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The campuses

Kings Oxford consists of two main campuses – St. Michaels in the city centre and St. Josephs in the vibrant student area of Cowley, just 20 minutes from central Oxford by bus. St. Michael’s is where the majority of English programmes take place, whilst the Academic programmes are taught at St. Josephs.

We also have an annexe building with five extra classrooms in Alfred Sreet, also located in the heart of the city.

Accommodation

In Oxford, there are a range of accommodation options available, including a brand new student residence. Which options are open to you may depend on your age, and the length of your studies, but all are within easy reach of the campuses.

For full details go to the Kings Oxford accommodation page.

Facilities at St. Michaels

  • 10 light and spacious classrooms
  • Interactive white boards in all classrooms
  • Computer Learning Centre equipped with iPads
  • Stylish student lounge area
  • “Hot spot” computer access
  • Free wireless internet

Alfred Street Annexe

  • 5 large, bright classrooms
  • Double size lecture room
  • Interactive whiteboards in every classroom 
  • Student lounge area
  • Free wireless internet


Facilities at St. Josephs

  • Large, well-equipped classrooms
  • 2 Computer Learning Centres
  • Self-access Study Centre
  • Library
  • Art studio
  • Science labs
  • Large cafeteria
  • Patio area for outside dining
  • Free wireless internet

Enjoying Oxford

Oxford is one of England’s most famous, historic and attractive cities. Its world-renowned university puts students at the centre of Oxford life, which makes it a fantastic place to live and learn as an international student.

See how you could be spending your time in Oxford in this section of our site.

Eating out

There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in Oxford. You can eat out cheaply or can go for a more expensive meal if you feel like it!

Food from Asia, China, India, Italy, France, England and many more countries is all widely available.

There are also lots of supermarkets which specialise in food from all over the world, so you can stick to what you know or try something new. It's up to you

For information about eating and drinking in Oxford have a look at the websites:

Oxford Restaurant Guide

Ox Nosh

Sports

Local fitness centre and swimming pool

There is a great fitness centre and swimming pool located just around the corner from St. Josephs campus, and within easy reach of St. Michaels too.

Temple Cowley Pool and Fitness Centre

Also within easy reach of St. Joesphs campus is the upmarket David Lloyd leisure centre, offering a huge range of facilities including a gym, tennis courts and a swimming pool.

Oxford University Sport also has a host of great sports facilities for public use, which are accessible from both campuses. It is at this athlectics track where Roger Bannister set his record for the 4-minute mile!

Full details of all public swimming pools and other sports facilities in the Oxford area can be found at the Oxford City Council website.

Sports clubs

Oxford has a huge number of sports clubs that you can join, and it can be a great way to make friends and practise your English. We will give you individual guidance on facilities and clubs which can cater for sports you might be interested in,whether it's gym/fitness, martial arts, rowing, team sports or a range of other things.

Details of current clubs can also be found on the Oxford City Guide website.

Local sports teams

If you like watching sport as much as you like doing it, Oxford has several teams who train locally. Take a look at the following websites to find out more.

Culture and entertainment

There is so much to do in and around Oxford. Here are a few ideas about how you might keep busy and entertained in your free time.

Bowling at Oxford United stadium

Bowlplex

Range of actives at Kassam stadium including bowling, arcade and even a 12 screen cinema just minutes ride from the college.

Become your favourite F1 star at Oxford's own Go-Karting track.

Karting Oxford

Rileys pool and snooker club

Choose from snooker, American or English pool, darts or just chill in the bar.  All Kings students are welcome.

Win your fortune at the dog racing

Oxford Dog Racing Stadium

Visit Oxford University's world famous colleges

  • Magdalen College (deer park and where C.S. Lewis taught)
  • Christ Church (where the Harry Potter films were shot)

World-class museums

Ashmolean museum

Opened in 1683 with a vast and fascinating collection, including Einstein’s black board.

Museum of Natural History

Come face to face with dinosaurs and all manner of insects

Pitt Rivers Museum

Prepare to be amazed by the weird and wonderful collection with everything from a totem pole to shrunken heads.

Cinemas

Traditional old English pubs

Famous Oxford literary pubs include:

  • White Horse (52 Broad Street), which appears in several Inspector Morse TV episodes
  • Eagle and Child (49 St Giles), famous haunt of J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis, amongst others.

Ice-skating

Try dancing and ice-skating at the same time at the Monday night ice skating disco!

Shopping at our local luxury shopping outlet centre

Bicester village, a designer outlet only 20 minutes by train or by local bus every 10 minutes from Oxford, including shops such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.

Bodleian library

The world’s second largest library containing more than 11 million books.  Also used as a set for the Harry Potter films.

Punting on the river

Head for Magdalen Bridge on the River Cherwell or Folly Bridge on the Thames, where punts can be hired for a lazy time drifting on the water, and perhaps having a picnic.

Listen to live music from classical to rock

Classical music in Oxford

Oxford gig guide

Oxford Towers

Look down upon the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ from several Church towers.

Botanic gardens

Oxford Botanic Gardens and Arboretum

  • The gardens dates back to 1621 when it was established as a physic garden for the cultivation and study of medicinal plants.
  • The gardens have 7000 specimens and include famous spots such as Tolkien's Tree, on which he based the character Treebard.

Transport

There is excellent public transport in and around Oxford.

City buses

Oxford Bus Company

Coach service to London

Oxford Tube

Trains

National rail enquiries

Air

Heathrow airport is the nearest major international airport to Oxford, about 45 minutes by car or coach.

Luton airportGatwick airport and Stansted airport are also all within easy reach.

Taxis

You should always use a licensed taxi. There are hundreds in Oxford.

Student Services can give you the numbers of reliable licensed taxis.

Medical care

When you arrive at Kings Oxford, you should register with a local doctor, especially if you are studying for a long time.

We can help you do this.

Here is a map showing some of the doctors surgeries near the college.

If you feel ill at any time during your stay at Kings Oxford, you should first tell a member of staff or your host family. We will be able to help you to see your doctor if needed.

Above all, you should make sure you have full Kings medical insurance during your time in the UK.

 

Key dates

Please find below details about public holidays for all students and term dates for academic students.

Public holidays for all students

In 2014 the College will be closed on the following dates:

Friday 18th April (Good Friday)
Monday 21st April (Easter Monday)
Monday 5th May (Early May Bank Holiday)
Monday 26th May (Spring Bank Holiday)
Monday 25th August (Summer Bank Holiday)
Thursday 25th December (Christmas)
Friday 26th December (Boxing Day)

Term dates for academic programmes

The following dates are for students enrolled on academic programmes at Kings Oxford.

2013-14

Autumn term: 16/09/2013 to 13/12/2013 (13 weeks)
Christmas holiday: 14/12/2013 to 05/01/2014
Spring term: 06/01/2014 to 21/03/2014 (11 weeks). In the week beginning 17th March, internal exams for all academic students.
Spring holiday: 22/03/2014 to 06/04/2014
Summer term: 07/04/2014 to 13/06/2014 (10 weeks)
Easter holiday: 18/04/2014 to 21/04/2014
Summer long weekend: 14/06/2014 to 17/06/2014
Midsummer term: 18/06/2014 to 01/08/2014 (7 weeks)
Holiday: 02/08/2014 to 14/09/2014 (6 weeks)

For term dates for 2014-15 go to the Academic term dates page.

Address and contact details

Mailing addresses

St. Michaels campus

Kings Oxford
21 St Michael's Street
Oxford
OX1 2EB 

St. Josephs Campus

Kings Oxford
Temple Road
Cowley
Oxford
OX4 2UJ
England

Contact details

Telephone: +44 (0) 1865 711829
Fax: +44 (0) 1865 747791
Email: oxford@kingscolleges.com

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Teacher numbers and qualifications

Kings Oxford employs approximately 40 teachers.

For academic subject teachers we expect a minimum qualification of a first degree, although the majority of our teachers hold a PGCE qualification and/or Masters degree. 

For English language teachers, we expect a minimum qualification of CTEFLA (or a PGCE plus first degree), although the majority of our teachers hold a Diploma qualification or Masters degree.

A list of qualifications for all staff at Kings Oxford is available from the College on request.

Please contact us for details. 

Student results

For information about GCSE and A-level results, go to our Results page.