The city of Oxford in the United Kingdom is an excellent mix of top quality academic education, international environment and lively student life. Studying in Oxford gives you the perfect opportunity to find some of the best English-taught academic programmes worldwide. You will meet people from all over the world and you will get your undergraduate or graduate degree from some of the best universities in the world. Oxford is a city in the South East region of Great Britain, in the county of Oxfordshire. Historically, Oxford was an important port on the River Thames and now hosts a population of over 150,000 inhabitants. The student community in Oxford counts over 30,000 people.
Graduates of Oxford study programmes have great career prospects on the international job market. Universities in Oxford also collaborate or receive requests from multinational companies that recruit qualified students.
Oxford has a broad and diverse economy base, with its largest industries including motor manufacturing, education, bioscience and publishing, as well as a large number of information technology and science-based businesses. Some major employers in Oxford are: BMW, Unipart Group, Sophos, Asda, Sainsburys, Tesco, M&S, Isis Innovation or Oxford University Press.
There is something for everyone when it comes to free time, entertainment and leisure activities in Oxford. This is the place where a great deal of movies were shot, including Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland or Saving Private Ryan. Moreover, Oxford is located at the heart of the country and less than 90 minutes away from London, Birmingham or the Thames Valley.
You should take the opportunity to take a cycling or a sightseeing bus tour across Oxford, which will teach you a great deal about the city’s history and the beautiful architecture.
Oxford is riddled with many different museums of natural history, science, books and world history, as well as with beautiful gardens and memorable buildings. Famous places to visit in Oxford include: Blenheim Palace, Broughton Castle, Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens, the Soliders of Oxfordshire Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, the Covered Market, Waddesdon Manor, Christ Church Meadow, University of Oxford or Magdalen College.
Don’t miss concerts with free entry for students and many open airs cultural events for free, in the summer. George Street is one of Oxford's vivid nightlife area, with a mix of restaurants, pubs, clubs, late night bars, cinemas and theatres.
Oxford has a young and ethnically diverse population, due to its high number of international and exchange students. Statistics show that over 28% of Oxford's residents had been born outside the UK. The large number of students coming from abroad, as well as the annul influx of tourist visiting Oxford, add up to the cosmopolitan character of the city. You will get the chance to talk to people coming from different cultures than your own and broaden your cultural horizons while also building a global future professional network.
In common with most of southern England, the weather in Oxford is generally cloudy and wet. Summers are usually mild to warm, reaching average temperatures of 16 °C (61°F). July is the hottest month (average temperature of 20°C (60°F), while October is the wettest. Winters in Oxford are mild, the coldest month being January with an average temperature of around 3.5°C (38°F).
All colleges provide rooms for their undergraduate students during term-time for the first year. These will cost you between 460-600 GBP/month (including utilities).
If you choose to rent a house with your fellow students, it will take you to 400-500 GBP/month. Living with a host family in Oxford cost you around 700GPB/month.
Students in Oxford report relatively high accommodation prices, but cheaper living costs. You will need an average monthly budget of 800-900 GBP, to include accommodation, transport, travel, food and going out. However, the living expenses vary significantly depending on your lifestyle.
You will need around 200-250 GBP/month for food expenses, while for public transport with students discount you will pay 100 GBP per semester.
Oxford is a collegiate university, consisting of the central University and colleges. The central University is composed of academic departments and research centres, administrative departments, libraries and museums. The 38 colleges are self-governing and financially independent institutions, which are related to the central University in a federal system. There are also six permanent private halls, which were founded by different Christian denominations and which still retain their Christian character.