Oxford University Welcome Service

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 Coordinators, Sue Morris and Georgia Binning, if you have any questions about the information provided on this site.


News - July 2022

Don't miss out on your £150 Council Tax rebate!

To help households with rising energy costs, the Government has announced a £150 council tax rebate (payment) for households in bands A to D. If you are eligible and pay by direct debit you should receive the rebate automatically. If you pay by other means you may need to apply on-line via your local council, e.g.
Council Tax energy rebate (Oxford City Council).

There is also a discretionary scheme for some households in bands E-H, including where all the occupants are students. You will need to apply for the discretionary scheme regardless of your payment method and provide evidence of how you meet the eligibility criteria.

You should apply for your rebate by 31 August 2022.

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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.



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.