Useful Information for New Undergraduates

On this page you will find some useful information from the College, the Junior Common Room (the JCR – the undergraduate student body), the University and others. This might seem a little overwhelming, but most of it will be relevant and helpful to you and some of it may require action on your behalf, so we urge you to read it all when you can. Please also remember to check the Next Steps and Dates & 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.


Welcome Letter from the Senior Tutor: you should already have received a confirmation letter from the Senior Tutor by email. If you have not received it please email our Admissions Office.

Academic Briefing from the Senior Tutor: some key information from the the Senior Tutor on studying at Brasenose is available here.

Course Information: you should have received some introductory material from your tutors. Please email us if you have not received anything.

Accommodation: you should already have received an email asking you to apply for accommodation. Once your place has been confirmed you will receive an email in late August or early September telling you which room you have been allocated and asking you to confirm your acceptance of it. If you do not receive anything by Friday 17th September please contact the Accommodation Office.

For information on moving in and quarantine (if applicable) please see the Dates & Events page.

Student Finance, Batels and Tuition Fees: You will be invoiced for your tuition fees for the whole year and your batels (accommodation charges) for Michaelmas Term when you arrive, and payment is due by Wednesday of 2nd Week (20th October). You do not need to pay anything before arriving at college. Please see here for a financial guide from the University.

Bank Accounts: Guide to opening a UK bank account 

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

IT: once you have returned your University Card Form (see the Next Steps page for more) you should receive an email giving you information on your University IT account (including your email address) and asking you to register online. More information about IT in College can also be found here.

The College IT Office will be holding online IT inductions on Monday 13th, Thursday 16th and Monday 27th September, and will send you an invitation once your University  IT account has been set up. The induction session will guide you through setting up all the systems and accounts you will need as a Brasenose student.

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

College Library: the College Librarian has prepared some introductory library information 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.

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 2021/22 version is now available on the College website.


The JCR (Junior Common Room) is the student body representing undergraduates in Brasenose. They have produced a number of useful documents about Freshers’ Week and life in college.

Freshers Guide: You can find a copy of the Freshers Guide 2021 here

Freshers Week Timetable: The JCR have prepared a timetable summarising the events in Freshers’ Week. 

The JCR have also produced a short guide which debunks some of the common myths about life at Oxford.

Information on JCR Charges: the JCR operates a number of schemes for which a charge is added to your batels. Please read the letter from the JCR Treasurer for further information and details on how to opt out if you would like to do so.

There is also a guide on everything you need to understand about JCR meetings.

The JCR IT rep has created a useful guide on all things IT related in college. 

You can find the letter from the Entz reps here, where they introduce themselves and how college events work. 

The Sports rep has put together a letter on how you can get involved in sports at Brasenose, which can be found here.

The Welfare reps have created a welfare guide, introducing themselves, the wider College Welfare team and how they can all help during your time at Brasenose. 

The JCR have also created a very helpful guide for international students including pre-arrival information, how to adjust to life in the UK and who to ask for help/advice. 


The University’s site for new students also has lots of useful information, and you should certainly look through it. The University also have a specific page to help international students settle into life at Oxford.

The University Student Handbook is available online. Please note this is currently the 2020/21 version but the 2021/22 version will be online soon

The University have a webpage that has been designed specifically to help Freshers’ with the transition from school or college to university, particularly where your education may have been disrupted by the pandemic.  The page has various resources to help you make the most out of your experience of Oxford. 

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 and 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.