Before you arrive

Before you arrive

For a printable pre-arrival checklist please click here

Securing your College offerFounders Building green space looking out onto the old main building

Your offer pack contains the full details of your College offer and its conditions. However, if you change your mind and decline your College offer, you will also be declining your place on the programme of study offered to you as the two offers are linked. To secure your College offer, you must successfully complete your financial declaration. You would therefore need to research and secure funding for your studies, if you haven’t done so already.

Finding funding for your studies

St Antony’s College Scholarships

St Antony’s College has three College scholarships available for 2019/20 entry. Further information about the scholarships, their eligibility criteria and the application process is available here. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of May 2019. Some of the Research Centres at St Antony's College also offer scholarships. Further details are available here.

Oxford Scholarships

If you are not eligible for one of the scholarships offered by St Antony's College or its centres, you may still be eligible for an Oxford Scholarship. Please use the Fees, Funding and Scholarship Search tool to identify any funding relevant to you and your course. As St Antony’s College only administers our own College scholarships, we cannot advise when applicants are likely to hear whether they have secured funding. We would advise checking whether an approximate decision date has been given for the scholarships you are eligible/have applied for in the Scholarships A-Z listing. In general, most Oxford scholarships are awarded between late February and June.

External Funding

It is advisable to investigate external funding sources and the University of Oxford fees and funding website has useful advice about how to proceed with this. The website includes a summary of external scholarships, suggestions for other funding sources and useful advice about student loans.

Paid work

Paid employment undertaken during term time must comply with the paid work guidelines for Oxford graduate students. Whilst it may be possible to undertake some paid work during your course, the guidelines would mean that you would not be able to earn enough to support yourself entirely. International students with a UK visa must also ensure that they do not exceed the maximum number of working hours specified in their visa.

Financial Declaration

To complete your financial declaration, you would need to provide evidence that you have sufficient funding for your first year course fees by emailing a completed financial declaration form, checklist and relevant supporting documents to the Registry Administrator by 01 July 2019. The form, checklist and details of acceptable financial evidence can be found in your offer pack. The College Bursar will make the final decision as to whether the documentation provided is acceptable and if so, you will be informed by email that your College offer has become unconditional. The College receives a large number of financial declarations close to/on the deadline and we would therefore strongly advise that you submit your financial declaration early, if possible. If you foresee any issues with meeting the deadline, please inform the Registry Administrator as soon as possible.

Immigration

The University of Oxford visa and immigration webpages contain useful information about whether a visa is required for your study and the application process. If you have any questions after reading this information, please contact the student immigration team.

You will be contacted by your Department regarding your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) number when you have met the academic and financial conditions of your offer. The College does not look after this process – if you have an unconditional offer and have not received your CAS three months before the start of your course, please contact your Department.

 Accommodation

View of the 'Ghassan Shaker' Building and the Gatway BuildingCollege Accommodation

St Antony’s College offers a range of single rooms for its students, banded by grade. The College also has a limited number of accommodation options for couples and families/small groups. All offer holders will be emailed the application form by the end of May 2019. Please note that you can apply for either a single room or a double room/studio/flat - it is not possible to apply for both types. The majority of accommodation is located on campus (in the Ghassan Shaker, Gateway & Founders Buildings) or near campus in converted Victorian houses. Please click here for a map of the College.

Most accommodation is available for either a 38 week or 50 week tenancy. The exception is en-suite rooms, which are only available for 38 weeks.

Welcome Weekend is on 5 and 6 October 2019 and students are expected to have moved in that weekend ready for their College and departmental inductions on Monday 7 October. You may request an earlier moving in date, earliest possible moving in date is Monday 30 September 2019, subject to availability depending on your room. It may be possible to move in earlier than 30 September if you will be starting your course in September (MPP and MBA students) or taking a pre-sessional English Language course, subject to availability.

Details of accommodation application process and deadlines.

All offer holders will be emailed the application form by the end of May 2019. As with most Oxford Colleges, St Antony's College is unable to offer accommodation to all students who would like to live in. Accommodation will therefore be allocated in the following order of priorities:

  1. Students with a disability that impacts on their living needs (medical evidence is required)
  2. Students awarded a St Antony's College scholarship
  3. Students who do not live in the UK
  4. Students who have not studied at a UK university in the last academic year

College accommodation is not guaranteed unless you meet the criteria for priority 1 and/or 2. Unfortunately, we are unable to take into account any criteria (e.g. of a personal or financial nature) other than that listed in the priorities above when allocating accommodation. This is to ensure fairness to all students in the allocation process.

You should expect hear the outcome of the accommodation ballot from week commencing 22/07/2019. St Antony's College tries to assign accommodation according to an applicant’s preference, but if your first choice room is not available, we may offer you an alternative type or grade of room.

University Accommodation

If you do not meet the criteria for priorities 1 and/or 2 in the College accommodation ballot, it is very important to think about alternative options in case your application for College accommodation is unsuccessful. The Graduate Accommodation Office at the University of Oxford manage rooms, flats and houses in and around the City Centre for graduates. Summertown House is located close to St Antony’s College and is convenient for shops and amenities, while Castle Mill is popular with our MBA students as it is located close to the Said Business School. You are welcome to apply for University accommodation while you are awaiting the outcome of your application for College accommodation.

Private Accommodation

The Studentpad website has a useful search engine for finding private properties and rooms. You could also try independent search engines (such as Dailyinfo) or one of the many commercial letting agents operating in Oxford. Examples include:

Please note that St Antony’s College does not specifically recommend any of the above institutions or agents. You must ensure that you are clear about the terms, conditions and fees for your potential private accommodation. Oxford City Council runs a Landlord Accreditation Scheme and publishes a list of accredited landlords and letting agents.

To learn more about the location of St Antony's College and your Department relative to any potential private accommodation, please have a look at the University of Oxford’s interactive map. Departments and Colleges at the University of Oxford are spread across the city and are easily accessible by foot, bicycle or bus. The Oxford Visitor Information Centre and the Oxford City Guide may also be of interest if you have never been to Oxford before.

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