New Students

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Wolfson College.


In order to complete your registration you will need to:

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

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

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

The 2018 programme of events can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and provides full details of these, and other events. 

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 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

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 attended this session, the college can complete your University enrolment process.

You must attend one of the college academic registration session 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 course. Dress code is Academic Dress. Please note that this ceremony is not open to the public. 

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.

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 adviser at the start of the year.

Please keep both dates listed free and around 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.

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

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


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25 - 25
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Tuesday 25 September - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Concert and Plays
29 - 29
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Saturday 29 September - 7:30pm to 10:00pm

Barefoot Opera, well known for its strong production values, ensemble work, and fresh interpretation, brings its unique style to the opera everyone knows and loves: 'Carmen' by Bizet. Our brilliant young soloists include young talents from the Guildhall School of Music and the Welsh Opera Academy. At the start of their careers, they will be accompanied by Barefoot Opera’s signature ensemble of free-base accordion double-bass, clarinet, and keyboard.

Art exhibition
30 - 30
Sep Sep
Steve Empson: Exhibition Private View
Sunday 30 September - 12:00pm

PRIVATE VIEW - Sunday 30 September from 12 noon to 3 pm.
Steve Empson observes two coastal communities, in Kent and Co Durham, he considers to be similar in many aspects. Both places are out on a limb, and he sees them as being quirky and attractively at the edge of society. In paintings and drawings of mixed media, he attempts to get across his feeling for these places.