A guide to navigating Oxford

Does it really rain constantly in the UK? Can I still eat my favourite foods?

Being an African student in Oxford can be challenging, we at the Africa Oxford Initiative want to offer as much support as possible to help you navigate this place and thrive academically and socially. Be sure to sign up to our mailing list to keep up with All things Africa in Oxford.

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Visa arrangements

Make your arrangements for visa as soon as you receive your award letter. The earliest you can apply is 3 months before you travel.



 If you are making your own accommodation arrangements, you could consider the links listed for affordable accommodation. Please reserve places as soon as possible to get the best rates.


Health matters

If you are here for less than six months, you are only entitled to free NHS hospital treatment in emergency situations. It is therefore advisable that you organise private health insurance to cover the duration of your stay.

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Important things to pack

Clothes for the cold and rain. The average winter day is between 0 and 7 degrees Celsius. It also rains a lot in Oxford…


Travelling to Oxford

Whether you land at Gatwick, Heathrow, Stanstead, Manchester or take train in, there are many options to get you to Oxford.

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During your visit

From buying Fufu flour to finding a barber, here’s all you need to know during your stay.

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