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Arriving in Oxford

This page contains information for new students who are due to join St Peter's in October 2020.

Page last updated 15 September 2020

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 Monday 5 October 2020.

Visiting and Graduate Students

New Visiting and Graduate students should arrive no later than Sunday 4 October. Graduate students should check information from their department or faculty, who may wish them to arrive earlier.

If you intend to arrive before Sunday 4 October you must liaise with the Accommodation Manager (accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk) about your planned arrival time and date well in advance (and at the latest by Tuesday 8 September 2020). 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 4 October.

Undergraduate Students 

New Undergraduate Students should arrive by lunchtime on Monday 5 October

Undergraduate Freshers coming from within the UK are asked to arrive in specific arrival slots on Sunday 4 October and the morning of Monday 5 October. 

  • If you are coming from within the UK and live more than 3.5 hours drive from Oxford: please arrive on Sunday 4 October afternoon 
  • If you are coming from within the UK and live less than 3.5 hours drive from Oxford: 
              Surnames beginning A-L: please arrive on Sunday 4 October morning
              Surnames beginning M-Z: please arrive on Monday 5 October morning

If you cannot arrive in your allocated slot, please contact the Accommodation Manager (accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk).

Undergraduate Freshers coming from outside the UK should arrive no later than Sunday 4 October. If you intend to arrive before Sunday 4 October you must liaise with the Accommodation Manager (accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk) about your planned arrival time and date well in advance (and at the latest by Tuesday 8 September 2020). 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 4 October.

If you are coming from a country not listed as exempt from the UK government quarantine requirements then you should plan to arrive at least 14 days before Sunday 4 October so that you can complete the self-isolation period before in-person welcome activities begin on Monday 5 October. Further information about how the College will support students can be found here.

Please confirm your planned arrival date to accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk at least two weeks before your planned arrival date, and at the latest by Tuesday 8 September 2020.

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’; an updated version for 2020 was published in late August).

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.

Parking 

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 5 October or Monday 6 October (morning) only.

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.