10 Things To Pack For A Summer School In Oxford

17 Feb, 2020 | Blog Articles, Get the Edge

Packing for summer camp can be stressful, but it needn’t be. If you’ve signed up for an international summer school like Oxford Scholastica, have a look at this packing checklist to make sure you’re not leaving anything behind as you embark on this adventure of a lifetime. 

1. Casual clothes

You want to make sure you’re comfortable during your time at the Oxford Scholastica Academy, so you can take full advantage of the academic, extracurricular and social activities available. The summer school dress code is casual, so you can bring whatever you normally wear to relax and feel comfortable. 

But many students will choose to dress up for more formal occasions like the Graduation Ceremony held at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. There’s also the International Ball, held on a historic boat on the River Thames, where you’re encouraged to wear your national dress, and represent your own cultural heritage amongst your fellow students from around the world.

Learn more about our Oxford summer program activities and experiences.

2. Umbrella and waterproof jacket

Even in the driest months, there is a fair amount of rain in Oxford, and British weather is famous for its unpredictability. July and August tend to be the hottest months of our year, with temperatures averaging 16-18 degrees Celsius (the average minimum is 12 degrees and the average maximum is 21 degrees). Ensure your packing list includes some clothes to protect you if it gets wet and cold, as well as an umbrella. 

3. Shoes 

You’ll be walking to and from your classes, as well as exploring the city during your lunch breaks and afternoons, so it’s really important to pack appropriate footwear. Here at Oxford Scholastica, we also offer a running club and opportunities to play other sports throughout the summer school, so you may want to bring suitable trainers for that too. 

4. Passport and travel documents

UK laws have tightened up over the past few years, so you’ll need to make sure all of your travel documents are in order before you set off for Oxford. This includes making sure your passport has at least six months left before it expires, and getting a suitable visa if you need one. You can always contact Oxford Scholastica Academy to check your visa requirements. Ensure you pack your travel documents somewhere safe, and we recommend bringing photocopies of all of your documents, too. 

A group of students celebrating their first day of summer school

5. Money 

You’ll need a little bit of money for daily expenses and shopping. Walking around with lots of cash can be stressful, so we’d recommend bringing a bank card so you can withdraw money from local ATMs in smaller amounts.

6. Laptop / tablet – plus charger

At our Oxford summer courses, you’ll be taught by an expert team of predominantly Oxbridge-educated tutors. Whether you’re honing your debating skills or learning about fascinating theories in psychology, you’ll want to be prepared to hit the ground running. Don’t forget your laptop or tablet, as well as your charger.

7. Pen and paper

Although it’s great to do your work on your laptop, you’ll probably find yourself needing to take notes or draw diagrams on paper too, so we recommend packing a notepad and some pens. This will be especially relevant for some of the varied masterclasses you’ll be attending.

A student studying in his dorm at summer school

8. Mobile phone and charger

We know you’re not likely to leave your lifeline at home, but a phone is also essential so we can keep in touch with you. You don’t need to bring a SIM card, though – it’s easy to purchase a cheap one upon arrival.

9. Map and directions on how to get to us 

Most international students arrive via London Heathrow or London Gatwick. Either way, you can then catch a bus or train to Oxford – the train journey is about an hour, while the bus takes a little longer. We also offer the option of a direct transfer service from Heathrow to the summer school, which you can book alongside your place on your chosen course. When putting together your packing list, be sure to include a map and directions for getting to us. And take a look at this article for more information on how to travel to Oxford for summer school this year.

10. Plug adapter

Finally, this small but important item should be on your list. If your plug has two prongs, you’ll need to buy an adapter as the UK has three-pronged sockets. You can always purchase one at the airport or even in Oxford. It’s a tiny item, but not one to miss on your packing list for the summer!


So, now that you’ve got your packing checklist, you’re ready for your international summer school. Don’t forget to label everything, pack it neatly and you’re ready for your Oxford Scholastica summer school experience. It’s time to make memories that will last you a lifetime.

Looking to join us in Oxford this summer?

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