Travel to Oxford and Visas

 

 

 

We have put together some helpful information about travelling to your OSC Course. Before booking flights, trains, buses etc, check your arrival and departure times on our Course Schedule page. All prices given below are subject to change – see providers' websites for the latest rates.

We recommend that all students take advice from the British Embassy in their country on whether a visa is required to enter the UK

 

Important visa information

 

If you do need a visa to enter the UK, you should complete the relevant visitor visa application form according to Embassy advice – more information is available on the UK Visas and Immigration website.

We are happy to provide a letter in support of your visa application – however, prior to us providing such a letter, your total course fees must be paid in full. Please contact us if you require a letter in support of your visa application.

Please note that many Embassies take a long time to process a visa application – it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.

If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus a handling charge of £75, provided that the visa application was made at least 1 month prior to the start of the whole course. Proof of application date and refusal is required before fees are refunded – please see our Cancellation Policy.

Please note: not having received a response from the visa authority does not qualify the Student or Parent for a refund.

Travel Insurance

 

It is essential that you have comprehensive travel insurance to cover loss of possessions and medical expenses as for any trip away from home – it is also highly advisable to include cancellation cover with your insurance.

 

 

 

Consent to Travel Letters

It is recommended that students who are under 18 and are flying without parental supervision carry a letter from their parent/guardian giving consent for them to travel alone. More and more airlines are asking to see these letters at check in. The letter should include:

  • your dates of travel and return 

  • where you will be travelling to 

  • where you will be staying  

  • parental consent to travel alone.

 

 

 

TRAVEL TO OXFORD

 

By Bus

 

From

Bus Company

Journey Time

Frequency

Bus Stop

Cheapest Tickets

Heathrow Airport

The Airline
www.oxfordbus.co.uk

90 mins

Every 20 - 30 mins

T2,3 - No.15
T5 - No. 10

£30 return

Gatwick Airport

The Airline
www.oxfordbus.co.uk

2 hrs

Every 60 mins

North Terminal - No. 4 & 5
South Terminal - lower forecourt

£37 return

Luton Airport

National Express
www.nationalexpress.com

2 hrs

Every 2-3 hrs

Airport Coach station

£26 return

Stansted Airport

National Express
www.nationalexpress.com

3-4 hrs

Every 2-3 hrs

Airport Coach station

£40 return

Please note:
  1. To book tickets and check times and prices, click on the websites listed above.

 

By Taxi

 

Private taxis between the airports and Oxford are available – these cost £80-100 each way from Heathrow, £130-140 from Gatwick. For more information, prices and how to book see www.ccbcars.com or www.001taxis.com

 

Train to Oxford

 

For journey times and ticket prices for trains see www.nationalrail.co.uk.

 

From London Paddington Station
  • Arrives at Oxford Station

  • Trains every 30 minutes

  • £20 - 26 for a one way ticket

  • Taxis from outside the station will cost around £10 to college

  • Walking time to college around 15 minutes 

 

From Marylebone Station
  • Arrives at Oxford Parkway Station

  • Trains every 30 minutes

  • £20 - 26 for a one way ticket

  • Taxis from outside the station will cost around £15 to college

  • You can take any bus that says 'Oxford City Centre' from the station to the city centre.

 

From London St Pancras:
  • Take the London Underground or a taxi to Baker Street to catch the X90 bus, or

  • Take the London Underground or a taxi to Paddington station to catch a train to Oxford (see 'From London Paddington' above)

  • If you plan to take the London Underground, check your journey at www.tfl.gov.uk– some lines will be closed at weekends and over Easter.

 

From Birmingham Airport:
  • Birmingham is the closest major airport to Oxford – 1 hour away by direct train.

  • The journey takes 1 hour, tickets cost around £35 return. For more information see www.nationalrail.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO YOUR COLLEGE

 

Below are directions for how to get to each college if arriving by bus, train or car. The colleges are all walking distance apart, so it won't make a huge different to your travel plans, but you will need to know which college you are going to. We will contact you around two weeks before your courses start to confirm where you will be staying. 

 

Exeter College

 

Address: Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DP
 
By Bus (from London or Airports)

Get off at the 'High Street/Queen's Lane' stop. Exeter is a 5 minute walk.

 

By Train

There is a taxi rank just outside Oxford train station – it should cost around £10 to Exeter College.

Alternatively, it takes 15-20 minutes to walk from the station.

 

By Car

At first roundabout after joining A40, take 2nd exit on to A420 (signed City Centre).

Continue on for approx 2 miles (3km) until you reach another roundabout - take 3rd exit, 'City Centre'.

Cross the river, turn right at the traffic lights onto Longwall Street, and continue on to a T-Junction. Turn left here onto Parks Road, turn right at the roundabout onto Broad Street, thenleft onto Turl Street. The entrance to the college is on the left.

The nearest car parks are St Clements (OX4 1AB) and Westgate (OX1 1NT) –  around a 10 minute walk. A better option is to drive to Thornhill Park & Ride (OX3 8DP):

  • From London/Birmingham, leave the M40 at Junction 8, signed 'Oxford/Cheltenham'

  • After 5 miles (8km), Thornhill Park & Ride is on the left, signed 'Oxford City Centre Park & Ride'

  • Catch the 400 bus, and get off at the first City Centre stop, 'Queen's Lane'

If you are approaching Oxford from the west or south, the Seacourt Park & Ride bus (OX2 0HP) also stops at Queen's Lane which is around a 5 minute walk to Exeter.

 

Oriel College

 

Address: Oriel Square, Oxford, OX1 4EP
 
By Bus (from London or Airports)

Get off at the 'High Street/Queen's Lane' stop. Oriel is a 5 minute walk.

 

By Train

There is a taxi rank just outside Oxford train station – it should cost around £10 to Oriel College.

Alternatively, it takes 15-20 minutes to walk from the station.

 

By Car

At first roundabout after joining A40, take 2nd exit on to A420 (signed City Centre).

Continue on for approx 2 miles (3km) until you reach another roundabout - take 3rd exit, 'City Centre'.

Cross the river, straight over the traffic lights (it says access only), 4th left 'King Edward St', which leads you into Oriel Square - college is on your left. Drop-off only, no parking.

The nearest car parks are St Clements (OX4 1AB) and Westgate (OX1 1NT) –  around a 10 minute walk. A better option is to drive to Thornhill Park & Ride (OX3 8DP):

  • From London/Birmingham, leave the M40 at Junction 8, signed 'Oxford/Cheltenham'

  • After 5 miles (8km), Thornhill Park & Ride is on the left, signed 'Oxford City Centre Park & Ride'

  • Catch the 400 bus, and get off at the first City Centre stop, 'Queen's Lane'

If you are approaching Oxford from the west or south, the Seacourt Park & Ride bus (OX2 0HP) also stops at Queen's Lane which is around a 5 minute walk to Oriel.

 

Corpus Christi College

 

Address: Merton Street, Oxford, OX1 4JF
 

The Course Office for students staying in Corpus Christi is located in Oriel College, for which the directions are given above. Oriel College is adjacent to Corpus Christi.

All students staying in Corpus should report to the Oriel Course Office upon arrival, from where you will be directed to your college.

 

 

Please note:

Parking is very restricted in Oxford and there is no parking at the colleges.