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A view of buildings in Oxford covered in snow Oxford, United Kingdom

From London Heathrow Airport to Oxford

 

Heathrow Airport is served by the Airline Coach service (blue and yellow buses) to and from Oxford.

  • Terminals 1, 2, or 3: Exit Customs and follow signs to the Central Bus Station. Airline coaches leave from Stand 15.
  • Terminal 4: Use the free bus transfer to Terminal 5.
  • Terminal 5: Airline coaches leave from Stand 10 at the arrivals concourse.

Coach buses to/from Oxford run approximately every 30 minutes between 4:00 AM and 10:00 PM and less frequently during the night. A one-way fare costs £23; a period return (round-trip) fare, valid for one month, costs £30. Travel time is approximately 80-90 minutes, depending on your departure terminal and traffic conditions. Cash and contactless card payments up to £100 are accepted onboard; alternatively, tickets can be purchased online up to 12 hours in advance. The coach bus makes several stops Oxford; the closest to Wadham College is Queens Lane (located approximately .5 km / .3 mile from the college).

 

From Gatwick Airport to Oxford

 

Gatwick Airport is also served by the Airline Coach service to and from Oxford.

  • South Terminal: Follow signs to the lower forecourt. Coaches leave from Stands 1 and 2.
  • North Terminal: From Lower Forecourt Road, coaches leave from Stands 4 and 5.

Coach buses to/from Oxford run approximately every 2 hours. A one-way fare costs £28; a period return (round-trip) fare, valid for one month, costs £37. Travel time is approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, depending on traffic coniditions. Cash and contactless card payments up to £100 are accepted onboard; alternatively, tickets can be purchased online up to 12 hours in advance. The coach bus makes several stops Oxford; the closest to Wadham College is Queens Lane (located approximately .5 km / .3 mile from the college).

 

From Central London to Oxford

 

Driect trains to Oxford leave from Paddington Station and Marylebone Station in London. Travel time is typically just over 1 hour. If booked well in advance, tickets can be significantly cheaper.

 

There are also several bus companies operating routes between London and Oxford.

 

Travel in Oxford

 

Once you have arrived in Oxford, there are taxis as well as two main bus companies operating within the city: Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach. In addition, as of 2021, Uber app users can use the platform to book a trip with 001 Taxis Oxford, whose drivers are licensed in the city.

 

Useful Resources

 

Oxford Visitor Information

Visit Britain/Visit England

 

Visa Information

 

We cannot assist with visa arrangements but can provide a letter to confirm you have paid to attend the conference. To access the letter, you MUST be registered to attend the symposium. To obtain a letter to assist you in applying for a visa, please contact us via email: info@oxfordsymposiumonreligiousstudies.com

 

Please consult the UKBA Home Office website to establish whether you need to obtain a visa to enter the UK. Make sure you allow enough time for the application. You can find out how long it takes to process a visa in your home country on the website. Also, make sure you supply sufficient evidence.

 

Accommodation

A building at Wadham College with a large tree next to it covered in snow. Wadham College

Accommodation costs are not included in the registration fees. Participants must arrange their own accommodation.

 

There are several hotels a few minutes' walking distance from Wadham College, some of which are listed below:

 Hotel Distance (km) Distance (mile)
 Bath Place Hotel  0.15  0.1
 The Randolph Hotel, by Graduate Hotels  0.5  0.3
 George Street Hotel  0.5  0.3
 George Oxford Hotel  0.5  0.3
 Vanbrugh House Hotel  0.7  0.4
 Museum Hotel Oxford  0.7  0.4
 Mercure Oxford Eastgate Hotel  0.7  0.4
 Courtyard by Marriott Oxford City Centre  1.0  0.6
 Malmaison Oxford  1.0  0.6
 Royal Oxford Hotel  1.1  0.7
 Premier Inn Oxford City Centre (Westgate)  1.3  0.8

 

Other Accommodation Options:

  • The University of Oxford and its colleges have over 6,500 comfortable bedrooms, from the contemporary to the more traditional. Oxford Colleges offer accommodation on an individual basis, providing a unique opportunity to stay in a historic Oxford College room, eat in the college hall, and wander through the college gardens. These centrally located rooms start at £50. Check availability and book online on the Conference Oxford website or the University Rooms website. Rooms typically become available closer to the requested date. Revisit the website if nothing is currently available.
  • You may also wish to consider Airbnb Oxford.
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