Moving in to your hall or house

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    Arrivals weekend is Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September 2019.  We recommend that students move into their accommodation on this weekend. However, we do understand that sometimes it isn’t possible. If this is the case, please email your expected arrival date and time to

    Collecting your keys

    For most halls, you'll collect your keys from the hall office on site. If you arrive outside of office hours, you will be able to call security who can assist you to gain access to your hall.

    Before arrivals weekend, we will contact you by email with information on how and when to collect your keys and move in to your hall.

    University-managed halls

    The university-managed halls are Cheney Student Village, Clive Booth Student Village, Crescent Hall, Harcourt Hill Hall, Lady Spencer Churchill Hall, Paul Kent Hall, Thames Street, Warneford Hall and Westminster Hall.

    If you're arriving by car, you'll need to book a parking slot. You can find the link in the email we've sent you or on the 'thank you' page of the Accomodation Portal. Once your time slot ends, you'll need to move your car to another location to allow the next arrivals to park. We recommend using one of the Oxford park and ride services.

    Please note that Thames Street cannot offer on-site parking due to its city centre location. Your email will advise you on other options.

    Students moving in to Lady Spencer Churchill Hall can park on the Wheatley Campus any time between 10am and 4pm during arrivals weekend.

    If you won't be bringing a car, you are welcome to go to your hall office any time between 9am and 6pm on Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 September.

    Arriving late?

    If you'll be arriving outside of our hall office hours, please email to let us know. You'll need to call the security team on +44 (0) 1865 483060 when you arrive and they will arrange for someone to come and meet you.

    Partnership and private halls

    Hall provider Halls Arrival information Need help?
    Unite Students Dorset House, Beech House and Parade Green Unite Students will contact you by email to book an arrival time. +44 (0) 1865 308480
    A2Dominion Sinnet Court, Edna Rose, Champneys Court and Canterbury House Key collection is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. +44 (0) 1865 202377
    Host Students The Mews You will be given an arrival time based on your block number. +44 (0) 1865 807359
    CRM Students Slade Park Slade Park will contact you directly to advise you. +44 (0) 1865 749818

    Friar Court and Brookes Lettings shared houses

    Please collect your keys from the Accommodation Bureau. Our weekend opening hours are:

    • Saturday 7 September, 10am - 4pm
    • Saturday 14 September, 10am - 5pm
    • Sunday 15 September, 10am - 4pm

    The lettings team will be in touch to advise you about arriving including where to park if needed.

    Arriving from overseas

    If you are coming from overseas it may be that you cannot arrive exactly on arrivals weekend. If you need to arrive earlier we may be able to accommodate you in halls. Please contact us if this is the case.

    Our International Student Advice Team provide useful information and support for students arriving from overseas. Please feel free to contact them if needed.

    Brookes front - moving in
  • What to bring

    Your basic packing list

    Check the hall webpage to find out what’s provided in your room and in the flat. Below is a guide to help you pack.

    • the basics: clothes, toiletries, books, laptop and other study equipment.
    • bedding. Bring your own duvet, pillows and bedsheets.
    • photo ID. You'll need your driving license or passport to check into your hall and also enrol on your course.
    • headphones. Ear plugs can be useful too if you're a light sleeper.
    • enough food supplies for the first few days. Remember: there's a free BBQ on campus on Arrivals Weekend :)
    • medication. If you take regular medication, make sure you’ve got enough with you and know how you will restock. You can register with the medical centre at Brookes. Also, Freshers’ flu is a real thing! So bring tissues, tea bags…
    • bringing a bike? There’s bike storage at our halls. We recommend you bring a hefty D-lock and a cable lock so you can secure both the frame and the wheels.
    • plug-in fairy lights are not allowed because they are a fire risk. You can bring battery powered ones instead.
    • no clothing racks or airers - there are laundry facilities at each hall for you to use instead.

    Kitchen packing list

    All the flats have basic cleaning equipment, ie mop and vacuum cleaner. Although the communal areas will get a clean by us once a week, it’s your responsibility to do keep things tidy, do your washing up, and take the bins out. 

    • bring your own crockery, cutlery, your favourite mug.
    • bring pots, pans and other cooking equipment. If you already have cooking equipment then bring it. If you don’t then we recommend you wait until you arrive and see what your new flatmates have brought with them first. You can always organise a trip down to the shops with them to get what you need for the flat.
    • you can bring small kitchen appliances like a toastie maker or slow cooker. Ensure that your item has a UK fused plug. We recommend that you don’t buy a toaster for £5 as they break easily and can trip the electricity in your flat!
    • fridges. Unless you require one for medication then you’re not allowed a fridge in your bedroom. Large fridges and freezers are provided in the kitchens for everyone to share.
    • any item with a non-UK fused plug (it trips the electricity!)

    Restricted items

    You are not allowed to bring into halls items which we consider to present a health and safety risk, disturb the peaceful living of another occupant or are liable to cause damage.

    • animals
    • beer brewing kits
    • candles, joss sticks, incense, hookah pipes, any naked flame burner
    • compressed gas canisters
    • curtains - these are provided
    • dartboards
    • DJ mixing decks, amplifiers, drum kit or large speakers
    • drones
    • excessively large items such as kayaks, motorised scooters and inflatable furniture
    • heating appliances, barbeques, fridges or freezers
    • offensive weapons including replica guns, knives and ceremonial swords
    • skateboards
    • training weights
    • washing machines - there are laundry facilities at each hall