Clubs, societies, sporting and social events play an intrinsic role within Oxford University. It’s easy to get involved and they are a great way of meeting like-minded people. As well as clubs and societies that are associated with each college there are pan-university clubs and social events, including the famous white tie Commemoration Balls, with elaborate banquets, dancing and all-night entertainment.
Living in Oxford, you can enjoy the city’s centuries-old pleasures: punting on Oxford’s waterways and picnicking in its extensive parks; powering down the river in a rowing boat; browsing the artefacts in the Ashmolean, Britain’s oldest museum; walking through the early morning mist that rises above Christ Church Meadow; hearing the choristers sing from Magdalen Tower on May morning; or downing a pint in the Eagle and Child, where C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien used to meet. It sits on the doorstep of beautiful countryside and yet it is just an hour away from the pulsating metropolis of London.
Oxford enjoys the best of both worlds. It is a vibrant city packed with restaurants, cafes and pubs, but is also small enough to retain its pleasantly intimate atmosphere. This permeates through to academic life, where students meet in small groups and receive individual attention from some of the world’s most accomplished scholars.