Where to live
Where to go out
Where to shop
at dreaming spires? Lazy days punting? Strolling down cobbled
streets? You can do all three in Oxford, but there's more to the
city than these romantic ideals.
Oxford is a place of contrasts and contradictions,
which makes for a fantastic place to live.
For every person I know who's hated living in the place another
50 have said the Oxford years were the best in their lives.
At its best Oxford is broad-minded, lively and fun. It's also
increasingly geared towards students with new bars and clubs opening
up all the time.
have a good time in Oxford but it will cost you!
If you're coming from the north of England you're in for a nasty
shock, because rental prices are not far off London rates.
In your first year your best off taking
advantage of your University's accommodation. Not only does it
mean you'll meet lots of people but it also usually works out
For Ox Uni students this means living in digs within your college
while Brookes freshers can take advantage of newish accommodation
at Cheney Hall and Morrell Hall.
Chances are you'll love living in either - but book up as soon
as you can, as there are only so many rooms to go round.
If the prospect of such cosy living doesn't
appeal then there are parts of Oxford that are affordable but
still in the thick of it.
In East Oxford a number of streets off Cowley Road
are popular (East Avenue, Princes Street and Divinity Road to
name but three). Expect to pay between £220-300 per month
for a single room.
Headington is slightly more expensive (£275-£330pm)
but very convenient for Brookes while if you're on a tight budget
then look out for rooms in Greater Leys, Rose Hill and
Littlemore (around £240pm).
If you've got money to burn then try Jericho (£250-£450pm)
. It's got some of the best restaurants and bars and is handily-placed
near town for Ox Uni students.
The best place to find
a room to rent is on the Daily
Info website*. It is updated all the time by both landlords
are good nights to be had but Oxford's nightlife is not its strong
For the experienced clubber there's a definite lack of variety
and enthusiastic boozers won't find anywhere to buy a drink beyond
Over the past couple of years there have been signs of improvement,
with Oxford Brookes pioneering the way forward.
Their Wednesday night Playground
nights are a great laugh and Pleasuredome
on Friday is equally good value for money. Morals Bar is the place
to be on Saturday.
In town the main club is Park End,
which has cheap drink offers during the week. Also look out for
The Studio, Clementines, DTMs and The Bridge. You
can find out more in our clubbing guide.
Live music fans will enjoy The Zodiac on
the Cowley Road, which is also a decent clubbing venue. More
on this in the music guide.
Oxford also has its fair share of theatres
catering for student, amateur and professional performances. Check
out the stage guide for more info.
you fancy splashing out on a good meal Oxford has plenty to offer
with culinary delights from all over the world.
Get more details in the eating
it comes to buying new clothes Oxford has an uncharacteristically
bland selection of outlets.
In the city centre you'll find most of the chainstores (Gap,
French Connection and River Island are in the Clarendon
Centre, off Queen Street) but there are precious few alternative
The best bet is Cult Clothing, in Gloucester Green, which
has decent skate, surf and street gear albeit rather expensive.
Canny shoppers may prefer the Cult discount store in Friars
Entry where excellent bargains can often be found.
Away from the city centre there's another shopping complex (John
Allen Centre) at Between Towns Road which has bargain-stuffed
If you've got a car then visit Bicester Village, which
is ten miles up the A34. Here you'll find designer clothes at
knockdown prices (albeit in some rather odd sizes).
You can also get there by taking the Stagecoach Number 27 bus
from the city centre.
Food-wise, Oxford has a good spread of supermarkets in the city
centre (Waitrose, Sainsbury's) and outer areas.
Brookes students - it's worth befriending a car-owner because
the walk up Headington Hill from the Cowley Road Tescos is strenuous
with shopping bags!
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