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Graduate Freshers

This page contains a range of documents and information for Graduate Freshers who are due to join St Peter's in October 2021.

Page last updated 15 September 2021

If you have any problems accessing the information on this page please contact college.office@spc.ox.ac.uk and we will be able to supply a copy by email or post.

You will need to sign and return the Student-College Contract in advance of your arrival. Please return this document using the St Peter’s College Submission Portal (go to ‘Freshers’ and then 'College Contract Upload for Graduates and Visiting Students') as soon as possible and no later than 8 September 2021.

The MCR Freshers' Guide contains a wealth of information and advice from current graduate students at the College. 

You will have induction and Freshers’ week activities in your department or faculty. You should receive information from the department or faculty about this.

We will provide more detailed information in the run up to Week 0 (the week starting on 3 October) but to help you with planning here are the key College events for incoming graduate students:

  • Wednesday 6 October 1pm-3.30pm: Buffet lunch with college advisers and Induction session with key college staff
  • Thursday 7 October 9.30am-12noon: Induction session focusing on health, well-being and welfare.
  • Friday 8 October 7.30pm or Tuesday 12 October 7.30pm: Graduate Freshers Dinner. We will have two dinners because of capacity limits in the Hall; students will be invited to sign up for the date that suits them best.

The College is able to provide accommodation to a limited number of new Graduate Students each year in the College’s Paradise Street and St Thomas Street annexes.

You will need to sign a Tenancy Agreement before you access your room. You can read a generic copy of the Tenancy Agreement here. Please do not sign and return this version; you will be issued with an electronic personalised agreement for an electronic signature before you access your room.

More information about accommodation arrangements can be found in the Student Administrative Handbook. If you have any queries about accommodation not answered in the Handbook, please contact the Accommodation Manager (accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk).

Student meals begin at dinner on Sunday of Week 0 (e.g. 3 October 2021 in Michaelmas term) and end after breakfast on Saturday of Week 8 each term.

From the start of Week 0, you will be able to pay for meals via the Dining Hall’s pay as you go system. Each student will have their own account which is accessed via the UPAY website and which you top up as necessary.

If you will be arriving in Oxford prior to Sunday 3 October and you would like to eat in the Dining Hall then you will be able to purchase a meal card from the lodge for £10 + £1 refundable deposit on return of the card.

The Dining Hall will be open for breakfast and lunch on weekdays only from Monday 13 September.

You can find advice about managing your finances as a student on the University website.

If you have any queries about financial matters, please contact our Student Finance Officer.

Opening a bank account

For students coming from outside the UK, the University provides a useful guide on how to open a UK bank account. You can find this on the main University website (in the section on the right hand side titled ‘related documents’, the 2021 version has been recently added there).

Bringing money into the UK

The regulations on bringing money into the UK are explained on the UK government website.

Bank account details form 

There will be times during your study when the College may need to make a payment to you (e.g. payment of prizes, returning deposits etc) and holding your bank details enables this process to happen smoothly. If you can return this form before you start, it will save you filling it in in the future. However, if you don’t know your bank details yet, please don’t fill in this form. You will get information about how to return this form to us in due course. You can upload the completed form using the St Peter’s College Submission Portal (go to ‘Freshers’ and then select 'Bank Details').

It helps us in the College Office to have some key information about you and when you are arriving. Once your travel plans are confirmed, please complete the short form here. The form asks you to upload a photo of yourself, to confirm your date of arrival in Oxford, provide the phone number and email address of an emergency contact and to provide information about your dietary requirements.


  • Sign and return Student-College Contract (see instructions above).
  • Contact accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk if you have been allocated College accommodation and you want to arrive before Sunday 3 October 2021.


  • Register with the College Doctors: go to www.campusdoctor.co.uk/oxford/ and follow the instructions.
  • Complete online Data Collection Form (see instructions above).
  • Complete and return Bank details form (if you know your UK bank details already, optional, see instructions above).

When you receive your Single Sign-On details (about a week after you return your University card form):