Latest Service Updates

This is Wolfson's page for keeping you up-to-date with the latest about our facilities, providing you with information on what facilities are open or closed. It will be updated as often as there is any significant change.

For more information about safe practice and measures taken around the College, please visit our Wolfson and Covid-19 page here.

Hall is open for lunch and dinner

  • Lunch is available 12pm - 2pm (Monday - Friday) and brunch on Saturday 9.30am - 11.30am.
  • Dinner is available 6pm - 7.30pm (Monday - Friday).
  • Please feel free to sit down and eat, as the Perspex shields are effective in reducing spread. 
  • Please maintain two metre social distance at all times: be careful to respect the two-metre gap signs and keep appropriate social distance from staff. 

The Upper and Lower Common Rooms have been closed until further notice. We have postponed the reopening of the College café, though the space itself remains open.

Groceries for residents in isolation
Those who are self-isolating or in quarantine can purchase groceries from our wholesaler through the College's Catering Office. 

  • Complete the Grocery Order Form and email it to groceries@wolfson.ox.ac.uk by 9am Monday to Friday
  • Be sure to put your room number on the order, so we can deliver to you.
  • Your orders should be ready for next day collection in Hall (during the lunch service). Orders placed on Friday will be available on Monday. 
  • Orders are charged to your top-up account — please make sure you have topped up before placing the order.
  • If your top-up funds are insufficient, your order will be cancelled, and you will need to resubmit your order the following day.

Food for residents in isolation
Those who are self-isolating or in quarantine can order meals.  We deliver at lunch time. Click here to book this service through the Gateway.

  • Order by 9am on the day you require the food (Monday - Saturday).
  • We will deliver it to your room (staff will knock and leave your food outside).
  • Given our limited staff numbers, please use this service only if you are self-isolating or in quarantine.
  • We aim to meet dietary requirements as much as possible, however options are limited.

Breakfast pack

Delivered at lunchtime for use next day.

Tea, coffee, sugar, UHT milk, 1 fruit, 1 small juice carton, 2 cereal bars (or similar)

£2.50 for students.  

£5.00 for all others.

Hot lunch

One main hot dish
Two hot side dishes
One piece of fruit

£3.50 for students.  

£7.00 for all others.

Ready meal

A microwaveable meal, 

or salad.

£2.00 for students.

£4.00 for all others.

The Library is now open. To ensure the safety of our members, please read our specific measures detailed here.

The safety of our nursery children, staff and parents is a top priority. We have therefore fully assessed the risks of opening the College nursery in the new COVID-19 era, and are determined to do all that we can to make the environment as safe as possible. Click here to read more about the reopening of the nursery.

The minibus service will resume from 1 October, however, it will need to operate differently to ensure Covid safety. From a Covid point of view, it is safer to walk or cycle than to put yourself in the confined space of the minibus. We would therefore encourage everyone who is able to do so, to walk or cycle, rather than to use the minibus. 

We recognise that some may not be able to walk or cycle and we therefore want to make the minibus service available for those who have a genuine need. The minibus will only be able to take four passengers at any one time, and oth passengers and drivers will need to wear face covers at all times. Hand sanitiser is available in the minibus and all passengers will be asked to sanitise on entry.

The Gym is open again to residents. Users of the gym must abide by the procedures and rules put in place as per of our COVID-19 control measures: 

Gym booking
We have now introduced a booking system and you may:

  • Book 1 hour slots via the Lodge (email, phone, visit) with the first available at 07:00 and the last at 22:00.
  • Book a maximum of 2 slots per day and not back 2 back. 
  • Collect an access fob from Lodge ready for the start of your session (and this must be returned immediately after).

Gym opening times
The gym will be open between 07:00 and 23:00 and will close between 08:00 and 09:00 each morning to allow for sanitising of the area by the Home Bursary Team.

Hand sanitising
All users are asked to ensure that hands are washed and/or sanitised before, after and regularly durnig their visit to the gym.

Social distancing
All users are asked to ensure that a 2m distance is maintained at all times whilst using the Gym facilities.

Workout boxes
All users are asked to ensure that a 2m distance is maintained at all times whilst using the Gym facilities. 

Face covering
Currently face coverings are optional. Users are welcome to wear them but are not being asked to as the exertion caused during exercise may hinder some individual's breathing.

Ventilation
All users are asked to ensure that windows and the main door are open whilst they are in the Gym.

Cleaning
Users are asked to clean down the surfaces of benches, cardio equipment, weights, and dumbbels after they have used them. 

Personal sweat towels
These are not permitted within the Gym and users are asked to use the paper hand towels provided.

The government has now permitted limited and controlled use of some sports facilities. Read more about safe use of sports facilities.

Wolfson's IT Team has cancelled the IT Surgeries until further notice and will be dealing with most issues remotely.

Housekeeping emails and requests are not currently being monitored so please contact the Lodge at lodge.reception@wolfson.ox.ac.uk if your request is urgent. 

Rubbish disposal
For those who are self-isolating with symptoms, we are able to provide a waste collection service by following the procedures below: 

  • Please notify the Home Bursar: home.bursar@wolfson.ox.ac.uk. 
  • Waste should be double bagged. 
  • Bags should be labelled "Rubbish-Symptoms" and placed outside your room from 9.00am the following day after you have sent a housekeeping request. Monday to Friday only.
  • As we are extremely short staff we can only provide this service for people who are genuinely showing symptoms so please only request this service if absolutely necessary.

Cleaning materials
As many of you have requested to clean your own rooms, and we are short of staff, we have taken the decision to ask you to clean your own rooms so we can focus on cleaning the communal areas. Cleaning materials, including hoovers (which we can confirm are safe to use) will be left out for use. Please can we ask that you wipe down all equipment before and after use.

We were content for the College Cellar Bar to reopen on 6 October 2020 as planned. The government encourages Colleges to have their own bars open, to provide a social space onsite. The Bar Committee have worked hard on preparing scrupulously for reopening. But in case numbers keep rising, and local restrictions are imposed, this may need to be looked at again.