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: see the Libraries page.

Freshers’ Week at Balliol

Undergraduate Freshers’ Week runs from Sunday 2 October 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. 

Here is the Undergraduate (JCR) Freshers’ Week timetable 2022. Please note that arrangements may be subject to change: please be sure to check it again when you arrive.

Oxford SU

Oxford SU (Oxford Student Union) will run a Freshers’ Fair on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 October 2022


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 — i.e. your preferred items from the following: dark suit with dark socks, or a dark skirt with black tights or stockings, or dark trousers with dark socks or dark hosiery; a dark coat if required; black shoes; plain white collared shirt or blouse; a white bow tie, black bow tie, black full-length tie, or black ribbon. You are also required to wear a gown and mortar board or cap. Clothes should be appropriate for formal occasions. All must wear caps and 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. Information about hiring gowns can be found on the domestic information page.

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