Living in Oxford as a student
If you’ve watched any of the Harry Potter films, you would be familiar with Oxford. This city’s claim to fame is that it is the home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world, the University of Oxford, which also happens to be the location in which some of Hogwarts’ scenes were shot. Located in the Southeast region of England, 82km away from London, Oxford has a population of 170,000, of which 24,000 go to the aforementioned University of Oxford, and 18,000 go to the Oxford Brookes University.
Oxford is historically significant in the aspect of literature, with authors such as Susan Cooper, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Philip Pullman, and J. R. R. Tolkien all based in the city. This has led to it becoming the quintessential English university, with many movies being set here. The Bodleian Library is the second-largest library in the UK, with 5km of shelving added every year. The Ashmolean Museum is the world’s first university museum, and also the oldest museum in the UK, holding works by Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Picasso, as well as being the keeper of ‘The Messiah’ violin. There are a number of pubs and bars around Cowley Road, and the city is quite active at night, due to the high student population.
The University of Oxford, ranked 6th in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, does not have a main campus in any particular part of the city; instead, its 38 colleges and departments are scattered throughout the city, with most of them located near city centre. Oxford Brookes University, one of the top 50 young universities in the world in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, has three campuses; one in Headington, one at Wheatley, and one on Harcourt Hill. Student accommodation tends to center around the colleges or campuses, with no specific area in mind.