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Merton College
Merton College Quad.

Merton 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.

Students at Merton College

Ours is a close-knit community with a friendly and stimulating atmosphere, and superb academic and welfare support. We have a strong ethos of widening participation and are keen to attract talented applicants, whatever their background.

Undergraduates can live in college-owned accommodation for their whole course. Many rooms are ensuite, and two are fully accessible for students with disabilities, one with an adjacent carer room. 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.

Merton offers generous financial support including grants for buying books, language learning, course-related expenses and projects, and travel.

Read more on the college website.

Merton is...

…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.

…diverse but a family, a home but not a bubble, beautiful but more than an old building.

…an inclusive community with the perfect balance of fun and academia.

…full of amazing opportunities you didn’t even know you needed!

College facilities

Merton College Students eating in the dining hall.

To compare facilities across different colleges, please visit our College Facilities Table.

College accommodation
All first years on site
Usually offered for all years
Usually offered for three yearsN/A
Usually offered for first year and one other yearN/A
Some vacation storage for international students
Dining hall
Gym on site
Library open 24/7
Computer rooms/stations
Wi-Fi throughout college
Music room
Theatre/performance space
Multi-faith prayer room
Clubs & societies activities
Music society
Dramatic society
College student magazine/paper
Some subject societies
Other societies

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: Andrew Miller
 +44 (0) 1865 286343

Postal address:
Merton College
Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD