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.

Induction events 2017

The Welcome Service Coordinator, Sue Morris, will be attending the following events at the start of the 2017-18 academic year:

Oxford Essentials induction programme, information stall
For: New academic staff
Tuesday 26 September, 13:15 -14:30
Medical Sciences Teaching Centre
, South Parks Road
(NB Booking required - invitations have been sent to eligible staff by the Oxford Learning Institute)

Spouses and Partners Event including talks on the Welcome Service and Newcomers' Club
For: New graduate students and post-docs and their partners
Monday 2 October, 10:00 - 13:00
Examination Schools, High Street

Newcomers' Club coffee mornings
for: Partners of new members of the University
every Wednesday, 10:30 - 12:00
University Club, Mansfield Road


Contact us

We hope that this website will be a useful starting point as you plan your move to Oxford. Please email the Welcome Service Coordinator if you have any questions about the information provided on this site. 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).



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 by email, 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. In particular, the University does not endorse any 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 Boar's Hill.