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.
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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.

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