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Study in Oxford

Honey-coloured colleges, quaint pubs galore, and idyllic waterways – welcome to the best-known student city in the world!


For a quintessentially Oxford experience, jump in a boat and drift downstream.

City life – first year student at University of Oxford

'Everything you need in Oxford is a short walk away, and you can always invest in a bike if preferable. If you do need to travel further afield, bus prices are relatively average, and you can sign up for an oxford key which can be cheaper in the long run.'

Dreaming spires

The city's famous stunning, academic architecture has inspired poets for centuries.

Nightlife – first year student at University of Oxford, 2017

'Firstly have pre-drinks in the college bar, perhaps move on to a local pub, before going either to Bridge or Park End Clubs, and then finishing with the all-important kebab.'


Home to 38 colleges and one of the oldest university's in the world.

Student life in Oxford

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Browse independent stalls at Oxford Covered market
Friday feeling
For four bars and three dance floors — head to Atik
Sunday chilling
Coffee, cake, and board games galore at Thirsty Meeples.
When family visit
Explore 1000 years of history at Oxford Castle and prison.
Catch up with mates
British ale and Italian pizza at The White Rabbit.
Feeling cultural
Go on a walking tour of Oxford

Museum of Natural History

The museum was founded in 1860, and has a huge array of exhibits.

Nightlife – first year student at University of Oxford, 2017

'Formal dinner in halls first which is a good excuse to dress up and have a nice meal for a cheap price, then evening in the college bar, then out to a club such as purple turtle.'

Covered market

Find local crafts, food, and drink at the covered market, a good day out in any weather.

Second year student at University of Oxford, 2017

'Cowley Road is good for people who like to go out. I prefer to stay in and study, and I found out that the area around Headington is great. It's quite far from the city centre so the prices are not ba and there are a lot of nice shops. It is very quiet and ideal to the calmer people.'

River cruise

Explore the city from a different viewpoint – take a cruise up the River Thames.

third year student at University of Oxford, 2017

'Lots of people live out in second-year and I can really recommend Cowley and Iffley road. The food is cheaper and there's more choice, the whole area's a bit livelier and more interesting, and the houses aren't too bad (though living in Oxford is going to be expensive wherever you are).'

Modern art

The city is home to Modern Art Oxford with its gallery spaces, exhibitions, and cafe.

Living in Oxford

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips.

Local transport*
  • £16.00
  • Smartzone
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Headington
  • Cowley Road
  • Iffley Road
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Oxford is a small city – save money on transport by cycling.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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