Partners and families

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Family support

Families are very welcome at Saïd Business School. Many students move to Oxford with their children and spouse/partner for their degree programme.

If you are planning to bring your family, you can access lots of support and advice to help you find a place to live, choose a nursery or schooling for children, and to explore funding options.

We provide a supportive, stimulating environment to help make your time here enriching and memorable for you and your family. We organises social activities throughout the year for partners and families, including a welcome reception at the beginning of the academic year.

I moved to Oxford with my wife and young children. We joined the Partners' and Families' Society, which organises family events. It helped make the transition easy. My wife also joined the Newcomers' Club and has made new friends.

Guillermo Casasnovas, DPhil student


We offer a range of accommodation options to suit differing needs.

Many colleges have houses and flats for families and couples. Please contact the individual college directly to see what is available. The Graduate Accommodation Office also has a selection of accommodation for couples and families.



University childcare provides subsidised childcare facilities for all enrolled students and staff.

A small number of colleges have on-site nurseries:

They also accept applicants from other colleges, although staff and students belonging to their college are given priority.

There are schools and nurseries catering for children from four months upwards. Oxfordshire also has some highly regarded independent schools.

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Financial support

If you have dependants, you may qualify for financial support while studying, depending on your circumstances.

You may also be eligible for:

UK students can apply to the Access to Learning Fund for urgent financial help while studying, and all enrolled students can apply to the University’s Hardship Fund, which makes one-off awards to those in financial difficulties caused by unexpected circumstances.

Meeting others

Students chatting

Choose from a wide range of social activities to help you and your family settle into life in Oxford.

There are several parenting organisations and many people join the Oxford University Newcomers’ Club, which offers useful advice and information about living in Oxford. The club organises a packed programme of events, including special visits to historical sites not normally open to the public. There is an informal coffee morning every Wednesday and numerous groups that meet weekly.