Oxford has been called 'The City of Dreaming Spires' after its beautiful architecture and stunning skyline, but it is also 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.

EVENT: Christmas Fair, Wednesday 21 November

Christmas comes early in Oxford! The Newcomers' Club will be holding its annual Christmas Fair on Wednesday 21st November at St Luke's Chapel on the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. All are welcome to this free event where you will be able to buy hand-made Christmas gifts and get into the festive mood with seasonal entertainment and refreshments.

christmas fair

Contact us

We hope that this website will be a useful starting point as you plan your move to Oxford. Please email the Welcome Service Coordinator, Sue Morris, if you have any questions about the information provided on this site.

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Further information about working at the University can be found on the Staff Gateway.
(NB If you have any specific employment-related queries please address these to the main contact in your department/college).

The Oxford Learning Institute offers an on-line induction course for staff and arranges introductory events for academic staff and for researchers.

The Oxford Research Staff Society (OxRSS) provides social and professional networking opportunities for anyone who is employed by the University for research purposes.

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. Advice on common questions about beginning your course can be found on the International Students pages.

The partners of new members of the University are invited to the Newcomers' Club, which holds coffee mornings on Wednesdays from 10:30-12:00 at the University Club on Mansfield Road. The Welcome Service Coordinator is normally available at these coffee mornings.


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.

Oxford University Welcome Service makes no charge for its services, and acts in an advisory capacity only. In particular, the University does not endorse any external resources or providers listed on this website


And that sweet City with her dreaming spires
She needs not June for beauty's heightening

Did you know? the famous quotation comes from the poem Thyrsis, written in 1866 by Matthew Arnold. He was inspired by the view looking down towards Oxford from nearby Boars Hill.

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