Welcome to Oxford, 'The City of Dreaming Spires', and a thriving international community, with academics, researchers and students from over 140 countries engaged in world-class research and teaching with a global impact. Whether you are thinking of joining the University from overseas, have already accepted a job offer or study place here and are planning your relocation, or are moving from another part of the UK, you can be sure to find a supportive and cosmopolitan environment in which to make your home.
These pages are intended to help you cover all the practicalities before, during, and after your move, and to provide information to help you to settle in as quickly as possible and make the most of all the wonderful opportunities the University and city have to offer.
Please email the Welcome Service Coordinator, Sue Morris, if you have any questions about the information provided on this site.
NEWS - Help with the cost of living
We are all aware of the financial pressures at the moment from rising food and fuel costs. Oxford City Council has compiled some resources which may be useful to help with the cost of living crisis.
Information for new...
- The Staff Gateway provides information about working at the University
- The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers an Oxford Essentials course for new academic staff
- The Research Staff Hub and the Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) provide support and networking opportunities for anyone employed by the University for research purposes, particularly those on fixed-term contracts
- The 'Thriving at Oxford' wellbeing programme provides resources and support to help you feel and perform at your best as part of the University community
If you have any specific employment-related queries please address these to the main contact in your department/college.
The Student Information Team will contact all new international students who meet the terms of their offers with details of the orientation programmes available at the start of the academic year (September/October). Students starting in Hilary Term (January) or Trinity Term (April) will be sent an induction pack before they arrive. Advice on common questions about beginning your course can be found on the International Students pages, or you can contact the Student Information Team if you have a specific question.
If your circumstances are more complex and you may require ongoing support from the Welcome Service during your relocation, please ask your departmental or college administrator to make a referral, including details of the position you have been offered, expected start date, and an outline of the assistance required. Subject to capacity, we will do all we can to meet your requirements and to refer you to contacts within the University and beyond as appropriate.
Useful external links
Oxford University Welcome Service makes no charge for its services, and acts in an advisory capacity only. Please note that the University does not endorse any of the external resources or providers listed on this website.