Student community warden

Our Student Community Wardens encourage positive relationships between students and residents living in the community.

We have two Student Community Warden teams, each with a team leader: Cowley Road North and Cowley Road South. The teams take it in turns to cover the Gipsy Lane Estate area.

The wardens are proactive and help students and residents by:

  • helping students living off-campus to settle into their private rented accommodation,
  • offering advice on how to be considerate neighbours (including managing rubbish and recycling),
  • addressing concerns raised by local residents,
  • addressing issues such as noise, anti-social behaviour, car parking and litter,
  • helping to resolve disputes between students and permanent residents.

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Community engagement schemes

Students in the 'help for good' campaign
Volunteers litter picking
Students with a member of Oxford community

House Champion Scheme

A joint initiative involving Oxford City Council, Thames Valley Police and Oxford University Students’ Union.

Each year the Student Community Wardens enlist Oxford Brookes University and Oxford University students to act as ‘champions’ for their household. House champions act as the first point of contact to receive regular communications from each of the partners.

The scheme has been running since the academic year 2014/15.

‘Pack for Good’ Campaign

A joint initiative run by the British Heart Foundation, Oxford City Council and Oxford Brookes University. The Student Community Wardens encourage students to donate their unwanted goods to charity before they move out of their accommodation at the end of the academic year.


OxClean is run by the Oxford Civic Society in partnership with Oxford City Council to help keep Oxford clean and tidy. The Student Community Wardens join in with several litter picks around East Oxford, Harcourt Hill and Headington one weekend every spring.

Litter Picks

The Student Community Wardens regularly carry out litter picks in East Oxford and the streets surrounding Headington campus. For many years they have helped clean up South Park the day after the annual Bonfire Night celebrations.

Shhh... Communication

The Shhh leaflets gives advice to students on keeping the noise down within their properties as well as when they are returning from a night out. The Student Community Wardens deliver the Shhh… leaflets to student houses and engage in conversations with both students and residents addressing any noise concerns.

‘Halls to Home’ Campaign

Towards the end of the academic year, Student Community Wardens visit students living in Halls and give advice on:

  • how to settle into private rented accommodation in the community
  • how to be a responsible neighbour.

Residents’ Association Meetings and Community Events

The Student Community Wardens take a proactive role at the Residents’ Associations meetings. They also participate in many community events such as No Mince Pies, Headington Festival and Cowley Road Carnival.