A student helper with Open Day visitors - Photo: © John Cairns - www.johncairns.co.uk

Applying here: Open Days for prospective applicants

Open Days give you an opportunity to get a feel for the College, ask any questions you may have, and to meet our tutors and current undergraduate students. Our Open Days coincide with the University Open Days - in 2019 these are Wednesday 3 & Thursday 4 July, and Friday 20 September. Our 2018 Open Days were held on Wednesday 27 & Thursday 28 June, and Friday 14 September.

We look forward to seeing anyone interested in applying to Merton for undergraduate study, and welcome visits by prospective students individually (and their families/guests), or by school groups.

“The tutors were friendly, the students provided an excellent tour and spoke freely about their lives at Oxford”

Open day travel funding

We have some funding available to assist prospective applicants who would otherwise be unable to attend an Oxford Open Day. Please contact the Admissions Officer, Sarah Hagger, at undergraduate.admissions@merton.ox.ac.uk if you are in need of financial support for travel expenses, and she will let you know if the College will be able to assist you.

To be eligible you must be a UK resident who attends or has attended a UK school or college. We can only provide support for travel which is within the UK and by public transport, and can only reimburse expenses into a UK bank account.

Please note that you must also book and attend one of our subject tutor meetings. Costs, up to the amount agreed in advance, will be reimbursed after attendance at the Open Day.

The deadline for enquiries about this scheme is 12:00 noon three working days before the date of the Open Day you are attending (e.g. 12:00 noon on Friday 28 June 2019 for the 3 July 2019 Open Day).

For further information about travelling to Oxford please see below.

  • A team of current undergraduate students will be ready and waiting to welcome you, chat with you and show you around the College - including viewing student accommodation.
  • The Tutor for Admissions, the Admissions Officer and the Schools Liaison and Access Officer will also be available to meet and talk with you, and answer any questions you may have.
  • Subject meetings with Tutors will be available and must be booked in advance. The meetings will all be held from 13:15 to 14:00. 
  • Refreshments, lunch (free of charge) and general information will be available in Café Merton (Hall) throughout the day.
  • A 'Student Life' display will be available all day, showcasing the many clubs and societies Merton has to offer, as well as some more practical information. 

To get the most out of your visit, please check the list below to make sure that Merton offers your course.

Time Event Venue
09:00-09:30 Life at Merton talk. Fitzjames 2
09:45-17:00 General information and refreshments available (free of charge). Café Merton (Hall)
09:45-17:00 'Student Life' display. JCR
09:45-17:00 Guided tours of the college with current undergraduates - no booking required. Meet in Front Quad
12:00-14:00 Sandwich lunch available (free of charge). Café Merton (Hall)
12:00-13:15 Opportunity for prospective applicants, parents, carers and teachers to ask questions and meet with the Tutor for Admissions, Admissions Officer, Schools Liaison and Access Officer and others. Café Merton (Hall)
13:15-14:00 Subject meetings with Tutors for prospective applicants - booking highly recommended. Meet in Front Quad by 13:10
13:15-14:00 Opportunity for parents, carers and teachers to ask questions and meet with the Tutor for Admissions, Admissions Officer, Schools Liaison and Access Officer and others. Café Merton (Hall)
17:00 Close.  

You do not need to book for the Open Days themselves but it is highly recommended to book in advance if you wish to attend a subject meeting with Tutors from 13:15 to 14:00.

Booking for our September 2018 Open Day has now closed, as we are fully booked. Booking for our July 2019 Open Days will open in Spring 2019.


We have 30 rooms available for overnight accommodation for the night before the Open Day you wish to attend, free of charge, on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Accommodation booking for our September 2018 Open Day has now closed, as we are fully booked. Booking for our July 2019 Open Days will open in Spring 2019.

Overnight accommodation is only available:

  • to those travelling from outside a 70-mile radius of Oxford;
  • to prospective students - we cannot provide accommodation for parents/guardians/friends;
  • for the night before the Open Day you are attending;
  • to those who also book to attend a subject meeting.

We can also offer you an evening meal if you arrive by 18:00, and breakfast the following morning. There is no charge for accommodation and meals.

School groups may book a maximum of five students in for overnight accommodation, along with one accompanying member of staff. 

Courses offered at Merton College
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
    We also offer:
    • Classics & Modern Languages
    • Classical Archaeology & Ancient History
    • Ancient & Modern History
  • Computer Science
    We also offer:
    • Computer Science & Philosophy
    • Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Economics & Management
  • English Language & Literature
    We also offer:
    • English & Modern Languages
    • History & English
  • History
    We also offer:
    • Ancient & Modern History
    • History & English
    • History & Modern Languages
    • History & Politics
  • Law (Jurisprudence)
    We also offer:
    • Law with Law Studies in Europe
  • Mathematics
    We also offer:
    • Mathematics & Computer Science
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Mathematics & Philosophy
  • Medicine
  • Modern Languages
    We also offer:
    • Modern Languages & Linguistics
    • Modern Languages & Classics
    • Modern Languages & History
    • Modern Languages & English
    • Modern Languages & Philosophy
  • Music
  • Physics
    We also offer:
    • Physics & Philosophy
  • PPE (Philosophy, Politics & Economics)
External organisations

Please be aware: During your visit to Oxford you may see organisations handing out leaflets in the street, claiming to offer advice on the application process. Please be warned that these businesses are not affiliated with the University of Oxford, and they may charge for their services. We encourage you to take advantage of the many free opportunities that the University is offering to find out more.

Traveling to Merton

Information for those travelling to Oxford by car or public transport is available on the University website:

Please also see the University’s travel advice for open days. If travelling by car Redbridge Park & Ride is the best option to use, but coaches may drop off in St Aldates, between Thames Street and Speedwell Street, or on St Giles.

Limited parking, and entirely at owner's risk, for those visiting Merton College is available at the College Sports Ground in Manor Road OX1 3UJ (just past St Catherine’s College).

We look forward to seeing you at a forthcoming Open Day!

Visiting Merton outside of Open days

Open Days are the ideal opportunity to visit Oxford and gain a comprehensive insight into life here, however, if you are not able to visit on these dates: Individuals who are considering applying to Merton are very welcome to look around the College outside of Open Days, on a self-guided visit, between 9:00am and 5:30pm, Monday to Sunday. Please make yourself known to the Lodge Porters on arrival, indicating that you are a prospective applicant. If the reason you cannot attend an Open Day is because you will be travelling to Oxford from overseas and are therefore restricted by travel arrangements, please contact the Schools Liaison and Access Officer to make an appointment. If you require special arrangements (e.g. for accessibility) please also contact us in advance.