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Oxford City

Radcliffe Camera, Oxford

About Oxford City

With an estimated population of 160,000 people, Oxford City is the county town and only city of Oxfordshire. But the City of Dreaming Spires is best known as home to the world-famous University of Oxford – the oldest university in the English-speaking world, which for over 800 years has been home to royalty and scholars alike.

Oxford had been an established town in the 9th century before it became home to the fledgling university in the late 12th century. However, by the middle of the 14th century, the university had risen to dominate the town entirely. And the town’s history became effectively no more than a side story to that of the university.

Nowadays, the city is pretty cosmopolitan, with a healthy mix of ancient and modern. Whether you’re going out for a drink or a meal, taking in a show, or shopping till you drop – the city has it all. There’s indeed an excellent choice of museums, libraries, galleries and places of interest to take in on a visit to the city. Be sure to check out our invaluable guide to visiting Oxford City.

Oxford is also home to a growing community of life science and technology businesses that draw on the university’s intellectual capabilities. A few are located in and around the city – tucked away in residential areas. But other operate from the Science and Business Parks on the city’s outskirts.


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Local news & stories

Green light for the first 317 new homes at Oxford North’s Canalside
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Green light for the first 317 new homes at Oxford North’s Canalside

This comes as the reserved matters application (RMA) for the project’s residential development partner, The Hill Group, has been resolved to be approved by Oxford City Council’s planning committee.
Tribunal orders management company to refund £84k rent in unlicensed HMO
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Tribunal orders management company to refund £84k rent in unlicensed HMO

While the tribunal accepted that the failure to obtain a licence was “by omission rather than deliberate”, it found that the cluster flats needed one and were, therefore, in breach of Oxford’s additional HMO licensing scheme.
Oxford City Council public consultation on council tax reduction (CTR) scheme
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Oxford City Council asks public whether full council tax support should be scrapped

The council is asking the public whether all working-age residents should pay up to £2 per week in council tax to help ease financial pressures.
UKRAINE: OUR HOME Art Exhibition / Things to do in and around Oxford this weekend
/ Things To Do

7 (or so) brilliant things to do in and around Oxford this weekend

Looking for some inspo on what to do with yourself this weekend? Here are some brilliant things in and around Oxford for you the make time for.
Visiting Oxford University
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An insider’s guide to visiting Oxford University

Here’s your invaluable guide to visiting Oxford University, including what to do and things to see at Oxford University.
Travelling to and around Oxford
/ Travel & Stay

A guide to travelling to and around Oxford City

Oxford is a small city. The city centre is small enough to cover on foot, and getting to other parts of the city is relatively easy via bike, bus, taxi, or car.
Test Match Special Live: The Ashes
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Test Match Special Live heads to Oxford for a special Ashes celebration

Cricket fans are in for a real treat as the legendary Test Match Special show hits the road for an all-new live UK theatre tour – including an unmissable date in Oxford on 06 April 2023.
Popeyes® Oxford
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Popeyes® confirms Oxford opening date

From 17 September, the US icon will bring a taste of New Orleans to Oxford city centre, opening its fifth British site on Queen Street.
OX Place delivers 26 new affordable homes in Cutteslowe
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OX Place delivers 26 new affordable homes in Cutteslowe

Located off Harefields, Cannon Court is a single L-shaped three-storey building with 11 council homes at social rent, three homes at affordable rent and 12 homes for shared ownership.
Green light for Oxford station and railway redevelopment with £78.6m funding
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Green light for Oxford station and railway redevelopment with £78.6m funding

The investment will help provide an enlarged station, boosting the number of passengers the station can serve and improving accessibility to the station.