St Cross College COVID-19 Changes

Current Policies, as of 19 July 2021

Trinity Term arrangements

We recommend that you regularly check the government guidance, University emails and the University website for the most up-to-date details. 

Update and arrangements for Trinity Term 2021

As of 19 July:

We are delighted that from 19 July we can fully welcome all College members back on site. Whilst many restrictions will be easing, some will remain, in line with both Government guidance and University policy. 

Whilst much of the University and city will be opening up, cases are still high and we want to ensure that the College remains a safe and comfortable space for all.

Social distancing is still in place in College and you are still required to wear a face covering whilst moving around the College site, and in the Library, unless you are exempt. There will be no restriction on groups gathering in our outdoor spaces. 

Get tested twice a week until you leave Oxford. 

We also encourage you to get vaccinated when you are eligible. Information about vaccinations can be found on the student health page on the University coronavirus website.

All members are most welcome to bring guests into public areas and into lunch. Guests are not permitted in accommodation areas and overnight visitors are not allowed. Guest accommodation will open from 27 September 2021.

There is no change to library guidance - please continue to book your place as usual and wear a face covering.

The College Estates team will be continuing their enhanced cleaning routine. Hand sanitiser will continue to be available around College.

The University has updated its guidance pages for returning students. Please do check the current guidance here.  

Accommodation and Residency Dispensation

In light of the current COVID-19 restrictions, the decision has been taken to suspend all residency requirements in relation to academic matters, for Trinity term. A blanket dispensation is now in place for all students for the whole term, and you do not need to make any applications if you are unable to return. Further details about this can be found on the University website

If you have been unable to travel to Oxford and require a rent rebate please contact Any student with financial difficulties as a result of the pandemic, whether they live in College accommodation or not, can apply for support to the College at

For general information and questions about College accommodation please visit our Accommodation website pages and our Accommodation for Offer Holder pages. 

For students in College accommodation notices are placed in each kitchen indicating which Covid Bubble can use which kitchen. Please ensure you only enter and use the kitchen associated with your room number. The names of your fellow residents who form your Household/Covid Bubble have been provided to you. There is a space on these posters for you to add your mobile number (if you wish) and set up a WhatsApp group to keep in touch.

Cleaning products will be delivered to your rooms and left outside your door so please take them in when you see them. Inside the red buckets are various cleaning products and a safety sheet which you must  read. If you run out of any cleaning products please email Kenny Cox ( who will arrange for replacements. 

Using the Library

Using the Library

There is no change to library guidance - please continue to book your place as usual and wear a face covering.

The Library is open from 09:00 to 22:00 every day and it is essential to book a space via our booking system prior to your visit. There are now 12 numbered desks available with a choice of three slots from 09:00 to 13:00, 13:15 to 17:15 and 17:30 - 22:00. 

We ask that face coverings are worn at all times, unless you are exempt under government guidelines and that you clean your desk before leaving with the cleaning materials provided. No food is permitted and please remember it is a space for silent study only. 

At present we have a book fetching service in place for our readers. If any College member should wish to consult an item from our Library, just sign in to SOLO, find the book you need and select request. We will then retrieve the book for you and leave it in your pigeonhole, once you have finished with it you can return it to the Porters Lodge. Alternatively, you can email the library with any such requests and we will facilitate this for you.  

Face Coverings

Face coverings

In line with University policy, we ask that our members continue to wear face coverings in our indoor public spaces, unless exempt.

Specifically, you should wear a face covering in all College indoor walkways, the Lodge, the Common Room, study areas, shared public bathrooms, staff offices, the Dining Hall (except when eating and drinking), the Library (at all times), and in student accommodation buildings (except in areas part of your own household).

If you are resident in student accommodation you do not need to wear a face covering in your own household bubble unless you are self-isolating. If you are self-isolating, you must wear a face covering at all times when not in your own room.

You do not need to wear a face covering in outdoor areas of the College, although many people may choose to do so, and staff do not need to wear a face covering when seated and working in their own offices.

Please also remember that external guests are currently not permitted inside College buildings.

Additional information from the University can be found here.



Students and staff are strongly encouraged to take LFD tests regularly. 

You will need to report all the LFD tests you take yourself (however you obtain the LFD) to both the University’s Early Alert Service and the NHS – as soon as possible after you get the result.

Find out more information about the testing kits here


Please help keep our community COVID-safe by testing twice a week, every week.

The Common Room & Communal Spaces

The Common Room & Communal Spaces

To ensure that all members feel comfortable as restrictions are eased, we ask that you continue to observe social distancing.

Seating in the Hall will continue to be spaced apart. Whilst more seats will be made available in the Common Room, we ask that you respect distancing measures when using this space.

There will be no restriction on groups gathering in our outdoor spaces. 

Food and drink is not permitted in the Common Room. 

We would like to keep the Common Room open to all, and ask that members respect these rules so that everyone can continue to enjoy this space. 

Outdoor Areas, Gardens, and Smoking

Outdoor areas in College grounds, including the Quads on the main site, and outdoor spaces at the Annexe and Stonemason House, are public areas, and not private gardens or grounds. This means that these public areas need to be used in line with local and national regulations for public spaces. Public areas should not be used by anyone who is self-isolating.

Face coverings are not mandatory in outdoor public spaces but some people may feel more comfortable if face coverings are worn in these areas.

As all of our outdoor spaces are relatively small, we ask that groups do not congregate and gather in outdoor spaces.

For residents living in houses owned by St Cross College (Wellington Square and Bradmore Road) all residents of these properties may use the associated private gardens, but no guests or visitors are allowed into these properties, including the gardens.

Smoking is not allowed anywhere on College property, including in outdoor spaces.



You must continue to book lunches and other meals via the booking system.
The last College lunch will take place on Friday 30 July as our catering teams take a well-deserved break, and lunches will resume on 1 September.

Hall Nights and Dinners will resume from Michaelmas Term 2021. Please see the termly calendar for details.

Booking is essential for all these events.


Guests & Non-College Members

Guests & Non-College Members

All members are most welcome to bring guests into public areas and into lunch. Guests are not permitted in accommodation areas and overnight visitors are not allowed.

As students move into accommodation, they are permitted to have help from family members and friends, but we ask that all visitors wear face coverings and leave the premises as soon as moving in is completed. They cannot use communal areas and shared spaces. No guests are allowed to stay in College accommodation at this time, and College residents should only use shared facilities associated with their household.

The only exceptions for guests and visitors to College is when they are attending a pre-arranged professional College event or meeting. For example, a University department will be using some of our seminar rooms during the term, and there will be occasional private events in College for College members and their registered guests. We cannot open lunches and our own dinners to guests at this time, as places are limited and we wish to ensure that as many College members as possible can enjoy these events.

Students, Fellows or Members of Common Room who are looking to arrange events or meetings of any size in College should contact to discuss their needs. This ensures that space can be allocated appropriately, contact tracing can be maintained, and that College complies with health and safety regulations and social distancing requirements. Contractors will also be on-site from time-to-time to ensure essential maintenance is completed. All contractors will comply with social distancing regulations.

Contractors will also be on-site from time-to-time to ensure essential maintenance is completed. All contractors will comply with social distancing regulations. Contractors can be recognised by the blue hi vis jackets they wear and coloured lanyards. If contractors are required to enter student bedrooms (advance notice will be given) they will be wearing yellow lanyards. Contractors not requiring bedroom access will be wearing a green lanyard.

Sometimes, if College staff or contractors are working onsite, they may not be able to adhere to the one-way systems in place around College. In these cases, staff or contractors will be wearing green armbands.

Café and Bar

Café and Bar

Fresh Coffee in the Café

Café and Bar

The café and bar will remain closed until Michaelmas Term 2021.




In certain circumstances, such as if you have recently travelled from overseas, if someone in your household has tested positive for COVID-19, or you are waiting for the results of a test, you may be required to self-isolate. 
Please read the self-isolation guide (SSO required).

If you are self-isolating/quarantining in College accommodation, please ensure you follow the procedures below: 
•    Put the notice on the outside of your bedroom door informing other that you are quarantining.
•    Wear you face mask at all times whilst you are in any communal areas (including all kitchens while cooking)
•    You must not use the kitchen while others are using it (during your period of Quarantine)
•    If you have asked for a repair or maintenance request you must leave the room while this is taking place and wait in the kitchen, if there is someone else in the kitchen then, maintenance will be re arranged until a time that you can wait in the kitchen. You must inform the maintenance operative when they arrive that you are quarantining and go to the kitchen. (please note that only emergency repairs will be carried out to your room while you are quarantining)
•    Once your period of Quarantine has finished please remove the notice from outside your door.

Student Responsibility Charter

Student Responsibility Charter

All students have been asked to follow the COVID-19 Student Responsibility Charter and we ask that all our College members follow this Code of Conduct. If you have any concerns whilst in College about any aspect of our operations, please speak to the Duty Porter.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

Coffee machines and pianos

Coffee machines and pianos

The College coffee machines are currently not in operation, and we ask that members refrain from playing the pianos for the time being.