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A snapshot of...Oxford

  • December 21, 2020

Oxford is located in what is known as the Heart of England and home to the world-renowned, University of Oxford.

The city is found in the county of Oxfordshire, located just 50 miles to the North-West of London and it is a city full of history and heritage, exquisite architecture and magnificent museums.

Approximately, there are 154,000 people living within Oxford with a fairly young demographic because of its large student population. Oxford has an excellent tourist trade due to its historic architecture – attracting over nine million people per year. In fact, Oxford is the seventh most visited city in the UK.

The NHS in Oxford

The Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) is a world renowned centre of clinical excellence and one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the UK. 

The Trust is made up of four hospitals - the John Radcliffe Hospital (which includes the Children's Hospital, West Wing, Eye Hospital, Heart Centre and Women's Centre), the Churchill Hospital and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, all located in Oxford, and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury, north Oxfordshire.

They provide a wide range of clinical services, specialist services (including cardiac, cancer, musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation) medical education, training and research.

Facts about Oxford

1. Did you know that The University of Oxford is roughly 923 years old, making it the second oldest University in the world. It is beaten in age by the University of Bologna which is around 931 years old. However, in terms of rankings, it has been ranked first in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2017, 2018 and 2019.

2 Oxford has more published authors per square mile than anywhere else in the world! Famous authors include JRR Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings), Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and CS Lewis (The Chronicles of Narnia).

­­Average Monthly Living Expenses


One bedroom flat in City Centre


One bedroom flat outside of the City Centre


Three bedroom flat in the City Centre


Three bedroom flat outside of the City Centre


Internet 8Mbps (one month)


Tips on how to save money on accommodation in Oxford

1. Share a flat or a house – Oxford has a large selection of property to choose from. With a house share, you will have your own room and typically the bathroom and kitchen will be shared with other people. Visit Oxford’s SpareRoom, Easy Room Mate or Gumtree for a look at what is currently available on the property market.

2. Choose your area carefully – Botley and Cuttesloew are family friendly areas, easily accessible to the city centre by bus or car. East Oxford is ethnically diverse and has a vibrant arts and culture scene. Grandpont and Summertown are upmarket areas which are often popular with professionals, academics, London commuters and families who want access to excellent schools in the area.


Basic dinner out for two in a neighbourhood pub


Two tickets to the movies


Two tickets to the theatre (best seats)




A pint of beer in a neighbourhood pub


One month of gym membership in a business district



1L of petrol


Monthly bus ticket


Taxi trip on a business day, 5 miles


Travelling to other UK cities from Oxford via Train

London Marylebone – 1 hour 5 minutes

Birmingham New Street – 1 hour 3 minutes

Manchester Piccadilly – 2 hours 44 minutes

Bristol Temple Meads – 1 hour 36 minutes

Cardiff Central – 1 hour 45 minutes

Leeds – 3 hours 21 minutes

Edinburgh – 5 hours 55 minutes

Where is Oxford’s nearest airport?

London Heathrow is the nearest international airport to Oxford, just an hour and a half away by train or one hour by car.

The second nearest international airport is London Gatwick or London Luton, both around two hours fifteen minutes away.

The best things to do in Oxford

1. Visit the University

Oxford University is made up of 38 independent colleges, including the beautiful Christ Church and the buildings can be found all over the city.

2. Visit Blenheim Palace

A UNESCO World Heritage Site that possesses stunning Baroque architecture and over 2,000 acres of landscaped parkland.

3. Take a River Cruise

A boat tour or punt down the River Cherwell or River Thames is a fantastic opportunity to see the city from a different perspective.

Relocating to Oxford

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