Shopping and Eating
The Covered Market (established in 1774) is located, with a number of entrances, off the High Street and is home to small independent shops ranging from butchers to Italian delis, to cake and cookie shops. However, you can also find little boutiques, gift shops and cafés.
Nearer to the College you can find the Clarendon Centre and the Westgate Shopping Centre (the Westgate is currently under construction and the new complex is due to open October 2017) both of which are bright and modern shopping malls. They house shops such as The Body Shop, Office Shoes and Zara. In Queen Street and Cornmarket Street can also be found Topshop, Accessorize, Fat Face and Next; all the stores you expect to find in a city. However, if you are wanting something a little more designer a trip down the High Street will find shops like Coast, Hobbs, Crew Clothing and Jack Wills. Or you could go further afield to Bicester Village with over 130 designer outlet stores. Oxford is also host to two department stores – Debenhams and the family run Boswells. Don’t forget the Cowley Road for vintage, charity and second hand shops. Here you can also find a wide range of shops offering food from all over the globe.
George Street is the place to go as here you can find Jamie’s Italian, Ask, Bella Italia and Zizzi’s. However, Oxford is also host to Noodle Nation, Wagamamas and the Chang Mai Kitchen (Thai) as well as the many other well known café chains or other types of cuisine. There are plenty of afternoon tea options too such as Cafe Loco (very popular with our students), the Randolph Hotel or The Grand Cafe. What is lovely about Oxford though is that you can find loads of small independent cafés and delis dotted around the Castle area and also along the High Street. If you get exploring you can find many more!