Welcome to Christ Church
Christ Church is one of the 30 undergraduate colleges of the University of Oxford. It is situated in the heart of the city of Oxford, close to the main University facilities and adjacent to Christ Church Meadow and the Isis and Cherwell Rivers.
Christ Church was founded in 1525 by Cardinal Wolsey as Cardinal College. Wolsey fell from power before his ambitious grand plan was completed, and Henry VIII refounded the college as Christ Church in 1546. The Cardinal’s red hat, which is preserved in the Christ Church Library, is still used in the college crest, while a full-length portrait of Henry VIII now hangs in the Hall.
Over the years Christ Church has had many distinguished students, tutors, and visiting academics. These include the philosopher John Locke, the physicists Robert Hooke and Albert Einstein, the poets Philip Sidney and W.H. Auden, the broadcaster David Dimbleby, the screenwriter and founder of Comic Relief Richard Curtis, and thirteen British prime ministers. Charles Dodgson, who under the pen name Lewis Carroll wrote Alice in Wonderland, was a maths tutor at Christ Church and Alice was the real-life daughter of the then Dean of the College. Christ Church’s most famous landmark, Tom Tower, was designed by Christopher Wren, who was also the architect of St Paul’s Cathedral in London.
But Christ Church is not only famous for its illustrious history. Today, the College continues to attract talented students from many different backgrounds and with a wide range of interests, both academic and extra-curricular. By combining a friendly and inclusive environment with an ongoing tradition of academic excellence, Christ Church’s future looks just as bright as its past.