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Living in Oxford as an international student

Posted 14 March 2014
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Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in Oxford as an international student? Have you ever asked questions such as “Where can I get my essentials in the city?” “What places can I visit during the weekend?” or simply “What is Oxford like?” and so on? I hope this article will be able to give you a glimpse of what life is like in Oxford for an international student.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like living in Oxford as an international student? Have you ever asked questions such as “Where can I get my essentials in the city?” “What places can I visit during the weekend?” or simply “What is Oxford like?” and so on? I hope this article will be able to give you a glimpse of what life is like in Oxford for an international student. 

Oxford’s environment and atmosphere

Oxford is a city that has everything in terms of both landscapes and culture. For an international student, Oxford is one of the places that you must visit to understand the rich history of the country itself. With beautiful college buildings and parks, there are many places for someone new to the city - like an international student - to take pictures. You will soon find yourself absorbed in the academic atmosphere of the city thanks to the marvellous colleges. Did you know that one college even has a deer park?

On the other hand, Oxonians (in other words, people of Oxford) are also very friendly and engaging. They say thank you to the bus driver every time they get off the bus, and if you are confused by being new in the city, people will gladly help you with directions or general questions about the city.It is truly charming.

 

Life in Oxford: shopping and entertainment

 

The great thing about Oxford is that although it is considered a relatively “old” city, in reality it is actually a perfect combination of the old and the new. Since most shops are located around the same area – the city centre –  it is rather easy to find all the things you need. Books, pens, papers, art materials, clothes, food, everything is within a few footsteps.

What is marvellous about Oxford is that it has many unique shops that make your shopping experience a bit more memorable. For an international student, exploring the city can be quite exciting! So, once you’ve found all your necessities in the High Street and want something a little bit different, check out the surrounding areas, namely Broad Street, Turl Street and Woodstock Road. Really, they have the most beautiful shops. Broad Street is famous for book and art shops, with Blackwell’s, Blackwell’s Music and Blackwell’s Art & Poster Shop. On Turl Street, there are shops with pretty, authentic things to collect. Woodstock Road has beautiful and truly welcoming coffee & cake shops! Although Oxford is a small city compared to London, everything is convenient.

 

Studying in Oxford and at Bellerbys College

 

That being said, besides beautiful surroundings and shops within reach, you will also feel that being in a city of one of the best universities in the world makes you really love acquiring more knowledge. With many big and famous libraries, you can firmly grasp the academic atmosphere of the city. Needless to say, University of Oxford has some of the best lectures and seminars. Better yet, some are held open to the public which you can attend to get a feeling of university and Oxford studies. 

Bellerbys College Oxford, of course, takes this opportunity to introduce students to aspects of university life. Every week, an email is sent to all students containing information about interesting lectures or events happening in Oxford. Most of the times, these are lectures that teachers think will complement your studies at school, but you can always gather a group of students or friends to attend lectures that you find interesting.

In short, as an international student, you will find that Oxford has everything you can hope for, especially for your education. It is a great choice for those who wish to live in an academic environment while still being able to enjoy their life.

 

Ha Thuy Linh Nguyen

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