For all the fun that students have in Oxford, it’s no secret that summer schools here can be demanding work-wise. Depending on your subject, this can mean an essay or problem sheet a week, or sometimes more. As a human scientist, my workload varies widely from term to term, depending on the module I’m studying. For example, last term I was studying a human geography module on South and Southern Africa and had one essay per week. However in previous terms I have been taking more than one module so have had to write two per week. Coping with this workload, while also balancing lectures and classes, extra curricular activities and a social life can seem daunting, but there are a number of things you can do to keep on track while making the most of your time in the city.
The range of entertainment on offer in Oxford is highly varied, from student amateur dramatics to full-scale professional musicals. With options to suit all tastes and budgets, there is something for everyone to enjoy. In this guide I will briefly summarise some of the main entertainment in Oxford, and hopefully give you an idea of the places you want to try!
The café culture in Oxford is bursting with history, a history which is quite literally ancient in most cases. The beautiful array of buildings offer a teatime experience unlike any other. These are the meeting places of budding young University students, book clubs, first dates, and the creative workhouses of writers, poets, and artists. There are just so many wonderful hideaways to be found, but here are five of the classics - all of which you can visit as part of an OFL course
In the seventeenth century, there was a vast civil war in England between the King and the Parliament; this war was to last nine years and eventually end in the execution of King Charles I. But during the war, Oxford served a vitally important role as the King's capital city where he conducted his fight against the Parliament in London.
When we visit Blenheim Palace on day trips, students often ask us - 'But why is this so much grander than the Queen's palaces?' Blenheim was designed not so much as a practical house, but as a monument to a great battle fought by one of Queen Anne's favourite generals. But why did it originally have no bedrooms?