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Oxford is a lively city full of students. 

It is a great place to live and explore, and offers an abundance of things to see and do.

I had been to Oxford on a day trip with my family when I was 16 and completely fell in love with the city. The stunning beauty of the old buildings and the sense of history made me realise this would be the most inspiring place to study.



Oxford is packed with cultural life. Whatever you are interested in, there’s a good chance you’ll find ways to enjoy it. If film and theatre are your thing, Oxford has several theatres and a wide range of cinemas. If music is where your interests lie, Oxford has famous classical music venues, as well as more contemporary venues. Oxford residents are also spoilt for choice when it comes to food. As well as all the usual suspects in the town centre, there are plenty of hidden gems just outside. The area around the Cowley Road in East Oxford (near to lots of student housing) hosts cuisine from all around the world. There is also a lively market held in Gloucester Green that offers a wide range of global street food.

Students shopping for records


Two rivers run through Oxford, both passing through lovely parkland in the city centre providing scenic walks or runs as well as the chance to be on water. A little further out and you can lose yourself in woodland. Oxford’s Botanic Gardens (the UK’s oldest botanic garden) is also free to all University students and has a wealth of exotic and wonderful plants to discover.

Students practicing yoga in a park


Oxford is one of the best-known student cities in the world. It is fairly small and compact, easily explored on foot or by bike or bus. Importantly, it is also well-known as a safe city. The city offers diverse, safe and enjoyable nights out, with something different for everyone. 

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Oxford has no central University campus, but its colleges make up most of the city centre. Whilst some colleges are slightly further out, they are all within easy distance of the main University buildings. You will be offered college accommodation for your first year, and most colleges offer accommodation for further years. Some offer this for the duration of your degree. If you choose to ‘live out’, Oxford has a large selection of privately-rented houses and flats available.

Three students walking through college in autumn

Make the most of your time in Oxford - there is so much to do in this city and the years you spend here will be some of the best in your life.


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A group of friends having a picnic
A group of friends having a picnic
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