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Oxford City Guide

Population: 150,000
Language Spoken: English
Currency Used: £ Sterling
Emergency Contact Number: 999
Country Calling Code: 0044
Time Zone: GMT
Student Population: 20,000

Oxford is situated in central southern England, approximately 50 miles north-west of London. The city has a population of 150,000, and is one of the most prestigious academic cities in the world! The University of Oxford is the oldest English-speaking university in existence, with evidence of 'teaching' stretching back to the 11th century. The city is the setting for the famous fictional detective, 'Inspector Morse', which is a highly acclaimed BritishTV production, first broadcast in the 1980's and 90's.

As Oxford Airport is very small, international students will have better options flying into either Heathrow Airport (LHR) or Gatwick Airport (LGW). Both airports welcome daily domestic, European and International flights, with regular bus services connecting both airports with the centre of Oxford. If you are travelling as a small group, you may also consider booking one of the local taxi companies. If you are connecting with Oxford by bus or train, Gloucester Green Coach Station and Oxford train station are located in the city centre. Numerous buses and trains run to and from London and Birmingham.

Public transport in Oxford and the surrounding area consists of a fairly extensive bus network. The main providers are Stagecoach and the Oxford Bus Company. If you have luggage, shopping or are returning home late at night, we recommend calling one of the local taxi companies. The city is very cycle-friendly, with many cycle lanes provided. Most students walk or cycle. 

For short term accommodation, use one of the city's quality hostels. For longer term student accommodation, check out our dedicated section for student accommodation in Oxford.

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Oxford is one of the most visited cities in England and has plenty to see and do. The city has a number of interesting museums including, the Oxford Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and the Pitt Rivers Museum. Enjoy a musical performance at the Holywell Music Room or the Sheldonian Theatre, and we highly recommend visiting one of Oxford University's 39 colleges! If you are a sports fan, there is 'League Two' football at the Kassam Stadium, and for the more energetic, soak up the city's atmosphere with a run or a cycle through the streets or along Oxford Canal. We highly recommend taking the Oxford Bus Tour to see and enjoy the whole city.

Oxford offers great shopping. Some of the main shopping streets include High Street, St Clements and Cowley Road. These are all located in the city centre and offer a mixture of high street chains, department stores and independent shops. Shopping malls located in the city centre include the Westgate Shopping Centre and the Clarendon Centre. Oxford is also home to The Covered Market, which is a diverse collection of independent boutiques, traders and food stalls. The market is over 200 years old and is well worth a visit.

Oxford is home to several universities and colleges. These include, the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University. For information on studying at any of these, please visit the university section of the website. 

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