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The City of Oxford

As one of the world's great student cities, Oxford is a great place to live and study as it is big enough to offer something for people of all interests, yet small enough to feel welcoming and accessible. Oxford is located in the heart of England. Oxford is a beautiful city with a rich cultural history and is situated about 50 miles from London.

Oxford is famous for its architecture, museums, rowing, punting and scenic riverside walks. The city is also bursting with restaurants, cafés, theaters, cinemas and shops, and even boast of having its very own covered market that was established in 1774.

As there are 30,000 students from all over the world in Oxford, the city has a vibrant, youthful and cosmopolitan atmosphere. There are plenty of bars, pubs and nightclubs throughout the city and Oxford's main multicultural area, Cowley Road, is a popular destination for students as the area is full of exciting places to eat and drink and you can find somewhere to suit all budgets.

London is only one hour away by train and there are also cheap, frequent buses to and from the capital, and Heathrow and Gatwick airports, which run 24 hours a day.

Fast Facts: Oxford

  • Oxford is in the south of England.
  • Oxford has approximately 150,000 residents, 30,000 of which are students.
  • 9.3 million tourists visit the City of Oxford each year.
  • Oxford has over 1,500 buildings nationally recognized for their cultural and historical significance.
  • In 1683, Oxford's Ashmolean Museum was the first museum in the world to be opened to the public.
  • The Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford hosts one of the world's best anthropological collections.
  • Like most of the southern part of England, Oxford enjoys a fairly temperate climate, with some of the best weather in the United Kingdom.

Weather of Oxford

The weather in Oxford can be fairly changeable. Temperatures can rise up to 28 degrees Celsius (83ºF) in the summer and may go down to -3 degrees Celsius (26ºF) in the winter. The warmest time of the year is between June and August, the coldest between November and February.

At any time of year grey clouds and rain can be followed by sunshine and blue skies, sometimes all in the same day.

During the summer it is often warm enough for shorts and t-shirts but throughout the winter students will need a warm coat, gloves, a hat and scarf. It is usually cold and rainy from November to February and snow is not uncommon.