University of Oxford
Location of university
Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.9 / 10
(based on ratings in 2016)
"The university is easy to get to by car and bus (park and ride). The train station is also within walking distance of most colleges. Being a city, most facilities in Oxford are self contained and either a walk or short cycle away. Many colleges have their own gym and recreational facilities."
"The Oxford campus itself is very big, spanning across the whole town. Buses make it easy to travel around although Oxford is also a cycling town which means its easy to bike to where you need to go as well. Student accommodation varies by college but the facilities, such as the gym, are available to everyone (though a bit far away)."
"Living in Oxford is lovely, as there's always something new to do and see. There are museums and lots of music as well as beautiful buildings. There is also a large variety of shops in the centre of town, easily accessible by bus, where you can get almost anything and meet up with friends for lunch/dinner/coffee. There's also the Iffley gym, which is good, and the student accommodation, although sometimes small and expensive when living out, is good."
"The facilities are very good and are always being improved. The student accommodation is excellent and allows a spacious room with an en-suite and very close proximity to my department. The city is vibrant and always has varied events going on so no day is boring."
"We're in a good location near both London and the countryside. There's a diverse range of colleges in terms of architectural style, size and atmosphere. We have a range of good library facilities including 24/7 college libraries. There are also good college bars and accommodation varies by price and quality (but is generally of a good standard). There are lots of cafés, restaurants, shops, museums, galleries and pubs to visit in town during the day."
"Being extremely central makes for convenient living. There's an abundance of library facilities within walking distance. The accommodation varies as some rooms are excellent while others could do with some refurbishment. We're surrounded by a whole host of things to do during the day including museums, cafes, shops, cinemas, restaurants, bars, clubs and parks etc."
"Oxford is near London, which is convenient. The faculties, libraries and colleges are spread throughout the town and it's feasible to get between them within 10 minutes with a bike. The only negative thing about some academic facilities is the lack of air conditioning. Otherwise the wide range of libraries and working spaces you can choose from accommodates everyone. One negative thing is that the sports centre is quite far away."
"Oxford is a great city and a great location for a university. I didn't find it so big that I got lost in it, but it was big enough that I didn't get claustrophobic and feel like I was in a complete bubble. The facilities here are great, though obviously it depends on your department and college. The student accommodation was pretty good too, though some of the older listed buildings could do with better heating and insulation. There is a lot to do in the day as there are many tourist attractions, shops, restaurants, museums and theatrical performances etc."
"Mansfield College is near the town centre but far enough away to be quiet. All the facilities are within the small college and there are lots of places to hang out in college and in town."
"I live in a college in the centre of Oxford, I couldn't ask for a better location as the college is beautiful with great libraries and internet access. There's a new building under construction to replace the old second-year accommodation."
"The location of the university is perfect. The buildings are stunningly beautiful on the whole, and the libraries are probably the best in the entire country. However, the sports facilities are a little too small for so many students and college sports grounds are rather dated."
"As every college's accommodation is different, it varies I suppose! The annoying thing with living in college owned accommodation, is having to move around when they want you to over the holidays, because many generate a hefty amount of income from people staying during conference periods. The city is great, a nice in-between size (although people travelling from a larger city may find it a bit small). The students union isn't great, but each college is like its own mini student union so you don't really notice. And obviously, it's all really beautiful. You get the joy of walking past tourists to go and work in the beautiful buildings they're taking pictures of."
"The university is spread throughout the centre of Oxford, among beautiful old libraries and lovely cafes. The student accommodation is down to the individual colleges rather than the university, so they can vary quite a bit. When applying, it is worth visiting the colleges first and making an informed decision. I studied at Lady Margaret Hall, which has some of the best accommodation in Oxford, overlooking their huge gardens. They also provide accommodation for all three years, which is uncommon among the more central colleges."
"Located in Oxford city. Brilliant library facilities and good sports facilities, although these are slightly out of town (30 min walk from some colleges). Good accommodation, which is being regularly improved. Occasionally you might have to live out and find your own accommodation, which can be expensive."
"Location of most colleges is really central and the library facilities are great. Student accommodation is pretty good, but a bit hit and miss dependent on college attended and first year exam results. Most could be improved by having more cooking facilities. The gym could be a lot better but the pool is nice. Astroturf is really hard to book because there is only one pitch for the whole university, so often have to travel 40 minutes to use school pitches for college hockey matches."
"Oxford. Comprised of several different colleges among which the standard of facilities varies greatly depending on the wealth of the college. Newer colleges, or older ones with more funds, have better facilities. For example, some colleges have multiple (new) gyms, while others have none at all. Additionally, at some colleges, students can be provided accommodation that is heavily subsidised for all the years of their course. Whereas other colleges' accommodation is more expensive and can only be provided for two years. The departments are very well looked after, particularly the sciences in which heavy influence is placed on research."
"Oxford is a beautiful city and there are always lots of interesting things going on. I like how the university is spread across the city. The library facilities are amazing. The student accommodation on offer is good, but it really depends on which college you attend."
"Oxford is a stunning city filled with culture, diversity, and lots of things to do. Oxford University is unlike any other university I have ever experienced. I feel very fortunate to gain such a unique educational experience as an international student. The facilities are somewhat outdated, but that is to be expected with such an old establishment. The college grounds are beautiful and the faculty is very friendly."
"Very close to London, which is handy for some internships. The university is integrated with the city, which is small and town-like but bigger than Cambridge! Facilities are generally good but vary for each college, generally you get better accommodation as you progress through your degree. There are many (beautiful and ancient) libraries with free access to almost all of them. Usually a departmental and college library too. The WiFi is often oversubscribed but there are great online resources. You can get loads of help for many issues and there's usually free opt-in membership to the gym through college (but the swimming pool may be restricted)."
"Oxford has good facilities and shops. Student accommodation varies widely but is generally decent. The colleges are all very pretty."