Oxford may be world-famous because of the University, but it is also one of the UK's fastest growing and most ethnically diverse cities according to the 2011 Census. Over 20% of the adult population is enrolled in full-time education, with one-third of these students coming from overseas.
It is important to arrange your accommodation before you arrive in Oxford. Whether you are considering purchase and rental, there are a wide variety of properties to choose from in different areas of the city and neighbouring towns and villages. See the section on Housing in Oxford for more information.
Proof of address for school applications
You will need proof of address within catchment, such as a signed rental agreement for a period of at least six months, in order to apply for school places. In most cases, places can be applied for six weeks prior to the required start date, however, in some cases, such as entry into the first year of primary or secondary school at the beginning of the school year in September, you may need to apply the previous autumn (fall). Those applying who enter the UK on a visa will need to submit copies of the parents' and child's visas at the time of application for school places.
Please see the Childcare and Schooling section for more information.
The University operates a discretionary Relocation Scheme that may be available to new staff moving from overseas, although this cannot be guaranteed for everyone.
Your eligibility for this scheme will depend on a variety of circumstances, including the availability of funding from your department or grant provider. Your Departmental or Faculty Administrator will be able to give you more details about the possibility of entering this scheme.
If your relocation allowance is approved, the University can put you in touch with its preferred suppliers for a quote or you may use a third party provider.
Getting to Oxford
If you are coming from abroad, the closest international airports with frequent transport links to Oxford are located in London.
The University has a dedicated How to get to Oxford page that will help you find your way here.