For students starting at St Antony's in September/October 2013
We are delighted that you will soon be arriving to start your University of Oxford graduate course as a member of St Antony's College. Congratulations again on being admitted!
You need to arrive in College on or by Sunday 6 October 2013. This allows you to be in residence for the start of "0th" week. 0th (pronounced 'nor-th') week starts on 7 October 2013 and is the week preceding the first official week of term.
During that week you will need to attend a College Registration session as well as other induction and welcome events taking place during this week. See the section on Welcome Week.
You can arrive earlier if you have been told that you will need to attend a pre-sessional course, or you wish to attend the International Orientation Programme on 3 or 4 October, or you are studying for the Master of Public Polcy. If you do plan to arrive in Oxford early, please note that you may not be able to access all libraries and facilities immediately.
Click on the link to find directions to St Antony's College. If you’ll be arriving at Heathrow Airport between 28 September and 6 October (8am to 8pm), you may like to sign up for a free meet and greet service run by the University. The registration code is Oxorient. You need to sign up by 20 September.
Above: St Antony's College from the main entrance on Woodstock Road.
When you do arrive, please report to the Lodge (Oxford terminology for a reception area). On Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October (exact times to be confirmed), a member of the College Registry or one of our wonderful student helpers will be available to greet you on arrival.
If you arrive at other times, you will probably be greeted by one of our Porters (another Oxford term... Porters do a range of jobs covering reception and security duties, but they don’t carry bags like hotel porters do!).
If possible, please try to arrive during the day time. Whilst the Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day, there will not be as many people available to help you if you arrive very early in the morning or late at night. The phone number for the Lodge is the main College number: +44 (0)1865 284700.
If you will be living in St Antony's College accommodation you can collect your key/room card from the Lodge.
Regardless of where you are living, you will be able to pick up your University card at the Lodge on or after Wednesday 25 September 2013. Your University card is used to access a range of places and facilities so please do your best not to lose it!
You will also be able to find your pigeonhole, a named slot where any post/mail for you will be placed.
You will be able to use the College’s internet facilities as soon as you arrive. You will have a leaflet in the envelope containing your University card that explains how to connect to our Wi-Fi network.
You will also be able to use the College dining hall, and you must take your University card or a credit/debit card with you as no cash is accepted. Information about how to put credit onto your University card to pay for meals in hall will be provided to you when you collect your University card.
You will not be able to start your academic work until you have attended a College Registration session (see Welcome Week section). This session will also include obtaining access to the College Library.
Any international student with visa queries must address these to their Department, or to the University’s Student Information and Advisory Service. The College does not have trained visa advisers and we are not able to produce CAS numbers.
The College and Graduate Common Room (GCR) organise a range of events and activities during Welcome Week and the preceding weekend.
You will need to attend a College Registration session as part of your induction. We run multiple College Registration sessions to ensure that every new student can attend. You will need to sign up to attend one College Registration when you arrive and details will be available from the Lodge when you get here. College Registration lasts one hour. If you are an international student with a UK student visa, please bring your passport with you as the College is required to make a copy.
College Registration sessions will be held on the following days and times:
Wednesday 25 September: 16.00-17.00 only for students on the Master of Public Policy (which starts on 26 September) or students who arrive early, e.g. due to a pre-sessional course
Monday 7 October: 10.30-11.30; 11.30-12.30; 14.15-15.15; 15.30-16.30
Tuesday 8 October: 10.30-11.30; 11.30-12.30; 14.15-15.15; 15.30-16.30
Students whose departmental induction is on Monday or Tuesday should sign up for a College Registration session at a different time to avoid a clash
Wednesday 9 October: 10.30-11.30; 14.15-15.15
Thursday 10 October: 10.30-11.30
Click here for the Health & Welfare Fest timetable. This is a new event for Welcome Week and will run on Friday 11 October in the afternoon. Please join us for all or part of the Fest!
Each Monday from 22 July to 23 September, you will be sent an email from a College officer with useful information about preparing for your arrival and important things you'll need to know when you get here. We will use the email address you provided when you applied to Oxford; if this has changed, please contact your Primary Administrative Contact Gillian Crook or David Robinson with the new address.
Missed any of our weekly emails over the summer? Don't worry! They are all available here.