Enjoy Oxford Safely

Testing

The University’s in-house COVID-19 testing service is open to all staff and students of the University and colleges, providing rapid access to free testing for those with suspected?coronavirus symptoms.?

Alongside this service, the University offers regular symptom-free testing for staff and students who are using or providing college or University services on site, and for students resident at their term-time address.?

For more information and to book your tests visit: ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/health/covid-testing

 

Night-time and Personal safety: 

No-one should ever have to feel unsafe when walking home, but there are many services in Oxford to help you if you're alone at night and feel unsafe: 

The university’s security services have a 24 hour hotline - their 24 hour number is +44 (0)1865 289999 for emergencies and +44 (0)1865 272944 for general enquiries. Calling their control room allows operators to make a rapid decision as to the appropriate level of response. They can speak to you on the telephone while you walk, monitor you on University CCTV, send a patrol staff to attend, or call the police. Further details here: https://estates.admin.ox.ac.uk/emergency-contacts 

During in-person terms, Oxford Nightline run a Get Home Safe service, where you can call them and stay on the phone until you're home safe - at the moment they're only operating over text, but next term the service should be fully up and running 

oxfordnightline.org

Often colleges will have their own services for getting students home safe, and porters will frequently send taxis to students who need them late at night - check with your college for more info. 

If you've been affected by any of the recent news and would like to talk to somebody about it, don't hesitate to reach out. The University Counselling service (counselling@admin.ox.ac.uk) is still running remotely and has shorter wait times than usual, and for more targeted support, the Support Service (supportservice@admin.ox.ac.uk) is here if you'd like to talk specifically about harassment and violence. 

You can also contact the Oxfordshire Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre (OSARCC) a feminist organisation committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment. They offer a free and confidential service to survivors who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence, and to anyone who is supporting them. (osarcc.org.uk/