A site plan of the College is available here and you may find our online tours helpful: www.stx.ox.ac.uk/take-a-tour.
Safety and Security
Entry to the main site is controlled with an electronic fob (all College Members will be given one). St Cross is not open to the general public and it is very important that you do not allow non-members to gain entry to the College. If you cannot see the person behind you holding a fob please do not allow them in. If, when allowed, you bring a guest or friend into College, please do not leave them unattended. You must inform the Accommodation Officer if a guest will be visiting you in College accommodation. They must not be left unattended and are not permitted to sleep anywhere on the premises other than in your room (this is permitted occasionally, for up to 3 nights, and names are to be given to the Accommodation Officer so that they can be accounted for in case of fire). CCTV cameras are placed around the College to assist with security matters.
Problems and Emergencies in College
If you discover any building issues in College that present an urgent risk, such as burst pipes, broken windows, defective locks etc, you must report these to the Estates Manager (during office hours) or Junior Deans (main site)/Site Wardens (outside office hours).
Estates Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01865 278 485 or 07814 425 003
Junior Deans: email@example.com or + 44 (0)7585 600441
Site Wardens (Annexe): 07585 783445
Site Wardens (Stonemason House): 07847 941928
Contact the University Security Services if you are unable to reach the Junior Deans or Site Wardens out of office hours:
01865 289999 (emergencies)
01865 272944 (non-emergencies)
You must also contact the University Security Services on their non-emergency number if you discover a forced entry or attempted forced entry onto College site, or if you lose your key or find yourself locked out.
The College has trained members of staff on site who are the appointed First Aiders. Minor accidents and injuries on site should be reported to the Lodge who will contact a First Aider to assist you. For medical emergencies you must phone 999. In the Annexe and Stonemason House the Site Wardens are appointed First Aiders.
Fire and fire meeting points
The College site map shows the main fire meeting points where you should assemble in the event of a fire alarm. If the alarm sounds you should stop what you are doing immediately and go to your nearest fire assembly point, without stopping to collect any of your belongings.
Fire drills take place once a term and the fire alarm in each building is tested once a week on Fridays.
If you know that a real fire is taking place anywhere on College property you have a duty to call 999 and ask for immediate assistance from the Fire Brigade. You must then contact the University Services on their emergency number (01865 289999) so that they may provide assistance.
There are facilities for wheelchair users on the main site. These include a WC, ramps for the entrances and easy access to the Hall. Outside the front entrance there is a low-level electronic entrance communication system. A hearing loop is installed in the St Cross Room and Lecture Theatre. There is also an accessible entrance off Pusey Street into the West Quad. For more information please see: www.stx.ox.ac.uk/accessibility-at-st-cross-college.
The Lodge is on the ground floor by the main entrance door. The Porters are based in the Lodge and greet visitors and handle enquiries. They also handle security matters, mail and newspapers.
Lodge opening hours:
Monday-Friday 07:00 – 00:00
Weekends 09:00 – 23:00
The Lodge should be contacted in an emergency. If the Lodge is closed, and there is an emergency, you should contact the University Security Team on their 24hr emergency line: +44(0)1865 2 89999.
Libraries and Study Spaces
The College Library collection is stored in the West Wing. At present restricted access and opening times are in place. You can book a seat in the Library between 09:00 and 17:00 by emailing your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. In normal circumstances the Library is accessible to College members at any time using the College fob. There is a breakout space opposite the Library with a coffee machine and tables for co-working (the coffee machines will not be available for the time being). Please note that food and drink is not permitted in the main library. Members may also use the Pusey House Upper Library as a place to work during term-time: http://www.puseyhouse.org.uk/library.html.
You can find out more about the University’s main libraries (The Bodleian Libraries) on their website: https://www.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/using/skills/new-readers.
The Library is now able to offer a fetching service for readers. If you need a book from the College library, log in to SOLO as normal, search the catalogue and select Request on the item you need. The College Library team will then retrieve the book and leave it in your pigeon hole, and you can return it to the Porters’ Lodge once you have finished with it.
The Saugman Common Room is on the ground floor. Named after Per Saugman, a benefactor to the College, this is a room for relaxation. Food and drink should not be brought into this room except by the catering staff.
The adjacent Lange Room is designated as a quiet room. There are comfortable seats and desks for quiet study.
The Caroline Miles Room is on the lower ground floor (down the steps by the Hall). Named after a benefactor to the College, this is a more informal room with a television. There are televisions in the Bar and the Caroline Miles Room.
The College’s Lecture Theatre is located in the West Wing and is where most academic talks and seminars take place. It is fully accessible and can normally seat up to 100 - currently reduced to ensure social distancing - and is fully equipped with a comprehensive AV system for lectures. It is also available to hire for film screenings and other events. Please note that no food or drink is to be taken into the lecture theatre (bottled water is permitted).
Sybil Dodd Rooms
Across from the Library, the Sybil Dodd Rooms are two small seminar spaces that can be combined into one larger room, ideal for meetings where breakout sessions take place.
Large Seminar Room
At the end of the West Wing Building is the Large Seminar Room, where most committee meetings take place, as well as smaller talks and workshops.
Students may book College rooms for meetings and other events – there is usually no charge for this unless any catering is required and catering must be provided by the College. Food and drinks cannot be brought into College for events. Please contact the Events Office (email@example.com) for further details.
Bikes and Bike Security
Cycling is a great way to get around Oxford, but cyclists need to be responsible, and ensure that that they cycle safely, look after their bike, and store bicycles securely. More information to help you get cycling can be found at: https://travel.admin.ox.ac.uk/bike/oxford To assist the police in tracing lost or stolen bicycles a register is maintained by University Security Services. All bicycles must be registered with the University Security Services.
Bicycles not registered and apparently abandoned on College property will be removed and disposed of. Bikes can be rented on a short- or long-term basis from places such as Bainton Bikes or Cycle.land.
Although Oxford is a very safe city, bike theft can be common so please ensure you lock your bike with a sturdy ‘D lock’. Bikes may be removed from University property if in a poor state of repair, left for a long period of time, or secured in an inappropriate place where it is causing an obstruction or nuisance (such as railings). Always ensure you park your bike in designated cycle stands. An emergency bike repair kit is kept at the Lodge should you need to use it.
No bikes should be brought into College – if you are a resident on the main College site you can use the bike store in the West Wing which is accessible from Pusey Lane - you must fill out the form in order to have access to this: Download Bike Shed form.
IT, Printing and Photocopying
There are facilities available for black and white printing, copying and scanning. Printing is free for the first 200 sheets and then chargeable at 5p/black and white sheet and 25p/colour sheet.
Any queries or problems with printing should first be brought to the attnetion of the College IT team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lockers are available in the cloakroom outside the Saugman Common Room and in the basement on the way to the Café-Bar. These should be used for short-term (maximum 24 hours) only.
The College has three guest bedrooms that College members can book. For more information about these room please see: https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/stay-at-st-cross.
Over the summer months a punt is available for all College Members to use. For reservations, please contact the Bursary Administrator and further information is available here.
Car parking spaces in Oxford are difficult to find and very expensive, so it is inadvisable to bring a car unless you absolutely have to in which case you will need to contact the City Council Office to obtain a parking permit (you can do so on their website). This applies to the College houses only. No parking permits are allowed for the St Cross Road Annexe or the central College site due to lack of space. Residents at Stonemason House are not permitted to have a car in Oxford for the duration of their tenancy (Oxford City Council regulation).