A student talking in hall

Graduate Freshers

This page contains a range of documents and information for Graduate Freshers who are due to join St Peter's in October 2020.

Page last updated 10 September 2020

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.

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. The main College events for graduate students will take place on Wednesday 7 October. Further details will be provided in late September.

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

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. 5 October 2020 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 5 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 14 September.

The 2020-21 Finance Guide for Graduates summarises all the key information you need about financial matters. 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’; an updated version for 2020 was published in late August).

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 the appropriate form).

You need to sign and return to the College two documents in advance of your arrival:

Please return these forms as soon as possible using the St Peter’s College Submission Portal (go to ‘Freshers’ and then select the appropriate form). and no later than the date you plan to arrive in Oxford.

All new students need to complete our online data collection form on the St Peter’s College Submission Portal (go to ‘Freshers’ and then select the appropriate form) before arriving in Oxford. 

The data in this form will be used to ensure that your first few days in college are as smooth as possible. In particular the completion of this form means we know about your dietary requirements for any formal meals and that we know your emergency contact details during your first few days in College. You will be asked to upload a photo of yourself as part of this form.


  • Contact accommodation@spc.ox.ac.uk if you want to arrive before Sunday 4 October.
  • Register with the College Doctors: go to www.campusdoctor.co.uk/oxford/ and follow the instructions.
  • Sign and return Student-College Contract (see instructions above).
  • Sign and return University Student Responsibility Agreement (see instructions above).
  • 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):