Freshers’ Events

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Please take note of all compulsory events listed on this page. 

You will also have a number of other timetables for faculty/department inductions which you need to check carefully (these are likely to be emailed to you separately by your department), as well as inductions for libraries.

Freshers’ Week

Graduate Freshers’ Week 2022 runs from Friday 30 September to Sunday 9 October. The timetable includes a number of mandatory events, as well as academic and social ones. Balliol has many sports, clubs and societies, who are keen for Freshers to join in and will be running events during the week. 

Read the Graduate (MCR) Freshers’ Week timetable 2022.

Oxford SU

Oxford SU (Oxford Student Union) will run a Freshers’ Fair on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October. 


The Matriculation ceremony is the formal admission to the University and attendance at this ceremony at the beginning of a University course is compulsory. The Dean or Chaplain will present Fresher undergraduates and graduates for Matriculation on the first Saturday of Michaelmas Term, 15 October 2022

Students are required to assemble in Hall at 8.15am promptly and must be wearing academic dress, known as sub fusc — as described under ‘sub fusc’ on the domestic information page, where there is also information about hiring gowns. New Oxford graduate students are required to wear the Oxford graduate gown. Students who have graduate degrees from another university may wear the gown belonging to that university. They should bear in mind, however, that they will in due course be required to wear the Oxford graduate gown. 

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