When first arriving in Oxford, you will be given details in a letter on how to activate your account. This letter will contain (amongst other things) the following information:
Your Oxford username: abcd0123
Activation code: XXXX-YYYY-ZZZZ
and the email addresses assigned to your Nexus email account, e.g. email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have those details, you can activate the account here.
There are two ways to check your email account: Nexus or an email client.