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Applying here: Visiting Merton

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 - this year these will be Wednesday 28 & Thursday 29 June, and Friday 15 September; booking for subject meetings and accommodation for these dates will open soon.

We look forward to seeing anyone interested in applying to Merton for undergraduate study, and welcome visits by prospective students individually, or by school groups (up to a maximum of five students with an accompanying member of staff).

Travel advice

Please see the University’s travel advice for open days. 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.


  • A team of current undergraduates will be ready and waiting to welcome you, chat with you and show you around the College - including viewing student accommodation.
  • The Academic Registrar, the Admissions Officer and the Schools Liaison and Access Officer will also be available to meet and chat with you.
  • Subject meetings with Tutors will be available and must be booked in advance. The meetings will all be held from 12:15-13:00. Additionally, some subject tutors may be available for drop-in sessions; please enquire on the day.
  • Refreshments (free of charge) and general information will be available in Café Merton (Hall) throughout the day.

To get the most out of your visit, please check that Merton offers your course.


Time Event Venue
09:45 onwards Arrival  
09:45-16:30 General information and refreshments (free of charge) Café Merton (Hall)
10:00-16:30 Guided tours of the college with current undergraduates - no booking required meet in Front Quad
12:15-13:00 Subject meetings with Tutors – advance booking highly recommended. meet in Front Quad by 12:10
12:15-13:00 Opportunity for parents, carers and teachers to ask questions and meet with the Academic Registrar, Admissions Officer, Schools Liaison and Access Officer and others. Café Merton (Hall)
16:30 Close  


You do not need to book for the Open Day itself but you are highly recommended to book in advance if you wish to attend a subject meeting with tutors from 12:15-13:00. Subject meeting booking for the June Open Days will open soon.


Accommodation booking for the June Open Days will open soon.
We have ten rooms available for overnight accommodation for the night before the Open Day you wish to attend, on a 'first come, first served' basis.

Overnight accommodation is only available:

  • to those travelling from outside a 70-mile radius of Oxford
  • to students; we cannot provide accommodation for parents/carers/friends
  • for the night before the Open Day you are attending
  • to students who have already booked onto a subject meeting

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


Courses Offered at Merton College

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology (Biological Sciences)
  • Chemistry
  • Classics
    We also offer for:
    • Classics & Modern Languages
    • Classical Archaeology & Ancient History
    • Ancient & Modern History
  • Computer Science
    We also offer for:
    • Computer Science & Philosophy
    • Mathematics & Computer Science
  • Economics & Management
  • English Language & Literature
    We also offer for:
    • English & Modern Languages
    • History & English
  • History
    We also offer for:
    • Ancient & Modern History
    • History & English
    • History & Modern Languages
    • History & Politics
  • Law (Jurisprudence)
    We also offer for:
    • Law with Law Studies in Europe
  • Mathematics
    We also offer for:
    • Mathematics & Computer Science
    • Mathematics & Statistics
    • Mathematics & Philosophy
  • Medicine
  • Modern Languages
    We also offer for:
    • Modern Languages & Linguistics
    • Modern Languages & Classics
    • Modern Languages & History
    • Modern Languages & English
    • Modern Languages & Philosophy
  • Music
  • Physics
    We also offer for:
    • 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.

Travelling to Merton

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).

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

We look forward to seeing you at a forthcoming open day!

Visiting Merton Outside of Open Days

Individuals who are considering applying to Merton are very welcome to look around the College outside of Open Days during usual visiting hours. Please make yourself known to the porter on your arrival. If you require special arrangements you are asked to contact the Schools Liaison and Access Officer well in advance.

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