Travel 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. 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

 

OSC students from outside the EU normally travel to the UK on a Visitor visa; a Study visa is not normally required to attend our courses. You can get information on visa requirements on the UK Border Agency website.

We can 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 £100, 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.

 

 

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE

 

Arrival

 

  • Registration takes place at 16:00 on Sunday at your college although you may arrive from 09:00 onwards. If your travel arrangements mean you will arrive before 09:00 please let us know - we will ensure someone is there to greet you. 
  • A Welcome Meeting will take place over dinner between 19:00 - 20:00 on Sunday evening.
  • If you know you are going to be late for registration please let us know – our team will be there to greet you until late in the evening.
  • If you need to arrive on Saturday instead of Sunday, we can arrange a room for you in college. You can select this on your application form. There will be a charge for an extra night's accommodation – please see our Fees page.

 

Departure

 

  • You will be free to leave from 10:00 on the Saturday after your course.
  • If you would like to spend an extra day in Oxford at the end of your course you are very welcome to do so; we can arrange a room for you in college on Saturday night. You can select this on your application form. There will be a charge for an extra night's accommodation - please see our Fees page.

 

 

 

 

TRAVEL TO OXFORD

 

Airport Meet & Greet

 

In order to help your journey to/from Oxford pass smoothly, OSC in partnership with Airport Angels, is able to provide Airport Meet & Greet Services at London Heathrow Airport. There are two services available, Arrival Meet & Greet, and Departure & Check-in.

 

Arrival Meet & Greet

  • A member of Airport Angels staff will meet you outside the arrivals gate and escort you to the departure point for The Airline, a regular bus service to Oxford. They will wait with you and ensure you are safely on the coach.
  • Once in Oxford, you will be met at Gloucester Green bus station by an OSC representative. You will then be escorted to your taxi which will take you straight to your college.
  • You will be given a return bus ticket, which can be used when travelling back to the airport.
  • The service will operate between 06:00 and 18:00 on registration day or on the day before registration.
  • You can select this service when applying, or contact OSC to add it to an existing application.

 

Departure & Check-in

  • A pre-paid taxi will take you to Gloucester Green bus station where the Airline airport bus service will be waiting to take you to Heathrow.
  • A quick call to Airport Angels will allow them to meet you off the bus, walk with you to the terminal and assist with check-in. The Airport Angels representative will then take you to security and can provide support in the event of problems.
  • This service can only be purchased as an addition to the Arrival Meet and Greet, and will operate between 06:00 and 18:00 on your stated departure day.
  • You can add this service by contacting OSC after your application has been confirmed.

 

Additional information

  • Please contact OSC if you will be arriving before 06:00 or after 18:00, or require an alternative Meet & Greet service. We may be able to accommodate your request.

 

 

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

T1,2,3 - No.14
T5 - No. 11

£26 return

Gatwick Airport

The Airline
www.oxfordbus.co.uk

2 hrs

Every 60 mins

North Terminal - No. 4
South Terminal - upper forecourt

£36 return

Luton Airport

National Express
www.nationalexpress.com

2 hrs

Every 2-3 hrs

Airport Coach station

£15 return

Stansted Airport

National Express
www.nationalexpress.com

3-4 hrs

Every 2-3 hrs

Airport Coach station

£15 return

 

Please note:
  1. When you arrive in Oxford, get off at the last stop; Gloucester Green Bus Station. Take a taxi if you have heavy luggage; alternatively, St Antony's is a 15 minute walk.

  2. To book tickets and check times and prices, click on the websites listed below.

 

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.

 

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

  • Bus outside station 'Park&Ride 500' links Oxford Parkway Station with the centre of Oxford. You should ask the driver upon boarding the bus to let you know when approaching the stop closest to St Antony’s College.

 

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 below)

  • 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.

 

By Car

 

Students should not bring a car to the Summer School – there is nowhere to park (except expensive 24 hour car parks).

 

If you are being dropped off:

  • Oxford is approached via the M40 (from London or Birmingham)

  • Exit the M40 at Junction 8 on to the A40, signed Oxford/Cheltenham

 

Then, for St Antony's College:

  • Stay on A40 over first two roundabouts, signed Ring Road/Midlands/Cheltenham

  • At third roundabout turn left, towards Oxford city centre on the Woodstock Road

  • St Antony's is approx 2 miles (3km) along Woodstock Road on the left, opposite Plantation Road

  • There is no parking at the college, but there are short stay spaces nearby on Woodstock Road and Bevington Road.