Student accommodation in Oxford at a glance
If you’re looking for stylish and functional student accommodation in Oxford, check out The Spireworks. This recently built accommodation offers a range of studios, one-bedroom, and shared rooms, and has amazing communal spaces, an on-site gym and yoga studio, dining room, games and cinema rooms, as well as a courtyard and a terrace. Location-wise, you’re slightly out of the city centre, around a 24-minute walk to the University of Oxford and a 17-minute walk to Oxford Brookes University.
For student halls in Oxford you can make your own, look to Student Castle. Around a ten-minute walk to the city centre, Student Castle offers a mix of studios and shared tenancy flats, and has large communal areas for chilling with friends, a games room, an on-site gym as well as outdoor seating areas. These student studios in Oxford are located about a 22-minute walk to the University of Oxford or a 41-minute walk to Oxford Brookes University, this university accommodation in Oxford is never far from where you need to be, and if not, there are great public transport connections.
If you want your student flats in Oxford a little closer to campus, we recommend iQ Alice House. Around a 17-minute walk to both the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, this modern accommodation has bronze, silver, and gold studio options depending on your needs and budget. It also has a great games room, study spaces, and areas to chill out with your friends.
For Oxford student flats away from the bustle of the city, check out West Way Square. This modern accommodation isn’t exactly walking distance to campuses, however, the facilities are exceptional, with an on-site gym, media room, roof terrace, study areas, dining areas, communal living rooms, and communal terraces. You also have restaurants, shops, cafes, a library and a supermarket on your doorstep, as well as a bus stop right outside the accommodation that takes you into the city centre or to campus.
Living in Oxford as a student
- There are a number of higher education establishments in Oxford, with the most notable being the University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University, City of Oxford College, and Ruskin College, all with great Oxford student accommodation options close by.
- The University of Oxford is one of the oldest universities in the world, and at the time of writing is around 1,110 years old.
- Oxford has produced more published authors per square mile than anywhere else in the world. These names include JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and Mark Haddon. Some of these authors are also buried in the city with their graves being a popular tourist attraction.
- Located on the River Thames, Oxford is famous for punting, a water activity on a flatboat where you move through the water using large poles. It’s a popular activity for both tourists and students, and culminates in the annual Boat Race against Cambridge University Boat Club.
- A number of scenes in Harry Potter were filmed at the University of Oxford due to its grand architecture. Discover the magic by taking a walking tour of the locations.
- Oxford has a number of impressive museums including Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford Museum of Natural History, and the Oxford Museum of History and Science.
- When you need a break from your student halls in Oxford, venture out to one of the city’s beautiful green spaces. The Oxford Botanic Gardens are a must-see as well as Christchurch Meadow.
- Book lovers get excited as Oxford is home to the oldest library in Europe. The Bodleian Library not only houses thousands of rare books but is one of the most impressive buildings in all of Oxford.
- For those who are brave enough, you can sign-up for a bone-chilling ghost tour around this old, historic city.
- If history isn’t your thing, Oxford is home to Westgate Shopping Centre. A huge shopping complex right in the middle of the city centre with an array of shops, cafes, and restaurants. For a great view of the city, head to The Alchemist bar on the top level of Westgate, and enjoy a cocktail while you look over the iconic city.
Getting around Oxford
Oxford is a great city for getting around, not only because the city centre has lots of pedestrianised areas, but there’s also regular and reliable bus links for when you need to make your way out of the city centre if your student accommodation in Oxford isn’t within walking distance to campus.
There are three main bus operators in Oxford, the Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach Oxfordshire, and Thames Travel. Between them, they have ample services running around the city and connect you to Oxford student accommodation in the outer suburbs. There are also great links to nearby airports for when you’re heading out of town.
Oxford has a major train station that connects you to many parts of the UK, the most notable being London Paddington, London Marylebone, Bicester Village, Birmingham, and Manchester. For tickets, details, and train times, head to the National Rail website, and don’t forget your young person’s railcard to save on fares.
Featured neighbourhoods around Oxford student accommodation
If you’re going to Oxford Brookes University, Headington is a great place to consider finding your student accommodation in Oxford. Located east of the city with more bohemian vibes than other areas, Headington is right by campus and has lots of popular student pubs, check out The Mason’s Arms and Six Bells for some fun. For restaurants and nights out, you’ll have to head into the city centre, but with great bus links that won’t be an issue. The other good news is that the University of Oxford is only a short walk away, so it’s good for students studying there also.
Another great area for Oxford Brookes University students is Cowley. Its close to campus and with easy bus links you’re only a short ride from the city centre. Lots of students either walk or ride their bike to lectures, so it’s no surprise Oxford ranks #10 on our guide to the best cycling universities in the UK. Here you’ll find the O2 Academy where all the best live gigs in Oxford are played, as well as having Fishes on your doorstep, one of the most popular student pubs in the city. You’re also right by a large Tesco supermarket, which is convenient for buying those much-needed student essentials.
For those who want to be right in the heart of the student action, Jericho is a great area for you to look for student halls in Oxford. Known for its vibrant city living while being just out of the city centre, Jericho is popular with students as it’s right next to Oxford University Press and boasts beautiful architecture, as well as lots of pubs, bars, and cafes. Check out Love Jericho for a delicious cocktail or catch a live music gig at The Jericho pub. It does cost a little more to live here, but it’s close to the main university campuses, so you could save on travel costs.
University accommodation in Oxford FAQs
Where do most Oxford students live?
Headington is one of the most popular areas for student accommodation in Oxford due to its proximity to Oxford Brookes University’s main campus. It also has some popular student pubs and great bus links into the city centre.
When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Oxford?
The best time to look for student halls in Oxford is around October, however, student accommodation in Oxford can be found throughout the year. First-time and international students may wish to start looking earlier around January/February. For more details, check out our guide to applying for student accommodation.
How much does student accommodation cost in Oxford?
The cost of university accommodation in Oxford greatly depends on the area you want to live in. Accommodation ranges from approximately £161.00 per week to £325.00 per week. To reduce cost, go for accommodation with fewer facilities as it’s still very easy to make a space your own without the added extras that come at a cost.