Local community
Local community

Local community

Last reviewed 7 December 2021

Oxford University would like to reassure our neighbours in the local community that our plans for this term put the health and wellbeing of our students, staff and all those we share this city with as our highest priority.

We are working closely with our colleagues in the local authorities and public health bodies, as well as Oxford Brookes University, on a range of measures to ensure we are able to continue our teaching and research safely and in accordance with government guidelines. We are also engaging with community partners, residents’ groups and business organisations to keep everyone living and working in Oxford fully informed.

The University has a COVID-19 response hub, providing detailed information on our plans for the 2021–22 academic year for people studying, researching, working and living in Oxford.

Our students and the community

Ahead of the new term, Students are being strongly encouraged to take an LFD test before returning to Oxford, on the day they arrive, and again three days later.  The University will continue to encourage all staff and students to take part in regular testing throughout the term, and its Early Alert Service PCR testing facility remains open.

 The University has also urged all students to take up their COVID vaccination appointments as soon as possible.


Further details on our health and safety and wellbeing measures can be found on the Keeping our community safe and well page of the University’s COVID-19 Response site.

If you are a resident of Oxford and have a query about the impact of our plans on the community, please contact the University’s community relations team at local.community@admin.ox.ac.uk.

We will reply via email and will aim to respond to your query within 24 hours.

If you are an Oxford resident and have concerns about an incident of student behaviour, please contact the University Security Services team by phone on 01865 272944 or use this online form.

Local information and resources

Key information and guidance on the local response to COVID-19 from the council authorities and NHS in Oxfordshire can be found via the following links:

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