Living in Oxford

Oxford is a great city to live in, full of historic traditions, intellectual stimulation, industry, culture and an international sense of community.

Information about some of the many activities on offer can be found on the University's pages for new staff and on Oxford City Council’s 'About Oxford' page. You can also learn more about the practicalities of living and settling in Oxford in this section.

You can read more about some of the more unusual Oxford traditions including May morning, 'Beating the Bounds', and the Time Ceremony at Merton College in this article by a graduate student.

Oxford is a wonderful city: dynamic and cosmopolitan, with an outstanding architecture, and where many diverse activities are possible. Working here is a great opportunity for my career and to meet colleagues and people from all over the world.

Julien Thézé, Postdoctoral researcher, Zoology, Reins, France


Did you know?

Clocks at Christ Church run five minutes behind the rest of the country. In the 19th century, when Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) became the standard in the UK, Christ Church decided to stay 300 seconds behind. The bells of Christ Church ring 101 times every night at 9:05pm GMT as the college gates close.