, We've got squirrels in our quad! - St Peter's College

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Dear Peterite,First of all, congratulations and welcome to <strong>St</strong> Peter’s <strong>College</strong> and Oxford University.<strong>St</strong> Peter’s is a great place to live and study, and Freshers’ week is a fantastic way to start liv<strong>in</strong>gOxford life for the first time; it will be all about hav<strong>in</strong>g fun, try<strong>in</strong>g new th<strong>in</strong>gs and mak<strong>in</strong>g newfriends—some of whom you will keep for the rest of y<strong>our</strong> life.I th<strong>in</strong>k back to my Freshers’ week, almost a year ago, and remember read<strong>in</strong>g this guide’s predecessorcover to cover <strong>in</strong> the hope of glean<strong>in</strong>g all the <strong>in</strong>formation I could about what Universitylife would be like. Now, I liken it to a first day at a new school—although def<strong>in</strong>itely more nervewrack<strong>in</strong>g!Not to worry, as I’m sure you will all agree, that with h<strong>in</strong>dsight those first days are notas scary as first imag<strong>in</strong>ed—at <strong>St</strong> Peter’s this is no different. In fact, these days will become someof y<strong>our</strong> strongest memories of university life. So get stuck <strong>in</strong>, try new th<strong>in</strong>gs and <strong>in</strong> the years tocome you will be able to look back on y<strong>our</strong> memories without regret.The Freshers’ committee have worked hard to put on a week of excit<strong>in</strong>g and diverse events,open to all, and it promises to be a fun and enjoyable week. You will be expected to work hardat <strong>St</strong> Peter’s, although with plenty of occasions to ‘let y<strong>our</strong> hair down’ - Freshers’ week is agreat opportunity to play hard!<strong>St</strong> Peter’s is a friendly and welcom<strong>in</strong>g college—you will soon become proud to call y<strong>our</strong>self aPeterite. I would like to say a huge thank you to Amy, y<strong>our</strong> Vice-President, for putt<strong>in</strong>g togetherthis guide - it conta<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong>formation on many of the benefits you will experience as a member ofthe Peter’s family and answers a lot of y<strong>our</strong> questions. If you have anyth<strong>in</strong>g that isn’t answered,please get <strong>in</strong> touch with one of the committee members—drop us an email or f<strong>in</strong>d us on facebook!If you aren’t already, start gett<strong>in</strong>g excited—Freshers’ week promises to be a great laugh. Remembereveryone is <strong>in</strong> the same position so don’t be afraid to start conversations and getstuck <strong>in</strong>!Enjoy y<strong>our</strong> holiday and come say hi when you arrive at Peter’s!Much LoveXRob CollierJCR President 20102

The JCR & JCR Committee…………………..…………..page 4Arriv<strong>in</strong>g at college……….........……………………………….page 9Freshers’ Committee..……………………………………...page 10Freshers’ week timetable.......................................page 12Matriculation…………………………………………………page 14Accommodation…………………………………………..page 15Practicalities of liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> college.........................page 18Food…………………………………………………………..page 20IT…………………………………………………………..….page 21Banks and Budget<strong>in</strong>g………………………………..page 23<strong>College</strong> Facilities……………………………………………page 26Oxford: the City………………………………………………page 28The different Unions........................................page 31Welfare……………………………………….page 32Sports and Societies at SPC…………………………page 34Academic…………………………………………………….page 36Glossary……………………………………………………...page 49Photo c<strong>our</strong>tesy of Tara Mulholland

What is the JCR?Someth<strong>in</strong>g that seems confus<strong>in</strong>g now but will soon be part of y<strong>our</strong> everyday language, the JCR(Junior Common Room) refers to not only the actual common room but the collective body ofundergraduates themselves. You are all now members of SPC JCR.What is the JCR committee?Some of the greatest people you will ever meet (y<strong>our</strong> JCR committee) are a small group of fellowundergraduates (ma<strong>in</strong>ly second years) who have been voted <strong>in</strong>to their positions by the entireJCR. It is <strong>our</strong> job to look after the welfare of <strong>our</strong> JCR members and represent y<strong>our</strong> <strong>in</strong>terestsand op<strong>in</strong>ions, provid<strong>in</strong>g a l<strong>in</strong>k between all undergraduates and the govern<strong>in</strong>g body of college.You will, of c<strong>our</strong>se, not want to miss JCR General meet<strong>in</strong>gs! Although the name makes themsound about as fun as do<strong>in</strong>g an essay at 4am, they are actually very <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and often featureenterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g debates, lead<strong>in</strong>g to decisions made by JCR members vot<strong>in</strong>g. In <strong>our</strong> last meet<strong>in</strong>gof term ‘beer’ was made an honorary member of the JCR.The meet<strong>in</strong>gs are every other Monday at 7pm <strong>in</strong> the JCR, and give you an <strong>in</strong>put <strong>in</strong>to how collegeis run. (The free cocktails are also a major reason to attend!) There is also a chance to get<strong>in</strong>volved from y<strong>our</strong> first term here as First Year rep or First year Entz (enterta<strong>in</strong>ment) reps. Untilthen, we look forward to see<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>in</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>gs, which depend on participation from JCRmembers.Say hello to y<strong>our</strong> stunn<strong>in</strong>g new JCR Committee ...Represent<strong>in</strong>g the undergraduates at various different levels- come f<strong>in</strong>d me if you want to know moreand how you can get <strong>in</strong>volved!Rob CollierSubject : MathsBest memory of time at Peter’s: Rugby D<strong>in</strong>ner 2010- eat<strong>in</strong>g dessert.Best bop outfit: Superhero at SPC Bop dur<strong>in</strong>g my own Freshers’week.Job Description: Represent<strong>in</strong>g the undergraduates at various differentlevels- come f<strong>in</strong>d me if you want to know more and how you canget <strong>in</strong>volved! rob.collier@spc.ox.ac.ukSubject: EnglishBest memory of time at Peter’s: Ripp<strong>in</strong>g Alex Worth’s clothes off ata foam party/ Epic snowball fights/ touch<strong>in</strong>g Chesney Hawkes!Best Bop Outfit: Just wear<strong>in</strong>g a soggy poster that didn’t last long.Job description: Poke my nose <strong>in</strong>to everyth<strong>in</strong>g, be Rob’s right-handman, attend various meet<strong>in</strong>gs, create this guide, help run Freshers’week and generally listen to what the JCR has to say.4Amy Ellis-Thompson

Alex Yud<strong>in</strong>Subject: PhysicsBest memory of time at Peter’s: Throw<strong>in</strong>g waterbombs <strong>in</strong> Chavasse<strong>quad</strong> and outside Matthews. And <strong>in</strong>side Matthews. And <strong>in</strong>side NewBlock.Best Bop Outfit: Any cross-dress<strong>in</strong>g outfits...Outl<strong>in</strong>e Of The Job: Mak<strong>in</strong>g sure the JCR f<strong>in</strong>ances run smoothly.Disha GulatiSubject: LawBest memory of time at Peter’s: All the boys turn<strong>in</strong>g up to theJCR photo with Eliot’s face plastered across their private parts.Best Bop Outfit: Def<strong>in</strong>itely the ship. Or the cow outfit. Or theship and cow put together.Job description: Dress up <strong>in</strong> a secretaries outfit every twoweeks and pretend to type.Florence BarnesSubject: Physics.Best memory of Peters: Any time spent <strong>in</strong> the bar.......Best bop outfit: Maddie's hilarious 'Mole' costumeJob description: I attend OUSU council meet<strong>in</strong>gs along with Rob, <strong>our</strong>JCR president, and represent the <strong>in</strong>terests of <strong>St</strong> Peters students.Pip DoyleSubject: Biological sciences.Best memory of time at Peter’s: Be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the JCR, dressed as a chav,danc<strong>in</strong>g like a fool and hav<strong>in</strong>g the best time ever with the most amaz<strong>in</strong>gpeople you could meet :)Best Bop Outfit: A purple turtle—the name of Peter’s post-bop club.Job description: I organise the enterta<strong>in</strong>ment events <strong>in</strong> and around college,from bops to quiz nights.

Emily ClarkeSubject: HistoryBest memory of Peter’s: the chest-lick<strong>in</strong>g and general debaucheryof Ladies Night—hello naked rugby boys!Best Bop outfit: none of m<strong>in</strong>e, but Will Scargill’s speedos-andnoth<strong>in</strong>g-elseswimmer at the SPC bop should have mention.. It wasOctober—brrr...Job description: to receive nom<strong>in</strong>ations for <strong>our</strong> chosen charity and toorganise/receive suggestions for all the events we can do <strong>in</strong> order tocajole a bit of money out of unwill<strong>in</strong>g, poor students :)Cather<strong>in</strong>e Br<strong>in</strong>kworthsubject: Arch and Anth.Best memory of <strong>Peter's</strong>: Arriv<strong>in</strong>g on the first day of Freshers' week andimmediately be<strong>in</strong>g hugged by a giant squirrel.Best bop outfit: I make a scarily good chav...Job description: I look after the ladies' welfare, so I'm always around fortea and sympathy, between organis<strong>in</strong>g welfare teas on Wednesdays andSundays, runn<strong>in</strong>g the Peer Support system, and supply<strong>in</strong>g all the welfarebasics - we have more attack alarms than you could ever need!Taz SubramanianSubject: Medic<strong>in</strong>eBest memory of Peter’s: .It’s all been amaz<strong>in</strong>g!Best Bop outfit: I could look good <strong>in</strong> a b<strong>in</strong> bag.Job description: I look afte r male welfare, work<strong>in</strong>g alongside Cather<strong>in</strong>eto provide advice, sympathy, a friendly listen<strong>in</strong>g ear and basicessentials such as condoms, to look after members of the JCR.Johnny ’El Greco’ SpyrouSubject: Biochemistry.Best memory of Peter’s: The <strong>quad</strong> <strong>in</strong> Tr<strong>in</strong>ity.Best Bop outfit: Sailor. Very short shorts. <strong>St</strong>andard.Job Description: I'm here for you to talk privately about any sexualityissues that you may have. Whether you're lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenderor straight, I'm here to help!6

Theo Barry-BornNick FultonSubject: PhysiologyBest memory of Peter’s: Row<strong>in</strong>g.Best Bop outfit: Chav.Job description: I represent SPC sports teams and help members of the collegewho play sport at a high level for the university.Subject: PPEBest memory: Jamm<strong>in</strong>g, mong<strong>in</strong>g out, eat<strong>in</strong>g, s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g.Best bop outfit: Bop? Nah.Job description <strong>in</strong> a sentence: Get people to write th<strong>in</strong>gs down, enc<strong>our</strong>agepacifism, wear straw hats , bike rides, legalize it, get <strong>in</strong>to graffiti, open micnights, jazz, reggae, and run <strong>St</strong> <strong>Peter's</strong> drama society... that k<strong>in</strong>d of stuffAbi EnochSubject: Biological sciencesBest memory of Peter’s: It’s all been amaz<strong>in</strong>g, but union debates are def<strong>in</strong>itelya highlight, along with the Biology fieldtrip to Orielton.Best Bop outfit: Part of a caterpillarOutl<strong>in</strong>e of job: I look after and represent all the overseas students .Adam Rob<strong>in</strong>sonSubject: Earth SciencesBest memory of Peter’s: It would probably be my highly emotional (see:drunk) speech at the college play cast after-party, however s<strong>in</strong>ce I can'tremember that...Best Bop outfit: Peaked with the giant postage stamp right back <strong>in</strong>Freshers week. It's go<strong>in</strong>g to have to make a comeback.Job description: if you're hav<strong>in</strong>g problems with y<strong>our</strong> tutor, the library, oran essay crisis, just drop me a l<strong>in</strong>e and I'll provide a friendly listen<strong>in</strong>g ear.Josh HopgoodSubject: Physics.Best memory of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s: Water fights <strong>in</strong> Matthews.Best bop outfit: Teenage Mutant N<strong>in</strong>ja Turtles.Job description: I fix broken th<strong>in</strong>gs.

(Environment and Ethics) S<strong>in</strong>ead LaneSubject: GeographyBest memory of time at Peter’s: Boat club d<strong>in</strong>ner.Best bop outfit: Vicky Pollard at Chav Bop, embarrass<strong>in</strong>gly, the easiestcostume to put together.Job description <strong>in</strong> a sentence: Mak<strong>in</strong>g sure college is do<strong>in</strong>g everyth<strong>in</strong>gpossible to be green!(Food, hous<strong>in</strong>g & amenities) Zahava Lever8Subject: Music.Best memory of Peter’s: Tutorial partner's uncannily accurate imitationof <strong>our</strong> (un-named) tutor.Best Bop Outfit: SPC (Siamese Pussy Cat.)Job description: Deal<strong>in</strong>g with any problems/requests the JCR mighthave about food, hous<strong>in</strong>g or amenities! (Does what it says on the t<strong>in</strong>)Alex ‘sexy’ WorthSubject: PPEBest memory of Peter’s: Boat Club d<strong>in</strong>ner after fail<strong>in</strong>g hugely at row<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong> Michaelmas .Best Bop Outfit: Metro newspaper distributor.Job description: Help<strong>in</strong>g to organise college & student events to <strong>in</strong>creaseapplications to <strong>St</strong>. <strong>Peter's</strong> <strong>College</strong> from state schools .Subject: History.Best memory of Peter’s: History d<strong>in</strong>ner.Best Bop Outfit: Ladybird.Job description: Mak<strong>in</strong>g sure the bar runs smoothly.Peter O’ ConnorSubject: TheologyBest memory of Peter’s: A toss up between pyromaniac experiences<strong>in</strong> clubs, pranks with crabs or drunken dares <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g porridge.Best Bop Outfit: One of my many disturb<strong>in</strong>g cross dresses.Job description: Aside from treasur<strong>in</strong>g the bar <strong>in</strong> quasi-sexual alcoholiclove, I look after f<strong>in</strong>ances and make sure y<strong>our</strong> dr<strong>in</strong>k is cheapand that we make money.Jonny Torrance

Hello Peterite,Firstly, congratulations on ga<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a place at Oxford University and for choos<strong>in</strong>gthe friendliest Oxford college of them all, <strong>St</strong> Peter’s! Y<strong>our</strong> JCR and Freshers’committee will all be here on the 3rd October to welcome you to <strong>St</strong> Peter’s andshow you to y<strong>our</strong> room, and you will see plenty more of us throughout Freshers’week and then the entire year. And don’t worry if you feel nervous: be<strong>in</strong>ggreeted by a sweaty second year <strong>in</strong> a squirrel suit will soon make you feel athome.A few practicalities on arriv<strong>in</strong>g:You, y<strong>our</strong> harassed parents and a car laden with everyth<strong>in</strong>g you’ve ever ownedwill be driv<strong>in</strong>g around Oxford before eventually ne<strong>got</strong>iat<strong>in</strong>g the one-way system and mak<strong>in</strong>g it <strong>in</strong>toNew Inn Hall street. One drawback of such a centrally-located college is the difficulty of access by car.When you arrive, the porters will be there to distribute park<strong>in</strong>g permits for y<strong>our</strong> car for up to twentym<strong>in</strong>utes, which gives you plenty of time to move y<strong>our</strong> stuff, with the help of the Freshers’ committeemembers who will be there by the open gates.By the large gates will be tables where you will be allocated y<strong>our</strong> room, and once you’ve signed <strong>in</strong>,given y<strong>our</strong> room key for you actual door, and fob for the electric external locks. There are only twoblocks of first-year student accommodation (which you can read more about later) so it will not takeyou long to f<strong>in</strong>d y<strong>our</strong> room. There will be committee members present to show you the way and helpyou carry y<strong>our</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs too—grab any of these and ask them to help at anytime. Locate and unlock y<strong>our</strong>room first before you start mov<strong>in</strong>g suitcases to save carry<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs up unnecessary flights of stairs(unlucky top floor Matthews block people!)Whenever you are ready and moved <strong>in</strong>, head down to the bar and JCR area, where cake and tea(necessary and staple fuel for Freshers’ week) will be available; feel free to br<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> parents and reassurethem you will be well looked after at <strong>St</strong> Peter’s. Then its time to beg<strong>in</strong> the endless round of <strong>in</strong>troductionswhich will become second nature throughout Freshers’ week (or time to don a snazzyname label.) There will be plenty of second years and committee members about to chat to, or resolveany issues, as well as all the other Freshers, who you will get to know very well, very quickly.Early arrivals:If you turn up before Sunday then just head straight to the porters’ lodge which will provide you withy<strong>our</strong> park<strong>in</strong>g permit and room details. There should be a few SPC members hang<strong>in</strong>g around so hopefullyyou’ll still be able to f<strong>in</strong>d someone to help you move <strong>in</strong>!International <strong>St</strong>udents:If you are an <strong>in</strong>ternational student, OUSU has just launched a Meet & Greet service to meet studentsarriv<strong>in</strong>g at Heathrow Airport or at Gloucester Green bus stationon certa<strong>in</strong> dates – details should be sent to you or available ontheir website.Please email any questions to rob.collier@spc.ox.ac.uk oramy.ellis-thompson@spc.ox.ac.uk and we will do <strong>our</strong> best tosort out any issues with arriv<strong>in</strong>g at <strong>St</strong> Peter’s. Until then, enjoyy<strong>our</strong> summer and we will see you <strong>in</strong> October!<strong>St</strong> Peter’s love,Freshers’ Committee 2010.

-As well as the Executive Committee (President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary),Entz and Welfare Reps, the Freshers’ Committee is made up of a further seven second yearundergraduates who were chosen from many volunteers to help run events, settle you <strong>in</strong>and get the party started. Freshers’ committee members will be runn<strong>in</strong>g events <strong>in</strong> pairsthroughout the week, and also divid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to two teams to take it <strong>in</strong> turns to lead nights out.The committee is a mix of people who take different subjects, dr<strong>in</strong>k, don’t dr<strong>in</strong>k and enjoydifferent th<strong>in</strong>gs. If you need anyth<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Freshers’ week, or even throughout the year, don’thesitate to ask these guys.<strong>St</strong>ephen DunneHighlight of Freshers’ week ‘09: not remember<strong>in</strong>ganyth<strong>in</strong>g..Best memory of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s: Pollyanna roar<strong>in</strong>g at memoments before one of my classic stripteases.What I will br<strong>in</strong>g to Freshers’ week 2010: Debauchery!!!Alex ‘I’m on both committees’ WorthHighlight of Freshers’ Week ‘09: Hav<strong>in</strong>g my clothesripped off at the foam party by Amy and Pip.Best memory of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s: Wear<strong>in</strong>g women’s clothes.What I will br<strong>in</strong>g to Freshers’ week 2010: Fun! And anamaz<strong>in</strong>g SPC Freshers’ Fair.Highlight of Freshers’ week ‘09: Foam Party! Freshers t-shirt was put to good use.Best memory of time at <strong>St</strong> Peter’s: Go<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>St</strong>. Hugh’sBall. Although not strictly at <strong>St</strong> Peters, hav<strong>in</strong>g such agood crowd of us that went really made it.What I will br<strong>in</strong>g to Freshers’ week 2010: Sweets.Hmm... Sweets.10Bethan Westcott

Helen ‘H’ MillerHighlight of Freshers’ Week ‘09: The first bop!Best memory of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s: The massive snowballfight after Christmas.What I will br<strong>in</strong>g to Freshers’ Week 2010: As muchfun as possible!Zoe ‘Cheek-bandit’ ApostolidesHighlight of Freshers’ Week ‘09: First night on thePole. And hav<strong>in</strong>g to ask Ben Conroy how to open thedoor to the JCR on the first day ("just push it...")Best memory of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s: the Christmas bop and theensu<strong>in</strong>g Bodily Fluids Kit.What you'll br<strong>in</strong>g to Freshers’ week 2010: unadulteredmashup, and Boat Club groom<strong>in</strong>g.Tash ‘Cheek-bandit no 2’ MoakesHighlight of Freshers’ Week ‘09: pub crawl mania—go<strong>in</strong>g to the boys toilet, whilst duct taped to Adam.Best memory of <strong>St</strong> <strong>Peter's</strong>: Hannah Bowers fall<strong>in</strong>g offa bench on to the junior dean's feet while I was try<strong>in</strong>gto tell him everyth<strong>in</strong>g was under control, also hennight and the girls gett<strong>in</strong>g done for br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g a 'malestripper' <strong>in</strong>to the bar...turned out he was just y<strong>our</strong> averagebuff man...whoops!What I’ll br<strong>in</strong>g to Freshers’ Week 2010: Ensur<strong>in</strong>g Peter’s own the pole atthe Bridge.Adam PatrickHighlight of Freshers’ week ‘09: Pub crawl antics.Best memory of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s: Be<strong>in</strong>g free to party post-modsWhat I’ll br<strong>in</strong>g to Freshers’ week 2010: The best nightsout you’ve ever had.

Here’s the programme for Freshers’ week! We’ve tried to make sure that there is someth<strong>in</strong>g for everybody,and that you’ll never need to be sitt<strong>in</strong>g alone <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> rooms, twiddl<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> thumbs (unless you want to, <strong>in</strong>which case that’s perfectly f<strong>in</strong>e!). We hope you enjoy what we’ve planned and f<strong>in</strong>d it a fun <strong>in</strong>troduction to Peter’s,Oxford & y<strong>our</strong> fellow first years. Freshers’ week is <strong>in</strong>variably hyped up nationwide, and for good reason; itis a lot of fun and can be a very action-packed week, but if you’re more of a mellow type, don’t fear that youwill be dragged kick<strong>in</strong>g & scream<strong>in</strong>g to club nights and forced to stay until the early h<strong>our</strong>s—y<strong>our</strong> Freshers’ weekis what you make of it. (On arrival you will also be given a programme of official <strong>College</strong> events, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g registration,medical brief<strong>in</strong>g, library t<strong>our</strong>s, departmental <strong>in</strong>troductory sessions etc)SUNDAY12 noon—4pm7pm7.30pmMONDAY8am2pm4pm7pm11pmTUESDAY1Oam (h<strong>our</strong>ly)11amMorn1.45pm4.00? tbc6.45pm7:30pm9-11pm12Where?<strong>St</strong> Peter’s <strong>College</strong>! JCR/BarJCRMarqueeD<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g HallHallMarqueeMarqueeMarqueeOxford nightclub.JCRMeet <strong>in</strong> the lodgeHallJCRChapel then JCR.Meet <strong>in</strong> LodgeHallMarqueeJCR/MarqueeWhat?Arrivals - Refreshments/Games/Freshers Committee tochat to.JCR Welcome - y<strong>our</strong> JCR and Freshers’ committee properly<strong>in</strong>troduce themselves.Pre-dr<strong>in</strong>ks before Formal Hall - dr<strong>in</strong>k some champagne/w<strong>in</strong>e before a sit down meal.Informal Formal Hall - experience SPC d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g Hall for thefirst time, be<strong>in</strong>g waited on at y<strong>our</strong> table!Freshers’ Breakfast and Welfare Welcome — eat brunchto recover, followed by <strong>College</strong> RegistrationWelfare Event.Games—silly games to get to know people.Fun or Forfeit—friendly competition <strong>in</strong> teams <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>gsilly forfeits.Club Night - Experience Oxford's f<strong>in</strong>est nightclubs, alongwith other colleges, at Varsity events. There will be atheme...Post-Club Rehab - chillout with snacks, dr<strong>in</strong>ks and earlymorn<strong>in</strong>g post-club banter.T<strong>our</strong>ist <strong>St</strong>uff (h<strong>our</strong>ly) - See some of the proper postcardtypeimages of the city of Dream<strong>in</strong>g Spires.Visit<strong>in</strong>g <strong>St</strong>udents’ brunch.Welfare - drop <strong>in</strong> for cake, tea, a chat, a nap.... Whatever!Medical Brief<strong>in</strong>g and Registration—compulsoryScavenger Hunt—see more of the city armed with a disposablecamera and cryptic clues!Dr<strong>in</strong>ks with tutors - meet y<strong>our</strong> tutors <strong>in</strong> an <strong>in</strong>formal sett<strong>in</strong>g(some dr<strong>in</strong>ks may be <strong>in</strong> tutors’ studies.)Freshers’ D<strong>in</strong>ner - free w<strong>in</strong>e and good chat with y<strong>our</strong> tutors,plus another 3- c<strong>our</strong>se meal.Pub Quiz/ Film <strong>in</strong> JCR - show off y<strong>our</strong> knowledge or experienceSPC college dr<strong>in</strong>ks such as a Cross-Keys. Or chillwith a film <strong>in</strong> the JCR.

WEDNESDAY9.30am2pm4pm7pm-THURSDAY11amAll day4pm5pm (ish)5-6:30pm7pm-10pm (ish)Meet <strong>in</strong> LodgeMeet <strong>in</strong> LodgeMeet <strong>in</strong> LodgeAssemble <strong>in</strong> JCROxford nightclub.JCRMeet <strong>in</strong> LodgeChavasse <strong>quad</strong>.Hall.C<strong>in</strong>ema (tbc)Mulberry <strong>quad</strong>.JCRMeet <strong>in</strong> LodgeUniversity Freshers’ Fair - lots of stalls and free stuff!A great chance to sign up/ discover all the differentUniversity societies/ choirs/ sports/ writ<strong>in</strong>g/ charities.Grub Crawl—visit all the different eateries near <strong>St</strong><strong>Peter's</strong>.Ice Skat<strong>in</strong>g—you may be glad you registered with thedoctors now!Pub Crawl/ Ice Cream Crawl - either pub crawl <strong>in</strong> differentteams which will <strong>in</strong>volve mask<strong>in</strong>g tape andcrawl<strong>in</strong>g... or eat epic amounts of ice cream!Club Night - Party <strong>in</strong> another Oxford club. (Tickets forclub nights available from y<strong>our</strong> Entz Rep and Freshers’committee at start of week.)Post-club RehabGym Trip - fitness fanatics will be shown where thefree gym on Iffley Road is.Bouncy Castle - BOUNCE ON IT! ALL DAY!Family Teas - yet more cake, tea and y<strong>our</strong> first opportunityto meet and chat with y<strong>our</strong> college parents.Film? (tbc )BBQ - yet more free food.Open Mic Night - listen to SPC musical geniuses orafter a few dr<strong>in</strong>ks have a go y<strong>our</strong>self!Alternative ice hockey (tbc)FRIDAY10am10am-11am-2-5pm6pm-SATURDAYMorn1pm-7:30pm-Meet <strong>in</strong> LodgeMulberry <strong>quad</strong>.Mulberry <strong>quad</strong>.Uni Parks (meet <strong>in</strong> Lodge.)Meet <strong>in</strong> LodgeJCRSPC Boat ClubJCR/BarBike Ride - see more of Oxford and get used to cycl<strong>in</strong>gabout on the roads.Bike Ma<strong>in</strong>tenance - f<strong>in</strong>d out how to fix <strong>in</strong>evitable bikeproblems .SPC Freshers’ Fair—f<strong>in</strong>d out about <strong>our</strong> college sportsteams and societies.Alternative Sports day - for EVERYONE - stress-free,fun 'sports' events like egg and spoon.Family D<strong>in</strong>ners - y<strong>our</strong> college parents feed you attheir houses .House parties at college parents’ houses / Film <strong>in</strong> JCRWelfareBBQOut<strong>in</strong>gs - try y<strong>our</strong> hand at row<strong>in</strong>g.SPC Bop— (fancy dress necessary, anyth<strong>in</strong>g beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>gwith S, P OR C!) along with 'gunge vote' (gungea committee member.) <strong>Peter's</strong> hits P.T'S club afterwards...

An Oxford University tradition that means so much more than just walk<strong>in</strong>g aroundthe streets <strong>in</strong> ‘sub-fusc’ be<strong>in</strong>g photographed by t<strong>our</strong>ists, Matriculation is the daywhen you become an official member of the University, two weeks after the start ofFreshers’ week. Before this joyous occasion you will need to purchase sub-fusc: agown, hat (which you cannot wear until you graduate) neck ribbon, white shirt andblack trousers/skirt for females, or a suit and white bow tie for males. This Harry-Potteresque garb can be purchased anytime from various varsity shops or Shepherd& Woodward, although you may come across a gown <strong>in</strong> a charity shop if you’relucky.All new members of the college, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g MCR post-grads who have just jo<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>St</strong>Peter’s , are presented to the Dean of Degrees <strong>in</strong> the chapel. You then get to signy<strong>our</strong> name <strong>in</strong> a big ledger with a quill pen (someth<strong>in</strong>g that feels truly ‘Oxford’.) Aprofessional photograph of the entire year is then taken on one of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s <strong>quad</strong>s:although pricey, they are def<strong>in</strong>itely worth order<strong>in</strong>g afterwards, if only for the comparisonwith the decidedly less respectable JCR photo later <strong>in</strong> the year. Also usefulas proof that you do actually attend Oxford University.Don’t worry about feel<strong>in</strong>g silly as you walk through the city centre <strong>in</strong> sub-fusc, towardseither Exam Schools/ Sheldonian Theatre, you will not only enterta<strong>in</strong> hordesof Japanese t<strong>our</strong>ists but create plenty of iconic facebook photos with which to impresseveryone you’ve ever met. You will also not get another chance to wear fullsub-fusc (outside the privacy of y<strong>our</strong> own room anyway) until end of year exams.The official ceremony itself is relatively short, the vice-chancellor of the Universitygives a speech, some of it <strong>in</strong> Lat<strong>in</strong>, before you are officially matriculated <strong>in</strong>to theUniversity. On the plus side, you are def<strong>in</strong>itely ‘<strong>in</strong>,’ but there is now also the optionof be<strong>in</strong>g ‘sent down,’ should the occasion ever call for it.Once back at college, Matriculation becomes ‘Matriculash’ (the clue is <strong>in</strong> thename.) ...Pre-Matriculation brunch14Inside the Sheldonian Theatre .

It does not even take the entirety of Freshers’ week to feel like <strong>St</strong> Peter’s <strong>College</strong> ishome, cheesy as that sounds. Whether you are <strong>in</strong> the less-than-aesthetic MatthewsBlock or New Block , you will come to love y<strong>our</strong> college room!Revis<strong>in</strong>g hard (?!) on the Chavasse <strong>quad</strong>.Reasonably priced dr<strong>in</strong>ks <strong>in</strong> the college bar!Contrary to many preconceptions of Oxford University as <strong>in</strong>timidat<strong>in</strong>g and overlyformal, <strong>St</strong> Peter’s is an extremely friendly community, someth<strong>in</strong>g that is re<strong>in</strong>forcedby the layout of accommodation. All first years and some third years live <strong>in</strong> college.Unlike other Universities where halls are often divided <strong>in</strong>to self-catered flats, themajority of Peter’s accommodation is arranged around corridors which means thateveryone has their own space, yet the proximity of everyone to each other providesa strong sense of community. Although you will have access to a fridge, on everyfloor <strong>in</strong> Matthews and one <strong>in</strong> New Block, and the facilities <strong>in</strong> the JCR kitchen, mostpeople frequent the d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g hall <strong>in</strong> their first year; its easier, more accessible, and agood way to talk to different people rather than just y<strong>our</strong> next door neighb<strong>our</strong>s.Although other colleges may be surrounded by om<strong>in</strong>ous amounts of <strong>quad</strong>s andlawns, it is unlikely that you can ever walk through Peter’s without bump<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>tosomeone!The rest of this guide devotes itself <strong>in</strong>to <strong>in</strong>form<strong>in</strong>g you best on what goes on <strong>in</strong> Peters,at Oxford and at Uni generally—from f<strong>in</strong>ance and socialis<strong>in</strong>g to food and sport.However if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get <strong>in</strong> contact with any of us!All y<strong>our</strong> JCR committee are here to help with any concerns.

The majority of all first year rooms are located <strong>in</strong> Matthews, New Block and a couple with<strong>in</strong>Chavasse, yet to cover all areas, here’s a low-down of what you can expect for the next year.MatthewsMatthews could be seen as a triumph of ‘70s architecture, which unsurpris<strong>in</strong>glymakes it the ugliest of all the build<strong>in</strong>gs, especially themetal exterior of the top floor. Remember, though, that liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> it,you have the dist<strong>in</strong>ct advantage of not hav<strong>in</strong>g to look at it too much –and it def<strong>in</strong>itely makes up for its aesthetic shortcom<strong>in</strong>gs once you get<strong>in</strong>side. It is really friendly and communal – you’ll always bump <strong>in</strong>tosomeone <strong>in</strong> the corridor to chat with, which is great when you’re justsettl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>. There are also plenty of people to distract you when threeh<strong>our</strong>s straight read<strong>in</strong>g starts to make you go a bit stir-crazy.The rooms boast a larger floor space than New Block rooms, and theFun <strong>in</strong> a Matthews corridor.excit<strong>in</strong>g feature of a washbas<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong> a wardrobe/cupboard-style enclosure!The basic layout on each floor is 11 rooms with 2 toilets, 2 showers, 2 baths and a sharedfridge – but don’t take that to mean the contents of the fridge are to be shared as well!There are wash<strong>in</strong>g mach<strong>in</strong>es on all the floors apart from the top one – but the f<strong>our</strong>th floormakes up for that by be<strong>in</strong>g furthest away from the noise from the JCR or the bar, which youmay or may not be pleased to hear are both at the bottom of Matthews. Look<strong>in</strong>g out over thebar often provides an enterta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g vantage po<strong>in</strong>t for observ<strong>in</strong>g the effects of one Cross Keys toomany.New BlockNew Block is def<strong>in</strong>itely the crème de la crème of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s accommodation; although everybodywill tell you that about their build<strong>in</strong>g. It has some of the best showers <strong>in</strong> the college, witha boost button and thermostatic temperature control (whilst all build<strong>in</strong>gs are meant to haveconstant hot water, this is often a luxury of New Block). There are also baths on the top floor forthose of you who prefer a more relax<strong>in</strong>g form of personal hygiene. All but f<strong>our</strong> of the first yearrooms have a red brick archway, which give the rooms a more cosy feel as well as divid<strong>in</strong>g theroom <strong>in</strong>to a work area and a sleep<strong>in</strong>g area.The rooms have ample storage, a s<strong>in</strong>k, a couple of chairs and there are laundry facilities <strong>in</strong>nearby Chavasse. Situated near hall, each roomhas large w<strong>in</strong>dows, which either look over thecroquet lawn or the back alley. The floors areset out <strong>in</strong> male and female corridors, but thoseliv<strong>in</strong>g on the ground floor, be warned. This traditionallymale corridor has been home to manyslightly disturb<strong>in</strong>g antics, so if you are foolishenough to leave y<strong>our</strong> w<strong>in</strong>dow open whilst outyou may f<strong>in</strong>d y<strong>our</strong> room rearranged on the croquetlawn.16

Chavasse :Only a very select few, eight to be precise, will get the privilege of a room <strong>in</strong> Chavasse.Await<strong>in</strong>g you, are large spacious rooms with high ceil<strong>in</strong>gs, an amaz<strong>in</strong>g power showerand <strong>in</strong> some of the rooms at least, truly massive w<strong>in</strong>dows look<strong>in</strong>g out over New Blockand Chavasse Quad.You will spend much of the first week giv<strong>in</strong>g other Freshers a grand t<strong>our</strong> of the build<strong>in</strong>g(if they can f<strong>in</strong>d their way up the illogical staircases), s<strong>in</strong>ce hav<strong>in</strong>g read this, everyoneelse is desperate to f<strong>in</strong>d out just how luxurious y<strong>our</strong> room is compared to theirs. Otheradvantages <strong>in</strong>clude a wash<strong>in</strong>g mach<strong>in</strong>e (though everyone <strong>in</strong> New Block uses it so it’s alwaysbusy) and be<strong>in</strong>g right next door to the d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g hall.<strong>St</strong>aircase IVUnlike the uniform rooms and corridors of Matthews, which can be a bit confus<strong>in</strong>g forthe first couple of weeks, <strong>St</strong>aircase IV has a pretty eclectic mix of rooms, and residentstoo. Shar<strong>in</strong>g the build<strong>in</strong>g with tutors’ offices, the nurse’s surgery and postgraduate students,staircase IV first year residents are a rare breed – but that’s all to the good. Y<strong>our</strong>dist<strong>in</strong>ctly Oxfordy rooms are likely to be the envy of y<strong>our</strong> friends, and although you sacrificethe advantage of hav<strong>in</strong>g a s<strong>in</strong>k <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> room, you are rewarded with spaciousbathrooms, thick stone walls (which mean that, unlike y<strong>our</strong> counterparts <strong>in</strong> Matthews,you won’t be quite as aware of y<strong>our</strong> neighb<strong>our</strong>s return<strong>in</strong>g home at 2am), and laundryfacilities close at hand. There is a shared fridge located just outside the rooms, yet oftenresults <strong>in</strong> a dump<strong>in</strong>g ground for unwashed mugs and crumbs. It’s quite unlikely that youwill end up here—most rooms go to second/third yeras and visit<strong>in</strong>g students, howeverif you do, you will enjoy be<strong>in</strong>g located near the bar but not too close to get disturbedquite as much as Matthews.The beauty that is Matthews Block. The outside of New Block and <strong>St</strong>aircase I.

You will not know which block of accommodation you will be liv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> until the day you arrive.However, here is a quick guide of what—and what not—to br<strong>in</strong>g. Y<strong>our</strong> room will quickly becomey<strong>our</strong> bedroom, liv<strong>in</strong>g room, m<strong>in</strong>i-kitchen and study area all rolled <strong>in</strong>to one. Whilst noteveryth<strong>in</strong>g on the list is necessary, it’s often nice to have some comforts, it’s amaz<strong>in</strong>g what peoplemanage to br<strong>in</strong>g up with them each year!- First Aid Kit (To combat the <strong>in</strong>evitable Freshers’ Flu, hangovers etc...)- Mugs, glasses, plates, cutlery, bowls etc- Kettle (with various forms of caffe<strong>in</strong>e based dr<strong>in</strong>ks and cuppa soups. Lots and lots of TEA! Ifyou don’t dr<strong>in</strong>k it now, you will do after y<strong>our</strong> first term, when caffe<strong>in</strong>e has become a staplepart of y<strong>our</strong> diet.- Duvet and pillows.- Bed L<strong>in</strong>en (Sheets and Duvet cover (x2) for when one lot is be<strong>in</strong>gwashed.- Rug (not essential but helps personalise y<strong>our</strong> room/ absorb dust.)- Bike, helmet and D-Lock (lock is essential if you want to keep y<strong>our</strong> bike!)- Sports wear and equipment (obviously only what is practical, don’t tryand fit a boat <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> room.)-Clothes (of a massive variety, formal wear such as prom dresses and suitsto any dress<strong>in</strong>g up clothes you may have to hand, ready for bops.)- Towels and hand towels.- Wash<strong>in</strong>g powder, wash<strong>in</strong>g-up sponge, dish towels, fairy liquid, Vanish.You never know what youmay have occasion to wear ..- Lamps—you might want an extra one, although there is a desk lamp and bedside lamp provided.- Multi-socket adapter. <strong>St</strong>aircase IV rooms have but two sockets <strong>in</strong> the room, so essential.- A CHEQUEBOOK – you will not believe how many of these you’ll have to write over the c<strong>our</strong>seof the next year!- Pictures, knick-knacks, posters to liven th<strong>in</strong>gs up (but NB blu-tack is not allowed)- Clothes horse (keeps tumble dry<strong>in</strong>g costs down, and combats climate change, woop woop.)Whatever you forget, and there will, <strong>in</strong>evitably, be someth<strong>in</strong>g, there is no better way to makefriends than the need to borrow someone else’s bottle opener on a daily basis. By the end ofy<strong>our</strong> first year, you may even struggle to remember which th<strong>in</strong>gs were y<strong>our</strong>s or y<strong>our</strong>neighb<strong>our</strong>’s <strong>in</strong> the first place.DON'T BRING A MICROWAVE, TOASTIE MAKER, DEEP FAT FRYER, RICE COOKER OR YOUR CAT'COS THEY AREN'T ALLOWED.Please note: All electrical appliances must be <strong>in</strong> good work<strong>in</strong>g order and fitted with a 13 ampplug (BS1363) with sleeved p<strong>in</strong>s. They may be checked by the <strong>College</strong>’s electricians. Check thaty<strong>our</strong> electrical items can take UK 240V a/c supply, or buy a converter.18

BikesMost students f<strong>in</strong>d a bike an <strong>in</strong>dispensable asset, for despite SPC's centrallocation some departments and sports facilities are located at quitesome distance away. It is particularly important if you're consider<strong>in</strong>gdo<strong>in</strong>g any sports or us<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> free gym membership which you getfrom be<strong>in</strong>g a member of SPC, at the University sports centre on IffleyRoad, as it is a twenty-five m<strong>in</strong>ute walk. If you decide to row, then apuncture kit is helpful as the path down to the boathouse is somewhatriddled with potholes. A D-lock and lights are essential items – the policeregularly f<strong>in</strong>e student riders who don’t have lights, and bike theft isa lucrative bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong> Oxford!There is plenty of room to leave y<strong>our</strong> bike <strong>in</strong> <strong>College</strong>, (next to the JCR, or <strong>in</strong> the Chavasse lock-up)which is far safer than leav<strong>in</strong>g it outside. A registration system will be expla<strong>in</strong>ed to you dur<strong>in</strong>gFreshers’ Week; please register y<strong>our</strong> bike as this will ensure that, should y<strong>our</strong> bike disappearmysteriously <strong>in</strong> the night and be re-found elsewhere <strong>in</strong> the morn<strong>in</strong>g, it can be safely deliveredback to y<strong>our</strong> good self. Helmets are recommended, as bike related traffic accidents can be lethal.If you don’t have a bike already there are great bike sales at the Oxford Union (which is less thana m<strong>in</strong>ute’s walk away from college) every other Wednesday where you can get a very good qualitybike at a decent price. Also when you arrive, it is a good idea to talk to some second years tosee where they purchased their bikes: often places <strong>in</strong> Cowley will do you a good deal on a bulkpackage. Other than that, bikes are highly recommended—you can br<strong>in</strong>g them up at anytimedur<strong>in</strong>g the year, just head to the lodge to register it!LaundryDo<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> wash<strong>in</strong>g can be a bit of a challenge here at <strong>St</strong> <strong>Peter's</strong>, but you will soon get the hangof it. Wash<strong>in</strong>g mach<strong>in</strong>es are scarce for New Blockers. There is one on every floor of Matthewsapart from the top floor, one <strong>in</strong> <strong>St</strong>aircase IV and one <strong>in</strong> Chavasse, along with tumble dryers. Aload of wash<strong>in</strong>g costs £1.20 but is paid for by a swipe card, which you can get from the lodge.Some mach<strong>in</strong>es are almost constantly <strong>in</strong> use, so when remov<strong>in</strong>g other people’s wash<strong>in</strong>g at theend of a cycle, please don’t just dump it on the floor. You charge y<strong>our</strong> card up at the lodge, eithera £5 or £10 note, then head to the wash<strong>in</strong>g mach<strong>in</strong>e which will have <strong>in</strong>structions.As mentioned earlier, another good idea is to br<strong>in</strong>g (or buy at nearby Argos) a clothes horse, orelse y<strong>our</strong> delicates will be permanently damp!Other Domestic EquipmentIf you’re lucky enough to live <strong>in</strong> Matthews you’ll soon f<strong>in</strong>d out that at the end of the corridorthere is a little kitchenette/cupboard with a fridge, kettle and large s<strong>in</strong>k for wash<strong>in</strong>g up.In the JCR, there is also the ‘Green & Gold’ kitchen, that was built just two years ago. Althoughrelatively new, there have been many threats of it be<strong>in</strong>g shut down. Irresponsible users are toblame, leav<strong>in</strong>g the kitchen, particularly the microwave, as a breed<strong>in</strong>g ground for bacteria.However, good news is that the kitchen has two large fridges, lockers, a microwave, toasters andeven a few hot plates; this means that if you’re peckish and not up for hall, you’re welcome tomake what ever you like (or what you actually can) <strong>in</strong> the kitchen—AS LONG AS YOU CLEAN UPAFTER YOURSELF!

Informal hall<strong>St</strong>. Peter’s is a catered college; this means that Monday—Friday, breakfast, lunch and d<strong>in</strong>ner can all be obta<strong>in</strong>edat specific times <strong>in</strong> the d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g hall. On a Saturday and Sunday, brunch and d<strong>in</strong>ner are available. The way<strong>in</strong> which you pay for y<strong>our</strong> food is simple: us<strong>in</strong>g the upay website (www.upay.co.uk), you log on with y<strong>our</strong> collegeemail and password and ‘top up’ y<strong>our</strong> account by enter<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> bank card details (a bit like onl<strong>in</strong>e shopp<strong>in</strong>g).Then <strong>in</strong> hall, you simply take y<strong>our</strong> bodcard (University Card) with you, which you hand over to the staff atthe cash register to be swiped and charged. Each item has a specific price that you will be able to check on themenu. A typical ‘<strong>in</strong>formal hall’ d<strong>in</strong>ner meal will offer two meat and two vegetarian options for ma<strong>in</strong>s, with accompany<strong>in</strong>gvegetables, salads, fruit, dessert, yoghurts and juices: menus are available on the JCR website(www.spcjcr.co.uk). ‘Informal hall’ refers to the usual, ‘canteen-style’ arrangement for eat<strong>in</strong>g.Formal hallCurrently runs twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday, slightly later <strong>in</strong> the even<strong>in</strong>g than <strong>in</strong>formal hall. At formalhall you wear y<strong>our</strong> gown over y<strong>our</strong> normal clothes and hear a Grace <strong>in</strong> Lat<strong>in</strong> before you beg<strong>in</strong>. It is optional butpopular, and great value for three c<strong>our</strong>ses. The food tends to be of better quality but there are only two options—onemeat and one vegetarian. You are served at y<strong>our</strong> table by the staff and can br<strong>in</strong>g w<strong>in</strong>e, but not spirits,<strong>in</strong> with you. The college community seen <strong>in</strong> formal hall is great to br<strong>in</strong>g guests along to. You sign up for formalhall via the upay website, usually two days <strong>in</strong> advance. Often certa<strong>in</strong> events, such as Welfare Dr<strong>in</strong>ks orBurns Night <strong>in</strong>clude formal hall and are extremely popular.Meal times are as follows -Breakfast Mon - Fri: 8am-9amLunch Mon - Fri : 12pm - 1.30pmD<strong>in</strong>ner (<strong>in</strong>formal hall) - 5.30pm - 7.30pmD<strong>in</strong>ner (formal hall) - 7.30pm promptBrunch (Sundays only) - 11.00am – 12:30pmFor the first f<strong>our</strong> days of Freshers’ week you will pay a total amount upfront so will not need to worry abouty<strong>our</strong> upay account until the Thursday. Also, times will likely to be different, however <strong>in</strong>formation will be providedto you on the Sunday.OTHERThe JCR kitchen is not a fully equipped kitchen, however it has the basics to keep you enterta<strong>in</strong>ed. With <strong>our</strong>central location and the wonder that is studentbeans.com eat<strong>in</strong>g out is easy and can often be very cheap.Whilst take-away options <strong>in</strong>clude the famous Kebab Kid (Peter’s easily get discount) and Noodlenation, localrestaurants such as Pizza Express, Ask, Zizzi are always offer<strong>in</strong>g 2 for 1. Also Wetherspoons is a cheap place toeat, whilst lunchtime snacks can be found at Mortons, La Baguette and other well-known shops near college.20Kebab Kid loves <strong>St</strong> Peter’s!

Gett<strong>in</strong>g connected <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> room - what to br<strong>in</strong>g:We recommend br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g a laptop as it’ll prevent you hav<strong>in</strong>g to pack up y<strong>our</strong> PC at the end ofevery term. Also it’ll mean you can take it to lectures and libraries with you. If you can alsobr<strong>in</strong>g a small pr<strong>in</strong>ter with you, it could work out cheaper <strong>in</strong> the long run, although you can managequite easily without one. (That’s what friends are for.)All of the college rooms come with a high speed <strong>in</strong>ternet broadband connection. This comes from the Ethernetsocket <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> room (not wireless), so you need to make sure that y<strong>our</strong> PC/laptop has a socket for an Ethernetcable too. It should look like this:One th<strong>in</strong>g you def<strong>in</strong>itely need to br<strong>in</strong>g with you is an Ethernet cable. Make sure it is a patch and not a crossovercable - ask when you buy it. We seriously recommend buy<strong>in</strong>g one before you arrive as last year Argos and<strong>St</strong>aples sold out <strong>in</strong> record time, leav<strong>in</strong>g many students destitute and unable to check their Facebook and add alltheir splendid new friends. Some Ethernet cables were given out <strong>in</strong> the University Freshers’ Fair and there willbe a limited number for sale at <strong>St</strong> Peter’s, but don’t count on this as y<strong>our</strong> sole means for obta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g one. However,if it’s not possible, don’t worry too much—steal<strong>in</strong>g others’ <strong>in</strong>ternet is a great way to make friends (andhave a sneaky peek <strong>in</strong> their room) whilst the shops do restock!Usernames and PasswordsAt Oxford you will have a unique username and several passwords l<strong>in</strong>ked to it for different services.Y<strong>our</strong> username will look like: spet1234 (‘spet’ is the unit name for <strong>St</strong> <strong>Peter's</strong> <strong>College</strong>). The usernameis identical for both Oxford University IT Services and <strong>St</strong> Peters <strong>College</strong> IT Services. Thereare differences between the services provided:The <strong>St</strong> Peters <strong>College</strong>’s Services <strong>in</strong>clude:Internet connectionsComputer Room mach<strong>in</strong>esPr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gLibrary LaptopsThe Oxford University Services <strong>in</strong>clude:Y<strong>our</strong> Oxford email servicesData backup servicesPersonal web spaceRemote Access (VPN)You will need to set a different password for y<strong>our</strong> Oxford University and <strong>College</strong> services.

On activat<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> email account please register y<strong>our</strong> Computer with <strong>St</strong> Peter’s by visit<strong>in</strong>ghttp://gold.spc.ox.ac.uk. Along with the forms, there is valuable <strong>in</strong>formation about how to connectto the network and requirements to ensure y<strong>our</strong> Laptop has been setup correctly.You must register here as soon as you activate y<strong>our</strong> Oxford Email Account.<strong>College</strong> IT Facilities<strong>St</strong> Peter’s <strong>College</strong> has a ‘Library Laptops’ scheme enabl<strong>in</strong>g you to borrow a <strong>College</strong> laptop for 3-h<strong>our</strong> sessions for use <strong>in</strong> the Library. These are kept beh<strong>in</strong>d the Lodge reception desk 24 h<strong>our</strong>s aday. (You will be required to hand <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> University Card as a deposit.)The ma<strong>in</strong> computer room and pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g facilities are <strong>in</strong> <strong>St</strong>aircase II, Room 4. Additional pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>glocations are <strong>in</strong> the ma<strong>in</strong> Library Entrance and Library Land<strong>in</strong>g.Pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g costs: Black and White on A4 is 4p; Col<strong>our</strong> on A4 is 15p. All pr<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g charges will beadded onto y<strong>our</strong> battels at the end of term.You are not permitted to br<strong>in</strong>g any of y<strong>our</strong> own Wireless routers or network<strong>in</strong>g hubs etc.<strong>St</strong> Peter’s is part of the University Wireless Service - Information can be found at: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/network/wireless/The network at Oxford University is for academic use. Recreational use is permitted but anybodyfound to be download<strong>in</strong>g us<strong>in</strong>g Peer-to-Peer (p-2-p) software such as BitTorrent,Limewire, Kazaa and other variations will be blocked and f<strong>in</strong>ed. You have been warned.If you are unsure please email it-support@spc.ox.ac.uk.There is a full list of network rules are detailed at: http://www.ict.ox.ac.uk/oxford/rules/http://nexus.ox.ac.uk - Y<strong>our</strong> email accounthttp://gold.spc.ox.ac.uk - <strong>St</strong> <strong>Peter's</strong> IT Help Pages and Formshttp://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk - Oxford University Comput<strong>in</strong>g Serviceshttp://welcometoit.ox.ac.uk - A further help guideIt’s good to get y<strong>our</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternet sorted out quickly, as other th<strong>in</strong>gs quickly become more importantdur<strong>in</strong>g the excitement of Freshers’ week. Once you have set it up you’ll need to check y<strong>our</strong>email every day, as tutors tend to send numerous messages <strong>in</strong>form<strong>in</strong>g you of tutorial arrangements,extra lectures etc; and other facilities such as u-pay are all onl<strong>in</strong>e.22

At Uni, you will be expected to spend money , but for many of you it will be the first time deal<strong>in</strong>gwith outgo<strong>in</strong>gs for bills, rent and food rather than just clothes and go<strong>in</strong>g out! For some thestart of each term br<strong>in</strong>gs the eagerly-awaited deposit of student loans whilst the lucky ones ofyou will be dra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> parent’s bank account with a monthly stand<strong>in</strong>g order. Either way,keep<strong>in</strong>g an eye on y<strong>our</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ances is as almost important as keep<strong>in</strong>g an eye on y<strong>our</strong> essays; time,research and organisation are key!Make a Budget and Monitor y<strong>our</strong> Spend<strong>in</strong>gMak<strong>in</strong>g a budget can help you build up a picture of what you have com<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> vs. what you arespend<strong>in</strong>g. Try keep<strong>in</strong>g receipts and mak<strong>in</strong>g a record at the end of each month of what you havespent to see whether you have stuck to y<strong>our</strong> budget, and if you haven’t, where you can cutback.Also make sure you open all y<strong>our</strong> bank and credit card statements – ignor<strong>in</strong>g them doesnot mean they don’t exist! The biggest th<strong>in</strong>g is to be realistic. Y<strong>our</strong> budget should reflect y<strong>our</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ancial situation, and not the f<strong>in</strong>ancial situation of a wealthy Arab Sheikh (unless you are oneof c<strong>our</strong>se!). Internet bank<strong>in</strong>g is a useful th<strong>in</strong>g to set up, and will become vital when you are liv<strong>in</strong>gout <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> second year, so it is useful to get this set up.Where it is obvious that you are overspend<strong>in</strong>g don’t put off address<strong>in</strong>g the problem; <strong>in</strong>stead,make time to sit down and reassess y<strong>our</strong> f<strong>in</strong>ances. And don’t forget to budget for the vacationas well. Y<strong>our</strong> <strong>in</strong>come and expenditure will be different then, but remember you will be return<strong>in</strong>gto university so don’t go crazy down Harvey Nic’s.Bank<strong>in</strong>gBanks love students and therefore offer a wide range of different <strong>in</strong>centives, but they are a fewth<strong>in</strong>gs you need to look out for:• Overdraft. Depend<strong>in</strong>g on y<strong>our</strong> bank the size of the overdraft on their student account will differ.Most however should offer an <strong>in</strong>terest free overdraft for the duration of y<strong>our</strong> degree, whichyou will probably need to use at some po<strong>in</strong>t.• Free stuff. Most banks will offer free stuff with their student account rang<strong>in</strong>g from travel cardsto music downloads. F<strong>in</strong>d out what they are offer<strong>in</strong>g and go with the account that benefits youthe most – but don’t get sucked <strong>in</strong> by freebies only to f<strong>in</strong>d out that the deal on y<strong>our</strong> account isn’tactually that great. Shop around.• Talk to y<strong>our</strong> bank. If you are lucky enough to have some extra sav<strong>in</strong>gs then you should discussthis with y<strong>our</strong> bank and they should be able to tell where the best place is for y<strong>our</strong> money. ISAsand onl<strong>in</strong>e sav<strong>in</strong>gs accounts are usually the highest <strong>in</strong>terest.• Don’t go over y<strong>our</strong> overdraft limit! Try not to cut <strong>in</strong>to y<strong>our</strong> overdraft too much but if it is necessarythen don’t go over the limit – bank charges can be pretty high!!It can take a couple of weeks to process a student bank account, <strong>in</strong> particular the overdraft, sowe recommend sort<strong>in</strong>g it out now <strong>in</strong>stead worry<strong>in</strong>g about it dur<strong>in</strong>g Freshers’ Week!

As well as student loans and parents, there are other s<strong>our</strong>ces of <strong>in</strong>come available tostudents that often don’t need pay<strong>in</strong>g back! The JCR, the college itself and the Universityprovide various types of bursaries and grants for different needs, from help<strong>in</strong>gout with the general liv<strong>in</strong>g costs to fund<strong>in</strong>g for trips, art projects and sportsequipment.The Oxford Opportunities Bursary is available from the University ‘for UK undergraduatestudents from low-<strong>in</strong>come families who are eligible to receive both tuitionand ma<strong>in</strong>tenance support from the UK Government under the student supportregulations for variable fees’. Eligible students will receive their Bursary via the UniversityF<strong>in</strong>ance Office. The University can see whether you are eligible for thisfrom y<strong>our</strong> household <strong>in</strong>come assessment <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> student f<strong>in</strong>ance application.More <strong>in</strong>formation can be found out at: http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_c<strong>our</strong>ses/student_fund<strong>in</strong>g/oxford_opportunity_bursaries/<strong>in</strong>dex.htmlOther s<strong>our</strong>ces of helpThe <strong>College</strong> can sometimes contribute towards the cost of academic projects andtrips. For students who have obligatory field trips (eg. geography, earth sciencesand Biology), the college has funds that can often pay for a part, if not the whole, ofthe costs. For personal trips, there are other grants, with deadl<strong>in</strong>es often <strong>in</strong> March/April, that can go towards expenses as long as you prove you’ll be spend<strong>in</strong>g itwisely—these are available through the college and university.For advice on all fund<strong>in</strong>g matters, see the <strong>St</strong>udent F<strong>in</strong>ance Officer, Izzy McKeand(Monday to Thursday, 9.00—5.00).If you have any questions about receiv<strong>in</strong>g bursaries or eligibility, please contact JCRaccess rep Alex worth—alex.worth@spc.ox.ac.uk24

Credit and <strong>St</strong>ore CardsDon’t go there! <strong>St</strong>ore cards will just mean you have more th<strong>in</strong>gs to worry about pay<strong>in</strong>g, and youcan get student discount <strong>in</strong> many places with y<strong>our</strong> bodcard anyway. A debit card with a freeoverdraft is a better bet than a credit card, but if you do get one, make sure you pay it off everymonth.BattelsBattels are the bills that you have to pay to <strong>College</strong> by Monday of 2nd Week each term. Theycover rent, heat<strong>in</strong>g, electricity and hall food charges. Library f<strong>in</strong>es, punt charges, boat club d<strong>in</strong>ners(or similar) and photocopy<strong>in</strong>g can also be charged here too. If you have problems pay<strong>in</strong>gBattels on time, go and see the <strong>St</strong>udent F<strong>in</strong>ance Officer who will sort th<strong>in</strong>gs out – please don'tkeep it to y<strong>our</strong>self. The college can often make loans if y<strong>our</strong> student loan is delayed for somereason. Alternatively you can go and see the JCR welfare officers, who can give you advice too.Cutt<strong>in</strong>g CostsBuy<strong>in</strong>g Books – don’t go out and buy every book on y<strong>our</strong> read<strong>in</strong>g list, it will exhaust y<strong>our</strong> overdraftvery quickly and you probably won’t read all of them anyway. Email y<strong>our</strong> college parentsand ask them what books they’d recommend buy<strong>in</strong>g. Look on amazon.co.uk, where you oftenbuy copies with a large discount off the RRP. If you are buy<strong>in</strong>g second hand books, rememberthat for some subjects it’s only worth buy<strong>in</strong>g the most recent edition; older ones may be awaste of paper and money (not for English, though!) On the top floor of Blackwell’s you can getsecond hand books for 2/3rds of the cost of new books. The college library lets you borrowbooks for a month , and even then it is only a simple onl<strong>in</strong>e renewal process to allow you toborrow them for longer.Gett<strong>in</strong>g a JobDue to the short terms and heavy workload, you will have very little time for a job. The collegedoes offer some paid employment, ma<strong>in</strong>ly, the opportunity to work <strong>in</strong> the bar; not a massivetime commitment (usually 4 nights a term) but gives you a bit more cash <strong>in</strong> the pot. There arealso th<strong>in</strong>g such as stay<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the Christmas vac to help with <strong>in</strong>terviews. Y<strong>our</strong> long vacation <strong>in</strong> thesummer is probably the best time for you seek employment, as you will probably want a breakdur<strong>in</strong>g the Easter and Christmas vacations as well have hav<strong>in</strong>g to prepare for the next term.L<strong>in</strong>ksA really useful site with lots of money sav<strong>in</strong>g tips is:http://www.moneysav<strong>in</strong>gexpert.com/Oxford University F<strong>in</strong>ancial Informationhttp://www.admissions.ox.ac.uk/f<strong>in</strong>ance/Department for Education and Skills Guide to <strong>St</strong>udent F<strong>in</strong>ancehttp://www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport/BBC One Life Guide to <strong>St</strong>udent Fund<strong>in</strong>ghttp://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/onelife/education/<strong>in</strong>dex.shtml?fund<strong>in</strong>gtopicsThe JCR

Short for the Junior Common Room, this is where you f<strong>in</strong>d someth<strong>in</strong>g to do when you don’twant to work. There are newspapers galore, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the Times, Telegraph, Guardian, Mail andSun as well as the two student papers, the Cherwell and (OUSU funded) Oxford <strong>St</strong>udent (Oxstufor short). If you’d rather not look at any more words, there’s a big plasma TV with Sky. This providesa great communal area for watch<strong>in</strong>g th<strong>in</strong>gs such as political elections or big sports events.There are also regular film nights organised by the Entz rep.If that doesn’t keep you away from the library, there is the considerable attraction of the pooltable, the scene of much bond<strong>in</strong>g and many a battle last year. It is a paltry 40p a game or 3games for a pound. There is free table football and a tennis table too. Despite <strong>in</strong>jury to some ofthe little soldiers (decapitation seriously affect<strong>in</strong>g the red team’s midfield), the table football is<strong>in</strong> good work<strong>in</strong>g order and an endless s<strong>our</strong>ce of distraction from education. Also, for those wholike sport but prefer to play it electronically, the Wii has prime position amongst <strong>our</strong> other gamemach<strong>in</strong>es.The quiz mach<strong>in</strong>e has a cult follow<strong>in</strong>g, and rather like a cult leader, it takes money from worshipp<strong>in</strong>gmasses and offers only dubious enlightenment <strong>in</strong> return. Some will argue that it is generousto a select few but generally it only pays out after the guy before has put <strong>in</strong> his studentloan. There are many such people though, so it may one day be y<strong>our</strong> lucky day…The BarThe bar was newly rebuilt and refurbished recently; unlike many other colleges, it is fully student-runand staffed (look out for jobs advertised each term which will beef up y<strong>our</strong> bank balancea bit), and a great place to start a night out or just go for a quiet dr<strong>in</strong>k <strong>in</strong> the even<strong>in</strong>g witha couple of friends. The bar has a great collection of memorabilia on the walls (look out for the<strong>in</strong>evitable nudity <strong>in</strong> JCR fun photos) which gives it a dist<strong>in</strong>ctive Peter’s character, and the JohnnyFraser memorial garden is a good place to sip y<strong>our</strong> beer/lemonade on warmer days <strong>in</strong> Tr<strong>in</strong>ityterm. The bar is also home to <strong>St</strong> Peter’s college dr<strong>in</strong>k—Cross-Keys, which consists of five shotsand has a unique aftertaste, not unlike pa<strong>in</strong>t-stripper!Prices are very reasonable, and any profit goes straight back <strong>in</strong>to the runn<strong>in</strong>g of the bar, so thatthe manag<strong>in</strong>g team can cont<strong>in</strong>ue to improve it, for y<strong>our</strong> benefit. If you ever have any suggestionsor queries, get <strong>in</strong> touch with Jonny Torrance (bar manager) (jonny.torrance@spc.ox.ac.uk)who will be happy to take them on board. And otherwise – enjoy it, (<strong>in</strong> responsible moderation,of c<strong>our</strong>se!)The PuntsThe JCR hires a punt from Magdalen Bridge each Tr<strong>in</strong>ity Term – you’ll hear more about thisnearer the time. If you’ve paid the punt charge, you can book the punt for free as many timesas y<strong>our</strong> plans allow. You shouldn’t miss this opportunity to use it as many times as possible – it’sthe perfect way to while away one of those rare work-free afternoons, or prove to y<strong>our</strong> friendsthat you really are an Oxford stereotype, as you sip a glass of Pimms.26

The LibraryYou’ll soon f<strong>in</strong>d out that people will use the college library <strong>in</strong> vary<strong>in</strong>g amounts. Whilst some f<strong>in</strong>dit to be the perfect place to work all day, free from the distractions of their room, others use itjust for gett<strong>in</strong>g books, or <strong>in</strong>deed not at all. It's unlikely you'll f<strong>in</strong>d all the books for y<strong>our</strong> c<strong>our</strong>sehere (often the college may have a book, but not enough copies to go around) and you'll haveto make the odd trip to faculty libraries, but the college library is a really useful res<strong>our</strong>ce(complete with photocopier, computers and fancy self-issu<strong>in</strong>g book mach<strong>in</strong>e), that is fantasticallyclose to home and open 24 h<strong>our</strong>s a day. If you're fond of delay<strong>in</strong>g writ<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> essay andpull<strong>in</strong>g all nighters, you may also f<strong>in</strong>d the library a good place to make friends. Seats <strong>in</strong> the upperlibrary are often more contested than those <strong>in</strong> the ground floor, lower library which issomewhat deprived of natural light!The PhotocopierThis pile of plastic and metal with a m<strong>in</strong>d of its own is found outside the upper library door andswallows money like there’s no tomorrow (5p per copy <strong>in</strong>to JCR coffers). You buy a photocopy<strong>in</strong>gcard from the F<strong>in</strong>ance Office. Tell Zavvi Lever (the food, hous<strong>in</strong>g & amenities officer) if itneeds more paper, or if it’s urgent, ask at the lodge. You may be able to photocopy for free <strong>in</strong>y<strong>our</strong> faculty library, though, so it is worth check<strong>in</strong>g there first.The Music Room (social/academic, depend<strong>in</strong>g on y<strong>our</strong> subject!)This is def<strong>in</strong>itely one of the nicest music rooms <strong>in</strong> the University. It’s a large airy room situatedabove the MCR (Middle Common Room) opposite Chavasse and next to New Block. It boasts agrand piano and an electronic drum kit. It can be booked for rehearsals/ practices as long as youfill <strong>in</strong> a book<strong>in</strong>g form and send it to the music tutor about a week before hand. You may also beable to practise on the piano <strong>in</strong> the chapel, with permission – ask at the lodge for details ofboth.Then ...And now....The JCR has always been an <strong>in</strong>tegral part of life at <strong>St</strong> Peter’s.Photo c<strong>our</strong>tesy of Rachel Chew.

SHOPS & RESTAURANTSDue to <strong>our</strong> central location, pretty much everyth<strong>in</strong>g you need is with<strong>in</strong> walk<strong>in</strong>g distance of college.We’re right by the high street, which is l<strong>in</strong>ed with shops <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g all the usual high streetcha<strong>in</strong>s and a few more unusual places too. There are two shopp<strong>in</strong>g malls with<strong>in</strong> three m<strong>in</strong>uteswalk from college: Westgate (which boasts a massive Primark) and the Clarendon Centre, andthere’s a large Debenhams too. There are also a lot of quirky boutiques <strong>in</strong> the covered market,which is also home to the Alpha Salad Bar and the rightly famous Ben’s Cookies.If you need to stock up on food, shampoo or other essentials then Westgate also has a Sa<strong>in</strong>sbury’s<strong>in</strong> it. There is also a smaller late-open<strong>in</strong>g Sa<strong>in</strong>sbury’s Local on <strong>St</strong> Giles (just round the cornerfrom Debenhams, and only 5 m<strong>in</strong>s walk from college). That branch closes at 11pm Mon-Sat,but whacks an extra 10p or so on everyth<strong>in</strong>g for the privilege. Both Sa<strong>in</strong>sbury’s branches are notoriousfor their queues, but these are often not as bad for the self-service checkouts.We’re right opposite the Castle complex, which has a range of restaurants and bars <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g aKrispyKreme, Pizza Express and a new Wetherspoons pub. For chicken lovers there’s a Nandosfurther down George <strong>St</strong>reet. Jamie’s Italian, just opposite the end of New Inn Hall <strong>St</strong>reet, is thefirst <strong>in</strong> Jamie Oliver’s new cha<strong>in</strong>, designed to be accessible to the student budget. Other nearbyhighlights <strong>in</strong>clude La Baguette, The Mission (brilliant and very fill<strong>in</strong>g Mexican burritos) andother cha<strong>in</strong>s—<strong>our</strong> best advice, hit <strong>St</strong>udentbeans.com and see which are offer<strong>in</strong>g the best offers(usually 2 for 1) and availability.CLUBSWe have quite few nightclubs <strong>in</strong> Oxford which cater to a range of different music tastes. <strong>St</strong>udentnights are ma<strong>in</strong>ly week nights, although P.T’s is a standard post-bop haunt. Here are details onthe ma<strong>in</strong> ones, though there are more.KukuiKukui is one of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s most-frequented nightclubs. Situated <strong>in</strong> Park End, Kukui on a Tuesdayand Friday night is a fav<strong>our</strong>ite of Peterites, particularly follow<strong>in</strong>g the mayhem that is SPC Rugbydr<strong>in</strong>ks <strong>in</strong> the bar on a Tuesday. It’s a club themed around palm trees and tropical fish (yes, theyuse piranhas as lampshades). If you want a sophisticated night out, Kukui probably isn’t theplace for you. If you want to dance to cheesey pop music, have a good laugh, and don’t m<strong>in</strong>dgett<strong>in</strong>g a bit sweaty and crowded, jo<strong>in</strong> the queue!The BridgeAnother very popular, slightly larger venue. Big nights are normally Tuesday and Thursday. TheBridge plays commercial R’n’B on the ground floor, and cheese and dance on the first floor. Atthe Bridge, Peter’s own the pole as well! So when you’re there let other colleges know.28

Lava/IgniteBig nights are Wednesday nights—it’s now become THE night for Oxford sports teams. Muchlarger than The Bridge/ Kukui, with three separate rooms and bars. Plays cheese and dance onthe larger bottom floor and RnB and Hip-hop on the smaller dance floor upstairs, with dance onthe big dance floor upstairs. Lava is always a wicked night. Plus if you really like RnB, Hip-hopand dancehall and don’t m<strong>in</strong>d go<strong>in</strong>g clubb<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Oxford on a non-student night then this is agood club to go to on a Saturday as well, although entry fee and dr<strong>in</strong>ks prices become very expensiveat weekends.The CellarEclectric nights run here every other Thursday (the other happens <strong>in</strong> Babylove bar) and is agood night for anyone look<strong>in</strong>g for an alt/<strong>in</strong>die scene away from hip-hop and dance music.Hit’N’Run is the drum’n’bass night every other Wednesday. In the same place, Sunday Roast <strong>in</strong>volveschilled funk and is often a breath of fresh air from the standard music you hear <strong>in</strong> Oxford.Often uses student bands. One big cellar next door to the Purple Turtle and the Union.Purple Turtle (PTs)Free for members of the Oxford union, and standard entry fee of a fiver to everyone else. Popularwith the college, especially for bop after-parties. Another underground venue with cheaperdr<strong>in</strong>ks and low doorways. PT’s is dirty, dank and cramped, and Peter’s loves it. Post bops youcan f<strong>in</strong>d a sweaty mass of bodies danc<strong>in</strong>g with reckless abandon, wear<strong>in</strong>g remnants of costume.Clement<strong>in</strong>es (Clems)Not as popular a venue as the others, probably due to its location slightly out of the centre atthe Magdalen roundabout. It plays commercial RnB, pop and cheese. A Saturday night venuewhich can be a great laugh if enough of you go, and worth head<strong>in</strong>g to as an after-party if youare at an earlier event <strong>in</strong> the immediate area.Cowley/Oxford BrookesThe Pleasuredome is the Oxford Brookes union build<strong>in</strong>g and is huge and an amaz<strong>in</strong>g night. It’s achance to get away from the nights you are used to <strong>in</strong> Oxford, and enjoy seriously cheap dr<strong>in</strong>ks,hip hop, R&B and dance. They have live acts sometimes too.The O2 AcademyThis is <strong>in</strong> Cowley and is a venue that gets some great bands, as well as host<strong>in</strong>g some great clubnights; Fuzzy Ducks runs every Wednesday and is one of the biggest nights <strong>in</strong> Oxford and goodfor a big occasion like a birthday.Clubb<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Oxford is divided between two large Entz companies, Pulse and Rockentz, that puton different nights throughout the week at certa<strong>in</strong> clubs, and charge different prices. Jo<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>gtheir facebook groups are good ways of see<strong>in</strong>g what nights they are putt<strong>in</strong>g on, although themessages might get a bit annoy<strong>in</strong>g! Freshers’ week is <strong>our</strong> chance to show you <strong>our</strong> personal fav<strong>our</strong>ites,<strong>St</strong> Peter’s style.

PUBSWhere there are students, there are go<strong>in</strong>g to be places for them to dr<strong>in</strong>k. It follows logically,then, that <strong>in</strong> such an old university city there will be hundreds (yes, hundreds!) of pubs with<strong>in</strong>stagger<strong>in</strong>g distance of y<strong>our</strong> front door. For the discern<strong>in</strong>g dr<strong>in</strong>ker who prefers a p<strong>in</strong>t and a goodconversation to a sweaty dance floor and vomit-covered shoes, Oxford is pub paradise. Fromthe t<strong>in</strong>y back-street charms of The Bear to the busy Turf Tavern, Oxford’s worst kept secret,there are old pubs ooz<strong>in</strong>g with character to suit every dr<strong>in</strong>ker, andevery occasion. Sitt<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the heart of the southern brewery territory,every pub <strong>in</strong> Oxford has at least one real ale on draught; White HorseBrewery and the excellent Wychwood range of ales are always firmfav<strong>our</strong>ites. Also, there are a few pubs located out of town, such asThe Perch or The Head of the River, but similar to city centre pubs,their locations mean high prices!OTHERFilmThere’s two Odeon c<strong>in</strong>emas, located at the bottom of the road from college and near the Sa<strong>in</strong>sbury'slocal, show<strong>in</strong>g all the big blockbusters, whilst the Phoenix c<strong>in</strong>ema, about 15 m<strong>in</strong>utes’walk away <strong>in</strong> Jericho screens a wider mix <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g foreign language and arthouse pictures. TheUltimate Picture Palace <strong>in</strong> Cowley is an undiscovered gem which offers a cheap, slightly shabbyexperience which makes you feel as if you’ve been catapulted back a couple of decades. If youbecome a member of the Oxford Union, their library offers a wide collection of DVDs for rent.TheatreThere are lots of theatres, all very close to college, which put on some very high standard playsthroughout the year, many (if not most) of which are student productions. You’ll soon start gett<strong>in</strong>glots of flyers and emails about what’s on, and there are <strong>in</strong>variably several plays to choosefrom almost every night, aswell as many student/college drama companies to audition for if youwish to get <strong>in</strong>volved y<strong>our</strong>self.MuseumsOxford is unsurpris<strong>in</strong>gly littered <strong>in</strong> Museums. The University museum is located between theScience area and Uni Parks, and features skeletons, fossils and rocks collected over its history.Alongside this museum is the Pitts River Museum which looks at the anthropological side of theearth. The newly renovated Ashmolean is just a five m<strong>in</strong>ute walk from college, and offers a bitof everyth<strong>in</strong>g. Best of all, museums are free!SportsThere is an ice-skat<strong>in</strong>g r<strong>in</strong>k just past Park End <strong>St</strong>reet, and an outdoor pool (H<strong>in</strong>ksey pool) off theAb<strong>in</strong>gdon Road. Also, each member of the JCR is entitled to free membership at Iffley Roadgym, <strong>in</strong> the Iffley sports centre which has an <strong>in</strong>door pool. The gym is located shortly off MagadelenBrigde on Iffley Road and has CV equipment and weights. The gym also provides otherclasses, such as circuits and houses many of Oxford sports clubs. SPC boat club is located(unsurpris<strong>in</strong>gly) by the river, a ten m<strong>in</strong>ute walk down the canal path on the right –hand side asyou approach it from the street.30

One th<strong>in</strong>g which can lead to confusion for the Oxford fresher is the question of the two ‘unions’.The two big boys on the university political block, the Oxford University <strong>St</strong>udent Union and theOxford Union are two very different th<strong>in</strong>gs, not <strong>in</strong> the least by the fact that you are automaticallya member of one and not the other. If you are not already enlightened, then let me elucidate…OUSUOxford University <strong>St</strong>udent Union (OUSU for short) is the official student union, represent<strong>in</strong>g theviews of all students to the university and also nationally on a wider political level as part of theNational Union of <strong>St</strong>udents (NUS). As well as giv<strong>in</strong>g voice to student views, it provides a widerange of services, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a strong welfare support network and res<strong>our</strong>ces to assist JCRs aswell as <strong>in</strong>dividual students. Many of y<strong>our</strong> JCR committee members may have been tra<strong>in</strong>ed atOUSU. It also runs the big university Freshers’ Fair at the end of Freshers’ week, and heads acampaign to widen access to Oxford. All students are automatically members of OUSU and eligibleto vote for its officers <strong>in</strong> the elections. It may lack the glam<strong>our</strong> and high profile of the OxfordUnion (see below), but it is an <strong>in</strong>credibly important body which provides a lot more <strong>in</strong> terms ofservices and support than many students realise – it’s worth look<strong>in</strong>g at their website to get areal sense of what they provide. OUSU offices are on Bonn Square, about 30 seconds from college,which is also the headquarters of The Oxford <strong>St</strong>udent, the official student newspaper publishedby OUSU. To ga<strong>in</strong> more <strong>in</strong>formation please contact y<strong>our</strong> JCR OUSU rep Florence Barnes—florence.barnes@spc.ox.ac.uk or see the website: http://www.ousu.org/ma<strong>in</strong>The Oxford UnionThe Oxford Union Society (usually just called ‘the Oxford Union’ or ‘the union’) is a privatemembers’ club situated on <strong>St</strong>. Michael’s <strong>St</strong>reet. A prestigious debat<strong>in</strong>g society, the union hostscompetitions, as well as weekly debates featur<strong>in</strong>g students and guest contributors. Famousspeakers appear regularly, and the society also runs numerous social events throughout theyear, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g a ball every term and an annual trip to Paris. It does not represent the studentbody, and is <strong>in</strong> fact entirely separate to the university, but with a membership compris<strong>in</strong>g alarge proportion of the total students, it plays a prom<strong>in</strong>ent role <strong>in</strong> Oxford life – or Oxford gossip,at least. The Union runs a cheap bar and The Purple Turtle nightclub – to go to either afterFreshers’ week you must be a member, after which entry to the club is free. Life membershipcosts around £190, (discount dur<strong>in</strong>g Freshers’ week at £170) but they also offer lower ‘access’price (see website for details).The Union is not to everybody’s taste, and it’s worth decid<strong>in</strong>g how much you th<strong>in</strong>k you woulduse y<strong>our</strong> membership before buy<strong>in</strong>g it, but it certa<strong>in</strong>ly provides access to a wide range of socialopportunities as well as the chance to see celebrity speakers and engage <strong>in</strong> debat<strong>in</strong>g.http://www.oxford-union.org/homeYou’ll often end up read<strong>in</strong>g about these two <strong>in</strong> the student newspapers, and can often f<strong>in</strong>dy<strong>our</strong>self mauled by people try<strong>in</strong>g to coerce you to vote for them. People who do this are called‘hacks’ by University newspaper gossip columns.

Along with y<strong>our</strong> male and female welfare officers, Cather<strong>in</strong>e and Taz, we have a whole team ofPeer Supporters at <strong>College</strong> that are here to help out with any problems you may have, confidentiallyand for free. They have all attended tra<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g sessions and know how to cope with anysituations and their phone numbers are posted around college. They’ll be around a lot <strong>in</strong> Freshers’Week, expect to see them dur<strong>in</strong>g Freshers’ Rehab <strong>in</strong> the JCR post-club! Don’t forget all y<strong>our</strong>JCR and Freshers committees care about y<strong>our</strong> welfare and are happy to help with any problemsas best as we can. The official college Tutor for Welfare, Henrietta Leyser, is also a very reliableperson to turn to, and can help you approach y<strong>our</strong> tutors if you have issues that may affect y<strong>our</strong>work (although we hope you never do!) You can approach Henrietta at any time <strong>in</strong> <strong>St</strong>aircase IV,Room 16; she has an open door policy.Twice a week, there are Peer Support Drop-Ins ("Just Drop In!"). Dur<strong>in</strong>g these, one or more peersupporters will be <strong>in</strong> the Theberge room (although this may change, posters will be go<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>in</strong>Freshers’ Week) for you to come and chat about any problems you have, or anyth<strong>in</strong>g you wantto get off y<strong>our</strong> chest. Anyth<strong>in</strong>g from problems settl<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> to worries with work, we'll do <strong>our</strong> bestto help and support you, and also, just to listen. We also have good l<strong>in</strong>ks with the Universitycounsell<strong>in</strong>g services and can be y<strong>our</strong> first po<strong>in</strong>t of call if you want to get <strong>in</strong> touch with them.Also if you want free contraception we'll be able to help you with that too. We are currentlywork<strong>in</strong>g on replac<strong>in</strong>g the Safex condoms mach<strong>in</strong>es with fully stocked Durex mach<strong>in</strong>es. At themoment, you can get durex condoms, pregnancy tests, attack alarms and earplugs from y<strong>our</strong>college welfare officers, completely free.As well as the drop-<strong>in</strong>s there are other welfare events each week. Sunday afternoons are famousfor men’s and women's teas. These are great chances for the guys and girls to get togetherand chat, eat and hang out and will be put on by members of the welfare team. Wednesdaysalso witness welfare tea madness with a jo<strong>in</strong>t session for anyone <strong>in</strong> college who fancies itand will take place <strong>in</strong> the JCR or just outside (depend<strong>in</strong>g on the weather). Take advantage of thefree food to unw<strong>in</strong>d at the end of the week or break up those mid-week blues!As if all this welfare love wasn't enough, we've gone one step further and given you college parents!Both of y<strong>our</strong> parents will be second years, one will be study<strong>in</strong>g the same subject as youwhereas y<strong>our</strong> other parent won't. This ensures that if you need help with y<strong>our</strong> work, social lifeor anyth<strong>in</strong>g else there will be two lov<strong>in</strong>g parents will<strong>in</strong>g and ready to help you out!There will also be other welfare events this term which we'll let you know more about nearerthe time (look out for <strong>our</strong> welfare posters!). Recently <strong>in</strong>troduced, ‘Welfare Dr<strong>in</strong>ks’ have beenoccurr<strong>in</strong>g once a term on a Thursday– before formal hall you are entitled to a few dr<strong>in</strong>ks on thehouse at the college bar and get to schmooze with the dean and various tutors (<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g HenriettaLeyser, <strong>our</strong> own college tutor for welfare, see above) and discuss any po<strong>in</strong>ts of concern.Oxford Welfare<strong>St</strong>udent Advice Service (SAS); Telephone: (01865) 288 641; e-mail: welfare@ousu.org or drop <strong>in</strong>to the OUSU Offices <strong>in</strong> Bonn Square.32

The SAS is a service run by the Oxford University <strong>St</strong>udent Union. It is an impartial, confidentialadvice and <strong>in</strong>formation service, and can advise on a whole range of issues from pregnancy tohous<strong>in</strong>g problems to academic issues.Nightl<strong>in</strong>e - Tel. 270 270, 16 Well<strong>in</strong>gton Square.Nightl<strong>in</strong>e is a listen<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>formation service run by tra<strong>in</strong>ed student volunteers. The office isopen from 8pm until 8am. If you want to talk th<strong>in</strong>gs over with someone, telephone or drop <strong>in</strong>personally. There are always two people on duty, one male, and one female. They can call youback or accept reverse charges if you’re call<strong>in</strong>g from a 01865 (Oxford) number. Nightl<strong>in</strong>e is runby students who are not a branch of any counsell<strong>in</strong>g service and, though not professionals, arewell-tra<strong>in</strong>ed and dedicated. All calls are treated sympathetically and <strong>in</strong> the strictest confidence.Nightl<strong>in</strong>e can help you with a wider range of th<strong>in</strong>gs than you might imag<strong>in</strong>e, and they also provide<strong>in</strong>formation on just about anyth<strong>in</strong>g you could imag<strong>in</strong>e. So if it’s the middle of the night andyou want to get a condom, but don’t know where to go, or if you’ve just f<strong>in</strong>ished a really difficultessay and everyone else <strong>in</strong> college is asleep, but if you want a chat, then give them a r<strong>in</strong>g.Nightl<strong>in</strong>e volunteers need talk<strong>in</strong>g to at f<strong>our</strong> <strong>in</strong> the morn<strong>in</strong>g too! Nightl<strong>in</strong>e is always look<strong>in</strong>g fornew volunteers, look out for <strong>in</strong>formation at University Freshers’ Fair or posters <strong>in</strong> <strong>College</strong>. It’sone of Oxford’s most worthwhile th<strong>in</strong>gs to do.University Counsell<strong>in</strong>g Service, Tel. 270 300, 11Well<strong>in</strong>gton Square.Run by professionals for members of the University, they deal with a wide range of issues affect<strong>in</strong>gpeople’s lives, whether social, academic or personal. You might like to use it <strong>in</strong> times ofcrisis or <strong>in</strong> a more developmental and exploratory way. The staff are a mixture of full and parttimeprofessionals who, as well as deal<strong>in</strong>g with broad counsell<strong>in</strong>g issues, have specialist skills <strong>in</strong>areas such as study related issues and anxiety management. Help is usually offered on a one-toonebasis, but there are also groups, which cover topics such as communications skills, examanxiety and sexuality. The centre is open from 9am to 5.15pm, Monday to Friday (check vacationtimes). Appo<strong>in</strong>tments can be made by telephone or by a personal visit.The Samaritans, Tel. 722 122, 123 Iffley Road.You can phone 24 h<strong>our</strong>s a day, or call <strong>in</strong> at the centre Monday to Friday 8am to 10pm. They willaccept local reverse charges. The Samaritans are a nation-wide organisation particularly <strong>in</strong>volvedwith the despair<strong>in</strong>g or suicidal, but anyone who simply wants to talk is welcome. Theyare not a religious organisation and treat all calls confidentially.Oxford Women’s L<strong>in</strong>e, Tel. 726 295 Open Monday to Thursday 7pm to 9pm, Wednesday 2pm to10pm, Friday 2pm to 4pm.They provide a sympathetic ear and advice to women who have been sexually assaulted. Others<strong>our</strong>ces of help may be found <strong>in</strong> the Oxford Handbook or from the JCR Welfare Officers.A f<strong>in</strong>al tip...Not strictly welfare, but <strong>in</strong> Oxford there are various organisations that act as a chaperone if youever f<strong>in</strong>d y<strong>our</strong>self lonesome on a night out. The Safety Bus is run jo<strong>in</strong>tly by Oxford Brookes <strong>St</strong>udents’Union and OUSU. It was set up to provide a safe means of transport late at night. To usethe service simply r<strong>in</strong>g 07714 445050 between 9 p.m.–3 a.m. Monday to Saturdays and 9 p.m.–1 a.m. on Sundays. The bus will pick you up and deliver you to any dest<strong>in</strong>ation with<strong>in</strong> the r<strong>in</strong>groad.

Sports and other Societies at SPCAt Oxford, extra-curricular activities occur at two levels; either through the University or with acollege. Enthusiasm and enjoyment are the key to gett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>volved or start<strong>in</strong>g a sport at <strong>St</strong> Peter’s.University sports teams take people from all colleges, so it is harder to ga<strong>in</strong> a place on aUniversity team for some of the more popular sports. Some sports, such as martial arts, shoot<strong>in</strong>gor watersports occur solely as University-wide sports clubs, as they cannot feasibly be runseparately with<strong>in</strong> each college. The Oxford University Freshers’ fair will let you se all the differentactivities throughout the University, however Peter’s itself is a huge hub of activities,whether sport, music, art or drama!SPORT AT PETER’SPeter’s prowess <strong>in</strong> sport is renowned throughout the University...however which sport and atwhat time of the year is often left to chance. Just some of the sports available at Peter’s:Row<strong>in</strong>g Football Rugby Netball Cricket Table FootballTable Tennis Tennis Lacrosse Badm<strong>in</strong>ton Hockey Rounders CroquetOver the last couple of years, girls have set up their own society called the Ladies Lawn SportsSociety (LLSS for short!) for Rounders and Cricket, where basically ANYTHING GOES and wehave a dedicated sports rep to help out any new teams!Each team has their own mantra for practices and matches. In y<strong>our</strong> first couple of weeks, trialsand tryouts will be occurr<strong>in</strong>g alongside practices and the start of season matches, get <strong>in</strong>volved,get bond<strong>in</strong>g and get represent<strong>in</strong>g—or at least keep fit! You’ll be able to meet the capta<strong>in</strong>s andsign up at <strong>our</strong> own Freshers’ Fair, on the Saturday of Freshers’ week.A bit more on row<strong>in</strong>g...In y<strong>our</strong> first year there will be lots of opportunities for you to experience that most Oxford ofsports—row<strong>in</strong>g. In Michaelmas term there is the Christ Church Regatta, a competition solely forpeople who have not rowed previously. In Hilary term, the competition Torpids runs <strong>in</strong> a differentway; po<strong>in</strong>ts are ga<strong>in</strong>ed for bump<strong>in</strong>g another boat. This also occurs <strong>in</strong> the Summer Eightscompetition <strong>in</strong> Tr<strong>in</strong>ity term. All SPC boat crews <strong>in</strong>tend to work harder than ever over the c<strong>our</strong>seof the next year, with the ultimate aim of ‘blades’ - though this, of c<strong>our</strong>se, is a goal alwaysplaced secondary to just hav<strong>in</strong>g fun and enjoy<strong>in</strong>g morn<strong>in</strong>gs on the river.Nick Fulton (Men’s Capta<strong>in</strong>)Zoe Apostolides (Women’s Capta<strong>in</strong>)Tom Lewis (Boat Club President)You’ll be see<strong>in</strong>g them throughout Freshers’ week probably <strong>in</strong> some too-close fitt<strong>in</strong>g lycra enc<strong>our</strong>ag<strong>in</strong>gyou all to get on a ‘erg’ and improve y<strong>our</strong> ‘split’!34

ARTS AT PETER’SAs with many Oxford colleges, <strong>St</strong>. Peter’s takes the arts seriously, but at the same time has avery relaxed and open-m<strong>in</strong>ded attitude towards people’s ideas and <strong>in</strong>volvement. Regular opportunitiesfor artistic expression <strong>in</strong>clude open mic nights, jazz even<strong>in</strong>gs, jam sessions, andother recitals and performances hosted <strong>in</strong> college, as well as the opportunity to contribute tothe termly publications of the college arts magaz<strong>in</strong>e, MISC, or the satirical Peterphile. Peter’sstudents are often ‘famously’ <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> drama, both with<strong>in</strong> college and the university as awhole. For freshers, the drama cuppers competition <strong>in</strong> Michaelmas term offers a great opportunityto act <strong>in</strong> and produce short plays, even if it’s y<strong>our</strong> first time. This year, <strong>St</strong> Peter’s hasstarted its own drama society ’Cross Keys’ which put on its successful debut production <strong>in</strong> Tr<strong>in</strong>ityterm. Every Tr<strong>in</strong>ity all <strong>our</strong> Arts events culm<strong>in</strong>ate <strong>in</strong> ARTS WEEK; this year <strong>in</strong>cluded everyth<strong>in</strong>gfrom pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g to creative writ<strong>in</strong>g and even a short film competition. The most important th<strong>in</strong>gfor the Arts at Peter’s is ideas and <strong>in</strong>volvement, there really is someth<strong>in</strong>g for everyone.MUSIC AT PETER’SThere are a variety of opportunities to play music at <strong>St</strong>. Peter’s, both <strong>in</strong> a formal and <strong>in</strong>formalcontext. For y<strong>our</strong> own personal or group practice it is possible to book the music room, or usethe chapel, both of which have pianos <strong>in</strong> them. More formal musical activities <strong>in</strong>clude thetwice weekly evensong performed by the Chapel Choir, with auditions tak<strong>in</strong>g place <strong>in</strong> 0 th week.Other classically orientated musical activity <strong>in</strong>cludes the fortnightly series of student recitals onTuesday lunchtimes, with additional recitals together with large scale orchestral concerts. Lessformal musical activities <strong>in</strong>clude open mic nights and jam sessions <strong>in</strong> the college bar, <strong>in</strong> which avariety of people often get <strong>in</strong>volved. This year Peter’s alternativechoir has also delighted members of SPC with its renditions of manyDisney classics.OTHER SOCIETIES AT PETER’SAt Peter’s there is more than just sport, music, art and drama. Manyget <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> societies <strong>in</strong>side and outside of Peter’s that can oftentake up just as much time as any sport!The SPCCU, or <strong>St</strong> Peter’s <strong>College</strong> Christian Union provides a huge wealth of support and meettogether to pray, discuss and to support one another with<strong>in</strong> the college, as well as meet<strong>in</strong>g togetherwith Christians from other colleges once every two weeks. Most meet<strong>in</strong>gs are quite <strong>in</strong>formal,and everyone will have a chance to contribute. For more <strong>in</strong>formation, their website ishttp://oiccu.org.uk/stp/.Many of Peter’s students have set up their own societies and charities, such as the Oxhub website(a website connect<strong>in</strong>g students with charitable causes). The ball committee comprised ofsecond years are currently beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g to make preparations for the SPC ball at the end of Tr<strong>in</strong>ity2011. Let’s not forget the JCR committee as well - the time will roll round very quickly when youwill soon be able to start th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about elections!

If you want reassurance, here it is. Real, actual members of SPC JCR tell<strong>in</strong>g youthat tutors are not unreasonable and the workload for any subject is manageablewith organization and efficiency. Many of you will have, by now, received y<strong>our</strong>summer read<strong>in</strong>g list and may be look<strong>in</strong>g at it with horror. We hope these subjectreports prove that academic life at Peter’s is both challeng<strong>in</strong>g and manageable!LawWelcome to <strong>St</strong> Peter’s!! You’ve picked easily the least <strong>in</strong>timidat<strong>in</strong>g and friendliest college <strong>in</strong> Oxfordand one of the most <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g subjects! One of the best th<strong>in</strong>gs about start<strong>in</strong>g to studylaw is that nobody has done it before so there is no need to panic because no-one expects youto be able to do it straight away. Law is a great c<strong>our</strong>se because of the sheer variety with<strong>in</strong> it. Youwill study two modules every term (one of these modules is taught fortnightly so stretches overtwo terms) and all the modules are totally different. If you’ve particularly enjoyed a module youmight be able to do someth<strong>in</strong>g similar <strong>in</strong> third year and if you haven’t you only have to put upwith it for 8 weeks. There’s loads of discussion <strong>in</strong> law, it’s def<strong>in</strong>itely not just a matter of learn<strong>in</strong>glots of cases. You will be expected to have an op<strong>in</strong>ion and to voice it, this might be <strong>in</strong>timidat<strong>in</strong>gat first but you will soon get used to it and f<strong>in</strong>d that it gives you a lot of confidence and forcesyou to become much more <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> the subject which then makes it a lot more <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g.The ma<strong>in</strong> skill that you will learn <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> first year is learn<strong>in</strong>g to th<strong>in</strong>k like a lawyer, it will happenwithout you even realis<strong>in</strong>g! Th<strong>in</strong>gs that seemed <strong>in</strong>timidat<strong>in</strong>g at first like referr<strong>in</strong>g to cases andform<strong>in</strong>g a legal argument will be second nature to you by the end of the year and will certa<strong>in</strong>lytake you a lot less time than it did to start with. One of the best and worst th<strong>in</strong>gs about study<strong>in</strong>glaw is that you have y<strong>our</strong> exams at the end of the second term, which is earlier than everyoneelse (except the theologians). Although its annoy<strong>in</strong>g hav<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> exams at a different timeto everyone else it does mean that you get them out of the way early on and then you are freeto enjoy the summer term, which is easily the best 8 weeks <strong>in</strong> Oxford, without any stress. A majoradvantage of <strong>St</strong> Peter’s is that we have <strong>our</strong> very own law library. Not only is this really convenientbut it also means that the three years of law students get to know each other reallywell and so there are always plenty of people around to answer any questions you have. So enjoythe rest of y<strong>our</strong> summer, don’t worry too much about any summer read<strong>in</strong>g you are given todo and look<strong>in</strong>g forward to meet<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>in</strong> October! Kather<strong>in</strong>e Park<strong>in</strong>son.EnglishLets not lie, we’re not Chemists. We don’t have labs all day, we don’t have h<strong>our</strong>s of compulsorylectures and we don’t have a million tutorials a week. Comparatively we are freeeeee! But theth<strong>in</strong>g is, to do well study<strong>in</strong>g English at <strong>St</strong>. Peter’s you have to love it! You have to love read<strong>in</strong>g,you have to love th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g about literature and you have to love talk<strong>in</strong>g and writ<strong>in</strong>g about it too,because although <strong>our</strong> schedules are not exactly packed full of compulsory activities it pervadesevery aspect of y<strong>our</strong> daily life. You will f<strong>in</strong>d literature and art <strong>in</strong> th<strong>in</strong>gs you never thought youwould! When you f<strong>in</strong>d someth<strong>in</strong>g you love you’re go<strong>in</strong>g to really want to read about it, but of36

TheologyIf you’re read<strong>in</strong>g this because you’re go<strong>in</strong>g to be study<strong>in</strong>g theology, feel smug. If you’re not go<strong>in</strong>gto be, feel jealous. Life as a theologian consists of swann<strong>in</strong>g around, writ<strong>in</strong>g barely an essaya week, wak<strong>in</strong>g up late without consequence and generally do<strong>in</strong>g very little. Whilst scientistswill be up for labs and lectures at 9 a.m everyday, the Theologian is the academic equivalent ofthe sloth. Slow, purposeful- but wise. Crafty. Ok, so maybe sloths aren't the best example.We're more like the leisurely bastard offspr<strong>in</strong>g of an owl and a fox. A Fowl. Errr, that isn't good.Crap. Anyway, throw<strong>in</strong>g the straws of Shit metaphor aside which I'm desperately clutch<strong>in</strong>g,you’re go<strong>in</strong>g to be read<strong>in</strong>g Theology at SPC. So, here are some facts.One of the most varied c<strong>our</strong>ses <strong>in</strong> Oxford, you'll broadly have to do some Biblical studies, historyand doctr<strong>in</strong>e. If you’re do<strong>in</strong>g Philosophy as well, (a PhilThe, as you'll come to be known!),you'll get the joys of logic, Mill and Descartes, among other options. The c<strong>our</strong>ses vary onlyslightly <strong>in</strong> the first year- if you’re a Theologian you have the daunt<strong>in</strong>g task of learn<strong>in</strong>g a dead(bor<strong>in</strong>g) language- either Greek or Hebrew normally (other languages are be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>troduced aswell, eg. Quranic Arabic!). However, the tuition is excellent- even I managed to get through itwell enough <strong>in</strong> Prelims despite my <strong>in</strong>ability to even str<strong>in</strong>g 2 words together <strong>in</strong> French! You candrop it after 2 terms anyway, so it is a small price to pay. Of c<strong>our</strong>se, you may love the language,become a professional Greek scholar and argue about the mean<strong>in</strong>g of obscure propositions as acareer. However, before y<strong>our</strong> up, you'll get language summer work. Generally, as a rule, ignor<strong>in</strong>gall summer read<strong>in</strong>g lists and work is possible. However, do the language work. Do it well. Do alittle more than required. The last th<strong>in</strong>g you want <strong>in</strong> freshers’ week is <strong>in</strong>troductory sessionswhere you need to th<strong>in</strong>k and learn the morn<strong>in</strong>g after the night before. Trust me. O, and beforeall you PhilThes boastfully laugh at <strong>our</strong> l<strong>in</strong>guistic lament, however, you'll have the joys of logicclasses and logic sheets- so th<strong>in</strong>gs work out fairly evenly between the s<strong>in</strong>gle and jo<strong>in</strong>t hon<strong>our</strong>sschool!In the first year, all Theologians and PhilThe's offer 3 papers for Prelims. Both must do a paperon Mark's Gospel, usually taught at Mansfield college, with the option to do either Old Testamentor the <strong>in</strong>terdiscipl<strong>in</strong>ary study of religions as the second paper. Theologians then offer alanguage and PhilThes a Philosophy module.The only real difference between Theology, as a s<strong>in</strong>gle or jo<strong>in</strong>t school, from most subjects, is thetim<strong>in</strong>g of exams. The double edged sword of exam<strong>in</strong>ations means that along with lawyers, wehave <strong>our</strong> prelim<strong>in</strong>ary exams a term earlier than any other subject. No one knows why. Some saythat is because the signs of the zodiac align better <strong>in</strong> Hilary term. Others, that early exam<strong>in</strong>ationsenable theologians to affirm their status as lazy, work shy cret<strong>in</strong>s <strong>in</strong> Tr<strong>in</strong>ity. Whilst thisdoes mean that Hilary term can be a stressful time, the subsequent Tr<strong>in</strong>ity term <strong>in</strong> one of thef<strong>in</strong>est <strong>in</strong> Oxford- <strong>in</strong> comparison to y<strong>our</strong> peers! A lack of summer exams means that the GreatBritish summer can be enjoyed <strong>in</strong> all its glory- picnics <strong>in</strong> the ra<strong>in</strong>, punt<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the ra<strong>in</strong>, Pimm's <strong>in</strong>the ra<strong>in</strong>- what more could you possibly want? I've even managed to catch cold writ<strong>in</strong>g this onmy laptop, <strong>in</strong> the ra<strong>in</strong>! Follow<strong>in</strong>g the tyranny of exams, you can choose 3 broad tracks for rest ofy<strong>our</strong> degree: Biblical studies, history and doctr<strong>in</strong>e, or world religions. The choice of both Theologyand Philosophy and Theology means that you get to dabble <strong>in</strong> just about every academicfield you want. Which is nice. Any further questions (don't ask me about the existence of God)e-mail peter.oconnor@spc.ox.ac.uk, or facebook stalk me. I'll happily answer anyth<strong>in</strong>g you haveto ask! Peter O'Connor.38

Earth Sciences‘Earth sciences, is that like geology?’ Well yes... and no. Congratulations and welcome to themost fun, friendly and diverse c<strong>our</strong>se <strong>in</strong> Oxford. With an <strong>in</strong>take of only around 30-ish a year, theDepartment of Earth Sciences is a small and close knit community where you’ll soon get toknow everyone else <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> year. This will be helped greatly by the field trips which you’ll undertake<strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> time here and which form the lifeblood for the study of earth sciences. Soon afteryou arrive <strong>in</strong> Oxford <strong>in</strong> fact (the end of 3 rd week) you’ll all head off to Wales for the weekend.Trips like these will cont<strong>in</strong>ue throughout the time you’re <strong>in</strong> Oxford, and provide a greatlearn<strong>in</strong>g environment where you can observe the processes you’re be<strong>in</strong>g taught <strong>in</strong> lectures andwill allow you to visit beautiful and geologically significant places. So why’s is called ‘earth sciences’then and not geology? Well, expect <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> time here to be given a rigorous education <strong>in</strong>‘classic’ geology, with subjects <strong>in</strong> the first year <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g igneous and sedimentary petrology,geological maps and palaeontology (Note: don’t worry if you’re com<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> with no previousbackground <strong>in</strong> geology, I’d never studied it properly before com<strong>in</strong>g here either). However, <strong>in</strong> additionto this you will also take a maths c<strong>our</strong>se, which sadly usually <strong>in</strong>volves 9 o’clock lectures(but they are well worth go<strong>in</strong>g to, they make do<strong>in</strong>g the work much easier), be taught fundamentalsof physics, chemistry and biology which are relevant to the study of the earth and alsostudy topics related to the dynamic aspects of the earth such as seismology and physical atmosphericand ocean science. Teach<strong>in</strong>g pr<strong>in</strong>cipally takes place <strong>in</strong> lectures, often supplemented byproblem classes, and <strong>in</strong> lab sessions <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g exam<strong>in</strong>ation of rock specimens, fossils and the <strong>in</strong>terpretationof geological maps. Supplement<strong>in</strong>g this will be the tutorials, which you can probablyexpect two of per week. One will be based on the geology/earth sciences aspects of thec<strong>our</strong>se and may <strong>in</strong>volve prepar<strong>in</strong>g an essay or presentation, complet<strong>in</strong>g a problem sheet ormak<strong>in</strong>g careful observations on geological specimens. In addition to this will be a maths tutorial,for which preparatory work for <strong>in</strong>volves complet<strong>in</strong>g a set of problems related to the materialcovered <strong>in</strong> the lectures that week. Now, that may all sound like a lot of work, but we earthscientists like to have a bit (a lot) of fun too. That’s where GeolSoc comes <strong>in</strong>. They’ll be organis<strong>in</strong>gevents throughout the year, from guest speakers to cocktail nights and the traditional Christmasand Summer D<strong>in</strong>ners.That’s about it, so if there’re any questions please do feel free to drop me an e-mail atadam.rob<strong>in</strong>son@spc.ox.ac.uk, and I look forward to see<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>in</strong> October when we have <strong>our</strong>lovely, sh<strong>in</strong>y new build<strong>in</strong>g – it’s go<strong>in</strong>g to be great. Adam Rob<strong>in</strong>son.ChemistryI chose to take a degree <strong>in</strong> Chemistry, not only because I get geekily excited by it all, but becauseI knew it would be challeng<strong>in</strong>g. Tak<strong>in</strong>g Chemistry <strong>in</strong> Oxford is a gladiator short ofa gauntlet! But it's been an excit<strong>in</strong>g ride so far, so don't get disc<strong>our</strong>aged. First year throws youstraight <strong>in</strong>to the f<strong>our</strong> ma<strong>in</strong> divisions of Chemistry: Organic, Inorganic, Physical and Maths. Contraryto my <strong>in</strong>itial hope these subjects rema<strong>in</strong> fairly well divided all year and so if you ever getoverwhelmed and feel like you've taken on f<strong>our</strong> degrees and not one, don't worry- we've allbeen there! As well as a pretty rigorous lecture timetable and what at first feels like mounta<strong>in</strong>sof tutorial work each week you also get thrown <strong>in</strong>to twelve h<strong>our</strong>s of labs over two consecutivedays a week. Labs at Oxford can sometimes feel a bit like trial through fire, especially as you’renot always given the best direction, but everyone seems to get through it, and some of the experimentsare pretty fun if you get excited by pretty col<strong>our</strong>s and fire like me. This basically

means that the one th<strong>in</strong>g I have def<strong>in</strong>itely learned this year, or at least started to do, is how toorganise myself. The work can easily run away with you so self-discipl<strong>in</strong>e is key; especially <strong>in</strong>consolidat<strong>in</strong>g the work you've done dur<strong>in</strong>g term time <strong>in</strong> the vacations. Although it’s quitetough go<strong>in</strong>g at times, I have really enjoyed my first year. There is, contrary to some of y<strong>our</strong> tutors’belief, time to get <strong>in</strong>volved <strong>in</strong> other activities like sports or choirs or row<strong>in</strong>g or whatevertakes y<strong>our</strong> fancy- there’s so many different th<strong>in</strong>gs go<strong>in</strong>g on all year so I’d def<strong>in</strong>itely advise hav<strong>in</strong>gsome activity that takes you away from the Chemistry bubble for a while! Be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Oxford is asmuch a privilege as it can be a pressure so my best advice really is work hard for what you wantto achieve and enjoy y<strong>our</strong>self! Sarah Galloway.Arch and Anth.Congratulations freshers for gett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to Peter’s to study the weird and wonderful world of archaeologyand anthropology. Firstly, this college has an epic bar. Secondly, only do<strong>in</strong>g arc/anthcan you learn to justify Freshers’ Week as a rite of passage and legitimately discuss bar Olympics<strong>in</strong> a tute. Arc/anth <strong>in</strong>volves 8 essays a week for the first term then 12 each for the f<strong>in</strong>al twoterms. The lectures aren’t compulsory (although they do come recommended!) and there are 5a week. Most of the lectures are at the Institute, a 5 m<strong>in</strong>ute walk from Peter’s, so even if you’readverse to an early morn<strong>in</strong>g start you can still stagger over there. I found the ‘Pr<strong>in</strong>ciples of HumanEvolution’ by Lew<strong>in</strong> and Foley, and ‘Archaeology: theories, methods and practice’ by Renfrewand Bahn to be particularly helpful for the essays. Don’t worry too much about any read<strong>in</strong>glist you may get before you arrive here; read<strong>in</strong>g lists pre-uni are just meant to give you a flav<strong>our</strong>of the subject so it’s up to you whether or not you pick up a book. Make sure you enjoythe summer and see you next year.And remember, only do<strong>in</strong>g arc/anth can you learn about bizarre groups of people like the Naciremawhere the men lacerate their faces and the women bake their heads <strong>in</strong> small ovens! AndrewLlloyd-Harris.Physics.Physics is def<strong>in</strong>itely not an easy subject, but if you commit early and keep up it's highly reward<strong>in</strong>g.The teach<strong>in</strong>g staff at <strong>Peter's</strong> put as much time <strong>in</strong> to y<strong>our</strong> tuition as they can spare fromtheir research (and y<strong>our</strong> head tutor is the head of astrophysics). No matter how busy they are,they are only an email away and will always get back to y<strong>our</strong> questions, queries or even ask<strong>in</strong>gfor a reference for a summer placement. The college library has recently had its physics section(upstairs, by the awesome cab<strong>in</strong>et) revamped with plenty of new first year textbooks, so youwill never need to go <strong>in</strong>to the dungeons of the RSL, and the friendly atmosphere that is everywhere<strong>in</strong> <strong>Peter's</strong> means that if you ever need help another physicist will always be around topo<strong>in</strong>t out that y<strong>our</strong> problem would be ten times easier <strong>in</strong> polar coord<strong>in</strong>ates...In y<strong>our</strong> first year you'll start off with a lot of maths to br<strong>in</strong>g everyone up to the same mathematicalspeed, and then move on to proper physics like Electromagnetism and Normal Modesand Waves <strong>in</strong> Hilary. Tr<strong>in</strong>ity is largely revision with a short option that you choose from QuantumIdeas, Astrophysics and a horrible maths module that no one <strong>in</strong> their right m<strong>in</strong>d shouldever do. Ok, maybe it's not that bad, but seriously - do quantum <strong>in</strong>stead. The short option is <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>gbut you don't need to pass it to pass the year so dur<strong>in</strong>g Tr<strong>in</strong>ity remember to stay focussedon the ma<strong>in</strong> modules.If you let work slip then it can be easy to go under, but keep at it and you'll get used to the40

workload, learn to love differential equations and realise that physics is the best th<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the entireworld! Simon Clark.Languages (spec. Spanish and Portuguese.)Do<strong>in</strong>g languages at Peter’s is great. Not only, can they certa<strong>in</strong>ly be considered one of the college’sstrengths, with excellent res<strong>our</strong>ces, but also the l<strong>in</strong>guists are a really good bunch of people.In terms of Spanish, before com<strong>in</strong>g up I had not read anyth<strong>in</strong>g at all (so really don’t worry ifyou are <strong>in</strong> the same position) but <strong>in</strong> retrospect I would recommend read<strong>in</strong>g a little as it is hardto do so <strong>in</strong> the term! Thankfully, do<strong>in</strong>g two languages you should never have two essays <strong>in</strong> thesame week. Of c<strong>our</strong>se this can sometimes not be true, but the tutors do try and accommodatey<strong>our</strong> other language as much as possible.Portuguese was more of a challenge for me, start<strong>in</strong>g it completely from scratch. I did not knowanyth<strong>in</strong>g about the language before the pre-sessional c<strong>our</strong>se (once aga<strong>in</strong> I would recommendhav<strong>in</strong>g a little look at the basics s<strong>in</strong>ce this will def<strong>in</strong>itely help you <strong>in</strong> the first term). However, thetutors on the c<strong>our</strong>se were lovely and you will def<strong>in</strong>itely see y<strong>our</strong>self improve throughout theyear. Portuguese, be<strong>in</strong>g so small, def<strong>in</strong>itely has its benefits. It is a brilliant way of <strong>in</strong>tegrat<strong>in</strong>gwith people at other colleges and <strong>in</strong> other years, s<strong>in</strong>ce the department love putt<strong>in</strong>g on Portugueseevents. I hope this does not seem to be too daunt<strong>in</strong>g because I have had such a brillianttime do<strong>in</strong>g languages and noth<strong>in</strong>g was as scary as I had imag<strong>in</strong>ed it to be before. So enjoy thesummer and I look forward to meet<strong>in</strong>g you all <strong>in</strong> Freshers’ week! Hannah Bowers.Medic<strong>in</strong>e.Firstly, congratulations on gett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to medic<strong>in</strong>e and doubley congratulations for gett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>toSPC, where all the best medics end up.I dont th<strong>in</strong>k you need to be told that you will work hard next year (and every year after that)and you are do<strong>in</strong>g someth<strong>in</strong>g wrong if you get a 4pm lie <strong>in</strong> like the historians, but you will havean absolute riot too. One of the best th<strong>in</strong>gs about medic<strong>in</strong>e is that we get to make loads offriends at other colleges while we are try<strong>in</strong>g to stay awake look<strong>in</strong>g at rat kidney down a microscope<strong>in</strong> histology classes or battl<strong>in</strong>g the urge to vom dur<strong>in</strong>g a post-night-out anatomy sesh.Most of y<strong>our</strong> time will be spent up at the MSTC (Medical Sciences Teach<strong>in</strong>g Centre) but you'llalso have 1-3 tutorials <strong>in</strong> college per week. You'll start slowish with only one or tutorials a weekbut you will get busier as the year goes on. You will be able to manage though, and you'll haveplenty of time to relax, row, run, or whatever you want to do. Y<strong>our</strong> timetable will vary a lot on aday-to-day basis but generally you have around 10-15 lectures a week, one or two practicals, asem<strong>in</strong>ar every now and aga<strong>in</strong>, and then either a histology (microscope) class or a dissectionroom (DR) class to top off y<strong>our</strong> week. DR is sort of a "here's-one-I-prepared earlier" set-upwhere you talk through prosections, but if you really want, you can set up a class where you candissect a body y<strong>our</strong>self. You'll also f<strong>in</strong>d y<strong>our</strong>self shipped out to visit a GP cl<strong>in</strong>ic <strong>in</strong> Witney andyou'll probably have some tutes at the hospital, so you def<strong>in</strong>itely won't get cab<strong>in</strong> fever from be<strong>in</strong>gstuck <strong>in</strong> the one lecture hall all day.Some important advice I can give is def<strong>in</strong>itely DO NOT buy any textbooks, as the SPC library isreally good and whatever you can't f<strong>in</strong>d here will def<strong>in</strong>itely be available <strong>in</strong> the science library.The only book you might wish to buy is the "Oxford Handbook of Medical Sciences", whichpretty much everyone f<strong>in</strong>ds to be their glorious light blue and p<strong>in</strong>k bible.You probably won't be set work before you come, but dur<strong>in</strong>g Freshers’ week you will have a

GeographyWelcome Freshers to the best subject at <strong>St</strong>. Peter’s—and ignore the others, as I’m the one writ<strong>in</strong>gthis guide! The people make the subject here, somehow Darek and Ken manage to pick agood group of us, and as there’s usually only 4 per year so it always balances nicely. You’re requiredto produce one essay a week for one tutorial (and it stays like this for all three years!) -each term is divided between f<strong>our</strong> human and f<strong>our</strong> physical tutorials. On top of this, the syllabusis split <strong>in</strong>to two further units, Critical Th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g and Geographical Techniques. These unitsyou get extra lectures, classes and <strong>in</strong>dividual project work—it’s a good idea to get these organisedquite early on, but each really doesn’t take too much time. The c<strong>our</strong>se itself allows you tobuild on (and by build on, we certa<strong>in</strong>ly mean IN DEPTH) content you’ve probably covered <strong>in</strong> A-Level. But don’t be fooled, A-Level knowledge is not enough, and you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d out not always correct–read<strong>in</strong>g is thus a big th<strong>in</strong>g for geography. Although there are the countless col<strong>our</strong><strong>in</strong>g-<strong>in</strong>jokes, you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d y<strong>our</strong>self read<strong>in</strong>g quite a few books (there are certa<strong>in</strong>ly a few staple ones outthere) and j<strong>our</strong>nals. But don’t fear, you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d plenty of time on y<strong>our</strong> hands—lectures don’t startbefore 11am! Both the tutors are really helpful, email away and they’ll always get back to you—there’s a lot of changes <strong>in</strong> store this year, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g extra classes, sem<strong>in</strong>ars (across all threeyears) and presentations. Whilst this might seem a bit much, you’ll appreciate them <strong>in</strong> the end.Geographers are a sociable bunch with regular social events both <strong>in</strong> college and across thewhole university. In fact, the geography society is probably one of the most social 'subject' societies<strong>in</strong> the whole university – and people other than geographers will tell you that as well –so you have a lot to look forward to! This is largely as a result of the amaz<strong>in</strong>g annual fieldtrip(the fieldtrips this year were Paris, Dubl<strong>in</strong> and Fort William), where you spend a week away andare required to produce a project based on a title of y<strong>our</strong> choice – it’s great because you haveso much freedom. This year also saw the <strong>in</strong>troduction of Peter’s fieldtrips that you will be subjectedto <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> second and third years—what is geography without the wellies and the clipboards!You’ve probably been set some summer work (a few essays?), get them done and beready...geography at SPC is one of the best choices you can make, and by the time Ken’s ChristmasParty sw<strong>in</strong>gs around, you’ll be part of the family! Jo Wilk<strong>in</strong> (F<strong>in</strong>alists Rep on the JCR committee)History of ArtAll I can say is congratulations! Not simply for gett<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> but, rather, wisely pick<strong>in</strong>g a subject thatyou won’t grow to resent over the next three years. Also I can see you are clearly the most <strong>in</strong>telligentspecimens of the Art History elite for choos<strong>in</strong>g a college that is so close to the departmentand allows for optimum sleep<strong>in</strong>g time (mak<strong>in</strong>g it to a lecture on time hav<strong>in</strong>g woken up 3m<strong>in</strong>utes beforehand is fully achievable). Although many people seem to believe that it is noth<strong>in</strong>gmore than look<strong>in</strong>g at pretty pictures, History of art is one of the broadest subjects on offerand delves <strong>in</strong>to philosophy, psychology, sociology, politics, economics, theology, literature, classics- pretty much a little bit of everyth<strong>in</strong>g (except maths thank God). Basically it’s about look<strong>in</strong>gat social and cultural changes throughout the c<strong>our</strong>se of history through art and trac<strong>in</strong>g howtheories and ways of th<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g that have come to be expressed both through art and its reception.Although that may sound a bit daunt<strong>in</strong>g, you don’t need to know very much to beg<strong>in</strong> withand you’ll learn a lot very quickly so don’t get bogged down with the read<strong>in</strong>g list (Emily and Imanaged to survive not hav<strong>in</strong>g glanced at the th<strong>in</strong>g before arriv<strong>in</strong>g) although perhaps a quick

look at some of the major titles would be very helpful.The workload is comparatively light by Oxford standards, and with usually just 1 essay a weekand probably the lowest amount of contact h<strong>our</strong>s you will steadily become the envy of all y<strong>our</strong>friends. This unfortunately can lead to prejudice <strong>in</strong> the form of ‘not even a real subject’ <strong>in</strong>sultsfrom unenlightened students who foolishly chose to burden themselves with a science subjectsimplysmile politely, feel<strong>in</strong>g both content and superior <strong>in</strong> the knowledge that such <strong>in</strong>sults arefounded on pure jealousy.History of art is one of the smallest departments <strong>in</strong> the university, so not only do you feel specialbe<strong>in</strong>g part of a rare and prestigious breed, but also you get to know both y<strong>our</strong> tutors andthe rest of y<strong>our</strong> year very well. This means you will <strong>in</strong>stantly have friends outside of college aswell as <strong>in</strong>side (all teach<strong>in</strong>g is departmental rather than college based unlike most subjects) andon an <strong>in</strong>sanely dull note it’s very easy to keep track of all the books you need.Y<strong>our</strong> first year will consist of f<strong>our</strong> modules. The first is called ‘Introduction to the History of Art’which is pretty self-explanatory and gives you a broad ‘<strong>in</strong>troduction’ to the discipl<strong>in</strong>e cover<strong>in</strong>gvarious different periods and styles. The second is called ‘Antiquity after Antiquity’ which isabout explor<strong>in</strong>g how the classical Greek and Roman art has been re-appropriated over thec<strong>our</strong>se of history. This is led by Gervase. who you will fall <strong>in</strong> love with. The third is called‘European art 1400-1800: mean<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>terpretation’ which is the most theoretical of all themodules and looks at what effects/the ways <strong>in</strong> which we read images, but you only study this <strong>in</strong>tr<strong>in</strong>ity so don’t worry about it just yet. You also have the wonderful privilege of writ<strong>in</strong>g and extendedessay (k<strong>in</strong>d of like c<strong>our</strong>se work as it counts as a module) on any object/pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g/build<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong> Oxford. Provid<strong>in</strong>g you manage y<strong>our</strong> time, don’t leave it all until the very last m<strong>in</strong>ute and/oraccidentally delete the entire th<strong>in</strong>g several days before the deadl<strong>in</strong>e (Emily Girk<strong>in</strong>s), this is an<strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g opportunity for you to explore the bitter-sweet delights of unregulated research/study (In theory this requires self-discipl<strong>in</strong>e, but as I and Emily have none it’s clearly not that essential).Oxford Is an amaz<strong>in</strong>g place to study History of Art not only because of the amaz<strong>in</strong>gAshmolean Museum , which you will come to both love and hate over the next year, but alsothe wealth of other collections throughout the university that you will get to work with /<strong>in</strong> /around as part of y<strong>our</strong> classes and tutorials- another reason why History of art is so enjoyable.If you have any questions about anyth<strong>in</strong>g just email me at joseph.funnell@spc.ox.ac.uk or pesterEmily at emily.girk<strong>in</strong>s@spc.ox.ac.uk.See you soon.MusicMusicians, as I'm sure you open-m<strong>in</strong>ded, up-to-the-m<strong>in</strong>ute music students will be aware, theesteemed philosopher Kele Okereke (of Bloc Party fame) once wrote on the obscure B-Side'<strong>St</strong>orm & <strong>St</strong>ress', "You really suffer for y<strong>our</strong> art". Us musicians do seem to have a lot to 'suffer' -ridicule from acultural, philist<strong>in</strong>ic students of their so-called 'real' subjects (yes scientists we'relook<strong>in</strong>g at you), the manifold, untold joys of keyboard skills (you'll see. . .), as well as a plethoraof ever-grow<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>itely diverse musical works with which we feel a frequent, nagg<strong>in</strong>g, guiltyneed to become wholly acqua<strong>in</strong>ted.However, before I <strong>in</strong>stil <strong>in</strong> you a horror-stricken, s<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g feel<strong>in</strong>g of sicken<strong>in</strong>g dread as to exactlywhat you have unwitt<strong>in</strong>gly let y<strong>our</strong>self <strong>in</strong> for, let me be the first to say that you have pulled an'applicational bl<strong>in</strong>der'; you have picked what is comfortably the most enjoyable, accessible, <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g,comprehensive, varied - <strong>in</strong> short, best - c<strong>our</strong>se but none (keyboard skills aside).44

Whilst these so-called 'real' students have to feign an <strong>in</strong>terest <strong>in</strong> the <strong>in</strong>timate work<strong>in</strong>gs of why 'xequals whatever it happens to equal on that day <strong>in</strong> that particular situation', we get to workwith and study music - someth<strong>in</strong>g which, <strong>in</strong> some form or another, everybody loves. Furthermore,we only have between two and f<strong>our</strong> (optional, enc<strong>our</strong>aged, but still, optional) lectures,three tutes, and one class per week, at reasonably humane h<strong>our</strong>s. F<strong>in</strong>ally, the people, the tutors,and the community <strong>in</strong> general - both with<strong>in</strong> and without <strong>St</strong> <strong>Peter's</strong> - is one <strong>in</strong> which youwill have to try y<strong>our</strong> utmost NOT to be <strong>in</strong>volved, and <strong>in</strong>deed you can get <strong>in</strong>volved as little or asmuch as you want.Whoever you are, and however you are, remember that there are always peers, elders, andmuch-elders around who you can always contact (even if there are mere, frantic, very-earlymorn<strong>in</strong>gm<strong>in</strong>utes to go before an essay deadl<strong>in</strong>e), or simply just for a chat (though preferablynot <strong>in</strong> the early-morn<strong>in</strong>g-m<strong>in</strong>utes scenario). Music. As Kele said, "you really suffer for it". Musicstudents. "You’re the life of the party". Pretty much sums it up. Love the musicians.PhilosophyFirst of all, congratulations on pick<strong>in</strong>g a truly stimulat<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>tellectually rigorous subject whichfar outclasses the rest. If anyone ever tries to tell you otherwise, just ask them whether they’veever stopped to consider what knowledge actually is before they go about try<strong>in</strong>g to amass it.No? I didn’ae th<strong>in</strong>k so…! You, on the other hand, will be occupy<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong>self with importantquestions of just that nature – not that you’re likely to happen upon answers very easily, butthe quest for them is nonetheless very <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g. One essay a week is the norm, and the read<strong>in</strong>glists tend to be quite short, although can take a bit longer than expected because the materialis often quite complex. But don’t worry if you can’t understand a concept, even after severalread<strong>in</strong>gs – the tutors <strong>in</strong>variably f<strong>in</strong>d a way of putt<strong>in</strong>g it to you so that it clicks. You will probablystudy General Philosophy with Peter Kail (he’s go<strong>in</strong>g away on sabbatical at some po<strong>in</strong>t so thatmight change). It is a very wide-rang<strong>in</strong>g and quite challeng<strong>in</strong>g c<strong>our</strong>se, throw<strong>in</strong>g you <strong>in</strong> at thedeep end of a lot of different philosophical debates, but that’s the beauty of it; and you’ll neverbe left to struggle on y<strong>our</strong> own; Peter is very thorough and helpful <strong>in</strong> his explanations. Moralphilosophy comes <strong>in</strong> the form of J.S. Mill’s Utilitarianism, taught by Tim Mawson (<strong>our</strong> very own<strong>St</strong>ephen Fry look-a-like) who fills his tutorials with amus<strong>in</strong>g anecdotes and hilarious examplecases. Focus<strong>in</strong>g on one ma<strong>in</strong> theory means that this c<strong>our</strong>se is probably easier – and it gives youa chance to explore ethics, which can help you with y<strong>our</strong> choices for second year. The third aspectis Logic, which you will learn <strong>in</strong> classes. Apart from for those study<strong>in</strong>g maths/physics & philosophy,logic is optional when it comes to exams, and can be avoided if you f<strong>in</strong>d it really tough.In fact, I never even learnt logic because I transferred to philosophy after the first term. However,it is certa<strong>in</strong>ly a useful discipl<strong>in</strong>e for the student of philosophy, and for some, an easier andmore certa<strong>in</strong> way to ga<strong>in</strong> marks.In terms of read<strong>in</strong>g before you come, don’t worry too much – the read<strong>in</strong>g lists are manageable<strong>in</strong> term time – although you might want to familiarise y<strong>our</strong>self a bit with Utilitarianism, andSimon Blackwell’s Th<strong>in</strong>k provides a useful ground<strong>in</strong>g for the general philosophy c<strong>our</strong>se. Apartfrom that, enjoy the rest of y<strong>our</strong> holidays, and good luck with start<strong>in</strong>g y<strong>our</strong> c<strong>our</strong>se! Love fromthe Peter’s philosophy students.

Be<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> Oxford, you may start hear<strong>in</strong>g a variety of words that no one else <strong>in</strong> the country canunderstand. To be fair, many of us don’t understand them either. Which is why a glossary is sohandy…Term namesFor some reason we do not have ‘spr<strong>in</strong>g’ ‘summer’ ‘w<strong>in</strong>ter’ terms <strong>in</strong> Oxford, we have:Michaelmas – October to DecemberHilary – January to MarchTr<strong>in</strong>ity – April to JuneOxford weeks are also confus<strong>in</strong>g:You arrive at college sometime <strong>in</strong> 0th week – <strong>in</strong> Michaelmas this is Freshers’ week, and then <strong>in</strong> other terms youmay have exams <strong>in</strong> college. Work officially starts <strong>in</strong> 1st week, and goes through until 8th week; therefore youhave 8 weeks of work <strong>in</strong> a term.9th week is the week after the end of term, where most people get to go home and sleep. The week starts on aSunday, so Saturday the 7th of October is Saturday of 0th week, and Sunday the 8th of October is Sunday of 1stweek. Gettit?Ab<strong>in</strong>gdon – for SPC students, this does not mean the town of Ab<strong>in</strong>gdon just outside Oxford, but an area off Ab<strong>in</strong>gdonRoad where there are lots of 2nd years liv<strong>in</strong>g outBalls – Massive parties, usually held <strong>in</strong> May or June. Involv<strong>in</strong>g huge ticket prices but promise a great even<strong>in</strong>g.Battels – Payment of tuition fees and college accommodation charges plus all those extras such as library f<strong>in</strong>es,photocopy<strong>in</strong>g etc. Needs pay<strong>in</strong>g by Monday 2nd week of each term.Black tie – Absolutely loads of Black tie events <strong>in</strong> Oxford, any excuse it would seem. For guys, dress is what itsays, and for girls this just means smart.Blue – what you get awarded if you play sport <strong>in</strong> a Varsity matchBop – What can I say? Bops <strong>in</strong>volve dress<strong>in</strong>g up <strong>in</strong> stupid clothes (aided by vast quantities of alcohol for thosewho feel they need it), cheesy music <strong>in</strong> the JCR, s<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g the Peter’s songs whilst sway<strong>in</strong>g out of time with y<strong>our</strong>arms around whoever you end up next to, often followed by a mass exodus to PT’sBotley – another place where some 2nd years live out, although generally less popular than Ab<strong>in</strong>gdon Road orIffley/Cowley areas.<strong>College</strong> Bar – where you will undoubtedly spend a lot of y<strong>our</strong> timeCollections – three types: Masters collections, collections and crucial collections. Masters collections are whereyou have to go and talk to the Master and tutors at the end of term about y<strong>our</strong> progress. Collections are examstaken <strong>in</strong> the college at the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of term (end of 0th week) to let you know how much (or little) you know.Crucial collections only occur if you do badly <strong>in</strong> y<strong>our</strong> normal collections but are generally rare.Come up – when you arrive at Oxford (I have never actually heard anyone say this…)Commoner – someone who isn’t a scholar or an exhibitioner and who wears the short gown.46

Cowley – when used by students, this means the area of Cowley Road, a ma<strong>in</strong> road out of Oxford next to IffleyRoad. Boasts a big Tesco, the Zodiac and a lap danc<strong>in</strong>g club.Entz – Enterta<strong>in</strong>ments. In college these <strong>in</strong>clude band nights, bops and RAG eventsExhibitioner – someone who does brilliantly <strong>in</strong> their exams and wears a very long gown.Fifth week blues – Very odd s<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g feel<strong>in</strong>g that affects virtually everyone <strong>in</strong> 5 th week when you realise that youstill have half a term to go. A good excuse to go and speak to <strong>our</strong> lovely Peer Supporters...F<strong>in</strong>als – the exams you take at the end of y<strong>our</strong> degree to determ<strong>in</strong>e what you will end up withFresher – what you are if you haven’t sat prelims, i.e. you.Go down – when you go home for the holidays or when you eventually graduate (never heard this said <strong>in</strong> thiscontext either…)Gown – this is effectively a bit of th<strong>in</strong> black material that you put on over y<strong>our</strong> sub fusc for exams/matriculation, or over normal clothes for formal Hall and collections.Iffley – the area around Iffley Road, parallel to Cowley RoadHack - term used to describe people deep <strong>in</strong>to Oxford Union politics. To be found <strong>in</strong> the lodge/outside the uniontry<strong>in</strong>g to get you to vote for them on union election day.JCR – Junior Common Room – the undergrads as a student body, and also the place where we all hang out (SKYTV, pool table, table football etc)Jericho – a nice area of Oxford popular for liv<strong>in</strong>g out. The college doctors can be found on Walton <strong>St</strong>reet <strong>in</strong> JerichoKebab kid – Highly rated kebab shop very close to college opposite the Odeon c<strong>in</strong>ema. Gives discounts too.Kebab vans – Oxford has absolutely loads of these. When sober, virtually everyone has concerns about the hygieneand grease levels <strong>in</strong> these vans, but when alcoholfuelled it is a completely different story. They act as a magnet, draw<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> drunken students who may havewalked half way across town to reach them.MCR – Middle Common Room, for those mature students amongst you.Mods – Moderations. One type of exams that you take as a Fresher to ensure that you can stay on at Oxford,usually at the end of the year (unless you do theology or law when they are earlier). The alternative is Prelims.OUSU – Oxford University <strong>St</strong>udent Union. The official <strong>St</strong>udent Union, of which most colleges are members. Notto be confused with the Oxford Union.Oxford Union – Elite club th<strong>in</strong>g which you can jo<strong>in</strong> when you get <strong>in</strong>to Oxford.Peter’s songs – <strong>College</strong> songs are loudly sung at all opportunities, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g at sports matches, row<strong>in</strong>g competitions,the end of Bops and queues for PTs.Prelims – Prelim<strong>in</strong>ary exam<strong>in</strong>ations. These take place at the same time as Mods, and differ because you haveto pass each paper to pass Prelims, whereas <strong>in</strong> Mods, an average pass is all that is required.

PTs - The Purple Turtle bar, situated beneath the Oxford Union. T<strong>in</strong>y, nearly always packed, and with low ceil<strong>in</strong>gsand long queues but…free! (If you are a member of the Union).RAG – Raise and Give – <strong>St</strong>udent charity organisation. <strong>College</strong>s are as <strong>in</strong>volved as possible, with most hav<strong>in</strong>g acharities rep and putt<strong>in</strong>g on events often <strong>in</strong>volv<strong>in</strong>g alcohol and humiliationRustication – if you’ve been naughty then you may get rusticated i.e. asked to go home for a bitSCR – Senior Common Room. For tutors and fellows and suchlike.Scholar – someone who has achieved a First <strong>in</strong> their Mods or Prelims. Gets to wear a longer gown and lookeven more poncey than you normally do <strong>in</strong> Oxford.Sent down – if you get chucked out of Oxford, then you have been sent down.Tabs - those unspeakable people from Cambridge.Photo C<strong>our</strong>tesy of Pengu<strong>in</strong> Photography48

Photo c<strong>our</strong>tesy of Tara Mulholland“With the keys on my chest ...”Y<strong>our</strong> JCR and Freshers’ Committees hope you have an amaz<strong>in</strong>g summerand look forward to welcom<strong>in</strong>g you to <strong>St</strong> Peter’s <strong>College</strong> <strong>in</strong> October!50

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