Corpus is one of Oxford’s older colleges and is its smallest. Being tiny and having a very close-knit community, Corpus Christi really does deserve its reputation for being "small and friendly". The general atmosphere is quirky and cosy, and there's always a friendly face around the corner. With such a small student and staff population, you end up with a really amazing support network.
Food at Corpus is delicious and fantastic value for money. From Monday to Thursday there is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On Saturday, students get to enjoy brunch, and on Sunday there|s brunch and dinner. With the average cost of a meal at less than £2.50, Corpus food is very student budget-friendly. On Fridays, there is breakfast, lunch, and then Formal Hall. Gowns need not to be worn, but all attendees dress smartly and get to enjoy a three-course meal for £7.90. There are several special dinner events throughout the year: freshers welcome dinners, subject dinners, schools dinners, Halfway hall, and graduate dinners. Although Students are not required to eat in hall, first years are encouraged to do so - especially because there are only a few cooking facilities available on the main site, meaning students cannot always cook for themselves.
Corpus provide accommodation for all years of undergraduate study. First-year accommodation is on the main site, other years are usually housed off site in college-owned accommodation. The majority of rooms on main site have en-suite bathrooms. Postgraduate students are housed off site in either a shared house or shared flat with shared facilities with approximately three people sharing kitchens and bathrooms.
Because the college is so small, Corpus usually pair up with other colleges, but Corpus’ football, rowing, cricket and netball teams are all very active! the college drama society, "The Owlets," puts on two plays a term for everyone to enjoy in the auditorium, and there are loads of opportunities to get involved either on or backstage. The JCR is the hub of college life. There is JCR tea every day at 4pm, which is free tea and biscuits to lure everyone away from work for a while.
There is a large welfare team lead by the Dean of Welfare and also includes the College GPs (just across the street), the College Nurse (who offers drop/in hours in college), the Welfare Officer, the Senior Tutor, the Tutor for Graduates and the Academic Registrar. The members of the senior team work closely together with two welfare officers from the JCR to support students throughout their studies. Additionally, there is a team of trained student Peer Supporters. Welfare is a priority at Corpus and the welfare team is ready to help with anything anyone might need. At Welfare Tea every Sunday at 4 in the afternoon students get the chance to find a friendly ear for advice or just a chat over tons of free food and unlimited tea.
Corpus’ beer cellar is small and busy most nights of the week, on top of the three bops (parties) held in there each term. Every two years there is a big ball, and each summer, the gardens turn into the venue for the annual charity Tortoise Fair, which is a general favourite of all and open to everyone in Oxford!
Corpus Christi is so manageable in size. It doesn’t take a week to hike from the hall to the library like some other colleges I could mention. Also, fantastic gardens.
Corpus is such a supportive environment. Everyone knows everyone. Plus, the 24 hour library is amazing.
Corpus JCR is like a big family. It’s small, friendly and buzzing with energy!