Blue Book Section II: Information for new students and student arrivals


New Junior Members must ensure that they have followed the necessary steps to activate their University email account. Once your University Card Form has been returned to the Academic Office (or the University Card Office directly in the case of postgraduate students) and then processed, two emails will be issued from University Student Administration providing details of how to access the Oxford University email account, which all new members will need to do before they are able to register online via the University's Student Self-Service website. Please do this as soon as possible, as email communications may be sent to you before the start of term and this will also allow you to access many key services.

Please also ensure that you follow the instructions to register with the College doctor as soon as possible. Any returning students who are not registered with the College doctor are advised to do so. This is particularly important in light of the pandemic.

International students and Student Visas

Data privacy

In order that Junior Members arriving early can be contacted about our events and support networks, we have shared email addresses with our lead student helpers. Because Christ Church email addresses are not yet up and running, we will initially be using the personal email addresses we hold for you. At the beginning of term, when Christ Church email addresses have been set up, we will substitute these email addresses in place of any personal addresses and delete lists of personal email addresses held separately. Email addresses will not be shared with anyone outside the welfare and early arrivals support schemes without the individual’s consent. 

Safe travel

Before you travel, read the latest health advice and follow guidance for travellers to reduce your risk of exposure to coronavirus (COVID-19). You should also consult Public Health England (PHE) Public Health matters guidance before you travel. You should be aware that travel advice may change whilst you are in the UK. You are advised to regularly check all relevant GOV.UK guidance, including before you return to the UK. If public transport use is necessary, you should follow these guidelines: coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers.

What to bring

Quarantining students have been sent separate detailed guidelines. For those not quarantining, we advise that you bring the following items or buy them as soon as possible after arrival and you should also ensure that you keep them topped up throughout the term, in case your household needs to self-isolate at any point:

  • Medication (to last one month)
    • Over-the-counter pain relievers (e.g. paracetamol or ibuprofen, if allowed)
    • Cough and cold medications (e.g. Lemsip, Night Nurse, cough syrup)
    • Diarrhoea medication
    • Multivitamins
    • Thermometer
    • Plasters
    • If you have regular prescription or other medication, make sure you always have at least 14 days’ supply in your room (e.g. inhalers, contraception, etc.)

Some medications can be ordered from online pharmacies such as the Independent Pharmacy and Lloyds Pharmacy.

  • Soap, sanitising hand gel, sanitising wipes
  • Face masks or other face covering (washable or disposable)
  • Tissues
  • Food if you are self-catering (please also see the Meals section). If you are not self-catering, you should keep a small selection of non-perishable snacks/food/drinks in your room (enough for 1 or 2 days) in case you need to self-isolate at short notice before meal deliveries to your room can be arranged.
  • All students who have international (non-UK) phone numbers are strongly advised to get a UK Sim card for their mobile phones as soon as possible. Medical, nursing and welfare professionals are using phones to make initial contact with patients and they are unable to make calls to international numbers. It is therefore vital for your health and wellbeing that you have a working UK phone number.

Arrival dates, including early and late arrivals

During the pandemic, arrival dates at the start of term for all Junior Members in College accommodation may need to be adjusted in line with University and government guidance. We ask that students read all emails from the College and comply with requests regarding arrival times, which are in place to keep all our members safe.

College or university managed rooms will be held over for as long as possible in the case of travel or visa delays but strictly on condition that the delay has been agreed with the Accommodation Office and the Academic Office. Charges will not usually be waived.

The list of countries from which quarantine is required is constantly changing (see the Government advice. We ask that international students living in College accommodation keep the Accommodation Office updated of arrival dates  and any changes to these. Undergraduates who are in College accommodation owing due to an early arrival for quarantine or an academic reason (e.g. exams), will have their vacation residence grant automatically applied. Those who do not receive such a grant will be expected to pay a charge for this accommodation at the usual nightly rate.

IT set-up information for new students

Information and guidance can be found on the College website and on the University website. Support is available from it-help@chch.ox.ac.uk or 01865286001.