General Freshers’ enquiries

How do I open a bank account?

For international students who wish to open a bank account we recommend that you read the University guide here (updated annually) which contains practical information about opening a bank account in the UK.

You can use your Enrolment Certificate which confirms your student status to open a bank account and you can print your certificate from Student Self Service once registration has been completed. You will need to have your Enrolment Certificate stamped by the Academic Office in order for it to be accepted by a bank.

Am I entitled to an exemption from Council Tax?

Full time students living in Oxford are exempt from paying council tax. Once your University registration is complete you will be able to download and print your Enrolment Certificate from Student Self Service to show as proof for exemption. Enrolment Certificates must be stamped by the Academic Office. Please note that if you are living with non-students then your Council tax bill may be reduced. Further information on Council Tax can be found here.

What about the EU referendum result?

For the most up to date news, statements and policy announcements from the University about the result of the EU referendum please visit this page.

If you are a current EU student or an EU student intending to apply for entry in the academic year 2017/18, or holding an offer for deferred entry in 2017/18

Further information about fees, funding and immigration status can be found here.

Kellogg College is an international and egalitarian College and it goes without saying that our values of friendship and inclusion remain unchanged.

What is the NHS?

The National Health Service (NHS) is the UK’s state health service which provides treatment for UK residents through a wide range of health care services. Some of these services are free and others have to be paid for.
Immigration Health Charge (effective from 6 April 2015)

An immigration health charge for access to NHS treatment was introduced on 6 April 2015 as part of Tier 4 and other visa applications, including student dependants. The charge must be paid even if you have your own private medical insurance and do not intend to use the NHS.

Students who already have a visa will be covered as normal for NHS treatment unless and until they need to make a further visa application.

Anyone applying for entry clearance of up to six months or less is exempt and will instead have to pay for any healthcare at the point of use. For that reason anyone coming to the UK on a Short-Term Student visa must ensure that they have sufficient private medical and travel insurance.

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) for EEA and Swiss Students

EEA (including EU) and Swiss students in the UK must have Comprehensive Sickness Insurance (CSI) for the duration of their studies.  The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), obtainable for free from your country of residence, is the most straight forward way of satisfying the CSI requirement.  Further information is available from UKCISA on fulfilling the CSI requirement and also how this is important for any future application for permanent residence.