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.
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
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.
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
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
Look down upon the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ from several Church towers.
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.
There is excellent public transport in and around Oxford.
Oxford Bus Company
Coach service to London
National rail enquiries
Heathrow airport is the nearest major international airport to Oxford, about 45 minutes by car or coach.
Luton airport, Gatwick airport and Stansted airport are also all within easy reach.
You should always use a licensed taxi. There are hundreds in Oxford.
Student Services can give you the numbers of reliable licensed taxis.
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.