Oxford is famous as one of the oldest university cities in the world and the college buildings create a unique atmosphere. But Oxford is not only a centre of study; it is also a beautiful city of parks, open spaces and rivers, all of which you can enjoy during your stay here.
Two rivers meet in Oxford, the Cherwell and the Thames, which means that you can go boating or punting (which could be part of our extensive social programme) or just walk along the riverbank.
But Oxford is more than colleges and parks; there are plenty of theatres, and great shopping facilities, including a fantastic Victorian Covered Market.
If you want to go out with your friends, you will find a huge choice of restaurants and pubs for all ages and tastes. In short, there's something for everyone!
As any bustling cosmopolitan city, Oxford offers a wide range of cultural events all year round in its 5 theatres, 5 cinemas, 6 museums and several music venues.
During the year there are a number of festivals, such as: the May Day celebrations, Eights Week (Oxford University boat races), Oxford Balloon fiesta, Encaenia, Cowley Road Carnival, St Giles Fair, Bonfire Night and Christmas Lights. You might be lucky enough to be here when there is something special happening - but actually, every day is special in Oxford!
If you're feeling energetic, you can walk to the top of South Park to see the famous view of the Oxford spires.