You can connect to the University’s Wi-Fi network through eduroam or OWL whilst on University property. The University has a dedicated IT Services site where you can find clear instructions on how to connect your work laptop and mobile devices (for work purposes). Computers with internet access are readily available in colleges and in most of the University’s libraries. You may also find that your University Wi-Fi connection will also work in other locations around the city, since many of the University buildings are scattered across the whole of Oxford.
If you cannot immediately access Wi-Fi through the University's network, you will be able to find free Wi-Fi access at many popular coffee houses, which will provide you with their Wi-Fi password on request. A list of Wi-Fi hotspots free providers is here.
Several mobile phone shops can be found throughout the city and online.
There are two main types of mobile phone packages:
- ‘Pay-as-you-go’ - you just buy the phone, and then top up your credit when necessary
- Monthly contract - you pay a fixed amount which allows you to make calls, send texts and download data up to an agreed monthly limit
To obtain a phone with a monthly contract, you will need to provide proof of your residential address in the UK and a bank account. You can also buy international calling cards at almost all newsagents, post offices, and supermarkets.
Landline telephones and Internet
There may be an existing telephone line in your property. A line with a fixed connection is known as a 'landline'. To activate an existing landline or to arrange for one to be installed, you will need to contact a telephone provider, such as BT, Sky, TalkTalk or Virgin Media.
There are many different providers of telephone and internet services. You can find quotes on websites such as broadbandchoices, comparethemarket, Gocompare.com and MoneySuperMarket. It is often cheaper to buy telephone and internet services in combination as a 'bundle', which may also include a TV subscription package.
Disclaimer: Please note that the University does not endorse any of the external websites listed above, or elsewhere in this guidance.
"We are all now connected by the internet, like neurons in a giant brain." - Stephen Hawking, theoretical physicist and cosmologist, graduate of University College, Oxford