The College's 2022-23 Student Administrative Handbook is available here. Please read this as it contains lots of useful information about accommodation, food and other services.
Information for New Students
This page contains information that is relevant to all students. Please make sure you read all the information on this page, as well as the information on the page relevant to your particular status and the information on the Arriving in Oxford page.
Page last updated 9 September 2022
What equipment you will need
Please review the University’s guidance about IT equipment for new students.
Computers and printers are available for students' use in the Library. There is a charge for all printing (billed via battels in arrears). All College rooms have wireless internet access through the University network. The College's IT Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) can advise on queries relating to computing facilities in the College.
Accessing email, wifi and other services
Once you have returned your University Card form and it has been processed, your Oxford Single Sign-On (SSO) account will be created. You will receive an email with instructions on how to activate this direct to the email address held by the University (usually the address you provided in your application, unless you have updated it subsequently).
Once your SSO (which will be in the format spetXXXX) is active you should do the following:
Information on the services available, your Oxford email account, and how to set up your IT access, is available on the University’s Welcome to IT web pages. These pages contain simple step-by-step information to help you access Oxford’s IT provision.
Once you have returned your University Card form and it has been processed, you will be sent details of your Single Sign-On (SSO). Once you have your SSO you should also complete the University’s online enrolment forms in Student Self Service.
You need to register in order to attend your programme of study, release your loan from your UK student funding body/sponsor/awarding body, print an enrolment certificate, be eligible to take examinations and access your results.
Your status as a member of the University is not confirmed until your registration has been confirmed by the St Peter’s College Office team which usually takes place in Week 0 of term, once you have collected your University Card and shown the team your identification documents (see below).
International students requiring a Student Route visa should read the University's detailed guidance about Student Route visas carefully.
The date you can arrive in the UK will be the 'valid from' date on your visa. This will usually be seven days before the ‘intended date of travel’ you put on your visa application but cannot be earlier than one month before your course starts. You should not attempt to enter the UK before your travel visa is valid.
You must collect your BRP as soon as you can and within 10 days of arrival in the UK. You will receive information about how to collect your BRP from UK Visas and Immigration.
You will need to collect your University Card (often referred to as a 'Bod Card') soon after you arrive in Oxford, because it is a key form of identification within the College and the University. It acts as a key to buildings on the College site. The College Office will run regular sessions in which you can collect your University Card.
Please ensure you bring your passport or driving licence (or other photographic ID) with you when you come to Oxford. The College Office team will need to see a form of ID when issuing you your University Card.
Due to UK Home Office requirements, we will need to have copies of your passport and information about your immigration status before you can take your University Card away from the College Office and your enrolment can be completed. Further details are provided here.
All students are required to register with a doctor in Oxford. We recommend that you register with the practice of Dr Leaver & Partners, who are the College Doctors for St Peter’s students. The practice is located at the Jericho Health Centre, New Radcliffe House, Walton Street (opposite the Phoenix Picturehouse cinema), about 10 minutes walk from the College; tel. +44 (0)1865 311234.
To register with the College Doctors, go to www.campusdoctor.co.uk/oxford/ and follow the instructions. You are asked to complete your registration before you arrive in Oxford.
- Letter for incoming students from the College Doctors
- Information sheet about the College Doctors
- Letter about immunisations from the University
International students are advised to consult the University's guidance page for further information about access to UK health services. Student Visa holders can find information about the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) on the University's webpage about Student Visas.
Students living in College-managed accommodation are automatically covered by a Room Contents group insurance scheme provided by Endsleigh Insurance. The annual premium is paid by the College.
- Personal possessions in your room up to £10,000 against theft, fire and flood
- Computer Equipment (e.g Desktops and Laptops) in your room up to £2,000
- Musical Instruments up to £600 in your room
- Visual & audio equipment such as televisions and CD or DVD players up to £1,000 in your room
- Mobile phones (forced entry only) up to £1,000 in your room
Restrictions, limits and conditions apply.
The College’s Policy number is HH1071. You can download an insurance certificate here.
The above group insurance scheme does not cover students living in private accommodation, who are therefore strongly advised to arrange their own cover.
Matriculation (the moment when you formally join the University) will take place on Saturday 15 October (end of Week 1). You must plan to be present for Matriculation on this day - please keep the whole morning free.
Sub fusc: the dress code for the Matriculation ceremony and for University Examinations
You should wear a gown, a mortarboard or soft-cap, and items from the following list:
- One of:
- Dark suit with dark socks
- Dark skirt with black tights or stockings
- Dark trousers with dark socks
- Dark coat if required
- Black Shoes
- Plain white collared shirt or blouse
- White bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon.
Undergraduates and Visiting Students should obtain a ‘commoners gown’. Graduate Students should obtain an ‘advanced student gown’ (also known as a ‘graduate gown’). For further information about sub fusc and gowns see: www.ox.ac.uk/students/academic/dress.
- One of:
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