St Cross College COVID-19 Guidance

Current Policies, as of 5 October 2021

Updated COVID-19 guidance for Michaelmas Term 2021

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

From 13 September 2021

As we prepare for the start of the new academic year, the College has revised its COVID-19 guidance in line with the University’s updated advice.

Whilst social distancing and the mandatory wearing of face coverings are no longer in place, all St Cross members are asked to play their part in minimising the risk and spread of COVID-19, so that we can all enjoy a safe Michaelmas term.

The key actions we encourage you to take are:

  • Get vaccinated as soon as possible if you have not already done so
  • Wear face coverings where indicated, unless you are exempt
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap or use sanitiser
  • Test regularly, and if you have symptoms
  • Follow self-isolation guidance
  • Be considerate of other people’s space – even if you don’t feel at risk yourself, please respect others who feel more vulnerable
'Be responsible. Be considerate. Be safe: Get vaccinated as soon as possible, wear face coverings where indicated unless exempt, test regularly and if you have symptoms, stay at home if you are unwell, keep washing your hands, and be considerate of space.



Staff will wear masks if they need to enter accommodation areas. Residents are not expected to wear masks unless they are self-isolating and need to access a common area (e.g. kitchen) in which case they are strongly encouraged to do so.
Guests are not currently permitted into accommodation areas, with the exception of people helping students on the day of their arrival or departure. This policy will be kept under review.

Residents who are required to self-isolate and fail to do so may be reported to the Dean. 





Please familiarise yourself with our self-isolation guide here.

As of 4 October the rules for travel to England from abroad have simplified: see here.

You may find this guide from Oxford SU helpful, and there is welfare information for those self-isolating available here.

Face Coverings

Face coverings



Face coverings are no longer required around College and their use is now personal choice. Face coverings are still required in the Library, unless you are exempt, and we encourage you to wear masks in the Lecture Theatre. Staff will wear masks if they need to enter accommodation areas. Residents are not expected to wear masks unless they are self-isolating and need to access a common area (e.g. kitchen) in which case they are strongly encouraged to do so.

Using the Library

Using the Library

The library is open 24/7. We ask that you respect sensible distancing, clean your work surfaces and wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. 

At present we have a click and collect service in place. If you wish to borrow a book 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 leave it in the returns cupboard in the college foyer or library. Alternatively, you can email the library with any such requests, and we will facilitate this for you.






michaelmas icons testing

Students and staff are strongly encouraged to take LFD tests twice a week. These can be collected from College - you need your University card to collect. 

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.

If you receive a PCR test result (positive, negative or void), through a route other than the University Early Alert service (EAS) (eg. via the national NHS service) you must report your result  'if positive'  to the Estates Manager and the Lodge immediately and also to EAS.

Find out more information about the testing kits here

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

You will need to book a PCR test if you:

  • have symptoms; or
  • have received a positive Lateral Flow Device (LFD) test result; or
  • have been advised you are a close contact of, or a member of the same household as, someone who has a PCR-confirmed case of COVID-19; or
  • have been instructed to book a test by public health authorities.

The University has a dedicated, free COVID-19 testing service in place to help students who show symptoms to get easy access to a PCR test. The testing site is just north of the St Cross College main site, in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter. You are permitted to leave your accommodation during self-isolation to attend a testing centre.
Further details:

Café and Bar

Café and Bar

Fresh Coffee in the Café

Café and Bar

The café is open Monday – Friday, from 08:30 to 12:00.

A marquee is in place in the Back Quad. You are welcome to sit under and make use of it. Please note that after 22:00 BST it is not to be used, as this may cause noise nuisance to residents.

There will be a pop-up bar in the West Quad marquee every other Friday starting 15 October from 18:00

Respiratory infection

In case you have a respiratory infection which isn’t COVID-19, you should still take steps to reduce transmission. Read the University guidance here.


Flu vaccine

The vaccine is given free on the NHS to people in a number of groups, including those with serious long-term health conditions and frontline health workers. Staff and students in these groups are encouraged to get a vaccine. You can find out if you are eligible for a free vaccine, and learn how to get one on the NHS website here.