What to Know Before Moving to Oxford


Oxford is one of the world’s great cities, famous for its university, the oldest in the English-speaking world.  Termed as the ‘city of dreaming spires’ by Matthew Arnold, the 38 colleges, which comprise the university, dominate its medieval centre.  Rich in history and culture, Oxford is an extremely desirable place in which to live. If you are lucky enough to be moving to Oxford you need to be aware that in terms of house prices it is the most expensive city in the UK, as a multiple of average earnings, house prices are even greater than London.  It’s perhaps not surprising then that over 46,000 people commute into the city to work in this beautiful city.


Oxford has very low levels of unemployment, more than 1% less than the national average.  There are over 4,000 businesses in the city employing upwards of 118,000 people.  Many people are employed by the university and in the public sector, but there is also a growing hi-tech sector.  

The University

Teaching has taken place in Oxford since the 11th century and the beautiful college buildings of the university are the glory of the city.  Used as film locations for the Harry Potter series, the colleges are an architectural delight and can be visited by arrangement.  The presence of the university also ensures that the city has a rich cultural life of music and theatre.


Simply walking the ancient city streets of Oxford is an entertainment in itself, but there is also ample provision for the 7 million tourists who visit the city every year.  A rich variety of shopping is complimented by top quality restaurants and for those who enjoy an English pub, the city has a number of famous watering holes. ‘The Eagle and Child’ is famous as the location in which J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis met and the ‘Jericho Tavern’ was the venue for the first public performance by Radiohead.  Tours of the university colleges and tours of Harry Potter filming locations are very popular, as are river cruises.  The Museum of Natural History, The Pitt Rivers Museum and the Ashmolean Museum are all outstanding and should not be missed.  The magnificent Botanic Garden is the oldest botanic garden in the UK and is a tranquil respite from the bustle of the city.

Around Oxford

Part of Oxford’s beauty derives from the golden Cotswold stone from which so many of its buildings are constructed, and north of the city lie the delightful villages of the Cotswolds, waiting to be explored.  Blenheim Palace, famous as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, and Stonehenge are also easy day trips from the city. There are a variety of summer festivals close by, such as the Wilderness Festival and the Rewind Festival, which attract thousands of visitors each year.

Other Things to Think About

There are many main factors one should think about other than the cultural offerings of the city. Things like, if you are looking for accommodation in Oxford, where to leave your possessions or a new home. The answer, well you could leave it in self-storage while you look for property. Other things like the necessary payments, such as home insurance to protect your home from events that damage your home or your belongings, possible school fees, parking permit costs, council taxes among many other financial and physical burdens that should be fully considered too. That said, if all still suits your household’s current situation, then leave no more delay to moving to this beautiful, bustling city.

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