When you Arrive

How to get here

Oxford is located approximately 60 miles from London and has excellent road and rail links. The University has a useful guide for travelling to Oxford from the UK’s major airports and train stations. Please note that the city of Oxford has very restricted parking and it is therefore advised that you do not bring a car to Oxford. St Antony’s College is unable to provide parking to any students or their visitors.

The College is located in leafy North Oxford and is approximately a 30 minute walk from the train station and a 20 minute walk from Gloucester Green bus station. We would however recommend catching a taxi if you have luggage. Please visit our website for further details about directions to the College.

To check in to College accommodation, please report to the Porter’s Lodge on arrival (marked building 1 on the College Map). The Lodge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but please note that you will only be able to check in after 2pm on the day that your tenancy starts. The Duty Porter will give you your key and explain how to find your room. Make sure you inform the Accommodation team of your arrival date to ensure your room is ready.  

Finding your way around Oxford

Oxford, also known as The City of Dreaming Spires, is a small world city with the university at its heart. On arrival, you will be able to take part in city tours organised by current St Antony’s College students. However, you are encouraged to use week 0 to explore the city and find all the buildings that you may need during your first term in Oxford, including your department and relevant libraries. The University provides detailed maps and guides to help you find your way around Oxford, including a map of University buildings, a map of Colleges and Halls, and a searchable map of the city.

Welcome Week (2024/25 schedule TBC)

College Enrolment

Further information about College Enrolment will be published here soon.  Please note that before you arrive at the College to register in person, you must first:

  1. Verify your details on student self-service.
  2. If you have a visa, collect your BRP card. You must bring your BRP card and passport with you to College registration or we would be unable to register you.

When we have verified that you have completed the necessary forms and scanned your passport and BRP card (if you have a visa), we will print you an enrolment certificate. The enrolment certificate is commonly used for opening a bank account, police registration (if needed as part of the terms of a visa) or council tax exemption. You will also receive your University (Bod) card, two copies of the College Contract and useful information about the College in your welcome pack. After you have read the College handbook, you should read and sign both copies of the College Contract and return one copy by 19 October 2024.  

Opening a bank account

The University of Oxford website has a useful guide for new students wishing to open a UK bank account. Banks will require a signed and stamped enrolment certificate, which you will receive when you have successfully completed registration at the College.

College induction & welcome evening

During noughth week (7 – 11 October 2024) you will be invited to induction events organised by your department and the College. Most of the events will be compulsory and it is important that you attend these. 

The College will put together a schedule of events throughout the week – see above. Full details for Wednesday 9 October to be confirmed.

Medical registration

Information will be available in the new starter newsletter #2 

Library induction

details to be confirmed


All new students at the University of Oxford will need to attend a matriculation ceremony (which officially confers membership of the University on students), except for:

  1. Visiting students.
  2. Students who have already attended a matriculation ceremony for a previous degree at the University of Oxford. It is not possible to request to attend the matriculation ceremony again, but you are most welcome to attend the celebrations in College (photograph and buffet lunch).
  3. Students who have had a degree conferred by the University of Cambridge or Trinity College Dublin and wish to incorporate, rather than attend matriculation – please contact the Academic and Admissions Officer for details.

Details of the online ceremony will be published closer to the time.