As the pandemic restrictions slowly ease and exam season soon to be over, it is an exciting time for students to begin planning their summers together. Here are some examples of things to do in Oxford for those who will be spending their time there.
Magdalen Bridge Boathouse
Firstly, there is the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse, where you can hire traditionally crafted punts, rowing boats, pedalos or a Chauffeured boat. Punting can be an extremely joyous activity to do with friends, or a loved one, so long as no one falls in (which is equally as amusing!) The punts can host five people and cost £25 per hour, which is perfect for those sunny summer days. There is also the option to hire the boat for the entire day for those who wish to make a day of their punting experience. You will pass Oxford’s famous Botanic Gardens and through Christ Church College Meadows – where Lewis Carroll wrote the famous Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass novels – on your journey.
Visiting Cowley Road is another must for students. It has a variety of restaurants, bars, clubs and cafes for everyone to enjoy. The streets surrounding the road host many of the students of Oxford. This makes the atmosphere extremely vibrant and an exciting place to be. Students can visit the different bars on the road, such as The Mad Hatter, which is considered one of the best in Oxford. The Ticktock Café is also popular amongst students in Oxford for its “quirky décor”. Another favourite is the Truck Store, which is both a coffee shop and a vinyl store. Whilst drinking your coffee and eating a croissant, you are also able to then browse for your favourite CDs, vinyl or posters of your favourite artists.
The Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens are not only for students but also for the general public. It is filled with exotic flowers, trees and brilliant smells. Adult tickets are £5.45 for entry, with children under 16 being free. If you are an Oxford or Oxford Brookes student or member of staff, you can gain free entry with your university ID. This is the perfect place for a sunny afternoon to see the sights with friends.
Hopefully, on the 21st of June, we will be back to normal. If so, there are some students Fishies events that students can buy tickets to. From the 21st of June to the 1st July, the O2 Academy on Cowley Road is set to be hosting club nights all with different themes and names. For examples, “It’s Coming Home”, “The Last Dance” and “The Last Supper”. It is important to search the Fixr website as a student and ensure you can purchase your ticket! Wouldn’t want to miss out on the fun!
As you can see, there are many different opportunities for students to enjoy their summers in Oxford – whether you study in Oxford or not. With the variety of activities to do in such a vibrant city, you can fill up your summer with fun and enjoy it all with other fellow students.