchases; there is also a specialised law library. We have two well-equipped computer rooms and there is Wi-Fi available throughout the college, including in students’ rooms.

The common room has table tennis and pool tables, and a widescreen TV with satellite channels and a DVD player. The college has a music room, art gallery and art room, where the art tutor offers classes and organises visits, discussions and video displays.

Student societies

Our student societies cater for a wide range of interests, and the college sports ground has excellent facilities for sports of all sorts for everyone, whether highly skilled or merely enthusiastic. The drama society puts on regular productions and encourages participation in and out of college. Music flourishes, with an orchestra, choir and other ensembles, as well as the renowned Christ Church Cathedral Choir. Those with contemporary musical interests can showcase their talents at the termly open mic night. A number of subject-based societies arrange dinners, speakers and discussions.

Academic staff


Dr Dunja Aksentijevic
Professor Simon Newstead*
Dr Kathryn Scott

Biological Sciences

Dr Jay Biernaskie
Dr Stephen Harris
Professor Kayla King* 


Professor Dirk Aarts*
Dr Martin Grossel
Professor Jason Davis*
Dr Sam Thompson 

Classics, Classical Archaeology & Ancient History

Dr Anton Bitel
Dr Anna Clark*
Professor Martin Goodman
Dr John Ma
Professor Dirk Obbink* 
Professor Christopher Pelling*
Professor Richard Rutherford*  

Economics & Management

Professor Richard Barker*
Mr Sam Jindani
Dr Jacinta Pires
Professor David Upton


Dr Olga Barrera
Mr Alex Lunt
Professor Malcolm McCulloch*
Dr Simon McIntosh
Professor David Nowell*
Dr Richard Willden

English Literature

Professor Mishtooni Bose*
Dr Anna Camilleri*
Professor Peter McDonald*

Fine Art

Mr Peter Rhoades


Dr Michael Abécassis
Dr Belinda Jack*
Professor Ian Watson*
Mlle Cecile Varry
Dr Jennifer Yee*


Professor Simon Dadson*
Professor Judith Pallot*


Mr Marc Deckers
Professor Robert Vilain

Greek (Modern)

Dr Dimitris Papanikolaou


Dr Rowena Archer
Mr Joshua Bennett
Professor Sarah Mortimer*
Professor Katya Andreyev*
Dr Brian Young*

History of Art

Professor Geraldine Johnson*
Dr Elisa Schaar


Professor Emanuela Tandello*


Professor John Cartwright*
Professor Edwin Simpson*
Mr Benjamin Spagnolo
Dr Andreas von Goldbeck-Stier


Dr John Lowe


Dr Gergely Bérczi*
Dr Christopher Breward
Dr Rebecca Cotton-Barrett
Professor Sam Howison*
Dr Patrick Farrell
Professor Kevin McGerty*
Professor John Wright

Medicine (Biomedical Sciences)

Dr Dunja Aksentijevic
Dr Olaf Ansorge
Professor John Bell*
Dr Keith Brain
Professor Stephanie Cragg*
Mr James Gilbert
Dr Michael Khol
Dr Timothy Littlewood
Professor Stefan Neubauer*
Professor Graham Ogg
Professor Sarah Rowland- Jones*
Professor Ian Roberts
Mr Shaun Thein
Dr Louise Upton
Professor Richard Wade-Martins*
Dr Robert Wilkins


Professor Jonathan Cross*
Professor Stephen Darlington*
Dr David Maw

Oriental Studies

Dr Bihani Sarkar
Dr John Lowe

Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE)

Dr Sophie Archer
Dr Robert Frazier
Professor David Hine*
Mr Sam Jindani
Dr Lindsay Judson*
Professor Edward Keene*
Dr Jonathon McIntosh
Mr Marius Ostrowski
Dr Jacinta Pires
Dr Oliver Rashbrook-Cooper
Professor Joseph Schear*
Dr Severin Schroeder


Dr Farrukh Azfar
Professor Roger Davies*
Dr Thorsten Hesjedal
Professor Axel Kuhn*
Dr Alan Merchant
Dr Challenger Mishra
Professor Guy Wilkinson*
Professor Laure Zanna


Dr Claudia Pazos-Alonso


Professor Brian Parkinson*
Ms Sara Robertson


Professor Philip Bullock


Dr Dominic Moran* 
Dr Roy Norton


Professor Mark Edwards*

Student welfare


The Revd Justin White

Senior Censor

Professor David Nowell*

Junior Censor

Dr Brian Parkinson*

Tutor for Admissions

Dr Joseph Schear

Welfare Advisers

Dr Dominic Moran*
Dr Belinda Jack*
*Fellow of the college