Useful Information for New Postgraduates

On this page you will find some useful information from the College, the Hulme Common Room (HCR – postgraduate student body), the University, and others. Please also check the Next Steps and Dates and Events pages for other information about your arrival at Brasenose.

Please note: the information on this page is likely to be updated as the start of term approaches, so please ensure you check it regularly.

Information from College

Welcome Letter from Senior Tutor

Accommodation: If you have applied for Brasenose College accommodation you will have received details from the Accommodation Office. Please contact the Accommodation Manager if you have any queries about this.

College Contract: Before enrolling as a student you will be asked to sign a College Contract to agree the terms of your relationship with Brasenose. Please download this from the next steps web page and submit it via the submissions portal by the 22nd of September 2023.

Fees & Finances: The College will invoice you when you arrive for your University and College fees for the whole year, and any accommodation or other sundry charges for the first term. College bills are known as ‘Batels’, and payment is due by Wednesday of 2nd Week (18th October 2023).

Bank Accounts:  A guide to opening a bank account for European and International Students can be found here.

IT: Once you have returned your University Card Form to your Department you should receive an email giving you information on your University IT account (including your email address) and asking you to register online. If you have not received this email by Monday 25th September, please email us. More information about IT in College can also be found here.

The College’s IT Office held an online IT induction for new students on Thursday 14th September, to help you set up all the key IT systems and accounts you will need as a Brasenose student. If you weren’t able to join that session, or would like to watch it again, then the video is available here.

Recommendations for IT equipment to support your learning can be found here.

College Library: The College Librarian has prepared a brief summary about Brasenose’s Library and its facilities.

Blackwells: Some information about where to purchase your academic books can be found here.

Bodleian Libraries: More information can be found here on how to access the Bodleian Libraries.

College Map: we have produced a map of the main College site which also provides information on who to contact about various common queries.

College Advisers: information on the role of College Advisers is available here.

Student Handbook: known as the Blue Book, this outlines the key student regulations and gives more information on our welfare network, college facilities and student services. The 2022/23 version is now available on the College website.


The HCR is the student body representing graduate students in Brasenose. They produce the following documents which you may find useful, which will be added to this site as soon as they become available.

Welcome letter from the President

Graduate Freshers Guide

Welfare Guide

HCR freshers timetable 2023

The HCR are also running sign-ups for College Families. College Families consist of College Parents (students in their second year or above) who assist incoming graduates in settling into Oxford and the College.  


The University’s site for new students also has lots of useful information, and you should certainly look through it.

Maps & Directions

Travelling to Oxford: useful information on getting to Oxford, including suggestions for parking.
Searchable Map of Oxford: showing how to get to the Brasenose College main site.

Information for International Students can be found here.

Academic Dress: a number of clothing shops in Oxford offer special deals on academic dress which you may like to take advantage of. These include Shepherd & Woodward, Castell and Son (the Varsity Shop), and Walters.

TV License: you need a TV Licence to watch or download BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV or on BBC iPlayer. More information is available here.