Personal Security

Oxford is generally a very safe city and all our programmes take place in secure, supervised premises. The college entrances are supervised round-the-clock by college “porters” and usually CCTV cameras.

All the college offices have a valuables safe where students can store their passports, personal documents and other personal belongings.

All students under 18 years of age must ‘check in’ regularly during the day, for example at 8:00 am for roll-call, next with their teachers at morning classes, next in the afternoon for activities, next at dinner and finally in the evening before curfew (which will depend on age group).

Although Oxford is a very accepting and safe city, we advise students to adhere to the following:

  • Use a secure bag for your money and bank cards;
  • Leave your valuables in a secure place (preferably a College safe);
  • Avoid travelling alone at night.


Each campus has its own 24 hour emergency telephone number. This number can be used by a student needing to contact a member of staff or for family trying to contact a student. In the case of an emergency it is vitally important that we have the right contact details for students and their families, so please ensure that all contact information you give us upon registration is correct and up to date.

Illness and Medication

Our college nurses are available to the students in the mornings and can provide students with basic medications such as paracetamol or throat lozenges.

If a student requires to visit the doctor, it will come with an extra cost. Students who are not resident in the UK for more than 6 months are not eligible for National Health Service (NHS) treatment. Students are required to have full travel insurance which will cover any medical fees that they incur whilst in Oxford.

Students must indicate if they are regularly taking medication or have any medical conditions when they make their application.

Keeping in Touch

There is a telephone line in each college that students are resident in and an emergency phone where staff can be contacted 24 hours a day. These numbers will be provided before the student arrives in Oxford. The head office number is +44 (0) 845 130 60 21. Students can call home using their mobile phone or pay-phones in college. Pre-paid international phone cards are also available. Please note that whilst mobiles are allowed on the programme, they are not permitted in the classroom.

Email addresses of each college will also be provided for parents before the summer school begins.

If students wish to receive mail during their stay in Oxford, the mailing address is (Student’s Name), Oxford Royale Academy, St Catherine’s College, Manor Road, Oxford, OX1 3UJ, United Kingdom.


While travelling, students should carry a small amount of British pounds with them to cover routine travelling costs such as food and water.

Once in England, please note that the 50 GBP note is not widely accepted in shops in the UK.

Oxford has a large number of ATMs, and counsellors will be able to show students where these are located. These usually charge commission on cards from abroad.


Up-to-date weather reports can be found by visiting Oxford Weather. Please note that England is famous for variable weather, even in July and August, and a range of clothes should be packed.

Clothing and Kit-List

You will be sent a kit list in your welcome pack that will explain exactly what you should bring. Please take a careful note of the requirement for smart clothes at events such as graduation on the students’ final evening with us.


Washing machines and tumble dryers are available. Counsellors will be on hand to show students how to use these.

Bed Linen and Towels

Each college room has bed linen provided, but towels are not provided as standard. Students are asked to bring their own towels to the campus.

Further Information

Students will also receive more practical information in the “Summer Course Information” document included in the welcome pack sent to them prior to their course commencing.

If you would like to consult with one of our Registrations Team members before making a booking, we would be delighted to hear from you. +44 (0) 845 130 60 21