Nearly all students who live in rental units within the Mile Square (except those with more than four rental units per building) will be visited on August 27th (2pm - 5pm) or 28th (4pm - 6:30pm) during the 15th Annual Walkabout - a program that brings together campus and community volunteers to welcome students to the Oxford neighborhood. During each brief visit, volunteers will speak with students about general living topics, including Oxford ordinances, parking and safety, as well as broader tips for being a good neighbor and community member. Each unit reached by volunteers will receive chocolate chip cookies.

Why do we need Walkabout? 

College towns have dealt with challenging student behavior for decades. Walkabout is based on the premise that interacting with students on their own doorstep makes them more aware of the broader Oxford community and makes a positive impact on behavior.


There are several time slots to volunteer on Sunday, August 27 from 2:00pm to 5pm and Monday, August 28 from 4:00pm to 6:30pm.

If you are able to participate, please fill out the Walkabout Volunteer registration form by Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers will visit 20-30 units over about 1-2 hours. You'll have a brief conversation with the students you reach about the Oxford community - city ordinances, local services, and community expectations of responsible and respectful behavior. We'll provide the information and talking points!

How many volunteers / who are you looking for? 

We need about 100 volunteers. We welcome people of all ages, including community members, faculty, staff, and students. Children and pets are always nice additions to teams. The greater the diversity of participants, the better we represent the full community.