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Visiting the College

We are pleased to be able to welcome alumni back for pre-booked visits and B&B stays.

Please email to book your visit, or visit our Accommodation page to book a B&B stay.

Second Quad on a beautiful summer’s day

The following links are provided to help you with information you need regarding travelling to Oxford and visiting College. Please note that some pages may be external and therefore the College cannot be responsible for any of the content therein.

Oxford City – Parking information.

Oxford Park & Ride – Details of Park & Ride facilities, times etc.

National Express – Coach travel.

The Oxford Tube – 24 hour coach services between Oxford and London.

Oxford Rooms – Book bed and breakfast at other Oxford Colleges.

Visit Oxford – Official tourist guide of the city council.

Oxford Guides – The official ‘blue badge’ guided walks.

Oxford City – A classified directory of all local information and amenities.

This is Oxfordshire – The Oxford Times and Oxford Mail websites.

The Daily Information – The main reference for what’s on in Oxford and classified advertisements.

Tickets Oxford – Purchase tickets for practically all cultural events for Oxfordshire online.

Directions to Jesus College

Jesus College is located in the heart of Oxford’s city centre. The entrance to the College is on Turl Street (off Broad Street, Cornmarket Street or the High Street). Click on the thumbnail image at right to view a full map showing the location of the College and the main routes into Oxford. You can also download a PDF version of the map suitable for printing.

Oxford is connected to London, the M25 and the Midlands by the M40 motorway, with Junctions 8 and 9 linking directly to the city. The Oxford ring road provides direct access to and from the south and west via the A34.

Parking in the city centre is extremely limited and very expensive, so we recommend using the Park & Ride service. Frequent bus services link five Park & Ride car parks located just within the ring road. They are: Pear Tree (no. 300) and Water Eaton (no. 500) (north); Seacourt (no. 400) (west); Redbridge (no. 300) (south); and Thornhill (no. 400) (east). Contact Oxford Bus Company (01865 785400) or see Park & Ride for timetables and prices. Please note that there is no parking available at Jesus College. If you do want to drive into Oxford, the most convenient car park is on Oxpens Road.

The Oxford Tube (01865 772250) and Oxford Express (01865 785410) provide a very frequent, direct service between London and Oxford. They run 24 hours a day, seven days a week and pick-up and drop off places in London include Victoria Coach Station, Grosvenor Gardens and Marble Arch, among others. Once in Oxford, the best stop for Jesus is the High Street (called Queen’s Lane), and Jesus College is a five-minute walk away. If you get off at the city centre coach station (called Gloucester Green), there is a taxi rank nearby or you can walk to College in 7-10 minutes.

A direct train service operates between Oxford and London Paddington and runs about every 30 minutes. To reach Oxford from Birmingham New Street you will need to go via Banbury or Coventry. Other services to Oxford from different areas of the country are available via Reading, Birmingham New Street or Didcot. For further information, visit UK Railways on the Net. From Oxford train station, you can take a taxi to College from the taxi rank outside the station, catch a bus into the city centre, or enjoy a 15-minute walk.

Oxford is linked with both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports by The Airline coach service which operates a direct, regular service, day and night, seven days a week. To get to Oxford from London Stansted airport, use the National Express 757 coach, which runs every two hours.

If you get off the coach in Oxford at the stop on the High Street (called Queen’s Lane), Jesus College is a five-minute walk away. If you get off at the city centre coach station (called Gloucester Green), there is a taxi rank nearby or you can walk to College in 7-10 minutes. A few taxi firms also offer bookable airport transfers, including Go Green Taxis (01865 922222), Oxicars (01865 875900) and CCB cars (01865 876699).

Disabled Access

Jesus College is located on Turl Street in the centre of Oxford and two minutes away from the main University libraries, within walking distance of the Science Area and the main cinemas and theatres. There are a number of designated disabled public parking spaces in Broad Street, about 150 metres from the College’s principal entrance, and in Ship Street, accessible by badge holders. There are no public transport links to the College’s principal entrance.

The main entrance is from Turl Street and is +1 stair through a wicket gate width 700 mm (however, the larger main gate can be opened on request).

There are two other entrances. The Market Street entrance provides flat wheelchair/pedestrian access to Second and Third Quads through two doors 900 mm. These can be opened by arrangement to allow level access to the second and third quads for pedestrians and wheelchairs. The second entrance is off Ship Street and is through a narrow wicket gate, accessible via a gate key, within a very heavy door that is kept locked.  This can be unlocked on request to the Lodge.  An intercom is available at the door.

There is no general parking on site but, for a resident who requires it due to mobility impairment, it may be possible to park inside the Market Street entrance.  A key fob is required to open both the gate to the parking space and the doors leading into the Quads.

Cycle storage for individuals with upper body weakness is available via the Market Street entrance.

The Porters’ Lodge is to the left of the main entrance, and has a counter of height 112 mm. The Staff can be summoned by a bell situated to the left of the main Turl Street gate at a height of 140 mm.

The Hall separates the two main Quads, and is +4 stairs from each of them. It has double doors and moveable benches (see under Catering below).

The Junior Common Room is in the terrace above Third Quad, which is itself accessible from Second Quad and the Market Street and Ship Street entrances. The terrace is +18 stairs in three flights from Third Quad; each flight is fitted with wheelchair lifts. The Junior Common Room has an accessible toilet.

The Library, which is available only to full members of the College, is found off Third Quad through double doors, which are kept open. It is on three floors that are on ground level, and +13, +13 stairs respectively. Each room is accessed through a door 800 mm, which is always locked, with access by use of a fob or card. For students with mobility impairment assisted access to books can be provided.

The Computer Room, which is also available only to full members of the College, or by special arrangement, is off the Third Quad in a basement that is +1, -15 stairs, but all student rooms are connected to the ethernet.

Laundry facilities are also found off Third Quad, through a door 900 mm and +1, -15 stairs, which are narrow and winding (with a handrail on the left). For students and visitors with mobility impairment, alternative arrangements can be made.

The Bar is -15 stairs from inside the Ship Street entrance and has a door 800 mm; it can be crowded in term time and for Old Members’ functions (see * below).

There are wheelchair accessible toilets in the Front Quad (Staircase V), the Second Quad (Staircase XI) and in the Junior Common Room on the Third Quad terrace.

A telephone can be found by the Ship Street entrance in a phone box (door 800 mm).

The pigeonholes for student mail and messages are next to the Lodge at heights of between 140 and 650 mm.

The new Sports Pavilion at Herbert Close incorporates a lift for disabled access.  Please advise in advance if this is required.

The Harper Room, one of the College’s main function rooms, has flat access from the Third Quad through Staircase XIV.

The Habakkuk Room, which is on the Third Quad terrace, is accessible by the same wheelchair lifts as serve the Junior Common Room. Full access is limited due to the +15, +11 spiralling stairs from the terrace.

The Mansell Room is +15, +3 stairs (spiralling) from Front Quad (see * below).

The Harold Wilson Room has slightly ramped access via Staircase 8, and the Memorial Room has flat access via the Third Quad and the Fellows’ Garden. These two rooms can be used in tandem, in which case ramped access is available.

There are two Seminar Rooms on the Third Quad terrace, accessible by the same wheelchair lifts as serve the Junior Common Room. There are then a further two steps into the rooms (see * below).

* The College has an electric stairclimber which can transport wheelchairs and users in combination up and down the stairs to the Hall, Seminar Rooms and Bar, as well as to some of the residential staircases. However, as the stairclimber can be operated only by trained staff, advance notice is required should it be needed.

Accommodation is available to all undergraduates and most graduates who want to live in College accommodation for the full duration of their course. First-year students live in College. All College accommodation has ethernet access.

On Staircase XIX two bedrooms, each with a shared ensuite facility, have been equipped for the hearing impaired and/or visually impaired.

A fully accessible bed sitting room, with an en suite shower and toilet, has been developed on Staircase VIII; this is fully accessible from the Market Street entrance.

There are a further three double sets (two single bedrooms sharing a joint sitting room) and a single set (adjoining study and bedroom) on the ground floor in the Second Quad. These share two bathrooms that have not been modified for wheelchair access.

Most students move out to College-owned flats on Woodstock Road (about a mile from the city centre) or to Cowley (about two miles away) after their first year. The flats are self-contained units of three or four bedrooms around a kitchen, sitting room, and bathroom; their facilities and cost make them extremely popular.

In the College’s married graduate or undergraduate accommodation at Herbert Close (approximately two miles from the College main site), a ground-floor flat has been fully fitted for wheelchair use.

Meals are provided in the original Dining Hall of the College (see above).

Breakfast, lunch and the first sitting of dinner (when available) operate on an informal, self-service system, while the more formal atmosphere of a served meal, preferred by some, is retained for the second sitting of dinner and for guest-nights and special occasions. Where necessary assistance can be given in using the self-service facilities.

Vegetarians and others with special dietary requirements are catered for.  Please advise of any requirements in advance.

Induction loops are fitted in the Hall, Chapel and Memorial Room.