Rules and Advice

Rules and Advice

The University’s Security Services team keeps order in University Parks and enforces the Parks' rules. Security Services can be contacted on +44 (0) 1865 2 72944 or on +44 (0) 1865 2 89999 in an emergency. Alternatively, there is an emergency telephone at the South Lodge in a grey box next to the front door. After picking up the handset, press 4 to speak directly with the Security team.

It is essential that all visitors understand and adhere to our guidelines and ensure that they leave University Parks by closing time.

The Parks’ rules help to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff. The most critical of these are detailed below, however any inappropriate behaviour, including misuse or damage to University property, will be referred to the University’s Security Services team.

Please consider your personal safety and the safety of others at all times

Please note that all Oxford University Security Officers and University Parks staff have the authority to cycle through University Parks to enable them to carry out their duties.


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BBQs are not permitted in the Parks, except as part of an event where they are supplied and operated by professionals. This prohibition includes portable and disposable BBQs - we do not have the facilities for these to be disposed of properly, so please do not bring them.
no climbing

No tree climbing


Recreational drone flying is prohibited

no cycling

No cycle or cycling

no vehicles

No vehicles without permission

no swimming

No swimming, jumping or diving into the river or pond

No laser tag, paintball, activities involving imitation or replica weaponry or other equipment that might be considered threatening to others.
dogs on lead

Keep dogs under control and deposit dog waste in the bins provided

deposit litter

Deposit litter in the bins provided














Risk of falling branches
Some pathways have uneven surfaces
The river and pond have water of variable depth
Some plants and seeds are irritants, and some are poisonous


Always protect University Parks and its natural environment

Any behaviour which causes, or threatens to cause, damage to University property or the Parks’ environment is strictly prohibited. Please be aware of the following:

  • The public is not allowed to remove wild animals, plants, flowers or seeds
  • Fishing in the waters adjoining the Parks is by permit only (contact:
  • Sale of goods within the Parks, or at the entrances to the Parks, is by permit only (email requests to or write to Administration Officer, University Parks, South Lodge, South Parks Road, OX1 3RF)
  • Sports pitches must not be used for unauthorised games. Areas for informal games are marked by white posts
  • Sound amplification systems are not permitted in the Parks

Contact us

+44 (0) 1865 2 82040