The Kitchens

The GCR has two kitchens: one situated in the turret adjacent to the main Common Room and the other is in the passage between the main Common Room and Les Jones Dining Room. The kitchens contain various cooking equipment for the use of GCR Members including refrigerators, a stove with cooking hobs, grill and fan-assisted oven, and a microwave oven. Items placed in the refrigerator must be in a plastic bag clearly labelled with your name and an expiry date, otherwise they will be thrown out. The turret kitchen is also home to the tea and coffee facilities of the GCR. These include teapots, cafetières, and a wide selection of teas. GCR Members are batteled a small fee per term for the cost of these facilities, i.e. this amount is added to your battels (College bill) each term. This kitchen is also home to the all-important supply of biscuits. Packets of biscuits can be bought for a small additional cost (charged to battels) by signing for them on the tally sheets provided. If you don’t want to use these facilities, send an email to the GCR Treasurer ( who will remove you from the list of people to be batteled. While we have a scout who is responsible for the overall maintenance of the Common Room, maintaining general levels of tidiness, particularly in the kitchens, is everybody’s responsibility. Fortunately, the passage kitchen is equipped with a dishwasher to make this easier for everyone.

The Les Jones Dining Room

This dining room is named after a fondly remembered GCR butler, now retired (and unfortunately not replaced by College). It contains a large and magnificent dining table, and is used by members of the Common Room for a variety of events ranging from teaching to dinner parties. Any GCR Member can book the dining room for such an occasion, by signing up to an empty slot on the calendar using the instructions on the Les Jones document in the GCR Dropbox (

The Study Room

The study room can be found to your left as you come to the top of the stairs in Tom 7. It is set-aside for people wishing to read and work. The room contains several desks and some comfy chairs. There are ample power sockets for laptops and the room has Wi-Fi (Network: CHCH Password: aedeschristi1). The room can become quite busy, particularly in Trinity term when exams and thesis deadlines are looming, so there are plenty of shelves on which to keep personal libraries/work. As it is a shared space, it is important to keep the room as clutter-free as possible for everyone to use.

The Computer Room

The Computer Room is on the second floor of Tom 7, above the Les Jones Dining Room. It currently contains six PCs, a colour and a black-and-white printer, and a scanner. Laser printing costs 4p per page and is batteled termly.

To use the GCR computers you will need a username and password, which will be given to you when you arrive. Those wishing to use the College network, either over Wi-Fi in the Common Room or over wired connections in St. Aldate’s, will need to register their machines with the Computing Office.

The Tutorial Room

The GCR provides space for those members with teaching responsibilities. The room is situated next to the Computer Room and can be booked using the sheet on the door.

The Noticeboard

The hallway leading to the main Common Room contains the GCR noticeboard. Here you will find details of forthcoming events from around the university, and other useful things like Hall menus and information on College and University matters.


Lockers are in the hallway next to the study room. Keys can be obtained from Melanie Radburn ( in the Censors’ Office.