You’ll fall in love with the honey-coloured architecture found throughout this pedestrian-friendly city, with many colleges opening their doors to the public – make sure you pay a visit to Christchurch college, for many the most architecturally accomplished. Cornmarket plays host to the usual array of high street shops, following through to the Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum. Here, you’ll enjoy both the inside and the outside of this mammoth building housing a vast collection of art and interesting artefacts.
You might fancy a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, and frankly, we wouldn’t blame you – Oxford offers much for the nature-lover in terms of close-by greenery and relaxation. Be sure to make a stop to Henley-on-Thames: famous for its regatta and chilled drinks in a typically British setting. Thanks to a bustling student population and relaxed locals, Oxford has many a traditional pub to its name, but our personal favourite has by and large got to be the Eagle and Child. Once the favourite to the literati, you can enjoy a pint or two thinking back on the likes of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. Eateries are dispelled across the town, with many offering competitive meal deals, in romantic settings. Alternatively, there are the typical restaurant chains to pick from, if you fancy something a little less lovey-dovey.
In terms of clubs, there can only be one place to head to: The Turtle. Known to the entire student population, this little venue plays host to most of Oxford’s alternative nights. Being so close to London (less than an hour away by train) means that residing here gives you the best of both worlds: you aren’t too far from the capital to enjoy its art, culture and music events, yet you don’t have to deal with its sky-high housing prices or busy lifestyle. Oxford offers a compact, pretty and youth-friendly alternative!