On your arrival

'To do' list

There is a great deal to take care of in the first few days in Oxford, a number of which should be done in the correct sequence. For example, in order to open a bank account, you will need to show your passport and a proof of residence, such as a rental contract or Council Tax bill with your name and current local address. If you would like a mobile phone contract or other utility services, you will need a bank account. Proof of local address will also be required when applying for school places online. A common sequence of tasks is:

  1. Arrange accommodation
  2. Open bank account
  3. Arrange telephone and internet access
  4. Arrange household utilities (electricity, gas, water)
  5. Register with a doctor

Meeting people

When you first arrive in Oxford, there will be many opportunities to meet new people. New staff and students should be offered an induction programme arranged by their department or college which will introduce you to key contacts and make sure you have access to all the resources and service you need, and the University offers regular welcome and training events for different staff groups.   

Partners of new staff are encouraged to join the Oxford University Newcomers' Club based at the University Club on Mansfield Road for:

  • weekly coffee mornings
  • career support and advice 
  • English conversation groups
  • parent and toddler play
  • sub-groups for a variety of hobbies and interests

The Newcomers' Club also runs a regular calendar of events in term time for partners.