Campus Life

Thank you for your commitment this semester to making Emory a healthy and vibrant community in spite of the unprecedented challenges we’ve faced. We continue to look forward to the time when we can all be together on the Atlanta and Oxford campuses. (Updated March 2, 2021.)

Check our site regularly as we will continue to feature Oxford-specific updates and details as soon as that information becomes available.


Residence Hall Visitation 

Students who live on campus (residential students) are permitted to have up to two residential students in their individual student room. Residential students are also permitted to visit other residence halls at the Oxford campus. Students will need to follow any common area occupancy limits and seating arrangements, physical distancing, and wear face coverings at all times. Visitors can only be current Oxford residential students. At this time, Emory University is discouraging any indoor gathering of any kind.

Commuter students (students not living in on-campus housing but approved for in-person classes) may only visit academic buildings.

Important Dates

January 22-24Friday–SundayResidence halls open for students approved for move-in. Students must select a COVID-19 testing and move-in date/time. Please see testing info below or contact with questions.
January 25Monday
Classes begin
May 13-15Thursday - Saturday

Residence halls close for the spring 2021 semester at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, for all non-graduating students.

Residence halls close for the spring 2021 semester at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, for all graduating students. 

View Our Revised Spring Housing Calendar

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Please ask the Residential Education and Services (RES) staff:


Like many other aspects of campus life at Emory, the COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated changes to our dining program. In reimagining our dining program in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we use the principles of safety, accessibility, quality, variety, and community to guide our conversations and decisions.

Safety and Sanitation

As part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxford Dining is implementing a wide variety of new measures to ensure the highest standards of safety and sanitation.

  • The Emory community standard of physical distancing will always be required in campus dining facilities; highly visible signage will be in place to help with compliance.
  • Students will be required to sanitize hands before entering any campus dining location; additional touch-free hand sanitizer stations will be in place throughout all dining facilities.
  • Face coverings will always be required when not eating.
  • Dining locations will be take-out only; dining room seating will be limited or eliminated with queuing and occupancy based on Emory guidelines for physical distancing. Look out for new outdoor seating and shading throughout campus as an ideal place to enjoy a meal in addition to your residence hall room.
  • To provide ample time for deep sanitization between meal periods, dining locations will have modified hours of service.
  • Self-serve stations have been eliminated. All food will be either grab-and-go or served by trained, uniformed staff wearing personal protective equipment and following strict safety guidelines.
  • All vending machines on campus will now accept Dooley Dollars.
  • All Oxford dining locations are now cashless. Dooley Dollars, Eagle Dollars, credit, or debit cards may be used.

What to Expect

You should generally expect streamlined menus and points of service, some changes to operational hours, and take out service. Halal, made without gluten, vegan, and vegetarian options will continue to be offered at each meal and dining menus will continue to be peanut, tree nut, and shellfish-free.

  • When students moved into their residence halls this spring, they each received a blue reusable dining bag to use for collecting their meals. Bringing this bag, or any bag, reduces waste and helps us uphold the Emory/Oxford commitment to sustainability.
  • Oxford Dining Hall – Physically distanced single-line flow with additional stations added for spring. Open stations include the classics station with vegan alternative, deli, soups/hot cereals, pizza, the grill, pre-packaged salads for a quick grab n’ go, and the expanded served salad bar.
  • Jackson Family Kitchen – New hours and an updated retail menu that includes things like chicken fingers or fried chicken sandwiches, and pasta bowls. There will also be daily smoothie or milkshake specials.
  • The dining hall’s Late-Night Express program, offered 7 days a week, ensures that students have access to a hot meal even after the dining hall closes. Students go to between 8:30-10:30 p.m., click on Late Night Orders, make a selection, then go to the dining hall to pick up their food.
  • And, watch for pop-up dining specials and events throughout the semester offering additional meal options

New Meal Plan Options

Meal plans were updated at the start of fall 2020 with the goal of simplifying offerings while continuing to provide flexibility with Dooley Dollars.

  • All students residing at Oxford College are required to participate in a dining plan and may choose to participate in either Dining Plan A1 or A2 for their fall and spring semesters. Students who did not select a meal plan by August 1 were automatically enrolled in plan A1.
  • Oxford plans B and C are an option for commuters ONLY. Students living off-campus may elect any one of the four plans offered.
  • Students may add additional Dooley Dollars to their meal plan at any time during the semester via the MyHousing portal.
    • Dooley Dollars can be used at any dining location or to purchase drinks or snacks at one of the vending machines across campus. A cold food vending machine, offering ready to eat sandwiches, salads, fruit, and more, is available at the Student Center.




Oxford – A1

21 Meals per week + $125 Dooley Dollars


Oxford – A2

15 Meals per week + $150 Dooley Dollars





Oxford – B

10 Meals per week + $200 Dooley Dollars


Oxford – C

50 meals per semester + 100 Dooley Dollars


Meal Exchange Locations

Jackson Family Kitchen will continue to offer a meal swipe option for breakfast and lunch, in addition to accepting Dooley and Eagle Dollars.

Students can use meal swipes at Oxpresso for breakfast until 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. In addition, meal swipes can be used for lunch at JFK from 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

We have removed the time limit between meal swipes to allow students to more easily customize their meals each week.

Meal counts reset on Saturday morning each week.


Mental health and counseling support

The Office of Counseling and Career Services continues to provide a range of programs and services. Another excellent resource that we encourage you to take advantage of is Emory Anytime Student Health, which offers scheduled counseling services as well as a 24/7 TalkNow service for students who just need someone to talk to in the moment.

Visit Emory Anytime Student Health



Oxford Grocery Shuttles – Kroger at Newton Plaza

  • There will be shuttle service to the Kroger grocery store at Newton Plaza running each week of the spring semester. 
  • Shuttles will run Monday and Tuesday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., departing every 30 minutes. They will run Thursday and Friday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., departing approximately every 15 minutes. All shuttles will depart from the Oxford Transportation HUB.
  • The service allows up to 7 students per trip.
  • Seats must be reserved in advance in both directions.

To reserve a seat

  • Go to, sign in, and follow the prompts.
  • Select the day and time you want to ride. Make sure you select a return time, so you have a ride back.
  • All seats are first come, first served.

To board shuttles

  • A face mask must be worn at all times.
  • Check in with the driver.
    • Have your Emory Card available as the driver will need to confirm your reservation.
    • If you did not reserve a seat in advance and a seat is available, you will be instructed to log on and reserve the available seat prior to boarding the bus. If no seats are available, you can reserve a seat at the next available shuttle time.
  • Reservations are limited to 50% capacity to ensure that physical distancing can be maintained.
  • Seats are marked with either a green "available" or red "unavailable" sign. Please sit in seats marked with the green stickers.

Spring 2021 Oxford Airport Shuttles

Shuttle dates/times for shuttles going to the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in May are available.

You will need to sign in with your Emory NetID. There is a $20 cost per seat charged to your OPUS account. If you have questions, please email

To reserve a seat go to

  • Sign in and follow the prompts.
  • Select the day and time you want to ride.
    • The Atlanta Airport is very large, whether you are arriving or departing, it will take some time to make your way through the terminal. 
    • Give yourself ample time.  
    • The designated pick up and drop off location is on the Northside of the main terminal lower level at N2 lower leve
    • A stairway and escalator to use are located at Door N2
    • An elevator is available between doors N5 and N6

Alternative Transportation Options

  • Bike Oxford Membership
    • Free student membership. Check out a bike at the outdoor basketball courts at the Center for Healthful Living.
  • Access to Enterprise Rental Vehicles
    • Emory University has an under-aged driver requirement waiver on file with Enterprise which allows students under the age of 21 to rent vehicles. Use of these vehicles will be at your own expense. Enterprise has discontinued its CarShare program.
    • You must apply for driver certification through Oxford College. Please contact us at for more information.
    • Oxford will not have vehicles available for faculty, staff, or students to drive for free. However, faculty, staff, or students who complete the Emory driver certification process will still be able to rent vehicles from Enterprise at their own expense. 
  • Access to Medical-Related Transportation

Mobile Food Orders (Grub Hub, Jimmy John's, Pizza, etc.)

  • When you order groceries or fast food online, please provide the driver with the directions below guiding them to the designated parking space for your residence hall.
  • Provide a phone number to call you when they arrive. You will need to meet them outside to pick up your items. Drivers will not be allowed to enter the residence halls.
    • Murdy and Elizer Halls – Delivery drivers should enter campus on Moore St. Make a right onto Haygood Ave. and look for the 20-minute parking spaces on right.
    • Fleming Residence Hall – Delivery drivers should enter the campus on Pierce St. Turn left onto Haygood Ave. and then take the 2nd entrance on your left into Fleming parking lot. A 20-minute parking space is located straight ahead.
    • Haygood Residence Hall – Delivery drivers should enter the campus on Pierce St. Proceed straight through the two stop signs; Follow the curve on to Wesley St. and make the left into the Haygood parking lot. A 20-minute parking space is located on the left.
    • JRC (Stone, Bonnell, Dickey, Dowman) Residence Hall – Delivery drivers should enter the campus on Pierce St. Go through the intersection at Haygood/Whatcoat/Pierce; Look for the 20-minute parking space on the right before you get to Asbury St. 

Center for Healthful Living

The CHL has updated hours for the spring semester:

Outdoor Spaces
Monday to Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: 3:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Indoor Spaces
Monday to Friday: 3:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed 

Outdoor Facilities Available

  • outdoor basketball half court (3, 1-on-1 play, plus a sub)
  • soccer field (groups under 10)
  • tennis courts (2 per court, singles play)
  • disc golf five-hole course north of the Dean’s Residence, three blocks from campus 

You can continue to check out some of our recreation equipment, including bikes, basketballs, discs, at the CHL.

Make a Reservation

To use these facilities, you will need to make a reservation for a time slot on the CHL booking page. Book an appointment online. Indoor reservations are limited to 60 minutes, with 30 minutes between each slot to allow time for cleaning.

Remember that the Community Compact is still in place. Verification of a negative COVID-19 test will be required before using indoor facilities.

Bike Oxford

Free student membership. Check out a bike at the outdoor basketball courts at the CHL.


Emory plans to resume varsity athletics practice during the spring semester. Please visit the Emory Oxford Athletics site for more information.

Virtual Fitness and Sports

The CHL will offer virtual group fitness classes and eSports this spring starting the week of February 15.

Club and Intramural Sports

There will be limited programming of club or intramural sports activities during the spring semester. We will offer virtual programming beginning in February.


Doing Your Part

It's up to all of us to do what we can to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campuses. Every Emory student, faculty member, and staff member has a role to play in adhering to community guidelines and helping others do so as well. This is important so we can all stay healthy and remain on campus this spring.

As a student who will be on campus, you have an important role in following safety measures in the classroom, in residence halls, and in communal spaces, including outdoors. You will need to commit to the Student Community Compact and follow expected behavioral guidelines.


Read the Student Community Compact to be sure you understand the behavior expected of you and all students who return to campus this fall.

couple walking on quad wearing masks

Take Part in the Community Effort


You have an important role in the success of our return to campus plan, which begins with you agreeing to follow all expectations in the Emory Community Compact. ​In addition, as community members we all must take responsibility for supporting each other in following expectations of the compact. If you encounter another student who appears to not be following expectations, it is your responsibility to address their behavior by reminding them of the compact and asking if you can be helpful to them in following the expectations.  


The Emory Compact Response Team (ECRT) is comprised of staff and faculty volunteers who will guide our community members in understanding the Community Compact and work to keep Emory safe. Please use the ECRT Referral Form to report concerns associated with the Emory Community Compact for all Emory students.

Follow Behavioral Expectations 

Emory has put in place a community accountability model that outlines required health and safety guidelines and the steps needed to assist us all in having a safe and healthy community. Most incidents of nonadherence to the Community Compact will not result in a disciplinary record. Rather, they will be handled quickly using a community accountability model in which appointed Emory representatives, along with every member of the community—including you—address compact violations when they occur. 

  1. Community Engagement: It will take all of us to help with keeping our community members safe. If you are seen not following the campus safety guidelines, for example, not wearing a ​face covering or not physically distancing, then a ​peer, proctor, faculty, or staff member will ​remind you of the Emory Community Compact expectations and if needed assist with identifying a location to obtain a face covering and other personal protective equipment (PPE) on campus. 
  2. Community Response: Referrals related to nonadherence of the Emory Community Compact will be reviewed and resolved by the Emory Compact Response Team (ECRT).
  3. Student Conduct: Serious, pervasive, and/or repeated violations of the Emory Community Compact will be grounds for a disciplinary review and will be resolved by the applicable Student Conduct authority of your college or school.

Consequences: Possible outcomes for not adhering to the Emory Community Compact include referral to university resource for education, loss of privileges to research activities, campus facilities, on-campus residential living, or in-person class instruction. Incidents addressed within the Student Conduct process for severe incidents can lead to suspension or expulsion. 


Please use the Emory Compact Response Team referral form to report concerns associated with the Emory Community Compact.

Learn the necessary responsibilities in the event of COVID-19 symptoms or exposure.

Find the policies guiding our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Enjoy Your Safe Return to Campus

We can do this. We can still enjoy social interactions, just in a careful manner, with an understanding that the safety of our community and our ability to remain on campus through the semester lies with all of us.