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Student life

Last updated: Friday 12 April 2021

We are striving to preserve Oxford’s student life despite the pandemic and are working with student representative groups to maintain the supportive and enriching community that contributes to the Oxford experience.


Welfare and wellbeing

We understand that the pandemic is causing ongoing concern for many people, including our students. University life isn't happening in the normal way, and this may be challenging or difficult for many reasons.

We empathise with the uncertainty that you face, and would like to reassure you that we are working to support your wellbeing, and offer you the best university experience that we can. 

Please refer to the welfare and wellbeing page to find out about the support that is available to you.

To find out about what we are doing to support your physical health, go to the keeping you safe and well page.

Extracurricular activities

The University and colleges believe that enriching extracurricular experiences are as important as ever during the pandemic. Whether organised or informal, in-person or online, these activities form an integral part of the overall Oxford student experience.

Oxford’s wide range of clubs and societies continue to operate in line with Government guidance, and have good experience now of providing online events and resources even when in-person activities are not possible.


The University is committed to helping students get active despite the restrictions. The Active Anywhere membership, through Oxford University Sport, remains free for students, providing on demand fitness classes, nutrition videos and mindfulness exercises. The Sports department has also increased the streaming of both live and pre-recorded fitness classes, which will still take place while the building is closed. Classes are available through the Oxford University Sport mobile app and online, and are promoted on social media using #ActiveAtOxford and #StayInAndWorkOut.

University sport

The Iffley Road Sports Centre gym and swimming pool re-opened from 12 April for individuals and members of the same household.

Iffley Road partially re-opened for outdoor sport for students who are in Oxford from 29 March - primarily for the use of organised sports clubs. Any sports clubs taking part in outdoor sports will require Sports Federation approval, in line with relevant governing body guidelines.

There may be an opportunity for individual students to make casual use bookings of the centre’s outdoor facilities. Please refer to the University Sport website for the latest updates.

University Parks remain open for students to use the designated public play areas.

College sport

Please refer to your college for more information about the use of outside college grounds. College team captains should contact the Senior Member for sport within their college to agree the return plan for their sport as guidance develops.

For non-organised sport, you must comply with the Rule of Six when outdoors, and must not mix with other households when indoors.

Details of outdoor fixtures and competitive matches will be confirmed as soon as possible.

Music and drama

Music and drama activities are an important creative and social outlet for students and support wellbeing, and we have put detailed guidance in place to help students continue to take part in in-person performing arts activities as and when restrictions allow. A new Online Rehearsal Service is now available to support musicians rehearsing in different locations. Choirs in the context of worship are permitted. Please refer to the FAQs page for more information. 

To find out more about more about the University and colleges’ approach to extracurricular activities, download the statement on the overall Oxford student experience in 2020-21 during COVID-19.

Student services

University support services – such as welfare, careers, fees and funding and visa & immigration - continue to operate in Hilary term predominately remotely.

Careers fairs are taking place online, and students are continuing to benefit from the Careers Service’s wide range of support, including careers advice, skills programmes, internships and mentoring. Visit the Careers Service website for more information.

The Language Centre is continuing to provide its range of modern foreign language and Academic English courses online during Hilary and Trinity terms and Intensive courses at and just after the end of term. Find out more on the Language Centre website.

Please refer to the FAQ page if you have any further questions about student life. 

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