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Visiting Student Freshers

This page contains a range of documents and information for those Visiting Student 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 and we will be able to supply a copy by email or post.

The JCR Freshers’ Guide contains a wealth of information and advice from current students.

Induction sessions for Undergraduate Freshers will begin after lunch on Monday 5 October. In-person induction activities will take place, with appropriate social distancing. Further information will be available in late September.

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 and some induction sessions may be provided online rather than in person.

You will be invited to a formal Freshers’ Dinner during Freshers’ Week. 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).

Visiting Students are allocated rooms in the College’s annexes – St George’s Gate and St Thomas Street. Rooms are allocated prior to your arrival and it is not possible to select individual rooms. Rooms are all single and en-suite.

Visiting Student rooms have 37 week leases running from Sunday 4 October 2020 to Saturday 19 June 2021. The rental for these rooms includes residence during Michaelmas and Hilary vacations. Refunds will not be paid for periods when the room is unoccupied during the period of the lease.

The rent is £172 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. A duvet and bed linen will be provided, but you will need to bring your own towels, or buy them on arrival (there are various shops near the College where you can obtain such items inexpensively).

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:

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.

New undergraduate students will be provided with all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for the first four days of Freshers' Week (from dinner on Sunday 5 October until lunch on Thursday 9 October inclusive) for a single payment of £80, which will be charged to their 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. 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.

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 receive 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 can access the relevant reading list for new Undergraduate students in your subject here. Whether the content of these is relevant for you as an incoming Visiting Student may depend on which papers you plan to study.


  • Contact if you want to arrive before Sunday 4 October.
  • Register with the College Doctors: go to 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):