New Students

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Wolfson College.


In order to complete your registration you will need to have:

  • Complete the University registration using Student Self Service.
  • Attend Academic Registration and Library Induction
  • Attend Matriculation: Registration, Breakfast and Photographs
  • Attend Matriculation Ceremony   

The following events are compulsory and will get you ready for college life:

  • President's Welcome and College Induction Meeting
  • College Welcome Dinner

Download the 2017 Induction Schedule here.

International Students

If you are studying on a VISA, you must collect your permanent VISA/Biometric Residence Permit card first and then bring this, along with your passport, to the Academic Registrations and Library Induction. We cannot register or enrol you until you have had these documents checked and scanned.

This page provides details of your visa obligations and it is important that you read and understand these requirements

Academic Registration and Library Induction

These sessions will include an introduction to college life, the collection of your University card and a welcome pack. You will also be asked to sign the college contract, an example copy of which can be viewed below. Once you have attend this session, the college can complete your University enrolment process.

You must attend one of the college academic registration and information sessions listed on the timetable available to download at the bottom of this page. Each session lasts approximately 30 minutes. To ensure the sessions run smoothly please arrive promptly at the start time listed.


Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admissions to the University. It is a statutory requirement that all students must matriculate as members of the University at the beginning of their course. Those who have already matriculated but are starting a new course at Wolfson are invited to join in the photographic session. Dress code is Academic Dress. Please note that this ceremony is not open to the public. Please see Key Events below for dates and times.

President's Welcome and College Induction Meeting

The President will welcome you all to the College,after which several of the College Officers will provide you with information about the College and their role here. This is followed by coffee and croissant. The session lasts around an hour.

College Welcome Dinner

Each student is allocated a senior member of the College who will act as their College Adviser. Your College Adviser is available to you as an additional source of advice and help during your studies and the welcome dinners are where you will meet with your college advisor at the start of the year.

Please keep both dates listed free. At least a week before the dinners, you will receive an email providing you with the details of your College Adviser and inviting you to the dinner they will be attending . The dress code is smart-casual and you do not need to wear a gown

Registering with the College Doctor

All new students are invited to register with Banbury Road Medical Centre just a 10-minute walk away from College. To register, visit their website. Be sure to state that you are student at Wolfson College, and don't forget to complete the online medical questionnaire for new patients.

Register partners and each dependant separately and confirm your family status by email.

Current Oxford residents may remain with their current GP.

Residence Requirements

The University Regulations require that graduates live within twenty five miles of Carfax Tower (the centre of Oxford). To meet the residence requirement students must be in Oxford for at least 42 nights each term.

Dispensation may be granted in exceptional circumstances. If you believe you have reason to request dispensation you should contact

Key Events

Date & Time Event Location
Ongoing from arrival until Friday 6 October Academic Registration & Library Induction Meet at the Lodge
Thursday 5 October 9.30 -10.30 President's Welcome and College Induction Meeting Dining Hall
Tuesday 10 October 18.45 Friday 13 October 18.45 College Welcome Dinner Dining Hall
Saturday 14 October
9.00 onwards
Matriculation: Registration, Breakfast and Photographs Dining Hall
Saturday 14 October  11.45 Matriculation Ceremony Sheldonian Theatre


Date and Time Event Location
Ongoing from Arrival Register with College Doctor
(This is strongly recommended)
Banbury Road Medical Practice
Thursday 28 September 9.30-17.00 University Orientation Programme for European and International Students (Social Sciences Division except for MBA&MFE students) Exam Schools
Friday 29 September 9.30-17.00 University Orientation Programme for European and International Students (All other divisions) Exam Schools
Wednesday 4 October 10.00-11.00 OUSU Freshers' Fair Exam Schools (entry wristband will be in your pigeonhole in the Lodge from Monday 2nd October)
Programme of Events for New StudentsDownload

The latest from Wolfson College

6 November 2017
Aris Lecture 2017

This year's lecture will be delivered by Emeritus Professor, University of Oslo, Per Kvaerne and Tenzin Kesang of Dharamsala.

Greg Woolf RSL17
30 October 2017
The Ronald Syme Lecture: Migration and the Metropolis: How ancient Rome stayed great

Professor Greg Woolf delivers the Ronald Syme Lecture this year.

23 October 2017
Imagining the Divine: Exhibition

Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.

Our upcoming events

Lectures and Seminars
23 - 23
Nov Nov
Travelling and Filming in Gandhara
Thursday 23 November -
5:00pm to 6:30pm

In this public lecture of the Classical Art Research Centre's Gandhara Connections project, the historian and broadcaster Michael Wood will be showing film footage and talking about his travels in the area of ancient Gandhara (roughly northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan) in the course of more than thirty years of documentary film making.

Parties and Dinners
23 - 23
Nov Nov
Guest Night
Thursday 23 November -
7:30pm to 10:00pm

Guest Night dinners take place on Thursdays during full term and are open to all members of College and Common Room. They provide a convivial atmosphere and the chance to meet other Wolfsonians as well as entertaining guests. Dress code is smart (no gowns). Pre-dinner drinks are normally at 7.00 pm, followed by dinner at 7.30 pm.

Clubs & Societies
24 - 24
Nov Nov
Csontváry, Painter of the Sun’s Path
Friday 24 November -
8:00pm to 10:00pm

An illustrated talk about Csontváry’s life and art, based on the ‘Csontváry's paintings in Transylvania’ 2016 exhibition in Csíkszereda (Miercurea Ciuc).