Updated 12th April 2021

Easter vacation information

Government guidance currently states that you should not leave your term-time accommodation, unless you can demonstrate that you have an exemption from the national restrictions on leaving home. As the guidance currently stands, this means that if you are already in Oxford, you will need to remain here for Easter Vacation unless you have an exemption.  It is possible that the guidance may change around 29 March, as part of the next stage of the Government's easing of restrictions. If this is the case, we will inform you as soon as we can.  College and University hardship support continues to be available should you need it.  Please refer to the student pages of the University coronavirus website for more information.


Hilary Term 2021

Students should not return to College until further notice, except for those who have received individual permission to do so from the Academic Office, or are research graduates who are unable to work from home or research graduates for whom the College is their primary residence.

For those of you who are in College accommodation or have permission to return, the following guidance will help in keeping our community safe and well. The College has had a difficult balance to strike in following the government guidance to ensure the wellbeing of staff, including scouts, porters, and kitchen staff alongside the wellbeing of students.


If you are unsure whether your College teaching will take place in person or online, please ask your tutor.

LFT Test on Return

On arrival at College you are asked to collect an LFT pack from the Holywell or Weston Lodge.

Watch a video of students talking about why the tests are important to take, and their experience of taking them. 

Watch the Clinical Director of the Asymptomatic Testing Service talking to the Warden about the science behind the testing

Booking a Test

Please visit the University Covid Testing Pages and alert the College immediately easresults@new.ox.ac.uk.

Catering Arrangements

For those Students who have been granted permission to return to college for Hilary Term, meal bookings are now live. 

Catering is only available for those that have been given permission to return and who are on a catered let.

You will not be automatically booked on for dinners this term and you will need to ensure that you book on for all dinners yourselves. 

To book on for your evening meals, please go to http://food.new.ox.ac.uk/ and book on in the usual way, by 10am on the day/following days.  You do not need to book on for lunches.  Breakfast is not available.

As always, please observe the social distancing rules when dining in College. 

Meal Times

  • Weekend Brunch: 12:00-13:00
  • Lunch: 12:00-13:00
  • Dinner: 18:00-19:00 (Please book online)

Covid-19 Policy Documents

Face Coverings Policy

Covid-19 Secure Changes

    Symptom-Free Lateral Flow Testing

    Dear Student,
    I am writing with some important information about symptom-free Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing in Trinity term. 
    Get tested twice, then twice a week

    We are asking all students to get tested ahead of the start of term, and then take tests twice a week, every week while in Oxford.  The nearest testing centre to New College is the University Club on Mansfield Road.
    Testing at the start of term

    You are expected to get tested for COVID-19 when you return to Oxford (or at the start of term if you didn’t leave during the vacation). We will provide you with two LFD tests to take yourself – as was the case at the start of Hilary term (available from the Lodge).  
    Regular symptom-free testing 

    After these initial tests, you are strongly encouraged to get tested twice a week, every week via the new symptom-free (LFD) testing centres. There will be three centres in easy-to-access sites around Oxford. They’re opening from 12 April, and will follow strict safety measures.  Staff working on site will also be able to use them.  You can book online (even if you’re not yet in Oxford), and you should aim to get tested on the same days each week, e.g. Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday. Go to the symptom-free testing webpage to book, and for more information.  
    It is possible to order LFD tests via a number of other routes – details of which can be found on the Government website. However, we encourage students who are in Oxford to use the assisted testing centres wherever possible. 

    Stay COVID-safe. Keep protecting the community 

    The outlook is more optimistic this term, and restrictions are gradually easing – but the pandemic is not yet over. We need to continue working together to prevent case numbers rising, and protect the entire community. LFD tests are an important tool in helping to limit the spread of COVID-19. They can detect whether you have COVID-19 before you develop symptoms, and taking them will help to reduce any potential spread of COVID-19 across the University and wider community.  

    Quarantine Guidance

    If you are returning to the UK from abroad after the Christmas Vacation you will need to quarantine in your College accommodation for 10 days from arrival into the UK.

    1. If you know that you will need to quarantine upon arrival into the UK you must email emily.meeson@new.ox.ac.uk confirming the date of your arrival into the UK

    2. To check if the country of your departure is on the Government Travel Corridor list please visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors

    3. Upon arrival into the UK you must come straight to your College accommodation and begin to self-isolate for 10 days. Further information https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

    4. The College will supply you with 3 Lateral Flow Tests which will need to be collected from the Porters Lodge on Holywell Street. You should take 1 test upon arrival to your accommodation, the second test should be taken on day 3 and the final test on day 10. Your results should be uploaded to the EAS service https://earlyalert.medsci.ox.ac.uk/earlyalert/booking/selfreportresult

    5. If any of these tests come back positive you must book a PCR test through the University Early Alert Service https://earlyalert.medsci.ox.ac.uk/earlyalert/booking/bookpcr

    6. If your positive test is confirmed you will self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of symptoms or your first positive Lateral Flow Test

    7. Once in your accommodation, you should limit the time you spend in shared areas of your Covid-Household e.g. the Kitchen and should establish kitchen and bathroom rotas with your Covid-Housemates

    8. Quarantining students can leave their accommodation to

    9. Exercise in the College Grounds

    10. Collect food deliveries form the Porters Lodge (please notify the Porters in advance)

    11. Any reason other than the above as guided by the UK Government https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk/coronavirus-covid-19-how-to-self-isolate-when-you-travel-to-the-uk

    12. You should aim to complete your 10 day quarantine period ahead on any face to face teaching

    13. You should bring food with you or arrange for a food delivery to arrive on the same day as you

    14. Students on catered short leases will be able to have College meals (Breakfast and Lunch) delivered to their rooms from the 5th of January by emailing monika.pietruszewska@new.ox.ac.uk

    15. Students on short leases who arrive ahead of the start of their lease (12th Jan) will pay the student nightly rate for accommodation for the additional days

    Test to release scheme

    The University Early Alert Service and the College supplied Lateral Flow Test are not permitted to be used as part of the test to release scheme. Further information on this scheme can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-test-to-release-for-international-travel

    Further information concerning quarantine and the return for Hilary Term can be found on the College COVID webpage and the University website https://www.ox.ac.uk/coronavirus/students/christmas-vacation

    Living and social arrangements


    If you develop symptoms then you must immediately self-isolate for 10 days as per PHE guidance. 

    *Household equivalent contacts are those students who share a house or flat with the case whilst symptomatic. For students on staircases / corridors who share a kitchen, bathroom, or social space, will be grouped into households and informed of who they share their household with prior to their arrival. If a member of your household develops symptoms of Covid-19, they must isolate immediately for 10 days and book a test asap, the other students in the household must self-isolate for 14 days. 

    • Students who are considered to be household equivalent contacts* of a possible case after symptoms started should self-isolate for 10 days from the onset of the case’s symptoms. If the household equivalent contact/s develop symptoms they need to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from onset of their symptoms: Read the Government Guidelines
    • Where there are concerns about your health NHS 111 should be contacted (online or by telephone) or you can telephone your GP in Oxford.
    • You are advised to significantly limit face-to-face interaction in line with the guidance above

    Vulnerable groups

    Information and Guidance can be found on the Government publications pages.

    Student finances

    With applications for financial assistance, we are mindful that we have finite finances and we wish to target help to the most in need. As a result, annual income, savings, overdraft limits, and expected annual expenditure are assessed and grants are made to those students who do not have sufficient funds to cover their expected annual expenditure. Additionally, loans can be made to students whose annual funds are sufficient to cover expenditure but who are experiencing temporary lack of funds.

    Student Financial Aid and Hardship

    We recognise that the COVID19 crisis will have caused extra financial difficulty for some students. College will maintain its annual SFA Awards via the Development Office and will also continue to support students in applying to the University’s Access to Learning Funds (UK citizens only), its University Hardship Committee (any student), and the Vice-Chancellor’s Fund (for DPhil students beyond their fee-paying period and in the ‘writing-up’ stage). In addition, as ever, any student in an acute cash-flow crisis should immediately approach the Bursar for an emergency loan pending getting grant aid from the sources just listed - bursar@new.ox.ac.uk


    New College Library

    New College Library is open, for selected services, seven days a week.  From 19 April 2021, we are open 8 am till 10 pm (during term time).

      8.00 am till 10.00 pm
    Browse & Borrow Yes
    Click & Collect Yes
    Returns Yes
    Printing Yes


    We have adapted our book borrowing services to enable New College members to select and to borrow the physical library resources they need from New College Library using our ‘Browse & Borrow’ and ‘Click & Collect’ services, as well as via Postal Loans:

    Browse & Borrow: 8 am till 10 pm
    Click & Collect: 8 am till 10 pm

    We have adapted our book returns service to enable New College members to return their loans (books, CDs, DVDs, music scores) within an environment prepared in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions:

    Returns: 8 am till 10 pm

    • Study spaces

    We have reconfigured our physical spaces and rearranged routes through the Library to provide New College members with reader seats and study space that conform with social distancing.  There is no longer a requirement to book your seat in advance of coming to the Library—we have removed our ‘Stay & Study’ booking system arrangements, as we return towards more normal opening.  You simply turn up at the Library and find yourself a seat. 

    Study spaces: Available 8 am till 10 pm

    • Break Passes

    Seats are currently still limited in the Library, to accord with social distancing measures, so we provide ‘Break Passes’ in the Library.  If you are stepping away from your desk for more than a few minutes, then you should use a Break Pass, otherwise your belongings may be moved to make way for another reader.  All you need to do is to write in the start time of your break, then leave the Break Pass on the desk.  Busing a Break Pass will allow you to step away from your desk for up to 45 minutes.  If you have not returned within 45 minutes of the start of your break, belongings will be removed from the desk to make way for another reader.



    To facilitate remote studying during the pandemic, we also provide:

    Requests may be placed 24/7.

    You are welcome to contact the Library if you need any assistance or advice.