Music and Entertainment
Oxford is a vibrant city with many forms of entertainment. If you fancy live music some of the key venues are the O2 Academy, the Jericho Tavern and the Back Room @ The Bullingdon Arms. For the more classically inclined Oxford is host to the Sheldonian Theatre and the Holywell Music Room. However, you may prefer to see a play instead so do look up the New Theatre, Oxford Playhouse, Pegasus Theatre, Creation Theatre Company or the Old Fire Station. Throughout the year you will also be privy to a number of festivals to suit the city’s cosmopolitan atmosphere, such as the Cowley Road Carnival, the Dancin’ Oxford Festival, Oxford Pride, the Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival and the Contemporary Music Festival. On a Sunday afternoon you may fancy a trip to the Bowlplex bowling complex or to the cinema and there is no shortage of these as Oxford has two Odeon Cinemas, a Vue Cinema, the Oxford Phoenix Picturehouse and the Ultimate Picture Palace.
A major celebration in Oxford is May Day. This is an annual event which for students means frequenting the bars and clubs that have stayed open all night but traditionally the event is known for the Magdalen College Choir singing from the top of Magdalen Tower. Large crowds gather along the nearby bridge to listen. It is must see if you are studying in Oxford.
When joining OMBS as a new student or ‘fresher’ you are eligible to join one of Oxford’s most interesting and oldest Unions: The Oxford Union. Founded in 1823, The Oxford Union has been a central location for students to meet in the city and acts as a social focus within the college system. The Oxford Union has over 10,000 resident members and roughly 85% of new students join every year. World renowned as the world’s most foremost debating society, it has a deserved reputation for bringing international guests and speakers to Oxford. Some of the speakers they have had are O J Simpson, Will Carling, Vinnie Jones, Yasser Arafat, Stephen Fry, Kermit the Frog, Michael Jackson, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Roger Moore, Edwina Currie and Boris Johnson. The Union is also famous for the balls that it holds throughout the year, and best of all, at a much cheaper price than any individual university ball.