Pre-arrival information for students

Starting a graduate degree is exciting, and at times can be a little overwhelming. Below, we've listed some things you should do before you join us, as you arrive in Oxford, and during your first few weeks here. 

Important Dates for the 2023/24 academic year


  • Sunday 1st October 2023: You need to arrive in Oxford, although some courses may require early arrival.
  • Monday 2nd - Saturday 7th October 2023: Freshers' Week, where a variety of induction events will happen in College and in your department. The student-run GCR also put on social events for you to attend.
  • Wednesday 4th October and Thursday 5th October 2023: Freshers' Dinners will take place on  at the Museum of Natural History, where you'll have a chance to meet your College Advisor over a drinks reception and dinner (you will be told which dinner to attend).
  • Saturday 14th October 2023: Matriculation. Matriculation is a ceremony that almost all students new to Oxford must attend. Some courses matriculate in absentia. You can find more information online here


If you have any questions, please do not hestiate to get in touch by emailing


Before you arrive

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