Arrival information for Erasmus students

If you are a student on an Erasmus exchange, please read the following additional information about starting at Somerville.

Arrival date – Diploma in Legal Studies  students

You will need to arrive at Somerville by the evening of Sunday 2nd October to attend the Law pre-sessional course taking place on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th October. You will be sent separate information about this.

Arrival date – other Erasmus students

You will need to arrive at Somerville by 14.00 on Tuesday 4th October for registration. However, you can arrive from Saturday 1st October in order to attend the orientation programme for international students taking place on Monday 3rd October. Please visit www.ox.ac.uk/students/new/orientation  for more information.

College accommodation

If you would like to attend the orientation programme, please email the Housekeeping Department (accommodation@some.ox.ac.uk) so they know when you would like to move into your room. Requests must be made well in advance of your planned arrival at Somerville. Please copy the Academic Office (academic.office@some.ox.ac.uk) into any emails so we know that you will be arriving early. If you will be attending a pre-sessional course, you do not need to email the Housekeeping Department as we will let them know when you will be arriving.

Travelling to Somerville

A map showing the location of Somerville is available on the College website.

On arrival

When you arrive at the College, please report to the Porters’ Lodge, which is just inside the main entrance to the College on Woodstock Road. If you arrive out of office hours, you will be given your key(s), and told how to find your room if you will be living in College. Please check your pigeonhole and collect any post. You will also be given a temporary access card until you can collect your University card from the Academic Office. Second year undergraduates including your College Parent(s) should be available on 4th October to help you find your way around.

Parking and unloading

Please note that parking is limited within the College. If you have mobility difficulties and require parking, please request this at the earliest opportunity by emailing the Lodge Manager, Mark Ealey (mark.ealey@some.ox.ac.uk). There are double yellow lines in force at the front of the College and parking there will be entirely at the driver’s own risk. There is Pay and Display parking on roads near the College, but this may all be full when you arrive. We therefore recommend parking in the Pear Tree Park & Ride site, to the north of Oxford. The bus from this Park & Ride site stops almost opposite the front entrance of the College, and the bus to the Park & Ride site stops just a few metres from the College’s main entrance. Park & Ride information is available on the Park & Ride website. If you have any queries about parking or unloading, please email the Lodge Manager, Mark Ealey (mark.ealey@some.ox.ac.uk).

Registration – Diploma in Legal Studies students

You will need to come to the Academic Office in House 5 to complete the registration process and collect your University card. Please bring your passport with you. We will be open for new Diploma in Legal Studies student registration on the following date:

  • Monday 3rd October between 13.00 and 14.00

If you have a visa, please bring your passport and Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) so we can take scanned copies. Please note that we cannot register you until you have collected your BRP. We recommend that you bring a number of passport-size photos of yourself, as you may need these for a variety of purposes in your first week or so in Oxford.

Registration – other Erasmus students

You will need to come to the Mary Somerville Rooma to complete the registration process and collect your University card. Please bring your passport with you. We will be open for new student registration on the following date:

  • Tuesday 4th October between 09.30 and 14.00

If you have a visa, please bring your passport and Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) so we can take scanned copies. Please note that we cannot register you until you have collected your BRP. We recommend that you bring a number of passport-size photos of yourself, as you may need these for a variety of purposes in your first week or so in Oxford.