Academic dress and sub fusc

All members of the University are required to wear academic dress with sub fusc clothing on certain occasions:

  • Matriculation ceremony
  • University examinations
  • Graduation ceremony

Academic dress consists of a Commoner’s Gown or Scholar’s Gown and mortarboard or soft cap. Gowns and caps may be bought at any Oxford tailor’s shop, and may also be available from Oxford University Student Union. Second-hand gowns are likely to be available. It is unnecessary to buy a gown immediately on arrival in Oxford, although academic dress is required for the Matriculation ceremony.

Sub fusc clothing consists of the following:

  • Commoner’s Gown or Scholar’s Gown and mortarboard or soft cap, and;
    • either:
    • dark suit with dark socks, or;
    • dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or;
    • dark trousers with dark socks, and;
  • black shoes, and;
  • plain white collared shirt or blouse, and;
  • white bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon
  • plus a dark coat if required

You can find out more about academic dress on the University website