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.


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 People and Organisational Development Team (POD) offers an on-line induction course for staff and arranges introductory events for researchers.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning offers an Oxford Essentials course for new academic staff.

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 (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.

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.

Disclaimer: 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.


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.