Corpus Christi College Oxford

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Welcome to Corpus Christi College!

Congratulations on making your offers – we hope you’ve had a relaxing summer before joining us at Corpus.
I’m Shiv and the Junior Common Room (JCR) President for the college. I’m here to make sure you settle in well to life at Corpus - my main role is looking after the interests of Corpus’ undergraduate community.
Your first week here is Freshers’ Week, which is all about getting to know new people in your year, college or the university. It can be quite daunting to meet so many new faces, but we hope that all the events we’ve organized for the week will ease you into college life. Corpus has a reputation for being ‘small and friendly’ and the older years will definitely help you settle in.
Upon arrival you will meet your college parents (more on that below) and be given your room key and welcome pack. Try and do as much unpacking as possible and meet your neighbours, but keep an eye on the timetable for the week so you don’t miss out on any activities! On the day you arrive there will be tea and biscuits in our newly renovated Junior Common Room on the quad (you probably remember it from interviews), so feel free to come say hi to myself and the other JCR committee members. Our Peer Supporters will also be around throughout the week to help you with any issues you might have.
This handbook should be a great starter to college life and contains the information you need on what to bring, who’s who and how Corpus works! If you have questions after flicking through this then feel free to email me,, and I’ll try to answer them as best I can! We also have a website,, that might be able to help too.

We hope you are looking forward to joining the Corpus community and can’t wait to meet you all in October!!

JCR President

Freshers' handbook

The JCR have produced a Handbook of relevant information from a student's perspective.  You can download the full handbook (advisable) as a pdf but key information is set out below.

Freshers’ Week 2018

College parents
If you have any issues before coming up to Oxford, no matter how random, they’ll be able to resolve it, or direct you to the people who can. Everyone gets two such lovely people: your ‘subject’ parent who is on your course and will know all about choosing papers and any work you’ve been set, and your ‘social’ parent whose specialist subject is more likely to be along the lines of other things to get up to in Oxford. If you are an international student one of your parents will also be a fellow international.
Before you arrive you will receive emails from your college parents containing salutations, useful wisdom and contact details. If you haven’t heard from your college parents our JCR Access Officer, Russell (, will be able to help.
As well as being a friendly face and port of call for help, your parents will buy you carnations when the dreaded preliminary exams (or ‘mods’ for classicists and lawyers) come around. We wear carnations as part of or Sub Fusc (see below): a white one for the first exam, pink for the middle exam(s) and red for your final exam. Children are expected to return the favour when their parents face finals!

Here’s a quick list of things you might want to bring from home:
Clothes. Probably helpful.
Fancy dress – handy for bops, but easy to find in Oxford
Bed linen, towels, duvet and pillows (college provide one but worth bringing a spare!). If you are an international student, you may be able to purchase these from college by emailing
Phone and charge, also extension cables (can be bought at the Lodge)
Bike, lock, helmet, lights (can be bought in Oxford)
ID – driving license, passport, passport photos
Toiletries, including stuff for washing clothes
Basic first aid kit/medical supplies (Lemsip is a must for Freshers’ Flu!)
A kettle, tea, mugs, bowl, plates, cutlery, washing up liquid
Perhaps some cooking things as everyone has access to a kitchenette
Sports stuff… you’ll definitely be recruited for something here!
Musical instruments if you play any
Computer stuff – there are plenty of computers here if you don’t have one

Lots of this can be bought in Oxford charity shops from people who donated their stuff last year. Here are some things to leave behind:
Car – nowhere to park and no need (unless you’re going to play a uni sport that is a long way away)
Toaster and microwave – supplied in the kitchens and not allowed in rooms (same goes for candles, incense etc)
TV – there is one in the JCR and also video games. The TV room is a really relaxed placed to meet people and get involved in college life.

Upon arrival
If you are an International Student, you’ll most likely be arriving before your college parents, so please report to the Lodge when you get here. The Porters will put you in touch with someone from the JCR Committee who will show you to your room and help you out with any problems.
On the Sunday of Freshers’ Week (September 30th), we’ll be going out for the annual ‘International meal’. Specific details will be available in the JCR (so come in and say hello!) or from Ana (
If you are a home student, your college parents should be here on the day you arrive to help you move and settle in. In the unlikely event that your parent has not yet returned to Corpus, one of the peer supporters or someone without new children will adopt you for the day.
During Freshers’ Week all your parents will look out for you and can help with any problems you may have. At the end of the week they will invite you to family brunch (or lunch) and probably show you around a bit. Please let Shiv or Russell know if this doesn’t look like it’s going to happen and we’ll sort something out!

Life at Corpus

The JCR Committee
The JCR Committee is a group of 26 students who are elected to represent Corpus’ undergraduates. The group helps organise JCR life by arranging entertainment, giving welfare and academic support, allocating funding to clubs and societies, letting students know what is going on in the college, and promoting issues to do with the environment, charitable giving and equal opportunities for all students.
The Committee also represents your views to College and the Oxford University Student Union. The OXSU Officer and the JCR President attend every OXSU meeting – they can put items on the agenda and have voting rights. Any issues which you want brought to the College’s attention can also be done via the JCR Committee, who regularly meet with College staff.

JCR Meetings
JCR meetings are the primary way in which members of the JCR can have their voice heard and through these meetings it allows the student body to communicate with the College.
Members of the JCR can put forward motions that are voted on by other members of the JCR that are at the meeting. These motions can span a variety of things, from expressing support as a JCR for a campaign or movement to purchasing a certain Xbox game for JCR use. Additionally, if anybody wants to know what a JCR officer has been doing in their role it’s the perfect chance to ask as committee members are mandated to attend!

College hall serves 3 meals a day, except Saturday dinner (and on the weekend we have brunch). You pay-as-you-eat, by having your topped-up Bod Card (see below) swiped. Everyone starts with £100. When you run out, you put money on your Bod Card in the Bursary (open weekdays 12-2), paying by cash, cheque, debit or credit card (Amex is not taken) - you can also pay on-line via the UPAY website.

There is always a vegetarian/vegan dish, and the food is usually fairly good. Mike the Manciple (Head Chef) is always happy to take suggestions for food, especially vegetarian meals. Email him on or talk to Ben, the JCR’s Domestic Officer.

Formal hall happens every Friday evening and is a nice way to start the weekend. It is a served three-course meal that you have to dress up for (suits and dresses) and people tend to go to the Beer Cellar (our bar) afterwards. You can bring your own wine or buy some in the Buttery. The food is pretty good and it’s cheaper than a restaurant. Parents, grannies and friends from other unis will love the experience!

Your room will be cleaned (or at least checked) every weekday morning by a scout (see below). If you don’t want to be woken up, you can leave your bin outside your bedroom door or put out your ‘do not disturb’ sign. If you leave your bin or sign out for 3 days in a row the scout is allowed to come in regardless.

Clubs and Societies
Despite its small size, Corpus has a wide variety of clubs and societies for all Corpuscles to get involved in: from drama to sport and from cheese to card games, there’s something for everyone, and if there isn’t – start it up yourself! We often pride ourselves on enthusiasm rather than skill, so everyone can get involved.

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