St Cross College COVID-19 Changes

Current Policies, as of 14 June 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 14 June:

Following Monday’s announcement please continue to follow current guidelines as there are still some restrictions in place. 

There will be no changes to teaching or assessment as a result of the announcement. 

Cases of COVID-19 are increasing across the country, and you are still required to abide by current local restrictions. 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. Please do not gather indoors in groups larger than six. 

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.

Restrictions on in-person teaching have been lifted from 17 May and all students are permitted to return to Oxford if they wish to, although residency exemptions are still in place.
Advice for international students remains unchanged and you may wish to take advantage of this exemption, particularly if the country from which you are returning is on the UK Government’s ‘red list’. See more here.
If you have not yet returned to Oxford and you would like to for the remainder of term, please speak to Sharon Durno ( in the first instance.

If you are on a course which has been given permission to return for in-person teaching, you will need to consider any travel implications, as we know many of you may not be in England. All international arrivals into England must currently quarantine for 10 days, and take PCR COVID-19 tests. Arrivals from ‘red list’ countries must currently quarantine in hotels provided by the Government, and this currently costs £1750. For more details about arriving into England, please see: Residency restrictions for Trinity Term have been lifted, and if your course has been granted permission to return, but you are concerned about travelling back to Oxford, please contact Sharon Durno (

For anyone who is now permitted to return to Oxford for in-person teaching who is already in the UK, you are expected to take Lateral Flow Tests (LFT) for COVID-19 before you arrive in Oxford, when you arrive back in Oxford, and then twice a week. More details here. To request information about how to collect and use LFT, please contact Justine Goodenough (

If you have been given permission to return to Oxford and you have a room in College accommodation, please contact BEFORE you begin to make your return journey. This is really important so that we know who is currently in College accommodation. We do have rooms available in College, so if you require accommodation in Oxford and have been given permission to return, please contact

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

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

Face coverings must be worn (except by those who are exempt) while in all public areas inside College buildings. 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 who are working on site can pick up Lateral Flow Device test kits from the Lodge, Mon-Fri 08:30 - 14:30 free of charge.

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

The Common Room will be open to members from Monday 17 May. Please ensure that you continue to abide by current restrictions, maintain social distancing, and sit in households.

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.



Lunches will commence as sit-down socially-distanced lunches in Hall as of Monday 17 May. These must be booked via the bookings calendar. Bookings must be made by 14:00 the day before (14:00 Friday for a lunch on Monday). All members are encouraged to come into Hall for lunches. Guests are still not permitted.

Hall Nights and Dinners will resume from Monday 17 May. Please see the termly calendar for details.

Booking is essential for all these events.

Due to the circumstances of the pandemic, our dinner events are reserved for students, as they have not had a chance for dinners this term, and we would like as many of them as possible to have the experience.

Guests & Non-College Members

Guests & Non-College Members

The College remains closed to non-St Cross members, which means that at this time we are unable to welcome guests to lunches, College events, and for social gatherings, including meeting informally in the Common Room. Accommodation areas are strictly limited to residents only. 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


Reopening on Monday 17 May with a special event. Thereafter it will be open Mon-Fri:  from 8.30 am – 2.30 pm – no pre booking needed.


This is still closed, but there will be weekly 'Pub in the Hall' events every Friday, 17:00 - 21:00, bookable via the bookings calendar - the first one is next Friday, 21 May although that's already fully booked with a waiting list.



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.