*Updated 12 April 2021*

Coronavirus restrictions remain in place across the country. From Monday 12 April there will be further relaxing of the restrictions as part of the government’s four-stage roadmap offering a route back to a more normal life.

This means some college facilities will be permitted to re-open from Monday 12 April. Please observe all safety protocols and guidelines.

Main site gardens

The college main site garden are open for college members and their visitors (this includes friends, advisors or family). We ask that you collect visitors from the front gate and stay with your guests at all times. Toilets for visitors are located in the Admin Building. Visitors should not use any other indoor area such as accommodation areas or other staff buildings. Please be mindful of residents living, working and studying on main site. Many students will be revising and taking exams in their rooms over the next couple of months, so please keep this in mind when socialising outside.

Visitors/Guests are currently not permitted in private gardens at off-site shared accommodation locations – such as Rewley Abbey Court, St Margaret’s Road and Lord Napier House. More to follow on when this can be relaxed.

Rule of Six

The rule of six returns, this allows six people from six different households to meet outside. (not indoors). As college is a working environment, the rule of 2 households meeting will not apply on college grounds. Please stick to one household group or six maximum from different households.


The college has erected two open-sided marquees, one on the main lawn and one on Lankester Quad next to the Stables Bar. Small groups can use these marquees to meet and eat lunch/dinner that has been collected from the Dining Room. The marquees are for the community to use in groups of six people or one household. Please observe all notices and use the cleaning materials to sanitise any areas you have used.

How to book marquee space

The main marquee will be reserved for dining space at the following times:

  • Lunch (from Monday 12 April), Monday to Friday, 12:00-14:00
  • Dinner (from Tuesday 20 April), Tuesday and Thursday, 18:30-20:00
  • Bar evenings (from Friday 30 April), Friday and Saturday, 19:00-21:00

When the main marquee is not reserved or being used for GCR events, you are welcome to use it as a meeting place for groups of six people or one household until 21:00. A sign outside the marquee will advise when it is available. Further information on booking the main marquee is available here. The smaller marquee is not a bookable space and can be used on an ad-hoc basis.

Everyone using the marquees should adhere to two-metre social distancing restrictions and be mindful that other students are studying and taking exams nearby, so please keep noise to a minimum.

Sports facilities

The gym

The college gym is now open. Please ensure you read the safety protocols and book a time slot here. Only five users permitted in the gym at any one time and two-metre social distancing must be adhered to at all times. Please wipe down and clean all equipment before and after use. Please keep the windows open at all times.

Tennis courts

The tennis courts are now open. College members may bring non-college members in to use the tennis court facilities but please remember to sign your visitors into college on arrival. Please follow all safety information and book a court here.

Squash court

The squash court is now open. Please read the safety information and book a time slot here.


The boathouse at Longbridges is now open for rowing. Contact jolet.mimpen@ndorms.ox.ac.uk, Captain of the Green Templeton College Boat Club, if you would like further information on joining. All members must follow the safety guidelines and rules for returning to the river.


The college punt is now available to book. The cost is £30 for 2 hours. This is much cheaper than booking a non-GTC punt directly with the Cherwell Boathouse, which is normally £40 for 2 hours. Book the college punt to use on the river Cherwell. More details on Cherwell Boathouse punting. But remember to book the punt via the college’s intranet to take advantage of the reduced price. Six people maximum are allowed in a punt and larger groups should not gather on the riverside until restrictions permit. Fingers crossed for lovely weather over the next few months, so GTC members can take advantage of this great Oxford tradition.

University sports

All Green Templeton students are entitled to use the university’s Iffley Road swimming pool, running track and gym free of charge. The college pays an annual subscription to cover these costs for students. Fitness classes and racquet spots are pay-as-you-go for all members. Pre-book using the Oxford University Sports App. If you aren’t currently a member of Iffley Road, you can sign up via the Sports App and email reception@sport.ox.ac.uk to link your free college membership to your account. College and university staff can join at a discounted rate.

Study and Social Spaces

Library and Lecture Theatre 

The Library is open. Study spaces are available in the Library from Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 21:30. This will rely on the diligent booking of desk spaces and the collection of an access fob from the Lodge. The Lecture Theatre study spaces will be available to book from Monday 19 April. Please book a space in advance of your visit.

From Monday 26 April, the Library and Lecture Theatre will be open overnight. Please book a space in advance of your visit. The booking system relies on everyone leaving on time at the end of their booked session so that study spaces are vacant for the students who are booked in next. Please make sure that you comply with this and take all of your belongings with you. The only exception is if you book consecutive daytime and evening spaces – you can stay at your desk without leaving in between sessions.

The Skype Room and IT Suite will also be available overnight from Monday 26 April. Again, please book a space in advance.

Click and Collect will be available for books in the Library as well as Scan and Deliver of chapters/sections of books in the Library (within copyright restrictions).

Requests for additions to the collections are still welcome and new books could be ordered and sent directly to students (within the UK). The Library team, Kirsty and Richard, will continue to be available to provide literature search assistance and answer enquiries. More information. If using study spaces in college, please keep windows open where possible for maximum ventilation.

Bookable social spaces in college

Social/common room spaces will now be limited to one household booking per week, this includes all room bookings to enable more households the opportunity to book indoor social spaces. Therefore, please only book a social space once per week for your household to be fair to all our students.

The three communal spaces can be booked by one household per day from 09:00-21:30. (If you cannot make your time slot, please cancel so others can make use of the slot.)

Common Room
Stables Bar

The Rotunda

The Rotunda (music room) is now open for two users maximum at a time. Please ensure you read the safety information and book a time slot here. All users must maintain two-metre social distancing and wipe down equipment before and after use.

Fellows’ Room – 1st Floor of the Observatory

This room is closed until further notice.

Judith Folk Templeton Room

This room is closed to Fellows until further notice.

Meeting Rooms

For the latest information see the meeting room intranet page.