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Oxford Guide For Students

The university city of Oxford is a student home town at heart. The city is a haven for scholars from all over the world, so you’re sure to meet new and exciting people from different countries and cultures – a great way to widen your horizons and learn new things. Gothic architecture adds an old magic to the streets, and makes going for a walk much more interesting than you’d expect! The city even acted as a set to some of the scenes from the Harry Potter films, and is also home to the real Alice in Wonderland; yes, she was a real person! In fact, you can check out the little shop she used to visit, as illustrated in Through the Looking Glass, right in Oxford’s city centre.

There’s never a shortage of fun to be had in Oxford – in fact, it’s a great place to experience something a little different and really make your time at university memorable. For those interested in history, or just need some inspiration for a piece of coursework, book yourself onto the Oxford Castle Unlocked tour and discover the conspiracies and executions that went on there. Make Halloween  extra spooky and go along on Bill Spectre’s Oxford Ghost Trail to discover the real spirit(s) of Oxford. Or, if you have a very special occasion to commemorate, do so in style with a hot air balloon ride at the Oxford Balloon Company’s site and experience the city from new heights, but do save your pennies for this one!

A capital of culture if ever there was one, Oxford injects new life into the world of entertainment, making for choice in abundance of unique things to do. There are theatres galore catering to the eclectic crowds with a variety of performances ranging from contemporary to the classical. Art lovers will adore Oxford’s array of studios and larger galleries, and history buffs will revel in the selection of the most enjoyable museums outside of London. Oxford isn’t too far from Stonehenge, either!

There’s no excuse for not staying active in Oxford, as the city has multiple leisure centres with superb facilities and great swimming pools, plus beautiful parks to go for a stroll around or just chill out in after lectures. For a little adventure (and, let’s face it, a few bruises) take your mates for some Paintballing fun at Hot Shots, or for something a little less violent but equally as exhilarating check out one of Oxford’s Go Karting centres and see  if you can beat your friends around the track!

Oxford’s shopping scene is unrivalled when it comes to which city has the most unique stores on offer. You will of course find all your favourite high street stores - located in the city centre, mostly on Queen Street – but the number of incredible boutiques and cosy family-owned shops may be enough to sway you away from the regulars. It’s a chance to really express yourself and transform your wardrobe as character and individuality are big in Oxford. City centre shopping is a medley of surprises and you’ll have fun exploring the cute little side streets filled with fashionable shops and relaxing coffee houses. Being a true scholar’s city, Oxford offers a wealth of antique and second-hand bookstores for those hard to find titles alongside high street chains, so there’s variety to suit everyone’s needs.

There’s always a vibrant buzz in the air when night falls, as Oxford’s clubbing scene easily rivals that of other big cities and won’t leave you itching to go elsewhere. Key places include The Glee Club, a distinctively awesome venue putting on the best in stand-up comedy on a regular basis – bring your NUS cards for a cool discount! The Bridge is a spot you’ll probably find yourself at; this club definitely lives up to its self-acclaimed reputation as the number one nightclub. They throw renowned student parties most nights of the week whilst maintaining standards through a stylish interior and a great layout covering two floors. The Cellar is one of Oxford’s hottest venues for live music and affordable student nights blasting out a huge mix of tunes – from gothic to dub-step – and shining the spotlight on up-and-coming bands, even throwing in the odd comedy night. Another hot spot is Escape, especially on the weekends when they open up their three floors and make the drinks seriously cheap. If that isn’t enough for you, then jump on a train and find yourself in the UK’s capital in 45 minutes flat!

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