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Life in Oxford
St Giles Fair is held on the Monday and Tuesday following the first Sunday after St Giles Day (1 September) to celebrate the feast of the patron saint.
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Life in Oxford

Studying will play a vital part in your life as an Oxford student but you will also find an enormous amount to do in Oxford in your spare time. Oxford is the youngest city in England and Wales and has two universities: Oxford University and Oxford Brookes. 35% of people who live here are aged 15-29 and 27% (40,000 of a total population of 150,000) are university students.

If you ever feel like a change of scene, the bus to London takes around 90 mins and runs 24 hours a day. There are now two railway stations: the central Oxford station and the recently opened Oxford Parkway.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral and the colleges. In the city centre you will find lots of shops, cafés, restaurants, theatres, cinemas, pubs and clubs. There are plenty of green spaces too: riverside walks, England’s oldest botanic garden, the University Parks and college gardens.

Use this section to find out about accommodation in Oxford, and also to explore the opportunities for student sport, drama and music, and all the other clubs and societies.

Living in OxforfdMeeting fellow students in the Front Quad.

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