This is a list of all the accommodation available on-site at Corpus, including photographs and notes where available. Information and photos correct as of 2018.
All staircase rooms except those on staircase 11 have en-suite shower and toilet facilities and Ethernet sockets in them. There are no baths on any of the staircases, though there is one in the Thomas Building. All staircase rooms have central heating set on a timer, but also have thermostats which also turn off the heating when it gets too hot. In staircase 6 and the West Building, you cannot control the level of heat. A vast range of opinions were given as to noise levels in quad rooms.
Staircases 3–5 face onto Main Quad and the car park next to Christ Church. Staircase 6 looks over the small garden and the library. The rooms in Staircase 8 face Gentleman-Commoners’ Quad (except room 5, which faces Main Quad). The rooms in Staircase 11 look at Gentleman-Commoners’ Quad or Thomas Yard.
The kitchens for College rooms tend to small and narrow, containing just a fridge, sink, kettle and microwave.
Rooms around the main quad, including staircase 8 above the JCR:
|Staircase||Room No.||Grade||En-suite||Photo (click to see full res) and notes|
|6||A||Yes||JCR President’s Room. Not available.|
|8–12||See West Building.|
JCR guest room; above JCR so can be noisy
|5||A||Yes||Organ Scholar’s; has harpsichord; above JCR so can be noisy|
|6||A||Yes||Organ Scholar’s; has harpsichord; above JCR so can be noisy|
Above JCR so can be noisy
Has harpsichord; above JCR so can be noisy
West Building (Staircase 6)
Rooms on the western edge of college, at the top of Staircase 6, opposite the MBI Al-Jaber auditorium. In the college complex. Quite a number of stairs to climb to reach them, but nice views over the back of college and over Christ Church, and very large rooms. All are en-suites and none suffer any noise issues.
Rooms in the Emily Thomas Building, in the aptly-named in Thomas Yard. In the college complex. Rooms are quite large but are old, with the exception of 12–16, which are smaller but modern. Bells from Merton Chapel are extremely audible. Some rooms have thin walls: one former resident said he could hear his neighbour stir his tea. There is one shared shower room on each floor, plus a bath on the ground floor.
8 Magpie Lane
NB: This was renovated in 2018, so the information below may be out of date.
Not in the college complex, but just past the Oldham/Jackson Building. Dated rooms. Delivery lorries reverse up Magpie Lane every weekday around 6 am and are very audible. This is especially loud for those living on the ground floor. There are two bathrooms on the first and second floors; the shower pressure is pathetic on the second floor but good on the first floor. Kitchen facilities on the top floor are the best in college, but are shared by many people. The walls are also very thin, and the front doors are not on the U-key.