The Oxford academic year is divided into three terms:

  • Michaelmas (autumn term)
  • Hilary (spring term)
  • Trinity (summer term)

In Oxford, a week runs from Sunday to Saturday. Weeks during term-time are known as 0th Week, 1st Week (which is the first standard teaching week of term), 2nd Week etc.


First year undergraduate students

Michaelmas Term 2020

Sunday 11th October to Saturday 5th December

  • Please see 2020 Arrivals page for detailed arrival information for Freshers
  • Departure will be by 10am on Saturday 5th December

Hilary Term 2021

Sunday 17th January to Saturday 13th March

  • Arrival and Departure dates will be confirmed in due course.

Trinity Term 2021

Sunday 25th April to Saturday 19th June

  • Arrival and Departure dates will be confirmed in due course.

(NB – in exceptional circumstances, students are able to apply for a small number of vacation residence days at the start/end of Hilary/Trinity terms by prior arrangement and at extra cost. This is NOT available for Michaelmas term)

Some first year courses have University exams after the end of Hilary and Trinity terms. You are therefore advised to wait until you have started your course and know your exam arrangements before booking travel for the ends of Hilary and Trinity terms.

In all other terms, and in later years of your course, undergraduates on courses with standard term dates will be required to sign in at the College by 16.00 on Wednesday of 0th Week in each term.

It is important that you vacate your room promptly by 10:00 on the Saturday at the end of term because your room will need to be prepared for vacation residents (such as admissions interviewees in December).


First year Graduate Entry Medicine students

First year Graduate Entry Medicine course start date is Friday 25th September 2020. Arrival date will be confirmed in due course


Graduate students

Please note that graduate taught courses will likely require you to be in Oxford outside the standard undergraduate term dates. For graduates working towards research degrees, term dates may be of little relevance.