University Preparation students
The local area

Kings Oxford Opening Times

Kings Buildings
Monday to Friday
8.00am to 7.00pm (Winter only)
8.00am to 9.00pm (Summer only)

Kings Café
Monday to Friday
8.30am to 4.00pm

Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm

Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm

Learning Resource Centre
Monday to Friday
8.30am to 5.00pm

College Contact Details

Kings Oxford
St. Joseph’s Campus
Temple Road

St. Michaels Campus
21 St. Michaels Street

T +44 (0) 1865 711829
F +44 (0) 1865 747791

Local information

Oxford is a "world city", that everyone should experience at some time in their life. Every tourist knows Oxford as the home of one of the oldest and most famous universities in the world and visits the colleges to admire the wonderful architecture. We hope you will do the same.

But you are more than a tourist. You are going to study in Oxford and live amongst English people. You'll experience Oxford as a town full of life and activity. You'll speak English every day and your English will improve rapidly.

As one of the greatest student cities in the world, you won’t be surprised to learn that Oxford offers endless opportunities once lessons are over for the day. As long as it doesn't impact on your studies, we encourage you to experience Oxford and British culture outside of the campus.

We organise tours and excursions, and there are some additional ideas about what to do, where to eat and where to visit on these pages. If you want more information, the best places to visit are these websites:

Eating in Oxford

There are hundreds of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs in Oxford. You can eat out cheaply or can go for a more expensive meal if you feel like it!

Food from Asia, China, India, Italy, France, England and many more countries is all widely available. There are also lots of supermarkets which specialise in food from all over the world, so you can stick to what you know or try something new — it’s up to you!

For information about eating and drinking in Oxford, have a look at these websites:

Fun in Oxford

There is so much to do in and around Oxford. Here are a few ideas about how you might keep busy and entertained in your free time.

Bowling at Oxford United stadium
Range of activities at the Kassam stadium including bowling arcade and even a 12-screen cinema just a short distance from the college. 

Become your favourite F1 star at Oxford’s own Go-Karting track. Prices start from £20 per person.

Rileys pool and snooker club
Choose from snooker, American or English pool, darts or just chill in the bar. All Kings students are welcome. Price: Around £8 per hour.

Visit Oxford University’s world famous colleges

  • Magdalen College – Deer park and where C.S. Lewis taught
  • Christ Church – where the Harry Potter films were shot

World-class museums

  • Ashmolean museum 
    Opened in 1683 with a vast and fascinating collection, including Einstein’s black board:
  • Museum of Natural History 
    Come face-to-face with dinosaurs and all manner of insects:
  • Pitt Rivers Museum 
    Prepare to be amazed by the weird and wonderful collection with everything from a totem pole to shrunken heads:

Price: All FREE and located in the heart of Oxford.


Price: Approximately £8.

Traditional old English pubs
Famous Oxford literary pubs include:

  • White Horse (52 Broad Street), which appears in several Inspector Morse TV episodes
  • Eagle and Child (49 St. Giles), famous haunt of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, amongst others

Try dancing and ice-skating at the same time in Oxford, at the ice skating disco.

Local luxury shopping outlet centre, Bicester Village, a designer outlet only 20 minutes by train or by local bus every 10 minutes from Oxford, including shops such as Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and many more.

Other Attractions

Bodleian library
The world’s second largest library containing more than 11 million books. Also used as a set for the Harry Potter films.
Price: £7 guided tour:

Punting on the river
Head for Magdalen Bridge on the River Cherwell or Folly Bridge on the Thames, where punts can be hired for a lazy time drifting on the water, and perhaps having a picnic.
Price: £20 per punt per hour (5/6 people per punt).

Listen to live music
From classical to rock, take a look at:
Music at Oxford

Oxford Towers
Look down upon the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ from several church towers.

Botanic Gardens
The gardens dates back to 1621 when it was established as a physic garden for the cultivation and study of medicinal plants. The gardens have 7000 specimens and include famous spots such as Tolkien’s Tree, on which he based the character Treebeard.
Price: £3.30 with student ID:

Local services

Below are some of the closest and most useful local services. If there is any other service you need to find urgently, please ask at Reception.

For students studying at St. Michaels or Alfred Street, there are several choices of places to bank and shop within Oxford City Centre, too numerous to list. Other facilities are listed below.

Choices in Cowley are more limited and are listed below.

Nearest Supermarket
The Co-Operative
21 The Square
Templars Square
OX4 3XQ.

Nearest ATM and Bank
Lloyds Bank
Pound Way
Templars Square
OX4 3XQ.

Local Post Offices
Within the Co-Operative store
21 The Square
Templars Square
OX4 3XQ.

City centre Post Office
102 St. Aldates
OX1 1ZZ.

Local Libraries
Cowley Library
Temple Road
OX4 2EZ.
(Library closed on Thursday and Sunday)

Oxford Central Library 
OX1 1DJ.
(Library closed on Sunday)

Nearest Cafés/Sandwich Shops
There are several places to buy sandwiches and cakes within Templars Square, both in the covered section and in the outside areas. The City Centre also has numerous places to eat and drink.

Local Park
Florence Park and Marsh Park are both near St Joseph’s Hall. Both have tennis courts and other leisure facilities. In the City Centre, Christ Church Meadows and the University Parks are lovely places to walk, watch cricket or sit by the river.

Nearest Laundrettes
127 Cowley Road
OX4 1HU.

27 New Inn Hall Street
OX1 2DH.

Transport links

There is excellent public transport in and around Oxford.

By Bus
From the bus stop opposite the Original Swan pub on Cowley Road, take bus Number 1 or 5 into the city centre. The cost will be around £3.50 for a return ticket. It normally takes 15 minutes. Please remember that in ‘rush hour’ (8.00-9.00am, 5.00–6.00 pm) the journey might take longer and the buses will be very crowded. The central bus station is two minutes’ walk from St. Michaels.

City buses:
Coach service to London:

By Train
Oxford Train Station is 6 minutes’ walk from St. Michaels. Remember that a bus pass will give you unlimited travel for a week or a month. You can take Bus Number 1 or 5 to the train station, from Cowley. It takes 10 minutes by taxi. The station is about a 10-minute walk from Alfred Street or St. Michaels Street.

Regional trains:
National Rail Enquiries:

By Taxi
Taxis normally cost around between £4.00 and £7.00 to the city centre. ‘Black cabs’ are more expensive. Ask at Reception for the name of a reliable licensed taxi company. Never stop a taxi on the street, unless it is an official black cab.

By Bicycle
A bicycle can be a very good way to travel in Oxford. Many students use them. Before you buy a bicycle, speak to the Welfare Officer in the college. You may have to pass a Cycling Proficiency Test and also have your parents’ permission (if you are under 18) before you can use a bicycle on the roads.

Many roads have specials spaces for cyclists called ‘cycle lanes’. You must use these. If you want to use the pavements, you must push your bicycle.

Please see Living in the UK: Travelling and Your Safety: Safety for more information on cycling.

By Air
Heathrow airport is the nearest major international airport to Oxford, about 45 minutes by car or coach. Luton airport, Gatwick airport and Stansted Airport are also all within easy reach.

Exploring the City
Kings Oxford, St. Josephs Campus, is about 10 minutes from Oxford City centre by bus. Both St. Michaels and Alfred Street are 6 minutes’ walk from Oxford Train Station and about 2 minutes’ walk from Oxford Bus Station.

Medical facilities in Oxford

When you arrive at Kings Oxford, you should register with a local doctor, especially if you are studying for a long time. We can help you do this. Click here for a map showing some of the doctors surgeries near the college.

If you feel ill at any time during your stay at Kings Oxford, you should first tell a member of staff or your host family. We will be able to help you to see your doctor if needed. Above all, you should make sure you have full Kings medical insurance during your time in the UK. See Practical Information: Insurance During Your Time in the UK.