New Students

We look forward to welcoming you to Wolfson College.

Before you arrive

We are delighted that you have accepted your offer to study at Wolfson, and we look forward to welcoming you when you arrive. In order to make your transition to life at Wolfson and in Oxford as smooth as possible, please ensure that you have done the following before you arrive:

Both the College and your department or faculty will be hosting several induction events in September and early October, and some of these are mandatory. Please be sure to review this page carefully so that you know what you will need to attend and when.

The University's comprehensive guide for new students includes useful information about your University contract, accommodation, orientation events for international students and more.

The Oxford collegiate system

Oxford has a distinctive collegiate structure, in which students belong to the University, to a college or hall and to their department or faculty. For postgraduate students, the department or faculty handles teaching and other academic matters, while the college provides more of a social home. For further information on the collegiate system, and the role that the College will play in your time at Oxford, please see the University's guidance here.

Registering with the College Doctor

All new students are expected 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.

It is important that you register before you begin your course to ensure that any medical attention you require from the GP is accessed as quickly and easily as possible. 

Students who are ordinarily resident in the EU/EEA countries should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) before coming to the United Kingdom. For further information please see here.

Current Oxford residents may remain with their current GP.

Academic dress

When attending formal University ceremonies or sitting examinations, students are required to wear academic dress. This consists of an academic gown worn over sub fusc (from the Latin sub fuscus meaning dark brown). The College does not provide academic dress, so you may want to consider purchasing your own when you arrive in Oxford. You will need academic dress for Matriculation on 19 October; for further information please see the Matriculation section below.

The College provides guidance on academic dress here, including recommendations of where to buy or hire it. The University's guidance can be found here.

IT, email and internet access

Before you arrive, you will have recieved your Oxford Single Sign On details, with which you can log in to your Oxford email account and the eduroam wireless network.

For guidance about connecting to WiFi at Wolfson, see the College's IT guidance here.

When you arrive: Registration

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

  • Complete the University registration using Student Self Service
  • International students only: collect visa and BRP
  • Attend an academic registration session in College, with optional library induction
  • Attend Matriculation

You must also attend the following events to get you ready for college life:

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

The following dropdown menus provide details of what to expect for each of these events, and the 2019 programme of events can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.

University registration

An essential part of being a student of the University is the annual completion of registration. As a new student you should complete the first step of your University registration by verifying your details online using Student Self Service before you arrive. You will need to use your Oxford Single Sign On details to access Student Self Service. We will not be able to complete your enrolment without you having verified your details online beforehand.

International students

If you are studying on a visa, you must collect your permanent visa/Biometric Residence Permit card and then bring this, along with your passport, to an Academic Registration session. 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.

A guide to opening a UK bank account in Oxford is available here

For further information on starting at Oxford as an international student, see the University's guidance here. UKCISA also provides a wealth of information about studying in the UK as an international student.

Academic registration & library induction

These sessions will include an introduction to college life, the issuing 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 attended this session, the college can complete your University enrolment process. You will not be able to access your enrolment certificate (used for opening bank accounts) until you have attended a registration session so that your enrolment can be completed.

You must attend one of the college academic registration sessions listed on the programme of events document 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. 

Library inductions are optional, but highly recommended, to ensure that you get the most out of the resources available to you. Most students will attend the library induction immediately after an Academic Registration session, but you are welcome to attend any of the Library induction sessions listed on the schedule below. 


Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University. It is a statutory requirement that all students must matriculate as members of the University at the beginning of their first course at the University. The dress code is Academic Dress; the College will not be providing this so please be sure to arrange your own. Please note that this ceremony is not open to friends or family. Students who have previously attended the Oxford matriculation ceremony are not expected to attend. 

Matriculation will take place on Saturday 19 October 2019. The schedule is as follows:

  • 9.00 - 9.45: Registration period and breakfast - you must come to the Dining Hall and register with us
  • 10.00: Opportunity for group photo followed by individual photos (optional)
  • 11.00: Leave College for the Sheldonian
  • 11.30: All students must be at the Sheldonian ready to enter for Matriculation
  • The ceremony should be finished by 13.00 at the latest

You will receive an email with further details about a week before the matriculation ceremony. The University also provides guidance on matriculation here.

President's Welcome and College Induction Meeting

The President will welcome you 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 croissants. The session lasts around one hour.

Medical and Welfare Induction

This induction will familiarise you with the College's as well as the University's provisions for health and welfare support. We will also provide a brief overview of the NHS for students not from the UK. There will be a break for a tea and cake reception which will be followed by a sexual consent workshop (attendance is strongly encouraged). 

College Welcome Dinner

You will be invited to a Welcome Dinner, where you will have the opportunity to meet Governing Body Fellows and students from across Department and Divisions. If you are studying a course that is within the Social Science Division, Continuing Education or Medical Sciences Division your dinner will be held on Tuesday, 15 October from 18.45. If you are studying a course that is within the Humanities Division or MPLS Division, your dinner will be held on Friday, 18 October from 18.45.

If you are not sure which Division your course is in, please check here.

Please ensure that you keep the relevant date free, and more details will be issued upon arrival.

University-wide orientation events

The Oxford Student Union hosts a Freshers' Fair during 0th week every year, which also features information stands about central University services (e.g. IT, Libraries, Careers Centre, Health and Welfare, Student Immigration, etc). Each college is allocated a time for their students to attend, and ours is Thursday, 10 October at 10am. It normally takes around two hours to attend the range of Freshers' Fair and University stands.

Your first few weeks

As you settle in at Wolfson and in Oxford, the following resources will help you find your way around:

The University's guide for new students also provides useful information for your first few weeks.

The College Advisor Scheme

Each student is allocated a senior member of the College who will act as their College Advisor. Your College Advisor is available to you as an additional source of advice and help during your studies, and you will have an opportunity to meet them during Michaelmas Term. Details will be circulated in due course. Please see the College Advisor section on the Academic Office webpage for further information.

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 as soon as possible, and ideally before signing any new tenancy agreements which place you outside the permitted radius.

Immunisation Information for Incoming StudentsDownload
University Orientation Events for non-UK StudentsDownload
Oxford Bank Guide for International StudentsDownload

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