Why Apply to Christ Church?

There are lots of factors to consider when choosing between the over 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 community

Many different kinds of people, from various backgrounds, come to Christ Church. We are one of the larger colleges, with over 400 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.

Choosing a Course

Open Days

Things you need to know

Financial Support

Accommodation and Meals

Facilities: Libraries, IT, Music, Art, Sports

Social Spaces and Student Societies

Support and Welfare

Engagement in the Wider Community


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. See our how to find us page, and this map of Oxford

Christ Church members through time

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 and Victorian graffiti. We have had many inspiring members throughout our history. They include the poets W.H. Auden and Vahni Capildeo; postcolonial critic Homi Bhabha and travel writer Jan Morris; actor and rapper Riz Ahmed and film director and comedy screenwriter Richard Curtis; BBC presenter David Dimbleby, broadcaster and composer Howard Goodall and Guardian journalist Marina Hyde; Nobel Prize-winning biologist Sir John Gurdon and seventeenth-century philosophers John Locke and polymath Robert Hooke; as well as the inventor of the World Wide Web Sir Tim Berners-Lee, who is a current member. And of course Charles Dodgson (a.k.a. Lewis Carroll), 13 British Prime Ministers and Lord Mansfield, whose decision in the Somerset case was a step on the road to abolishing slavery. Find out more about Christ Church’s history or take a panoramic virtual tour of Christ Church.


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