The City of Oxford is located in central southern England, just some 50 miles west of London in its own county town of Oxfordshire. It is home to under 165,000 inhabitants, and the University of Oxford - considered to be the oldest university city in the United Kingdom.

"Oxanforda", as it was known, was first occupied in Saxon times. Settlement began in the 8th century, and was first mentioned in written records in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for the year 912. By the 10th century Oxford had become an important military frontier town between the kingdoms of Mercia and Wessex. The University of Oxford was founded in the 12th century and therefore constitutes the oldest English-speaking university.
  Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan town and also home to a growing hi-tech community. Its diverse economy includes motor manufacturing, education, publishing and a large number of information technology and science-based businesses, as well as education, research and tourism.

It is full of beautiful places to visit that allows you to take in the history and architectural beauty of medieval times.

Apart from sightseeing, you can relax with a cup of tea or coffee and a pastry at a local café. The Café scene is alive and well around Oxford - you are never more than a few minutes away from one. There is also a wide variety of restaurants, specializing in everything from Malaysian and Libyan to home-style British pubs. Kebabs vans and fish-and-chip shops offer a quick bite to eat. Or you might like to do some shopping in Corn market Street, Queen Street, or the lovely Covered Market.

For a evening out, it is an English tradition for young people to enjoy a few hours at their local pub. Oxford boasts dozens of “public houses” where you can enjoy a pint of beer and a chat with friends. After dark, the Oxford club scene comes to life. The city offers a range of nightclubs and music venues where you and your new friends can listen to live music being performed, or dance the night away.

No matter what the weather, most English people love to play sport and be outdoors. Perhaps you’d like to play a game of football in University Parks, or take a long countryside walk through Port Meadow to the Perch Pub in Binsey. You can take advantage of dozens of outdoors and sports opportunities in and around the city.
  Oxford features many brilliant cultural venues. This is also a theater town, among the many choices are the Oxford Playhouse for drama and comedy; the 1,800-seat New Theater Oxford for Broadway-style musicals as well as concerts and ballet; and the cozy Pegasus Theater which turns 50 years in 2012 and features drama, comedy and dance. On a rainy afternoon, one may enjoy a visit to the Ashmolean Museum of Art & Archaeology or spending a Sunday morning listening to live music at one of the Coffee Concerts. - you will have countless chances to enjoy this stimulating environment.
School Facilities
  CIE Bocardo centre: The main location is a typical city centre building in Oxford. Situated just opposite the Oxford Union in St Michael's Street, it consists of 6 classrooms for groups of 2 to 8 students. There is a student common room, including a small library and internet-enabled computers with free access.

The building houses a kitchenette, with tea and coffee, a microwave oven, and a refrigerator where students may keep packed lunches. Plus the reception area and an administrative office.




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