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Arriving in Oxford

This page contains information for new students who are due to join St Peter's in October 2021.

Page last updated 15 September 2021

This page contains information that is relevant to all students (undergraduate, postgraduate, visiting). Please make sure you take the time to read the information below carefully.

If you have any questions, please contact college.office@spc.ox.ac.uk

Freshers' week commences on Sunday 3 October 2021.

New Undergraduate and Visiting Students should arrive in College by 5pm on Sunday 3 October at the latest. Graduate Students should check information from their department or faculty, who may wish them to arrive earlier.

Students allocated college accommodation who plan to arrive before Sunday 3 October 2021 must confirm their planned arrival date to accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk at least two weeks before the planned arrival date (and indicate if they need to quarantine on arrival). You will be charged for accommodation at the pro rata daily rate for each additional day you stay in college accommodation ahead of your lease start date of Sunday 3 October.

You should take a lateral flow device (LFD) test before you travel to Oxford. You can order tests free online or collect them from your local pharmacy. If you test positive, you must self-isolate at home and take a confirmatory PCR test. If the PCR test is positive you must continue to self-isolate and not travel to Oxford until you have completed your self-isolation. If either the LFD or the confirmatory PCR test at home is negative, you can travel to Oxford.

Any family members or supporters assisting students in moving into College accommodation should also take an LFD test before coming to College.

Students coming from outside the UK are are advised to check carefully on the UK Government website (see Travel to England from another country during coronavirus (COVID-19)) for the latest information on travel to England from other countries. You need to check the details of the tests you will need and the quarantine rules. These will depend on which countries you have been in or travelled through in the 10 days before you arrive. 

If you need to quarantine on arrival, then you should plan to arrive at least 10 days before Sunday 3 October so that you can complete the quarantine period before in-person welcome activities begin. Students from ‘amber list’ countries can quarantine in college accommodation whereas those from ‘red list’ countries cannot. The College is not able to provide financial support towards the quarantine costs for students coming from 'red list' countries.

Students from 'amber list' countries moving into private rented accommodation but seeking to quarantine in college accommodation should contact accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk as soon as possible to ascertain if there is a room available in college for this purpose (availability is limited and accommodation and meals will be charged for). 

Further information, including suggested providers for booking tests for those arriving from abroad, can be found on the University website (in the final 'Travel' section of the page). The College is not able to provide financial support towards the cost of covid tests for those arriving from abroad. 

On arrival you should report to the Porters Lodge in New Inn Hall Street. You can find maps of Oxford and of St Peter’s here. Further information about getting to Oxford and to St Peter’s can be found here

Arriving from outside the UK 

For students coming from outside the UK, the University provides a useful guide on finding your way to Oxford. You can find this on the main University website (in the section on the right hand side titled ‘related documents’).

Advance luggage

Because storage space is at a premium, luggage cannot usually be accepted in advance. In special cases, however, arrangements can be made, and applications should first be made to the Accommodation Manager (accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk). If it is agreed to accept luggage in advance, it should be addressed clearly (Your name, St Peter’s College, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford OX1 2DL). 

The College cannot accept liability for loss or damage to luggage sent in advance and suggests, therefore, that it should be adequately insured.


If you are planning to come to Oxford by car, you should be aware that the traffic in and around the city is heavy and parking is notoriously difficult. See our contact and visit us page for further information.

For Undergraduate Freshers arriving on Sunday 3 October only:

To help spread the flow of arrivals over the day, those living within 3 hours’ travel time of Oxford are asked to arrive in the morning, so that students with longer travel distances can arrive in the afternoon.

For the purpose of unloading, vehicles should park on New Inn Hall Street, where parking restrictions will have been temporarily suspended (there is no parking in the College grounds). The College Porters will provide you with a parking permit valid for up to 30 minutes. The Porters’ Lodge telephone number is +44 (0)1865 278900.

Once you have collected your room key you will be greeted by members of the Junior Common Room (JCR) Freshers’ Committee who will help you to your room.