The university plays a big part in the life of Oxford, but there is much more to the city.
Oxford played a significant part in the rise of the UK car industry. At one time, 30,000 people were employed at the Cowley car works. Today, Cowley is home to production of the iconic Mini car, now made by BMW.
Oxford is also at the heart of the motorsport industry. The Silverstone race track is close by and many of the Formula One racing teams have their headquarters in the surrounding county.
High-tech industry is a big part of city life. Oxford and Oxfordshire host some of the UK’s most significant science-based businesses, many of which have spun out of the university.
And, of course, the city also plays host to another leading university, Oxford Brookes.
Oxford is a great place to live and relax. It is criss-crossed by the rivers Thames (or Isis as it is often known) and Cherwell and their many streams and channels. You can try punting on the river or stroll in many of the green parks and fields that stretch into the heart of Oxford from both north and south.
It is a small city and most of the historic sights and open spaces are within easy walking distance of the centre.
Nearby, you can visit Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and Waddesdon Manor, home to the Rothschilds. Henley-on-Thames is just down the river and the Cotswolds are within easy reach.
Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of Shakespeare; Warwick Castle; and Newbury race course are all an easy day trip away.