Kaplan City Guide: Oxford

Oxford is a beautiful, historic city, famous for being the home of the oldest English-speaking university in the world. Continuing our quest to hear what you our students have to say about our locations, we’ve asked some of our students to give their insider tips into life in Oxford.

Oxford City
In a historic and academic city like Oxford, you'll never be at a loss for things to do.


Here are some of the things they had to say:


Buy a bus ticket for the SmartZone

“Oxford is friendly for everyone. It is easy to find new friends and learn something new there! Oxford traffic is comfortable. You just have to buy a bus ticket for the SmartZone and that’s all. Enjoy your time. You can visit museums and the university.”

Tip provided by
Māris Lapšovs, Latvia

With a SmartZone pass, you can use any Oxford Bus Company, Stagecoach or Thames Travel bus within the specified zone. Passes can be bought for a variety of durations, including a day, a week, 4 weeks, 13 weeks, 1 year, and other flexible options. Buy a long-term pass for cheap and take full advantage of all the sights and destinations of the city.

Transit in Oxford
SmartZone tickets allow unlimited travel for small prices.


A monthly music magazine

“If you are interested in British music, look up 'Nightshift,' which is a monthly music magazine. You can subscribe to it for free via the Internet and also get information about performances according to the date."

Tip provided by
Donggyu Lee, South Korea

Looking for things to do after class? Look no further than this monthly magazine that keeps you in the know about what live performances you can expect around the city. By the end of your stay, you’ll be a master of the Oxford music scene.

Restaurants, restaurants, restaurants

"Regarding restaurants, there are an infinite number (and at good prices) on Cowley road, you will be spoiled for choices!"

Tips provided by
Costanza Francescutti,Italy

It’s always important to sample the food culture of whatever new city you find yourself, and Oxford is no exception. Our students were so overwhelmed with delicious choices they couldn’t narrow down their favorites! Crowley Road offers “almost infinite choices” according to Costanza from Italy, all at very cheap prices. Selvaggia, also from Italy, recommended the Bridge and Lava for good music and fun nights and “Buongiorno e Buonasera” for delicious Italian dishes – high praise coming from an Italian!

oxford restaurant
With so many cuisines to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice.


Want to get a closer look at this historic city? If you are interested in improving your English, find out more about our schools in the UK. Consider studying in our Kaplan school in Oxford or contacting one of our student advisors!

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