University of Oxford

Night life

How would you rate your university towns night life?
Night life
7.2 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"There are a huge number of pubs in Oxford, many with a great history. The colleges all have bars that are generally affordable and there are several night clubs."
"There are pubs everywhere and about six clubs that are all prominent on different nights. As this is not just a university city, there are also many young people who live in the town and enjoy the nightlife."
"There are a lot of pubs (you will never run out) and a decent number of clubs but on a relatively small scale. There are always extra activities going on."
"The clubs, bars and hangout spots are somewhat limited when compared to other university towns. The recently opened Westgate shopping centre has brought some new options, including a new cocktail bar that's worth a visit or two."
"There are hundreds of pubs, ranging from Spoons to posh and historical places, and a good selection of clubs. One downside is that the drinks can be quite expensive, as can everything else in the city."
"It's not the biggest clubbing scene but there are plenty of bars and regular club nights mean that you can develop a pattern and go with lots of people you know. There are many, many pubs as well as crazy golf at the shopping centre and other great activities."
"There are lots of great, old-fashioned pubs that all have a strange story about something someone famous once did there. They're great places for fun but can be very expensive so going out isn't always affordable."
"There's a great selection of pubs and clubs to suit anyone. Central pubs have lots of character (though they are quite expensive) and there are some great cocktail bars a bit further out. There are student nights on Wednesday and Thursday and Oxford attracts a lot of talented DJs, which I really like."


"There are many pubs if you want a more chilled night of drinking, but some can be quite expensive like Turf. There are a handful of clubs as well, the cheese floor of Park End being the greatest thing in existence. And if you're not down for alcohol, there's a board game cafe, Thirsty Meeples, which is also good."
"There are clubs or pubs. Also, inside university-owned spaces, parties and events are often hosted by student societies. There are a number of interesting museums and galleries and plenty of societies which give the opportunity to get a flavour of a broad variety of extracurricular activities. There are also decent sports facilities, as well as parks and green areas. Everyone should find something for themselves."
"There are quite a few clubs, there are also lots of cafes and some activities to do. For example: ice skating or Thirsty Meeples (a board game café)."
"There are a good-ish number of bars, pubs and clubs that are popular among students, including an LGBTQ venue and a jazz club. However, Oxford isn't a big city and so it's not surprising that people are not always impressed with the night life. Still, when you're with your friends, a night out in Oxford is always fun. It's also nice to go to the theatre or go see a concert, and you do have options."
"There are pubs, lovely parks, tons of free museums, the old buildings themselves are beautiful to wander round. There is an ice rink, which is super fun, and punting. Lots of clubs and societies, but lots of working in libraries."
"There is a plethora of wonderful cocktail bars, all with their own unique characters and atmospheres. Freud's (a deconsecrated church) is particularly fun, hosting events such as Gin and Phonics several times a term. If clubbing is your thing then there is no lack of clubs, with favourites including Lava Ignite (Park End) on a Wednesday night and the infamous 'cheese floor' with all the guilty pleasures from your music library. The Ashmolean night-time events are something that shouldn't be missed and are always incredibly popular. There is also a fantastic theatre scene with budding actors and theatre technicians making the most of the freedom of shaping their own shows (alongside their degrees) before entering into that same world professionally."
"There are excellent shopping areas and restaurants both in the centre and suburbs. There's a cinema. There are a lot of pubs and nightclubs. There's an ice rink, but it's quite a way out."
"Lots of tourist attractions. Punting, bars/pubs/clubs, lots of green areas to play sports, lots of places to go walking etc."
"I like it because there's not just clubs, but good alternative nights like comedy plays and ceilidhs."
"The nightlife here is thriving. There are a multitude of pubs and clubs, and getting back after a night out is easy since nothing is far from your accommodation. Some places can be expensive, and the night life suffers from all the normal issues of any other night life around the country. But I've never felt unsafe, which for me is one of the most important things."

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