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Jesus College is one of the 38 constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It is one of the three colleges situated on Turl Street (the other two being Lincoln and Exeter. Jesus College is commonly referred to as "The Welsh College", since its establishment by Hugh Price was intended to increase the number of Welsh students at the University.



Jesus College has a central location on Turl Street (in between Broad Street, and High Street and backing on to Cornmarket). This makes access to all deparments, as well as shops, very easy. The College flats are located at 121-125 Woodstock Road (around 20 minutes walk, or a ten minute bike ride) and Cumberland Road (around 30 minutes walk into Cowley, or a fifteen minute bike ride).


  • Jesus College provides accomodation for the entire duration of your course, both for undergraduates and for graduates.

First year

  • First year undergraduates have accommodation in central college facilities, either within the college site or in the Ship Street Centre which was renovated in 2010 (literally 10m across the street). The room quality varies from the oldest rooms in Staircase III (3) in First Quad which are small but have plenty of character (read: wooden beams and lovely window seats); to the various "sets" (two bedrooms with a shared study/lounge and bathroom) in Second Quad, and the larger, more modern rooms in Staircases XVIII and XIX (Third Quad).
  • First year students can only stay in college for full term (8 weeks) with a few days at either end. Vacation Residence is refused to all students at the end of Michaelmas (as all beds are needed for interviewees) and is charged at conference rates over the Easter Vacation
  • Size of rooms varies from about 4.5 x 4.5m in Ship Street to double that size in Staircase XIX
  • Rooms on Staircase 6, 7, 8 and 19 share a bathroom between two people. 6, 7, 8, 12 and 13 also share a large sitting room (which means the bedroom is relatively small). On Staircase 3, 12 and 13 there is nearer to 1 shower for 4 people (one shower on Staircase 3, and 13). Staircase 18 and Ship Street Centre rooms are the most modern and are en-suite.
  • Rents in central college or Ship Street Centre are £21.80 per night (2016/17 academic year), which makes termly rent approximately £1220 and approximately £3660 per academic year.

Subsequent years

  • After first year, undergraduate students enter the flat ballot for any of the 67 college flats. Flat leases are calculated on a weekly cost, with the cost being £118.37 per person per week (either in a 3 or 4 person flat), making the nightly cost a lower £16.91. The rental period for flats is 40 weeks, making rent around £1580 per term and approximately £4730 for the 40 week let. Students are able to stay from the Saturday of minus 1st week (the last week of September) until the first week in July.
  • Most 2nd year students live at Stevens Close - a block of 36 flats on Woodstock Road (about 1 mile away from college, opposite St. Hugh's and near to the science area). These flats accommodate 3 people, with a shared kitchen and dining area, as well as a separate WC and shower room. They vary in whether the kitchen is open plan or in 'box' form and whether there is a bath or shower but are otherwise uniform.
  • 8 further flats are next door but one to Stevens Close at 121 Woodstock Road. These also house 3 people per flat, but are slightly nicer!
  • The majority of finalists then live at the 'Barts' flats, found 1.5 miles east of Oxford on Cowley Road. This is also where a number of graduate flats are found. The flats here are more spacious, with more storage, and house 3 or 4 people.
  • All flats at "Hazel Court" are four person flats with bedrooms on the 2 lower floors and a large kitchen and lounge on the upper floor. The "Leoline Jenkins" flats are on a single floor (apart from Flat 9, affectionately termed the 'Penthouse', which is across two floors) for four people. "Hugh Price" flats vary more, with both 3 or 4-person flats that are either across one floor or two.
  • Most second and third year undergraduates have bikes to make the commute from the flats into college a little bit quicker!
  • Graduates also live in the flats at Barts, and married couples can apply for places in Thelwall House.
  • The college sports pitches are also found at Barts.

Social Spaces


The Jesus JCR (Junior Common Room) is one of the newest and nicest in Oxford having been completely redone since 2000. It contains lots of very large comfy armchairs, a large wall-mounted TV with Sky and surround sound (which can be viewed either on the TV or projected onto a larger wall), a pool table, a table tennis table, computers with internet access (but very little else), vending machines and - of course - the JCR hatch, run by the lovely Debbie Monday-Friday where she sells tea, coffee, cookies, muffins, toasties, paninis and various confectionery. These are all paid for by bod card (the University card). Daily papers are provided with titles ranging from the Guardian, the Times, the Telegraph, the FT, the New Yorker, Private Eye and the student papers. The JCR also receives other student magazines, such as BANG! Science Magazine and ISIS Student Magazine.


The Jesus Bar (4th Quad, though recently renamed 'The Baa' in a JCR motion) was refurbished in Summer 2007 and is situated in 3rd Quad under the library. Drinks are standard student prices (~£2.45-2.55 for a pint) and the bar is a decent size. There is a weekly Pub Quiz on a Sunday evening throughout term, with the winning team being awarded a bottle of college port and the prize money (from all the entries). An exciting development sees the bar serving some snacks alongside drinks. The back end of the bar has a boxing machine, a football table, a quiz machine, and shortly fully functioning Sky!

Clubs and Societies

Jesus College tends to be a jack of all trades but master of none. Everybody does a bit of everything, but outstanding achievements at a college level are rare (which is not to say that Jesubites don't do exceptionally in their own right - current Jesubites hold Blues or Half-Blues in Basketball, High Jump, Rugby, Hockey, Swimming, Real Tennis, Tennis, Karate, Badminton, Table tennis, Ski Racing, Cross Country, and Rowing). However the have-a-go atmosphere does mean that college teams are very much come-one-and-all, and enthusiasm is often the most important thing!

Jesus is an enthusiastic rowing college, generally with around 3 women's and 4 men's crews. The boat club buys a new boat every few years, most recently in 2014. Rowing is very social within college so lots of people get involved at a range of levels, and alongside other sports! The ChristChurch Novice regatta in Michaelmas term is especially good for getting started and catching the bug! The college also fields teams in men's and women's football (with the men's second team reaching the semi-finals of college 'cuppers'), men's and women's rugby, women's and mixed hockey, mixed lacrosse, badminton, pool, and tennis in the summer. The college owns Oxford's only grass hockey pitches (which are right next to the 3rd year Barts flats) and has a membership with at the university gym in Iffley and the Rosenblatt swimming pool.

Jesus College Chapel Choir is one of the most notable non-auditioning choirs in Oxford, maintaining a standard akin to many auditioning choirs. There are no choral scholars - and the choir regularly reaches over 35 members for normal services. Recent tours have been to Bratislava and Vienna in 2014, and to China and Hong Kong in 2015.

There are also various subject based societies amongst college who often hold speaker events throughout the year, including the J.N.L Baker Society (Geography), the J.R. Green Society (the oldest student History Society in Oxford), and the Herbert English Society (English).

Library and Computing

The library and computer room are both open 24 hours a day via the college swipe card (fob). The library is separated into the Lower Library (housing Law books), the Periodicals Room, the Science library (on 1st floor) and the Upper Library (housing books on languages, music, history, geography, etc.). There's generally space for everyone, apart from in Trinity Term when the finalists jealously guard their spots - you have been warned! An advantage of the library at Jesus College (or a disadvantage, depending on whether or not you have a desk...) is that desks do not get cleared in the morning and so allows you to set up a nice working space and means second and third years don't have to regularly transport books to and from their flats.

The computer room is underground in 3rd Quad and has around 8 machines, all with Microsoft Office and internet access. This is divided into two rooms, one of which gives Graduates priority. There are colour laser printers/scanners/photocopiers with hole punching and stapling capability built in.





Jesus is well provided with sporting facilities, including the only grass hockey pitch in Oxford. The main playing fields are situated directly adjacent to the flats in Cowley, and are used for hockey, netball, football and rugby, as well as cricket and tennis. The college also rents Badminton and Squash courts on St. Cross Road and provides students with membership to Iffley Gym. The college boathouse, from where the numerous rowing squads train is situated on the Isis river. Recent rowing achievements include two sets of "Blades" in Torpids 2016 from Women's 1 and Men's 2, and "Blades" in Torpids 2015 from Men's 1 and Men's 2 crews.

Money Matters

Hardship Fund

Jesus offers a number of automatic Access Bursaries based on household income as calculated by Student Finance.

Jesus College Access Bursary Residual Household Income £700 per year Up to £20,000 £500 per year £20,001 - £30,000 £400 per year £30,001 - £42,875

There are also other bursaries available at both a university and college-level, including tuition fee reductions based on household income and Oxford bursaries.

Scholarships and Prizes

Undergraduates: Jesus College offers an extensive range of Scholarships (worth £330 a year), Exhibitions (worth £250 a year) and Prizes (books worth up to £160) to reward academic distinction and progress at undergraduate level.

Academic Funds to Support Your Study

Jesus College undergraduates are eligible to apply for the college book grant (including undergraduates on their year abroad). Applications for grants can be made only if the total cost of the books, photocopying and/or printing of articles and/or purchase of equipment exceeds £25. The grant to each applicant will be 75% of the cost of the books, photocopying and/or printing of articles and/or purchase of equipment, or £180, whichever is the smaller.

Travelling for Study ... and for Pleasure

The College makes many awards for academic travel and expeditions, which can be found on the college website for both academic and non-academic activities:

There are also funds to help with non-academic travel. The Dodd Fund provides a range of grants to undergraduates to travel abroad in the vacation for purposes not connected with their studies, with many students using this to cover the bulk of the cost for the annual Jesus College Ski Trip.

Sports and Music

There are funds available is also available to help with the cost of music lessons, for example (although free singing lessons are provided to all members of the choir). The college is also willing to reimburse members the cost of sports equipment and subscription to University teams.

Food Costs

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are available in the College dining hall (except for dinner on Saturday). Average costs are approximately £2.00 for continental breakfast and approximately £3.25 for a two-course meal at lunch or the first sitting of dinner, which are both on a self-service basis. There has also been a recent introduction of a 'snack' option during lunch, costing £2. Examples of this option include The second sitting at dinner ('formal hall') costs £5.95 for a set three-course meal. A Hall Charge is made to cover overheads for meal service in Hall. The cost is £70.08 per term for those living on the main College site or adjacent to the College in Ship Street, and £35.05 per term for those living in College flats at one of the annexe sites or in private accommodation. Students are not obliged to eat in Hall. The cost is charged via a swipe card on a pay-as-you-go basis, and paid off once a term.

Student perspectives

Although cliché, the fact (and it is fact) that Jesus College is the friendliest college in Oxford is often cited. We rank top in student satisfaction consistently, and that probably comes from the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the college. Being a physically small college means that you are always bumping into people and frequently end up in longer-than-intended conversations when you pass someone in the quads. There is a very strong inter-year dynamic which seems to be a unique characteristic of Jesus.

The Access Rep has compiled various student perspectives which can be found on the Jesus College JCR website:


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