Local community
Local community

Local community

Last reviewed 07 September 2021

Oxford University is looking forward to welcoming new and returning students for the start of the next academic year in October. We would like to reassure our neighbours in the local community that our plans for the new 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

The University is encouraging students to take up their vaccination appointments as soon as possible, preferably before they arrive in Oxford. We are also advising students to take a test prior to arrival and continue testing twice a week throughout the term. PCR testing for symptomatic cases will be available on site for both students and staff.

The University has set out the behaviour it expects of students both on college and University premises and while out in the local community. If you see behaviour you are concerned about, you are welcome to contact the University Security Services team in the first instance. Phone 01865 272944 or use this online form. If the behaviour is taking place outside University or College property, you can report it to Oxford City Council or to Thames Valley Police. We are in regular dialogue with local authorities and will liaise with them and take action as appropriate, based on the circumstances at the time. If Oxford students are not found to be involved, we will be unable to take any action.


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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