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Keeping Safe in Oxford

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Life as a student is exciting, and you’re going to have lots of opportunities to go out and have a good time while you’re here. Oxford is an incredibly safe city and full of friendly faces. We want you to make the most of your time here and to feel super supported. If something happens and you feel unsafe, we want you to know that there are many support networks that are here to help. 

At Pembroke, we students believe that student safety and wellbeing is paramount, and so we ensure we have trained peer supporters and Welfare Reps who are here to talk about ANYTHING. Please do get in touch - they're here for YOU. Our LGBTQ+ Rep and Gender Equalities Rep are similarly trained and can advise you of Pembroke's safeguarding protocols and policies..

Please find below some further resources you may find useful. 

Sexual Violence Support

If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, violence, or assault, there is support for you in college, and you are welcome to access it at any time. This document contains a full list of contact details for members of staff or JCR members whom you can speak to for help. 

Safe Lodge Scheme

The ‘Safe Lodge’ Scheme is a university-wide initiative that Pembroke is proud to be part of – it allows students to go in and ask another College Lodge for a phone call back to their college (to a welfare dean or junior welfare dean), and then a taxi will be called for you. 


OxWarnings is a Facebook group where people can post about any uncomfortable interactions they’ve had in Oxford. This is not meant to scare anyone, Oxford  is a lovely (and safe!) place to live, but it is always useful to know where to be more alert and who to be wary of.

Follow this link to join:


If someone is injured in college and needs fairly urgent medical attention, alert the porters lodge immediately. They will be able to call and pay for a taxi to take the student to A&E. If the issue is less serious, the porters may encourage you to call 111 for medical advice. Of course, for true medical emergencies, call 999 and ask for an ambulance in the usual manner. 

  • Woman’s Aid:  0808 2000247

  • Victim Support: 0845 3030900

  • Oxford Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre: “women committed to supporting survivors of sexual abuse, rape, domestic abuse, and harassment. Free and confidential service to women and girls who are dealing with the effects of sexual violence"

       Call 01865 726295 or visit

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