It seems really different how they're handling things this year compared to last year. (I suppose that's because they've got a brand new person on admissions who started only in August ...)
Last year the *deadline* for receiving most forms was 24th August. And you should be getting at least the following in your freshers pack:
- lots of welcome letters and lots of random bits of information (about prices mostly if I recall correctly)
- the freshers' guide (and freshers' week timetable) & the college regulations booklet
- the university card application form
- a doctor registration form
- a health information form for the college nurse
- a residence licence agreement (which you won't need to send, but just bring along to the Porters' Lodge when you arrive in Oxford)
- some offers for the gown and mortarboard (don't worry about these, you can get everything you need in Oxford when you arrive for the same price)
- some information about banks and insurance (though I think only for international students)
- invitation to the international student orientation programme (for internationals only, obviously)
- some more health information (you'll need to get a vaccination for mumps and meningitis C if you haven't had them yet)
- emergency contact information
- some data protection release form
They also asked us to send:
- 3 (or was it only 2?) passport photos in addition to the one you need to staple on the Bod-card form
- a copy of your financial assessment for tuition fees (probably not needed for you any more, as tuition fees are no longer means assessed)
- and I'm sure lots more that I can't remember at the moment.
Hope this will get you all excited and anxious. After all, who doesn't enjoy the prospect of filling in forms for the better part of the day?
I'm surprised about your reading lists and no welcome letter. A tutor of mine sent me a 'congratulations' e-mail as soon as I got the grades (and that was IB results, so it was in early July). And I never got a reading list (hehe!).
And you all seem to be saying you never got anything since the offer letter? Didn't your tutors send you a 'best of luck in your forthcoming exams' letter? (Mine did, but it was sent when my exams were nearly over, and moreover it spent 6 months on the way from the UK to continental Europe - it was rerouted through Sierra Leone! - so I got it only when I was already in Oxford. But it was a nice gesture still, I thought.)