Oxford itself is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Known as the "city of dreaming spires", it is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English speaking world. It is a cosmopolitan university town and this is reflected in the shops, restaurants and entertainment sector. There is a young & culturally diverse population in this lively student city and concerts, music festivals, river races and fairs taking place throughout the year here. There is a good variety of free time activities ranging from great museums, opportunities to play sports to vibrant nightlife.
With cheap travel links and less than one hour travel by train, students can enjoy all that Oxford, the capital city has to offer. With it’s mid-England location, you have easier access to northern English cities like Manchester & Liverpool, as well as a great countryside for hiking & visiting quaint English villages. Oxford is a green, safe & comfortable city with an easy going lifestyle. Getting about by bicycle is also extremely popular in Oxford. There are many designated cycle paths & drivers are well experienced in being aware of bikes on the roads. It is often much easier, cheaper & quicker to travel by bicycle. The following temperatures are typical for the Oxford area:
- Winter 2º - 10º C
- Spring 5º - 22º C
- Summer 12º – 24º C
- Autumn 3º- 14º C
Oxford boasts many museums and art galleries. Most of the museums and art galleries in Oxford are attached to the university and are free to enter. These include the Ashmolean Museum. Thirty-nine colleges form the University of Oxford, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in the world. Many of the college buildings are architecturally stunning, and create the unique atmosphere that makes Oxford special. During your stay you might visit University College, Balliol, and Merton which are the oldest (established between 1249 and 1264) and Magdalen College which is one of the most beautiful colleges in Oxford.
- Oxford Vs Cambridge Boat Race - March/April
- Town and Gown Fun Run - May
- Royal Ascot - June
- Cowley Rd Carnival - July
- St Giles Funfair - September
- Outdoor ice skating at Oxford Castle - December