Blue Book Introduction

Christ Church (often known as ‘the House’) is a large and varied community, including about 450 undergraduates, 320 graduate students, 130 academic staff, and 180 College staff. This booklet (known as the ‘Blue Book’) provides useful information for Junior Members, and sets out the regulations that apply to their conduct at Christ Church. Please read it carefully, and become familiar with the basic requirements laid out in it.

Throughout, the term ‘Junior Members’ includes all undergraduate, graduate and visiting students; if there are different requirements for any particular group, these are specified. The rules represent common-sense arrangements for communal cooperation, and some follow University regulations. This document is revised annually and circulated to all Junior Members at the beginning of each academic year. If changes are made during the academic year, a revised version of the document will be circulated.

Sections highlighted in grey refer to arrangements which have been put in place because of the Covid-19 pandemic, and to which both freshers and returning students should pay particular attention. All sections of the Blue Book may be updated over the course of the year in response to the pandemic as well as for other reasons.

Updates related to pandemic matters will come from the Academic Office, the Censors, the Steward’s Office or from a dedicated email address: pan@chch.ox.ac.uk. Please read and as necessary act on all notices received from College staff: to neglect to do so will be considered a breach of College rules.

Our aim is to keep all Junior Members, our staff and the local community safe in these difficult times.  We are a Covid-secure institution, but in order to maintain that status, we need the full cooperation of Junior Members at all times.

This document provides information about the support/provision available to Junior Members on their arrival at Christ Church, and contains important contact details. We ask that you follow this guidance as carefully as possible for your own safety and that of others.

Please note that separate guidelines have been issued to quarantining students. If you have not been sent this guidance and you need to quarantine, please contact the Academic Office. If you are unsure whether you need to quarantine, please check the Government website.