Why Apply to Christ Church?

There are lots of factors to consider when choosing between the 30 undergraduate colleges in the University of Oxford. Ultimately you should choose a college where you feel comfortable, and the best way to do this is to visit the college and meet the undergraduates on Open Days, school visits and access events.

A diverse, vibrant and active academic community

Many different kinds of people, from various backgrounds, come to Christ Church. We are one of the larger colleges, with 423 undergraduates and over 100 academic staff, and can offer places for most undergraduate courses. The college is committed to widening access, and we select solely on academic ability and potential. Many applicants choose Christ Church because of the friendliness and enthusiasm of our students and staff.

Financial support

We aim to ensure that no student with the ability and potential to study at Oxford should be deterred from making an application to us due to any financial concerns. Rent and meal costs are heavily subsidised by the college, making Christ Church one of the most affordable colleges to live in. We are in the fortunate position of being able to offer generous support to students in financial need during their studies, in addition to the Bursaries and Fee Reductions provided by the University.


Christ Church is situated in the heart of the city of Oxford, close to the main University facilities and the beautiful scenery of Christ Church Meadow and the peaceful Isis and Cherwell River walks.

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Panoramic virtual tour of Christ Church

Accommodation and meals

All Christ Church undergraduates 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. There is provision for disabled students on both sites. Students can eat all their meals in our hall, with both informal and formal dinners in the evening.


Our magnificent 18th-century library, one of the largest in Oxford, aims to supply everything undergraduates need for their courses, and there is also a specialised Law library. We have two well-equipped computer rooms, and there is wifi available throughout the college. Whether you want to play table football or watch TV, the common room is a great place to relax. The college has a music room, art gallery and art room, with art classes for students. We have our own sports ground with excellent facilities.

Student societies

Our student societies cater for all sorts of interests, from chess to snowboarding! The drama society puts on regular productions, and we have a flourishing Music community. We have a great range of sports clubs for all abilities, as well as subject societies who organise talks in college. Find out more about student societies

Academic excellence: past and present

Christ Church has a fascinating past, still visible today in its architecture and artefacts, from Cardinal Wolsey’s hat, to Christopher Wren’s Tom Tower, to Victorian graffiti! We have had many inspiring members of the college throughout our history: W.H. Auden, Robert Hooke, David Dimbleby, Charles Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll), 13 British Prime Ministers, and Nobel Prize winner John Gurdon, to name but a few. Find out more about Christ Church’s history