0th Week: The week before term begins. You will meet with Tutors to organise the term’s teaching, and will probably sit a collection (see below).
9th Week: The week after undergraduate term ends.
Battels: The college Bill. For first years, this automatically includes food.
(Oxford) Blue: Award for competing in the Varsity Match in certain major sports.
The Bod: Short for the “Bodleian Library”, the main library at Oxford University. Names after its benefactor, Thomas Bodley (1545-1613).
Bod Card: Your university card; a combination of identity, library and stored value card.
Bop: Parties organised by the JCR. Dress up, dance to cheesy music and enjoy the free food and drink.
Bursary: The reception room at the front of the college where you receive mail, hand in keys, and chat with the college's friendly bursary staff.
Collections: Internal exams set by your tutors at the beginning of each term. Although collections don't count towards your final degree, they show whether you did any work in the vacation...
Entz: Short for entertainment. Any social events organised in college, usually by the JCR and/or MCR Committee.
Finals: Final examinations at the end of 3rd (or 4th) year of an Undergraduate Degree.
Fresher: A first-year student (undergraduate or postgraduate).
Governing Body: The collective name for the fellows of the college who meet two or three times a term to consider all matters of college policy and governance.
JCR: Short for Junior Common Room. Either: (i) the college’s undergraduate student body (though postgraduate students are part of the JCR also); or (ii) the actual common room where students eat pizza, play pool and can buy drinks at the bar.
Matriculation: Ceremony in the Sheldonian Theatre conferring membership of the university. Full sub fusc is worn. The ceremony is mostly spoken in Latin.
MCR: Short for Middle Common Room: either (i) the college’s postgraduate student body; or (ii) the actual common room, with TV and kitchen facilities.
OUSU: (Pronounced 'ow-zoo') Oxford University Students Union. As a member of the JCR, you're a member of OUSU, the student body who represent you at university- and national-level. Not to be confused with The Union (see below).
Pidge: Your mailbox, found in the Bursary.
Prelims: Short for 'Preliminaries'. Students reading an undergraduate degree will take Prelims at the end of their first year. You must pass to proceed on to the Honour School (2nd, 3rd/4th year).
Sub fusc: Worn to Matriculation and your exams, sub fusc is non gender specific. All students must wear a dark gown, mortar board and black ribbon / bow tie with white shirt and either black trousers or black skirt with black tights.
Term: The academic year is split into three terms – Michaelmas, Hilary and Trinity. Dates during the term are commonly defined as the day/week/term ie. ‘Tuesday of 5th Week Trinity Term’.
Tutor: Your teacher in a particular subject. You will likely see you tutor at least once a fortnight for a tutorial, where you will discuss your prepared essay or problem set.
The Union: The famous University debating society, which hosts regular talks and meet-and-greets with world-famous and influential speakers. The Union is free to attend during Freshers’ Week, but you must pay for membership after this time. Some talks can be attended by non-Union members by paying a ticket price of £10 – check events details for more info. Not to be confused with OUSU (see above).
Varsity Match: Any sporting fixture between the Oxford and Cambridge University teams.