Home to one of the UK's most prestigious universities, Oxford is a beautiful city just 50 miles from London. As well as being a great commuter town, Oxford enjoys its own identity as a place of both historic tourism and business promise.
Nicknamed the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’, Oxford is a city in central southern England, known famously for its prestigious university. The county town of Oxfordshire has an approximate 150,000 population which occupy a total area of around 18 square miles. Surrounding is other towns of Oxfordshire, such as Abingdon, Witney, Woodstock, Bicester, Thame and many farther throughout the county. Right on the edges of the county, and easily accessible from Oxford city apartments, are the largest examples of open green space, the Chiltern Hills and the Cotswolds.
It’s the combination of the historic sight-seeing opportunities and places to enjoy the great outdoors which make Oxford such a great city for relocation. It’s more than just a famous university that makes this a thriving city, where travellers of all sorts come needing the quality, flexible accommodation that our Oxford serviced apartments can provide. There’s also the fact that Oxford is only a little over 50 miles from London. The River Thames passes through the city, too, giving it that particular bond with the capital. However, the city also has close connections with other major hubs of business, such as Reading (24miles), Swindon (26miles), Cheltenham (36miles) and Gloucester (29miles).
Oxford emerged in history as a Saxon fording point, due to its position between the River Thames and Cherwell. First mention though of the area came in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of 912. From then on, Oxford became an important frontier town throughout the Norman period. This led to the construction of Oxford Castle, which in part still remains. It was not much later that one of the distinctive aspects of Oxford began to develop. This was the oldest university in the English-speaking world. It became immensely popular following Henry II’s decision to ban English students from attending the University of Paris.
Consequently, the city put a focus on scholarly efforts and the improvement of educational facilities. Consequently, some of the greatest names in British history were associated with Oxford. These include Oscar Wilde, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Wesley and Cecil Rhodes. Industry and social norms were then, therefore, geared around accommodating these type of individuals.
Recent times though has seen the focus turn towards tourism and developing the city’s historic sites. The openings of the Museum of Oxford, the Museum of History and Science, the Gallery of Modern Art, and the Oxford Castle have all happened in the last century. Clearly, the rich history is on display across the city. Even guests staying temporarily in Oxford short term accommodation can appreciate the many historic sites on offer.
Oxford is home to over 4,500 businesses, providing approximately 110,000 jobs. In terms of quality of life, Oxford ranks amongst some of the top cities in the world for business freedom, travel connectivity, safety, healthcare and environmental quality. It is for these reasons that the city boasts a business survival rate of 44%. It is also the support of the Oxfordshire LEP, including business incentives in many forms of funding, which helps maintain the city’s business prowess. Furthermore, the city enjoys great transport links, aided by a nearby airport, London connections and a strong internal transportation system.
Whilst the past has seen Oxford industry cater to students and education, new modern-day businesses have enabled the area to be at the forefront of cutting-edge sectorial development. Although there are some ‘spin-out’ institutions linked with the university, Oxford has also been recognised as one of the UK’s top creative hotspots. This works well alongside an exceptionally gifted talented workforce in the area. Of course, science and research businesses abound in the area, but there are other major areas of business. These include car production, technology and publishing which brings an array of business travellers searching for Oxford corporate accommodation. These apartments provide an excellent base from which to make the most of your time in this famous city.
Oxford is a beautiful-looking city, with many buildings made of the trademark yellow Cotswolds sandstone. With everything else there is to say about Oxford, it is easy to miss this area of outstanding natural beauty right on your doorstep.
An example of this is the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, the oldest of its kind in Great Britain. Containing over 6,000 different species of plants, and previously dedicated to supporting medicinal research, this garden is a must visit for those looking to take a break within a busy business schedule. Otherwise, there are many other surrounding grounds and open spaces which exemplify the Oxfordshire countryside, such as; the Christ Church Meadow, the Water Meadow, The Grove and the college recreation grounds. All of these are made even better by the fact that the beautiful River Thames bypasses or intersects them.
However, guests in Oxford aparthotels will also undoubtedly wish to go sightseeing when in the area. Top of the agenda is the selection of Oxford museums. The Ashmolean Museum holds a renowned collection of both ancient and modern antiquities from across the globe, whilst the Museum of Oxford displays the life of the people throughout the ages. Whereas, a different approach comes from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Here visitors can see a huge collection of entomological, geological and zoological exhibitions. Evidently, the museums here cover a broad range of the area’s history and are all well worth visiting.
At the end of the day, whatever the reasons people choose to visit Oxford, there are an array of possibilities to choose from to make the most of a stay. Whether it be for business or leisure, travellers can be sure that stays in Oxford serviced apartments meet their expectations.
Renowned for being the fastest growing airport for private and business aviation in recent times, London Oxford Airport benefits from being the primary airport in the Thames Valley area, lying only fifty miles away from London.
What’s more is that transportation options to-and-from the airport are excellent. As well as there being four railway stations within around six miles of the airport, Oxford city bus services also run at 15-minute intervals to drop passengers right at the airport. Alternatively, the airport can also be accessed by car thanks to the nearby M40 motorway and A34 Dual Carriageway. From SITU’s Oxford city apartments airport taxi transfers can also be arranged.
Based right at the heart of the city centre, Oxford Railway Station has four platforms, managed by Great Western Railway. It is the main station in Oxford, running train services to the likes of London, Newcastle, Reading, Manchester and Bournemouth.
Alternatively, further north of the city and just outside North Oxford Golf Club is Oxford Parkway train station. Based in Water Eaton, the station lies between Kidlington and Oxford stations.
An integrated transport system means that bus transportation is efficiently linked with other modes of transport in Oxford. Obtaining a SmartCard allows owners the ability to use any bus from any operator within the Oxford Zone.
Many of Oxford’s bus transportation options, such as the ‘Pick Me Up Bus Service’, Park & Rides or airports transfers are operated by the Oxford Bus Company. Visit www.oxfordbus.co.uk for more information.