*- Denotes a mandatory event.
A printable PDF version of the timetable can be found here.
Sunday 29th September–Saturday 5th October
Megaron, Holywell Manor
From 9pm, every night
If you are arriving in the week before Freshers’ Week, come down to the Megaron to meet other early birds and 'staler' members of the MCR.
Wednesday 2nd October
7:30pm, TV Room, Holywell Manor
A regular and much-loved event in the Balliol MCR social calendar! Join us for an assortment of cakes, fruit and other snacks, and get to know your lovely new welfare representatives, Ayesha and Leah.
Friday 4th October
8pm, MCR, Holywell Manor
An introduction to the MCR President, Committee, Graduate Officers and Peer Supporters, and the first gathering of all new Freshers. There will be refreshments, so make sure you come down to meet your year and kick off Freshers’ Week in style!
Saturday 5th October
Mentor/Mentee Meet and Greet
11:30am, MCR, Holywell Manor
Mentors and mentees meet to chat and get to know each other. Your mentors will be able to answer many of the questions you have about life in Balliol, and in Oxford more generally.
12:30pm, Meet in Megaron Bar, Holywell Manor
Cross your fingers for sunshine, as - weather permitting - we’ll head off to University Parks for a picnic! Mentors and mentees are particularly encouraged to come along after the morning event, but everyone is welcome. There will be a bunch of snacks, but feel free to bring your own additions.
7pm, your nearest kitchen in accommodation
Free pizza! Meet in your nearest kitchen, send someone to pick up your pizza from the Cockpit (in Holywell Manor) and get to know the people you’ll be cooking beside this year. After dinner, come for dessert and some social entertainment in the Cockpit. Livers-Out are also invited – grab your pizza from the Cockpit and take it up to the MCR!
Sunday 6th October
Garden Tour and Walk to the Isis
11am, meet in Holywell Manor Garden
We are lucky to have a beautiful garden adjacent to the Holywell Manor complex. Come along and learn about the various trees, flowers and much more that you’ll come to treasure as a place of relaxation! Following the garden tour, we’ll have a short excursion to the Isis – Oxford’s famous stretch of the Thames – and a visit to Balliol boathouse.
3pm, Master's Field
Fun and games on the Master’s Field, with no skill or athletic ability necessary. Try your luck with egg and spoon races, sack races, wheelbarrow contests and other light-hearted games. There will be Freshers vs Stalers events, so stalers come and represent the old people too!
6pm, Holywell Manor Garden
We’ll be putting the Manor’s BBQ to good use and providing a feast fit for freshers! There will be plenty of yummy vegetarian/vegan food served too, and everyone is welcome! Please note, there is no Hall on Sunday night.
Monday 7th October (Faculty Day)
9am-10am, Cockpit, Holywell Manor
We’ll be providing breakfast Monday – Friday all week. What better way can there be to start your day than some free food?
Collect Balliol Freshers' Packs
10am-4pm, College Office, Room 5, Balliol Main Site
If you haven’t already, your welcome packs, including your Bod cards, can be collected all day today from Graduate Administrator Stacey McGowen. Head to Balliol Main Site and ask at the Porter’s lodge for directions to College Office, Room 5. In addition, make sure you fill out and return your medical registration form if you haven’t already.
3pm, Cockpit, Holywell Manor
Still stiff from those crazy feats at the Manorlympics or tired from exploring Oxford? Come
and enjoy an afternoon break with your welfare officers in the Cockpit where tea and a range of sweet and savoury snacks will be waiting for you! We will move to the garden to enjoy some autumnal sunshine if the weather permits.
Mentor/Mentee Normal Hall
6:30pm, Buttery, Balliol Main Site Hall
Mentors and Mentees take a trip in to the main site to enjoy a dinner in the Hall. Meet in the Buttery, before heading up to Hall at 6pm. You can put money on your Bod card in advance here or you can pay cash at the Hall. Remember your Bod cards anyway, as food prices are heavily discounted for college members.
7:30pm, Cockpit, Holywell Manor
Come down to the Cockpit, grab yourself a team, and prepare to reveal your embarrassingly average-level knowledge on non-academia related matters to your fellow freshers. Stalers are encouraged to come and show the new people who’s boss.
Tuesday 8th October (Faculty Day)
Emotional Resilience Talk (joint with JCR)
11:30am-12:30pm, Lecture Room 23, Balliol Main Site
If you don’t have faculty commitments, consider attending this special session, by the ‘Positive Group’, in association with the Oxford University Counselling Service. Biscuits and other refreshments will be provided in the Buttery beforehand (tbc).
Rowing Freshers' Drinks
7:30pm-9:30pm, Buttery, Balliol Main Site
Balliol is one of the strongest Rowing Colleges in Oxford and is always keen to get new
novice rowers on board. Come along with your fellow freshers and our boat club members for drinks and information on rowing at Balliol. If you’re not sure of the way, meet with a boat club member in the Megaron at 7.10pm, to head for drinks in Main Site Buttery, 7.30pm – 9.30pm. All levels of experience are welcome, and there is no commitment to joining if you come along!
Wednesday 9th October (College Day)
9am-10am, Hall, Balliol Main Site
Introductory talk by one of the college GPs and the college nurse. Important information for all freshers new to Oxford.
Please register online with the surgery before this date by visiting this webpage. UK students should move their GP registration to Oxford, otherwise it will be hard to get medication and appointments if needed.
MCR Medical Help
10am-11am, Buttery, Balliol Main Site
Individuals who want to discuss specific medical needs, either urgent or long-term, can speak to the college nurse in private in the Buttery Archive Room below Hall. Tea/coffee and biscuits offered in the main Buttery for those waiting. Advice on vaccinations is available.
All students new to Oxford are advised that if they have not had the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps and rubella), or if they only had it as a young child, they should see their home GP to be vaccinated or get a booster before they arrive in Oxford. Those who have had a booster during the last few years do not need to have another.
Praefectus' Welcome and Introduction to Manor Staff*
11:30am-12:30pm, MCR, Holywell Manor
This is an important opportunity to meet the Praefectus and the other faces of the Manor who will become very familiar to you.
LGBTQ+ Lunch (joint event with JCR)
1pm-2pm, Massey Room, Balliol Main Site
This event is organised by the JCR at main site. Matt, our LGBTQ+ officer, will have further details for you to arrange going together.
Fire Awareness Session*
2pm-3pm, Hall, Balliol Main Site
Sexual Consent Workshop*
3pm-4pm, Hall, Balliol Main Site
Balliol College Library Induction for Graduates
4:15pm-5pm, Library, Balliol Main Site
Mandatory Balliol Graduate Induction*
5pm-6pm, Lecture Room 23, Balliol Main Site
Pick & Mix: G&D's, Turf Tavern
8pm, Meet at the Lodge, Holywell Manor
We’ll split in to three different groups depending on differing desires and either head off to a nearby historic pub, or go and eat ice cream. Choose whatever you’re in the mood for!
Thursday 10th October (Morning: College Events; Afternoon: Faculty Events)
Oxford SU Freshers' Fair
11:30am-12:30pm (provisionally), Exam Schools, High Street
Find the society or club to suit you: there’s something for everyone! Make sure to take your Bod card. Groups will be led from Balliol Main Site Lodge, if anyone isn’t sure how to find Exam Schools.
Guided Tour of Oxford
2pm, Meet at Lodge, Holywell Manor
If you have no faulty events at this time, join us for a wander round town and become a tourist for a while, taking in the sights with a specialised tour for Balliolites by a veteran MCR member.
Women's Welcome (joint event with JCR)
6pm-7pm, MCR, Holywell Manor
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Balliol College has a long history of remarkable women starting with the co-founder of the college, Lady Dervorguilla, a Scottish princess and the wife of John Balliol. Come and meet some of the more recent remarkable women of the college over a glass of wine or canapés. All genders welcome!
Bar Exchange with Magdalen College and Christ Church MCRs
8pm-11pm, meet in the Megaron, Holywell Manor at 7:30pm
**NOTE CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL TIMETABLE**
We’ll meet in the Megaron and divide into three groups, then split off to Magdalen, Christ Church and the Megaron respectively with freshers from the other MCRs. Don’t worry which group you end up in: we’ll rotate around the MCRs all night, so each group spends time at every college. Sign-up sheet for this event will be released in early October.
8pm, Cockpit, Holywell Manor
Bar exchange doesn’t take your fancy? Come down to the Cockpit for movies and popcorn!
Friday 11th October (Morning: Faculty Events; Afternoon: College Events)
Balliol Freshers' Fair
11am-1pm, JCR, Balliol Main Site
Balliol College has a large number of societies, from sports clubs to arts. The Fair offers you the opportunity to take a look and sign up for taster sessions.
Gym Inductions (joint event with JCR)
2pm-3:30pm, Gym, Balliol Main Site
10am-3pm, Exam Schools, High Street
Returning students are welcome to pop in to sign up for societies and sports clubs today. You’ll need your Bod Card to get in.
International Students' Lunch (joint event with JCR)
12pm-1pm, Massey Room, Balliol Main Site
Both JCR and MCR are very diverse communities – this tea is an opportunity to meet up and exchange first impressions. And there’s free food!
Chapel Choir Rehearsal (joint event with JCR)
5:30pm-6:30pm, Chapel, Balliol Main Site
The Balliol Chapel Choir sings, on average, once a week and is always looking for new voices to join, so pop in if you're interested! The choir is open to all – no audition necessary!
Graduate Freshers' Pre-Drinks with College Advisors*
7:15pm-7:45pm, SCR, Balliol Main Site
Meet your advisors and faculty members before the dinner with a reception in the SCR.
Graduate Freshers' Dinner*
7:45pm, Hall, Balliol Main Site
Shine those shoes and dress smartly to meet faculty and fellow faculty freshers for a delicious three-course meal in our grand hall. One of the highlights of the week.
N.B.: ALL Graduate Freshers are invited to attend Freshers’ Dinner for free. All ‘staler’ attendees (i.e., those starting a new course who have already completed a graduate degree in Balliol) must inform the College Office IN ADVANCE if they intend to attend the dinner. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Stalers' Dinner
7:45pm, Cockpit, Holywell Manor
Port and Chocolate
10pm, MCR, Holywell Manor
After-dinner drinks and even more food is an Oxford tradition. There will be port, soft drinks, and other goodies on offer to round out the evening.
Saturday 12th October
Intersectionality Awareness Discussion*
2pm-3:30pm, Hall (provisional), Balliol Main Site
NOTE CHANGE FROM ORIGINAL TIMETABLE
We are proud to be a diverse and international community – this session will help us to be respectful in the face of our differences. The training module, led by members of the MCR, will help you identify some of the unconscious biases all of us carry with us and teach practical ways of addressing them.
3pm-6pm, Balliol College Boat House, Boat House Island, Isis
Balliol has some of the best College rowing teams and is always looking for keen new members. Whether you've never exercised or actually seen a boat before, come along to our rowing taster day where you can try rowing on the machine and in a real boat as well as meet some of your fellow fresher novices during a BBQ at our boathouse. All levels and genders are very welcome!
High Tea and Bop Costume Making
4pm, TV Room, Holywell Manor
Need an idea for your costume? Need a hand to staple it all together? Come to the TV room and find others who are similarly stuck. There’ll be scones and tea to feed the creative fires! We’ll transform the Manor for the bop, and we need your helping hands!
Freshers' Week Bop
9pm-2am, Holywell Manor
We will throw open the doors of the Manor and have a big themed party to celebrate your Freshers’ Week! Dress up a little or a lot, meet new people, and have the opportunity to dance your socks off.
Sunday 13th October
11am, MCR, Holywell Manor
It’s been a long week. Come and take it easy and share your experiences of the week with each other over some brunch. Be on time if you want the choicest morsels!
8pm, Cockpit, Holywell Manor
End the week with a fun film – in good company and with popcorn.
Saturday 19th October
8:15am, Balliol Main Site, Hall
Matriculation is the ceremony that marks your formal admission to the University. Come to College in your sub fusc for your official entry into the University. This event is mandatory for those new to Oxford. Graduates of Cambridge or Trinity College Dublin are permitted to incorporate and should contact the Graduate Administrator if they cannot attend the ceremony. The ceremony will take place at the Sheldonian and will be followed by the group Freshers’ photo and brunch.
All graduate freshers, whether matriculating or not, should plan
to be in the photo IN SUB FUSC, which will be taken around 10am. If you are not matriculating but would like to be in the photo, please inform the Graduate Administrator Stacey McGowen at email@example.com.