Offer Holders FAQ

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that have been submitted by Offer Holders during our live Q&A sessions recently and in previous years. We will update this page regularly during the summer of 2022.

College Accommodation

Q1: When is the earliest time to arrive in the Michaelmas (Autumn) term?
Q2: Do you think that those who do not live in college accommodation are at a disadvantage for being a part of the community?
Q3: Can I view the floorplan/kitchen of our rooms?
Q4: If I cannot arrive into my college accommodation by the start of the license agreement – 23 September 2022, will you refund me my rent until I can arrive?
Q5: If I cannot come into college accommodation until Hilary Term (January-March), can I reserve a room from Hilary and Trinity Term only?
Q6: If I have paid a £500 deposit to reserve my college accommodation, will you refund this if I change my mind about taking up accommodation at the college?
Q7: The current guidance advises that some people arriving in the UK should self-isolate for 14 days in their accommodation, will this be possible?
Q8: Can I arrive early to self-isolate or to familiarise myself with Oxford before term starts?
Q9: I am on a waiting list for Green Templeton Accommodation, when will I hear if I have been successful for a room?
Q10: What is the policy for visitors at GTC?
Q11: Are meals included in the rent?
Q12: For international students, is it necessary to open an account with an in-person bank, or can we have an online bank account to pay for accommodation and food?
Q13: Where do I collect my keys on arrival in Oxford if I have booked college accommodation?

Career and Professional Development

Q14: What career/professional development opportunities (i.e. relevant career fairs or talks, research conferences) does the college provide for students?

Welfare and Support and Student Advice

Q15: What do you wish you had known or done before you started your programme?
Q16: What was the thing you didn’t pack from home that you wished you’d brought with you?
Q17: What’s the best way to find support academically during your studies?
Q18: How do you cope with the pressure/expectations of being a student at Oxford?
Q19: Is there any time to settle in before courses start?

Oxford and Green Templeton Life

Q20: As a student on a distance-learning or part-time programme, I will only be in Oxford for short periods. Do you have any tips to how to stay connected to the College and other students?
Q21: Where can I find exact dates of the start of term?
Q22: The terms have a few weeks between each them – are they for exams or vacation (with expected self-study)?
Q23: How are announcements for different opportunities at Green Templeton made?
Q24: What is transport like in Oxford?
Q25: What is Green Templeton like? What makes it unique?
Q26: How did you find Oxford differed from your previous university (if different)?
Q27: Where can I get academic dress in Oxford?

Oxford in 2022: Covid-19 mitigations

Q28: Does Oxford have any plans around protecting students and containing spread if there is another serious outbreak of COVID-19?

Student Parents

Q29: I have a three-month-old and the course is very intensive. What options are available for me to accommodate my baby?
Q30: What happens if a student parent cannot attend classes because a child is sick? Will all classes still have virtual joining options? Or are they recorded for watching at a later time?
Q31: Is it too late to register a child for reception school for the autumn? If not, what is that process?
Q32: Are nurseries free of charge or how much do they cost?
Q33: What if I am unsure of what days I will need for nursery or which nursery will be best? Should I wait to make an application until I’m sure?
Q34: What time are the nurseries open? My course may require evening work.
Q35: Can I pick up my child earlier than the times the university nurseries close or is it compulsory to drop at 8:00 and pick up at 18:00?
Q36: How can we get put in touch with different communities?
Q37: Can you talk a bit about the settling in sessions or the Gradual Admission Kids Planet operates?
Q38: What are the dates for the nursery opening times throughout the year?


College Accommodation

Q1: When is the earliest time to arrive in the Michaelmas (Autumn) term?

  • All college rooms have a license period which runs from 23 September 2022 until 30 June 2023.
  • If you need to arrive earlier than 23 September, please contact Green Templeton Accommodation  to see if the room is available earlier. If you need to arrive later, you are still liable to pay rent from the beginning of the license period.
  • If you are not living in college accommodation then arrive when you can according to your accommodation contracts. It is best to arrive at least a couple of days before things start (for early-arrivals this is dictated by your course start date, for others this would be before ‘0th week’ (i.e. 3 October 2022).

Q2: Do you think that those who do not live in college accommodation are at a disadvantage for being a part of the community?

No – A lot of ‘college’ accommodation is not within the college walls to begin with. What is important is that you become part of the college community which normally happens through coming to its various activities or engaging in the virtual college community. Where you live does not inhibit your participation in the Green Templeton community.

Q3: Can I view the floorplan/kitchen of our rooms?

We do not have floorplans, but see the accommodation pages for more details on housing.

Q4: If I cannot arrive into my college accommodation by the start of the license agreement – 23 September 2022, will you refund me my rent until I can arrive?

Rent becomes payable from the 23 September 2022. If you are unable to arrive on this date, we will continue to keep the room available for you, if you continue to pay rent. If there are travel restrictions within your own country which stops you from travelling, then we will agree on suspending the rent on a case by case basis.

Q5: If I cannot come into college accommodation until Hilary Term (January-March), can I reserve a room from Hilary and Trinity Term only?

All of our rooms are on a standard license agreement from Michaelmas Term, so we cannot accept reservations for Hilary Term and Trinity Term only. If we have availability after Michaelmas Term, we will consider the request on an individual basis.

Q6: If I have paid a £500 deposit to reserve my college accommodation, will you refund this if I change my mind about taking up accommodation at the college?

If you change your mind and decide to live elsewhere, we will not be able to return the deposit, unless we find a replacement tenant for the room before the beginning of Michaelmas Term. If you are unable to travel to the accommodation due to restrictions in the UK or overseas, we will consider a refund on a case by case basis.

Q7: The current guidance advises that some people arriving in the UK should self-isolate in their accommodation, will this be possible?

The college Accommodation Office will send you details before arrival of how many people will be sharing facilities in your chosen accommodation. You may be sharing with other students from other countries, so it is important that all arrivals follow the current guidance and information sent by the Accommodation Office. The college is currently working on a plan to support students who need to self-isolate and information will be given before you arrive. You can find more information from the Government guidance on travel and self-isolation.

Q8: Can I arrive early to self-isolate or to familiarise myself with Oxford before term starts?

Only if your room is available. Therefore, please check with the Accommodation Office before you organise travel arrangements, as some rooms will be occupied until the middle of September.

Q9: I am on a waiting list for Green Templeton Accommodation, when will I hear if I have been successful for a room?

The Accommodation Office will contact you if a room becomes available in college. Please contact the Oxford University Graduate Accommodation Office, as they may have a room suitable for you. Otherwise it is either trying private local rental agencies or waiting for a room to become available. We are not sure how many rooms will become available but it is likely during August/September that some rooms will become available.

Q10: What is the policy for visitors at GTC?

Visitors to students in single college rooms are currently permitted to stay a maximum of 3 consecutive nights per week in our communal houses and student blocks. In fairness to the other students in communal houses and blocks, these cannot be joined to consecutive weeks – there must be a break between each visiting time period up to the 3 nights per week maximum.

Q11: Are meals included in the rent?

No, meals are not included in the rent for college accommodation. Lunches are available Monday to Friday in the Radcliffe Observatory Dining Room, as well as informal and formal suppers and dinners several nights a week during term time. Please see this page for more details on college meals and how to book them.

Q12: For international students, is it necessary to open an account with an in-person bank, or can we have an online bank account to pay for accommodation and food?

Yes, we accept many of the major online banking accounts too. We also have a link to Western Union for making bank transfers for course fees and accommodation deposits but we recommend that once you are here in the UK that you set up a ‘battels’ account to pay on a monthly basis for college meals and rent if you are in college accommodation.

Q13: Where do I collect my keys on arrival in Oxford if I have booked college accommodation?

Our Porters Lodge is open 24/7 so you can collect your key from them to move in any time from the start of your accommodation contract (normally 23 September, unless you have agreed an earlier moving in date and you have been advised by the Accommodation team that your room will be available earlier). Note that some of our accommodation is not on the main site, so if you are coming with a lot of luggage we advise that you ask your taxi to wait while you collect your key so they can take you on to your accommodation, especially if you are arriving late at night. Some of the self-contained flats at Rewley Abbey Court may have different arrangements for collecting your key, and you will be advised of this in good time in advance of your arrival by the accommodation team. Please also advise the accommodation team if you are planning to move into your college accommodation significantly later than the 23 September contract start date.


Career and Professional Development

Q14: What career/professional development opportunities (i.e. relevant career fairs or talks, research conferences) does the college provide for students?

There are a lot of different opportunities for exploring or adding to your career and professional development! Green Templeton is a great college for personal and professional development as there is a whole programme open to Green Templeton students that focuses on additional development outside of your academic pursuits. This includes lectures, workshops, and a coaching programme. Check out the website here for more details


Welfare and Support and Student Advice

Q15: What do you wish you had known or done before you started your programme?

Here are some answers from current students:

  • I wish I’d known more about Impostor syndrome and that I was not the only one having those thoughts.
  • I wish I’d known how busy term time is. I had these grand plans to travel places during term over the weekends, but there is so much going on you really do not have time to travel out of Oxford – nor will you want to really. Take advantage of the green spaces in Oxford if you’re feeling a bit cramped, and make sure to look into all the incredible lectures and events happening every day!
  • Make sure to check your prescriptions and medication with your doctor at home to ensure you can access it in the UK. If not, make sure to bring enough with you. This can also go for medicine you like when you have a cold or allergies that may not be the same in the UK – so you might want to bring it with you!
  • Don’t hesitate to email the administrator form your programme to ask to speak to a student if you have any questions about the experience in your course!

Q16: What was the thing you didn’t pack from home that you wished you’d brought with you?

  • When thinking about transferring medication to the UK or bringing enough to last with you, make sure to check here to see what you need to have with you if you are bringing larger quantities of prescription medication with you to the UK.
  • Check with the accommodation team about bedding to decide if you wish to bring your own or if you prefer to purchase a bedding pack from college to save on packing.
  • If you are able to, purchase some roaming cell coverage so you have a grace period where your phone will still work before you can either get a UK sim card, or you can get on the University Wi-Fi.
  • Make sure to bring a dark suit and a white button down (for both men and women). We will update you later in the summer this year about what you will need for ‘academic dress’ called ‘Sub Fusc’ when we know more about if you will need to wear it.
  • Make sure to bring durable shoes – you’ll be doing a lot of walking on uneven surfaces and you can go through shoes very quickly.

Q17: What’s the best way to find support academically during your studies?

  • Your programme will allocate an academic adviser or supervisor who is your first source of academic support
  • There is an incredible amount of support available to you at Oxford, and especially at Green Templeton. The Senior Tutor is the college officer responsible for academic support and is available to discuss your studies with you by appointment.
  • The University has a Counselling service as well as a Careers Service if you’re looking for career support. There is also the Disability Support Service who are there to help with any disability and will work with you to make your Oxford experience the best it can be. Additionally, Green Templeton offers 1:1 and group Coaching.
  • You will be allocated a college advisor who can provide some general support for your college life and academic journey. If you are in need of support, contact a member of the college welfare team and they will be able to signpost you to the best person to support you.

Q18: How do you cope with the pressure/expectations of being a student at Oxford?

  • Many people experience ‘impostor syndrome’ when arriving in Oxford. Firstly, to acknowledge those feelings is crucial. Sharing these experiences with trusted peers or friends can be relieving, even if you’re just arriving in Oxford, having the ability to discuss this openly with others who may feel the same or can reassure you of the hard work you’ve put in to be where you are! There is also a very well-trained welfare team for you to access at any point.
  • Some tips from current students are to perhaps separate your Oxford identity from yourself as an individual can help to recognize your achievements outside of academia. Additionally, trying to have a good ‘work-life balance’ while studying is crucial to ensuring you feel you are accomplishing what you want and still growing as a person.
  • The college Senior Tutor and welfare team are available to you to discuss any concerns you may have about your academic progress and/or wellbeing.

Q19: Is there any time to settle in before courses start?

  • This will depend on your course start date. The standard course start date this year is Monday 3 October, which is the week before full term begins and in this week there will be inductions, welcome events and college life fairs, as well as induction events put on by your department. Some students, for example MBAs, PGCEs, MPPs, Medics, MFEs and some part-time students may have earlier start dates and we will provide earlier college induction dates for these early starters. We will provide a more detailed timetable later in August. Please ask your department administrator if you are still not sure what date your specific course starts on and need to start planning your travel.
  • If you are struggling to adjust, or feel you need some more time, this is normal! Don’t hesitate to speak to a welfare team member in college about what you’re going through, for example one of our peer supporters or Junior Deans, or if you are comfortable, you can speak to your course director or supervisor.


Oxford and Green Templeton Life

Q20: As a student on a distance-learning or part-time programme, I will only be in Oxford for short periods. Do you have any tips to how to stay connected to the College and other students?

  • Join the Facebook group to stay up to date on what is happening in college and community. This is a student run page which includes informal social information, ad hoc events, and other opportunities. It’s also a great way to check in with your peers at Green Templeton as well.
  • When you are in Oxford try your best to join events offered by the College, this will help you establish people you can keep in touch with when you’re outside of Oxford but will give you a good place to start to build relationships.

Q21: Where can I find exact dates of the start of term?

You can check the term dates on the university website. However, your particular course may follow a slightly different timeline for deadlines. You will receive this information in your course handbook once you begin your course.

Q22: The terms have a few weeks between each them – are they for exams or vacation (with expected self-study)?

This depends on which course and degree you are studying for. For research degrees, the vacation periods are often used to study and write. However, for taught courses, this time is more flexible as there is no teaching during the vacation period. While we always encourage students to take time to rest and recuperate, it is important that you do what is best for you!

Q23: How are announcements for different opportunities at Green Templeton made?

There are various ways that Green Templeton communicates with its students, depending on the formality of the information. For formal announcements and information you will receive an email. Additionally, there is a ‘Senior Tutor Bulletin’ which will highlight college and university opportunities. Additionally, the Graduate Common Room have an email chain called the ‘Grapevine’ which includes social events and student information. There is also the Personal and Professional Development officer from the common room who will send out a bulletin for any university, college, or city career or volunteer opportunities.

Q24: What is transport like in Oxford?

  • Oxford Tube coach (Oxford to London); £16 for roundtrip (no expiration, or get a saver ticket if you plan to travel to London frequently).
  • Accessible taxis and buses.
  • Regular coaches to and from the major London airports.
  • Oxford is small city and very walkable.
  • Easy travel via bus and train to London, or to the Cotswolds and surrounding Oxfordshire countryside.
  • Many staff and students use bicycles to get around Oxford as it is quick, easy, sustainable and affordable. If you are thinking of buying  a bike when you arrive, ask around your fellow GTC peers to see if they have any recommendations – there may even be someone wanting to hand their bike down to the next GTC generation. We have also partnered with Oxbikes for this academic year. So an alternative is to rent a bike if you prefer. This is also good for the environment, as Oxbikes recondition old bikes to rent.
  • Information for disabled students and visitors is available in the Accessible Oxford Guide.

Q25: What is Green Templeton like? What makes it unique?

  • Green Templeton is a postgraduate only college (one of 44 Oxford colleges). The community prides itself on its friendly, authentic, and international community of students, staff, and fellows. Some unique aspects of Green Templeton are:

Q26: How did you find Oxford differed from your previous university (if different)?

  • The college system is new to many students! You will belong to a programme, a department and a college. The extra layer of support that being a college member provides ensures that you always have access to additional and alternative sources of guidance and community. If you choose to live in college, then this support is also your home. If you do feel you want to seek additional support from your college, people know who you are and are always willing to help in any way they can.
  • College therefore plays a big role in Oxford experiences for students, that is why we try to make it as homely as possible!
  • The UK system may be different in terms of grading. Make sure to familiarize yourself with your programme and assessment handbooks (issued by your department) and get to know your Graduate Studies Administration team.
  • Postgraduate study requires independence and self-motivation. Getting to know other students on your programme and within your college is an excellent way to share experiences and support each other as you adjust to the Oxford environment. Interdisciplinarity is at the heart of the Oxford experience and colleges like Green Templeton provide a great opportunity to meet students and fellows outside from over a hundred different courses across the university.
  • There is also a lot of Oxford specific terminology, check out the Oxford Glossary if you get confused by the terms and phrases

Q27: Where can I get academic dress in Oxford?

University of Oxford students wear full academic dress at formal ceremonies such as matriculation and degree days. You can find out more about academic dress on the University website. There are several shops in Oxford that can provide academic dress.

Q31: Does Oxford have any plans around protecting students and containing spread if there is another serious outbreak of COVID-19?

  • At the current time, the UK has resumed pre-pandemic work, study and leisure habits, with no current national or local restrictions in place. However, we are aware that situations can change quickly both locally and internationally and can draw on learned experience the pandemic to offer blended (in-person and remote) study if required and further support, including if necessary:
    • Support for students who need to self-isolate.
    • Encouragement to use face coverings and other hygiene measures.
    • Arrangements to maintain social distancing in teaching and research spaces.
    • Additional support for vulnerable students.We would advise you to bookmark the following pages:
    University status and response | University of Oxford
    Health | University of Oxford


Student Parents

Q32: I have a three-month-old and the course is very intensive. What options are available for me to accommodate my baby?

Nurseries around Oxford accept children from 3 months of age until ‘reception’ age (aged 5) when they can begin attending full-time school. You can also look at getting a babysitter if you need support on a more ad hoc basis. We have more information and a guide on how to register interest for nurseries or find a babysitter on our Student Parent’s Guide.

Q33: What happens if a student parent cannot attend classes because a child is sick? Will all classes still have virtual joining options? Or are they recorded for watching at a later time?

This will be down to your individual course, department, and division. We recommend you get in touch with your course administrator to explain your situation and they will be able to advise you on what is available.

Q34: Is it too late to register a child for school for the autumn? If not, what is that process?

It’s never too late as there is always a waitlist you can join if you’ve missed out on a place at the start of the year – there may be places that open up throughout the year anyhow! We do recommend you register your child for school as soon as possible even if you are unsure of your exact situation – it is better to register your interest and information and change it later rather than waiting. Check page 7 on the Student Parent’s guide for more information on how to register your child for school

Q35: Are nurseries free of charge or how much do they cost?

Nurseries do charge, but the university-associated ones are at a discounted price. Depending on how much time your child attends nursery and which nursery they are attending the prices may differ. Subsidised full-time places start at £1,149 per month in 2022/23; private nursery places can be considerably more, and there is unfortunately no guarantee that you will be able to obtain full-time places from the outset, so do get in touch with university Childcare Services as early as possible to discuss your needs. Government funding is available to help with the cost of nursery fees. All 3 and 4 year-olds in England are entitled to 570 hours’ free childcare per year. Some families may be entitled to up to 30 hours of free care per week, depending on personal circumstances. Check page 5 in the Student Parent’s Guide for more information

Q36: What if I am unsure of what days I will need for nursery or which nursery will be best? Should I wait to make an application until I’m sure?

We recommend registering interest for a place as soon as possible even if your needs may change. It’s better to be in the system and change what you need than to wait and possibly not get a space.

Q37: What time are the nurseries open? My course may require evening work.

Nurseries are only open during the day, but we are linked with Oxford Sitters who can help outside of nursery hours. Oxford Sitters span a large area and come highly recommended! Unfortunately, babysitting costs will have to be fully self-funded, but it’s always helpful to use the community around you for support as well. If you need help connecting with other student parents, get in touch with Caitlin, our Academic Administrator, who can help put you in touch with different communities for support. Former student parents have suggested seeking childminders or nannies. These may have childcare qualifications of various levels and type. There are several websites for locating these, for example through the council at: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/residents/children-education-and-families/information-parents/find-childcare/nannies-au-pairs-babysitters or privately on sites such as www.childcare.co.uk. The University Childcare Services Team works with an out of hours childcare provider, Oxford Sitters.

Q38: Can I pick up my child earlier than the times the university nurseries close or is it compulsory to drop at 8:00 and pick up at 18:00?

You can come and pick up your child anytime you need! If the child will be late, it’s best to let the nursery know just so they are aware. Although this can be flexible in pick up times, it’s best to try to bring them earlier in the day so they can settle in.

Q39: How can we get put in touch with different communities?

Green Templeton has a vibrant and active student parent and families network! There are events all year for families to participate in, especially around holidays like trick-or-treating around college and pumpkin carving! You can keep up to date via a mailing list of student parents as well as a dedicated Green Templeton Facebook group for families. We will have a Family Welcome event on a Saturday in early October 2022 and we will let you know more details closer to the event Our current couples and families rep Lisa would be very happy to be contacted by email over the summer by student parents coming to GTC in 2022. As a student parent herself she has lots of useful information to share!

Q40: Can you talk a bit about the settling in sessions or the Gradual Admission Kids Planet operates?

These are run by the nursery so that your child can get to know the nursery and the environment and people better before they begin full time. This is helpful to ease into getting settled before their official start date. Get in touch with your assigned nursery for more information on how they run these programmes.

Q41: What are the dates for the nursery opening times throughout the year?

The university nurseries are open 50 weeks a year with closure during Christmas periods and summer. They don’t always work around the academic schedule solely, so best to check with the nursery for their particular closure times.