Student Life & Accommodation

Oxford Tradition Corpus Christie

Oxford Tradition residence
THE RESIDENCE. Pembroke and Corpus Christi Colleges are located in the ancient heart of Oxford and are home to The Oxford Tradition.

Founded in 1517 by Richard Fox, then Bishop of Winchester, Corpus Christi College boasts an elaborate sundial, built in 1581, that still stands today. Early visitors included Catherine of Aragon and the great linguist and philosopher Erasmus of Rotterdam. The College President, John Rainolds, led the scholars who produced the King James Bible in 1611. More recent alumni include the philosopher Isaiah Berlin, writer Vikram Seth, and several British politicians in office today. Pembroke College was founded in 1624 by King James I. Former members include British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger, American Senator J. William Fulbright, and Samuel Johnson, author of The Dictionary of the English Language.

STAFF AND SUPERVISION. All our programs have central offices open daily from breakfast until midnight where students can seek advice and answers to their questions. The Program Director and residential staff members live in the same residence as the students, ensuring availability and care around the clock. In addition, the college gates are manned by a staff of College Porters who are on duty 24 hours a day and always available in case of emergency.

ACCOMMODATION. Our students and faculty live in the same rooms and in the same style as undergraduate students. While historic buildings bring ambiance and tradition, they may also mean adapting to a different style of living. Each student resides in a single or double room on a traditional 'staircase.' Private bathroom or 'en-suite facilities' can be requested for a fee on the application form on a first-come, first-served basis. Standard rooms share a common bathroom and most college facilities have been recently updated to include several modern shower rooms per floor. Each room is furnished with a bed with linens, a dresser or wardrobe, and a desk and chair. Every day a college employee, called a 'scout' in Oxford, tidies the student's room and makes the bed.

MEALS. Students enjoy a cafeteria-style breakfast and dinner in a college dining hall. Breakfast is primarily 'continental style' with choices such as cereal, yogurt, fruit, toast, coffee, and tea. For several days a week, students can also choose a hot English cooked breakfast. Multiple options are available at dinner, including a vegetarian dish and a salad bar. Throughout the month special dinners are held, including outdoor barbecues and themed feasts, and each program ends with a formal banquet. Students are responsible for their own lunches. These can be purchased at a college snack bar or at any of the many sandwich shops, small restaurants, and coffeehouses near each college.

COLLEGE FACILITIES. Beyond the classrooms and dining hall, students have the use of a Common Room for socializing and watching television or movies. There are nearby public telephones and onsite message boards and students collect their mail daily from the Program Office.