The JCR Freshers' Guide contains a wealth of information and advice from current students.
Page last updated 9 September 2022
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 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.
Induction sessions for Undergraduate Freshers will begin on the evening of Sunday 2 October. You can expect a busy schedule of induction activities, both academic and social. There will be various College briefings which are compulsory for all students.
You will have subject induction meetings will be arranged between yourself and your tutor(s) in College. You will also have induction activities in your department or faculty, and sessions to introduce you to the Libraries. The schedule of these events will vary according to which subject you are studying.
You are invited to (and are expected to attend) a formal Freshers’ Dinner on the Monday of Freshers’ Week which many of your tutors will also attend. The dress code for Freshers’ Dinner is smart/suits (as will also be the case if you choose to attend other ‘Formal Halls’ during the year).
The College provides accommodation to all new Undergraduate Freshers. You will be automatically allocated a room; you do not need to contact the College in order to reserve a room.
Undergraduate Freshers occupy rooms with a 27 week lease. Room charges are based on 27 weeks’ residence per year (9 weeks per term): Sunday of Week 0 to Saturday of Week 8 in each term. Occupancy dates in 2022-23 are as follows:
- Michaelmas term: Sunday 2 October - Saturday 3 December 2022 (leave by 10am)
- Hilary term: Sunday 8 January - Saturday 11 March 2023 (leave by 10am)
- Trinity term: Sunday 16 April - Saturday 17 June 2023 (leave by 10am)
The rent is £185 per week which includes all utilities and internet connection. Also included is regular cleaning of student rooms and the frequent cleaning of communal areas. All rooms have a single bed, wardrobe, desk, chair and lamp. You will need to provide your own bed linen and towels.
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 Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Student meals begin at dinner on Sunday of Week 0 (e.g. 2 October 2022 in Michaelmas term) and end after breakfast on Saturday of Week 8 each term.
Undergraduate Freshers will be provided with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the first few days of Freshers' Week (from dinner on Sunday 2 October until breakfast on Wednesday 5 October inclusive) for a single payment of £28, which will be charged to your Michaelmas term ‘battels’ (College invoice).
After this, you will be able to pay for meals via the Dining Hall’s pay-as-you-go system. You will be charged £288 on your battels each term in 2022-23 as pre-payment for meals in Hall during the term. Each student will have their own account which is accessed via the Upay website and which you top up further as necessary. Further information about the pre-payment model for meals can be found on the Meals page of the website.
If you will be arriving in Oxford prior to Sunday 2 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 12 September (TBC).
The 2022-23 Finance Guide for Undergraduates summarises 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 useful information here (on the tab labelled 'Finances and Banks').
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 from filling it in in the future. However, if you don’t know your bank details yet, please don’t fill in this form. You can upload the completed form using the St Peter’s College Submission Portal (go to ‘Freshers’ Forms 2022' and then select 'Bank Details').
When you receive your Single Sign-On details:
Look out for your IT activation email and follow the instructions in it to set up your Oxford IT access. If you haven't received your activation email by Friday 16 September 2022, please contact email@example.com to let us know it hasn't arrived.
- Complete the University's online enrolment forms in Student Self Service.
- Access your Oxford email
- Set up your Remote Access account
Before you arrive in Oxford (and preferably as soon as possible):
- Complete the College's online data collection form.
- All Non UK/Irish passport holders only: read this document and take the action requested in it.
- Contact firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before your intended arrival date if you want or need to arrive before Sunday 2 October 2022.
- Access the reading list for your subject.
- Read the JCR Freshers' Guide and the Student Administrative Handbook.
- Review the University's guidance about IT equipment for new students.
- Register with the College Doctors: go to www.campusdoctor.co.uk/oxford/ and follow the instructions.
- Read the letter about immunisations and arrange immunisations if necessary.
- Make a note in your diary about Matriculation on Saturday 15 October (see further information here).
- Complete and return Bank details form (if you know your UK bank details already, optional, see instructions above).
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