About the college
Merton is one of the oldest and most beautiful colleges in Oxford with medieval and 17th-century buildings – including our 13th-century chapel – and glorious, extensive gardens protected by the city wall. Modern facilities include a lecture theatre and five new music practice rooms.
Ours is a close-knit community with a friendly and stimulating atmosphere, superb educational and welfare support, and a well-earned reputation for academic excellence and success. We have a strong ethos of widening participation and are keen to attract talented applicants, whatever their background.
View our short video to hear our students’ views about what it’s like to live and study at Merton. You can also find further insights into life at Merton in the Alternative Prospectus, and via the Merton JCR Access Instagram account.
Undergraduates can live in college-owned accommodation for their whole course. Many rooms are ensuite, and two are fully accessible for students with disabilities. Merton’s hall food is among the tastiest and best value in the University, charged on a pay-as-you-go basis. Student kitchens are also provided.
Numerous extra-curricular and subject opportunities are available for Merton students, including a wide range of societies, sports, music, and diverse reading groups.
Merton offers generous financial support including grants for buying books, language learning, academic prizes, course-related expenses and projects, and travel.
Notable alumni from Merton include the current Vice Chancellor of the University of Oxford, Irene Tracey, as well as famous writers such as T.S. Eliot and JRR Tolkien. Several Nobel laureates in the sciences are also alumni of Merton, including Anthony Leggett and Nikolaas Tinbergen.
Read more on the college website.
'…a pretty place, but it is made by the people – the thriving, friendly and supportive community is what sets us apart.'
'…where I’ve found friends for life.'
'...such a friendly place…it is a really inclusive and welcoming community.'
'…an inclusive community with the perfect balance of fun and academia.'
'…a wonderfully welcoming place, with a thriving LGBTQ+ community.'
'…such a mix of people from different backgrounds and who have different interests…you will find people who are like you.'
'…full of amazing opportunities you didn’t even know you needed!'
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|All first years on site||Yes|
|Usually offered for all years||Yes|
|Usually offered for three years||Not applicable|
|Usually offered for first year and one other year||Not applicable|
|Some vacation storage for international students||Yes|
|Gym on site||Yes|
|Library open 24/7||No|
|Wi-Fi throughout college||Yes|
|Multi-faith prayer room||Yes|
Clubs and societies
Club / society
|College student magazine/paper||Yes|
|Some subject societies||Yes|
- Biochemistry (Molecular and Cellular)
- Classical Archaeology and Ancient History
- Classics and Modern Languages
- Computer Science
- Computer Science and Philosophy
- Economics and Management
- English Language and Literature
- English and Modern Languages
- History (Ancient and Modern)
- History and English
- History and Modern Languages
- History and Politics
- Law (Jurisprudence)
- Law with Law Studies in Europe
- Mathematics and Computer Science
- Mathematics and Philosophy
- Mathematics and Statistics
- Modern Languages
- Modern Languages and Linguistics
- Philosophy and Modern Languages
- Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE)
- Physics and Philosophy
In order to ensure that all areas of the UK are fully supported by the University of Oxford, our colleges are working together to establish Oxford for UK, a series of regional outreach programmes offering tailored and local support to students of mixed ages, their parents and teachers.
Getting in touch with the college linked to your region has no influence on your chances of being accepted to this or any other particular college. You are also very welcome to get in touch with any other college for advice about applying or studying here.
Merton College is part of Oxford for South West.
Link Local Authorities
Bath and North East Somerset
Access and Outreach at Merton
Schools Liaison & Access Officer: Laura Cox
+44 (0) 1865 286343
Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD