Information for Applicants attending interviews at New College: December 2016

The University of Oxford publishes a great deal of information about the interview process on their website. This includes a page of sample questions taken from across a range a subjects.

Getting to Oxford 

  • If at all possible, please try to avoid coming to Oxford by car if you are attending an interview. If you do have to travel to Oxford by car, make sure you leave plenty of time for the journey, and refer to this up-to-date travel information. 

  • Parking -Please note that parking in the city centre is hard to find and expensive. There is no parking available in college for those travelling by car. this includes short-stay or "drop off" parking.



Please note that friends, parents and/or guardians are not permitted to be in College during the interviews, unless they are there as a nominated carer for an applicant with a disability. Our team of dedicated and friendly undergraduate helpers will be there to greet applicants and help those attending interview to settle in and find their way around the College and Oxford. 


Arrival and Registration

  • On arrival, please come to the entrance on Holywell Street, not the New College Lane entrance.

  • On your arrival at the College, you must register in the Interview Reception Room located in Lecture Room 6 (near the Porters’ Lodge) between 8.00am and 8.00pm. Our Student Helpers will give you all the necessary information regarding your interviews. 

  • Please note that it is not possible to arrive at College later than 8pm. If you need to arrive in Oxford later than 8pm you will have to arrange your own accommodation for that night. 

  • Candidates also have to sign out with the Student Helpers in the Interview Reception Room before leaving the College.



You must stay in Oxford at least until the ‘Must stay until’ time specified in your interview letter or on the timetable on the University website. IMPORTANT: You should not leave the College until you have received specific permission to do so. This will be published on the notice board in the Interview Reception Room. Remember: candidates can be called for extra interviews or summoned by other colleges and you may miss opportunities if you leave College prematurely.

Once you are told you may leave, you must vacate your room and take all your personal belongings with you. Keys should be returned to the Interview Reception Room (NOT the Porters’ Lodge). If you live a long way away, and cannot travel on the same day, please let our helpers know, and you will be allowed to stay an extra night. Please note that you cannot leave your luggage in the room after returning your keys, but you can leave it in the Interview Reception Room.



If you are asked to report for your interview by the morning, please note that if you require to travel a considerable distance to get to Oxford, we will provide accommodation for the night prior to your interview.  

Rooms will be available from 2 pm, and must be vacated by 10.00am on the day of departure. Bedding will be provided but please bring your own towels and toiletries.

Candidates will have access to the college WiFi and passwords can be collected from the student helpers in Lecture Room 6.



Meals will be self-service in the College Dining Hall:

  • Breakfast: 8 – 9

  • Lunch: 12 – 13:30

  • Dinner: 17:45 - 18:30 


Interview Arrangements

The College Interview Reception Room is manned by our Student Helpers from 8.00am until 8.00pm. All interview timetables and departure notices (which tell individual candidates when and where they should be) are also posted here.

You should check interview times as soon as you arrive, and at intervals thereafter, as you may be required at other colleges. You will be expected to be available for interview until the time and date shown against your subject in the interview timetable, when lists will be posted on the notice board in the Interview Reception Room informing you if you are required to stay on for further interviews. Please make sure that your mobile phone is on when you are not in interviews, and that you check anyn messages received, as we may be trying to find you for an additional interview. Before you leave, please make sure that you SIGN OUT by notifying the Student Helpers in College of your departure.

Please note that mobile phones must be SWITCHED OFF, not just turned to silent mode during interviews. The college will take proceedings against any candidates who are found to have used any recording equipment during their interview. 


Emergency Contact Numbers:

If you are away from New College (for example attending an interview in a department or faculty) and need to contact the team here, please use the numbers below.

  • Garry Mallett (Head of the Student Helper team)    01865 279262  - 8am - 8pm.

  • Daniel Powell (Admissions Administrator)   01865 279512 - 7am - 5pm.

  • Felicity Bates (Admissions Assistant)   01865 279487 - 9am - 7pm.

  • The Porters' Lodge (Emergency Contact) 01865 279555 - 24 hours.


Enjoy your stay at New College, and good luck with your interviews!