Here is a checklist of things to do to make your arrival in Oxford run smoothly, particularly if you are travelling from outside the United Kingdom.
1. Return all forms to University and College: Including the University contract and all the documentation required in the email sent by the College in July.
2. Check your Immigration documents: Make sure your Visa is in order. Pack in your hand luggage all documents for immigration including your acceptance letters from University and the College, proofs of financial support, and your College letter detailing your accommodation or proof of out-of-college housing (and don't forget your passport!).
3. Check your finances: It can take several weeks to set up a bank account, so make sure you bring enough pounds sterling to cover your living expenses for the first few weeks. Also be prepared to pay your fees invoice, or 'battels' for the first term's College and University fees. If you are an international student, you may wish to begin the process of opening a bank account - ask your home bank if they have international partners. A letter of introducation to your chosen bank can be obtained from the Graduate Officer.
4. Check your arrival date with Lincoln Let the college know the date you plan to arrive. International students, flying into Heathrow, should estimate between 3-4 hours between landing and arriving via bus at Gloucester Green. If arriving at Gatwick, estimate 4-5 hours. Information on traveling to Oxford is available on the University website.
5. Register with the University: Complete the first part of registration by logging onto the student self-service site and verifying your details. The site opens 1 September. Login details will be sent to you by email once you have returned the University contract.
Tips for packing:
6. Check your computer: Make sure your computer has current anti-virus software or you will be unable to access the network upon arrival.
7. Check your electricity needs: The UK runs on 220/240v 50Hz with three pronged sockets. This is fine for most international laptops and personal computers (with an adaptor), but it is not recommended that you bring hairdryers and other items that are usually incompatible with British electrical voltage. You may want to bring an adapter depending on your country of origin and what electronics you choose to bring with you.
8. Domestic items: College does not provide bedding or towels, although these can be easily obtained at shops in town (e.g. Argos on New Inn Hall Street, or Boswell's in Cornmarket). Complete bedding sets can also be bought at the College Lodge, for about £30. If you plan to bring linen from home, the sheet size corresponds to a standard single. You do not need to bring basic cooking equipment or plates - these are provided in College accommodation.
9. Clothes: In addition to normal clothing:
Academic Dress: Formal academic dress has to be worn for matriculation, exams and special occasions. It is called 'sub fusc', and means a gown, mortar board or soft cap, and your preffered option of the following:
dark suit with dark socks;
dark skirt with black tights; or
dark trousers with dark socks.
This should be worn with a white collared shirt or blouse, with either a white bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or a black ribbon. Shoes must be black, and a dark coat can be worn if required. Gowns are worn on top. Gowns, mortarboards and ties may be bought in Walters on Turl Street for a discount, but make sure to pack the basic attire.
10. Semi-Formal: For MCR or society dinners, and other special occasions. This should be a suit, a smart knee-length dress, or cocktail dress.
11. Formal: In all likelihood you will attend a couple of black tie events while at Oxford such as a College Ball or special dinner. Dinner jackets/tuxedos ( these can be hired), and long or short dresses are all acceptable.
12. Luggage in advance: We would much prefer you to send luggage to reach Lincoln shortly after your arrival. However if you do need to send luggage on ahead of you - and this facility is available only for overseas students, not for UK or EU - then you should direct it to the College address. It should be clearly labelled that it is 'Advance Baggage' and should have your name clearly marked on it. The storage area for baggage is small, so please only use this option if it is absolutely necessary, limit it to one item and check availability with the Admissions Officer. Please do not send any courier post in advance.