During your Visit
Settling down; If you are in Oxford for a short period, the quickest way to get phone service is to bring an unlocked phone from your home country that has a removable SIM card, buy a a pay-as-you-go SIM in the UK and then top up your credit when necessary.
You can connect to the University’s Wifi network using your University email address through eduroam or OWL. The University has a dedicated IT Services site where you can find clear instructions on how to connect your work laptop and mobile devices for work purposes. There are computers with internet access readily available in colleges and in most of the University’s libraries.
If you are here just for a few days, visitor access to IT services can be arranged by your host department or college. There are also many WiFi hotspotsavailable across the city.
Getting around: Oxford has an excellent network of bus routes with vehicles operating at regular intervals. The two main operators are Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. Oxontime provides real-time information for all operators around the city, so you can check your bus is on time.
You can buy a bus ticket from the driver on the bus with cash or contactless debit/credit cards. If you are in Oxford for longer, you can buy a rechargeable travel card, the Key , to save on time and money for local travel.
Groceries: Tesco and Sainsbury’s are the main supermarkets for most grocery needs. Farmer’s Markets are great for fresh, local produce but are open on specific days). Several shops on Cowley Road stock African ingredients too.
Shopping: Oxford has its fair share of high-street chain stores, mostly concentrated around Cornmarket and Queen Street. The Daily info has a comprehensive guide to shopping in Oxford, conveniently organised by location.
Pharmacies: Boots and Superdrug are the main pharmacies. Both have locations in the city center on Cornmarket, and Boots also has a large location on Cowley. You can get most over the counter and first aid drugs at Tesco too.
Eating and Drinking: Restaurant meals usually cost between £10 and £15. There are cheaper alternatives for lunch all around town. Standard meals in colleges are generally cheaper than eating out and some departments also serve lunch with varying prices.
A standard pint of beer in a pub costs around £4. The Oxford Dailyinfo has quite an exhaustive Oxford Food Guide and is definitely worth looking at. You can also download and print a complete map of Oxford Pubs developed by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)!
Barber Shops/Salons: there are a several options around Oxford particularly on High Street (High Street Barbers, Oxford Spires Barbers) as well as Cowley Road (Youssef’s, H.I.M.,Giovanni’s). This will cost £10-£20. There are a few Afro-caribbean Salons at Templar Square, with varying prices (from over £30)
Things to do; Oxford is a beautiful city with stunning architecture, history and culture. There’s a myriad of things to do including visiting ancient and modern Oxford colleges, fascinating museums and galleries, and plenty of parks and gardens! The Experience Oxfordshire website list several fun activities and includes a list of Top 10 things to do in Oxford that might capture your fancy.