Living in Oxford will be one of your most exciting, rewarding and unforgettable experiences. Framed in its historic architecture and charismatic beauty, the vibrant culture and cosmopolitan lifestyle of ‘the City of Dreaming Spires’ offer something for everyone.

 
Oxford has educated some of the most renowned leaders for over 800 years, including Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Christopher Wren, Oscar Wilde, Ivy Williams (the first woman to be called to the Bar in England) and Lord Bingham of Cornhill to name but a few.

Oxford gives students the opportunity to work with some of the most highly regarded minds in their field. Alongside these great personalities, the University is also home to many of the great centres of knowledge including the famous Bodleian Library, the Museum of Natural History, the Ashmolean Museum and the Oxford Colleges.

One of the great advantages of studying at the University of Oxford is that the Colleges make up a large part of the city centre. And if it’s the vibrant and cosmopolitan side you want, then Oxford’s entertainment scene will be right on your doorstep. From local festivals to museums, theatres, bars, clubs and restaurants you will never run out of new experiences. Food lovers can sample the international cuisine at a broad range of eateries, from the popular Indian restaurants on the Cowley Road to the brasseries of Jericho. If music is your passion, Oxford is host to a large and thriving community of musicians, offering jazz and classical concerts at the Sheldonian Theatre and live band gigs at the Jericho Tavern and the O2 Academy on the Cowley Road. There is no shortage of nightlife here!

The University and the Colleges offer students the chance to join various societies, from snowboarding and aikido to journalism and medieval music. The most famous of these is the Oxford Union, a prestigious debating society, which over the years has attracted speakers from Lord Randolph Churchill to Malcolm X, from Yasser Arafat to the Dalai Lama. If you prefer the more relaxed approach then why not experience some of the City’s centuries-old pleasures including punting on the waterways, picnicking in the parks, powering down the river in a rowing boat or hearing the choristers sing from Magdalen Tower on May morning at dawn. There really is something for everyone.

Oxford is just an hour from London by train which makes it easy for students to enjoy the capital, and for recruiters and speakers to come to Oxford on a regular basis.