The Oxford University Newcomers' Club is run by volunteers whose aim is to help the newly-arrived partners of visiting scholars, of graduate students and of newly appointed academic and administrative members of the University to settle in and to provide an opportunity to meet people in Oxford. We are a globally diverse and inclusive group, welcoming people from all backgrounds. We value the contribution you make to the Newcomers community and to the wider University.

There are many other ways to join a community and make friends in Oxford. A few suggestions can be found here.

At present our Wednesday Coffee Mornings, Thursday morning English conversation and monthly Book Club are being held online, and all Newcomers are warmly invited to attend. Other events are taking place following current Government guidelines. Further information is available through our "Meetups" email group.

To join Newcomers please see the "How to Join" instructions below. If you have any questions please email newcomers@ox.ac.uk. We would be delighted to help.

For general information about advice from the University of Oxford and the measures it has put in place during this period please refer to the relevant page on the University's website.

Our Organised Activities

We support several special interest Groups and also organise a programme of events each term which are listed in the calendar on the Events page.

Wednesday Coffee Mornings

Currently held online The link is shared weekly via "Meetups".

Dates of the coffee mornings during the academic year 2020-2021
Michaelmas Term: from 7th October to 9th December
Hilary Term: from 13th January to 17th March
Trinity Term: from 21st April to 23rd June

Meetups

We run an emailing network, "Meetups", for Newcomers to stay in contact with others in the Club. It is useful for sharing information, advertising activities which may be of general interest, asking others for advice and selling unwanted items. This is currently our main channel of communication for our members so please ensure that you ask to join the Meetups Group when you register with us.

How to Join

Membership is free. Currently, it is not possible for prospective members to register in person at the Wednesday morning meetings so, if you think you are eligible and would like to join, please download the registration form, fill it in, and send a copy of it to the email address at the top of this page.

Useful Facts

For helpful advice on services and facilities in Oxford, from dentists to daycare, check out our FAQs and Useful Links pages.

"May The Flowers Bloom..."

Across continents and through time, flowers have spoken to us of love, faith, courage and remembrance. When the UK Lockdown began, Harsha Wilkinson, OUNC Welcome officer, reached out to Newcomer members to share favourite blooms or floral emblems from their homelands, using these to honour everyone affected by the pandemic, from health workers and key workers to those sadly bereaved. With the aid of Bonny Jennings and Sue Morris she created a Floral Tribute which you can view here.

We thank Harsha for her commitment to this project.

We very much look forward to meeting you and hope to make your stay in Oxford an enjoyable one.

Marmalade Making
Bluebell
Visit to the Investcorp Building, St Anthony's College
Visit to the Observatory Tower
Origami Morning
Visit to Oxford Museum of Modern Art