When you Arrive
When you Arrive
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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. From 02 – 07 October the Arrival Assistants (current students) will help you get to your college room and answer any questions you may have.
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.
The Welcome Week timetable and more information about Welcome Week will be published here in late July.
Collecting your BRP (if applicable)
You should collect your BRP card as soon as possible following your arrival in Oxford. Some students will also be required to register with the police within seven days of arriving. More information can be found here.
College registration is open between 9:30 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 16:00 from 03 October to 10 October 2019. We will not be able to enrol students beforehand, unless they are studying for an MBA or MPP course. Before you arrive at the College to register in person, you must first:
- Verify your details on student self-service.
- 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 18 October 2019. You can either return this to the Registry Office (located in the Gateway Building) between the hours of 10:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00 Monday to Friday or to the Lodge if outside opening hours.
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 (07 – 11 October 2019) you will invited for 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 officially welcome you either on Monday 07 October or Wednesday 09 October 2019. You will receive an email in September with details on your specific group (with dates and times) - these events are compulsory and it is not possible to change groups.
During the official welcome you will meet the College Warden as well as other members of the College family, including the Executive Officers of the Graduate Common Room (GCR). The Welcome talks will be followed by a free drinks reception and formal hall (dinner) where you have the chance to speak to your fellow students, staff and Governing Body Fellows. The College Induction will take place during the day on Wednesday 09 October 2019. As with the official welcome, you will be allocated a time. This will be a more informative session where we will discuss practical matters, as well as student wellbeing and academic support. Further information will be published in late summer.
Information will be available in the summer.
Information will be available in the summer.
New students will not be able to access the College Library using their University Card until 07 October 2019. The library will however be providing drop in induction sessions, which will be detailed in the welcome week timetable. If you were to attend one of these sessions, the team would add College Library access to your card from this date – a great incentive to learn how to use the Library early! In exceptional cases (i.e. if you want or need to read something available in the College Library early), it may be possible to grant early access - please contact the Library Office to enquire. The Gulbenkian Reading Room and Computer Room (both located in the Old Main Building) are available for new students to use from arrival.
College gym induction
The College has a small gym on site in the Founder’s Building (building number 6 on the College Map). In the 2018/19 academic year, the annual fee for access to both the gym and cardio rooms was £25.00 (£15.00 for St Antony’s Boat Club members as a contribution is already made via club fees). These charges may be subject to increase in the 2019/20 academic year. To join the gym, students must first attend a compulsory induction session - sign-up sheets will be available on the noticeboard in the Lodge from 01 October 2019
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:
- Visiting students.
- 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).
- 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 College Registrar for details.
All students attending the matriculation ceremony and photo must be wearing full academic dress. It is very important that you follow the instructions provided here as students can be refused entry to the Sheldonian Theatre if they are wearing the incorrect academic dress.
You are required to make your own arrangements to hire or buy the required academic dress. The College does not recommend any particular suppliers but the following are well-known in Oxford:
- Shepherd and Woodward on the High Street
- Walters of Oxford on Turl Street
- Varsity Shop on Broad Street
The matriculation ceremony for new students joining the University of Oxford in Michaelmas Term 2019 will be on Saturday 19th October 2019. If you are unable to attend the ceremony on this date for reasons of religion or belief, please inform the Registry Administrator as soon as possible.
The College puts together a programme of events for the day to help students get the most out of this enjoyable Oxford tradition, including a photographer for a group photo and individual photos. You will be sent the programme for matriculation one week in advance of the ceremony. Unfortunately, it is not possible for members of the public (including partners, family and friends) to attend the matriculation event or the celebrations in College due to limitations of space.
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