Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies
Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

Venues

Our 2019 Sessions will meet at the University Church, The Queen's College and Somerville College, Oxford University

University Church of St Mary the Virgin

 

University Church, (the centre from which the University of Oxford grew)

High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BJ

 

 

The Queens College, Oxford. Photo Credit Kaofenlio

 

The Queen's College, High Street, Oxford,  OX1 4AW

 

Harris Manchester College

Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TD

Travel 

 

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

  • If you arrive at Terminals 1, 2, or 3, exit Customs and follow signs to the Central Bus Station and go to Bay 15.
  • If you arrive at Terminal 4, take the free transfer to T1, 2, and 3 and then get the bus at Bay 15.
  • From Terminal 5, go to Bay 10.

Buses to Oxford run approximately every 30 minutes between 4.00 am and 10.00 pm, less frequently during the night. A one-way fare costs £23, a period return (round trip), valid for three months, costs £29. The ride should take about an hour, perhaps a little longer in heavy traffic.

 

Gatwick Airport is also served by the Airline coach service and leaves once an hour during the day. The coaches to Oxford leave at quarter past the hour from the upper forecourt of the South Terminal Bus Station and at twenty minutes past the hour from Bay 4/5 of the North Terminal Bus Station. A one-way fare costs £28, a period return (valid for three months) costs £37. The ride will take 2 to 2½ hours, depending on traffic.

 

The Airline bus drivers accept cash (£, €, US $) on the bus, or you may pay by credit or debit card in the bus station

 

The Airline driver will ask for your destination in Oxford. The bus stops at St Clements, the High Street (outside Exam Schools), St Aldates and ends at  Gloucester Green (pronounced “Gloster”), the Oxford bus station in the city centre. You may ask the driver which stop is the closest to your accommodation.

 

Stansted Airport It is a longer journey to Oxford.

  • Take the National Express bus to central London (Victoria Coach Station) and change to the Oxford Tube bus, or
  • Take the Stansted Express train to London Liverpool Street station and then change on the Underground to reach London Paddington and then take the train to Oxford.

Prices and journey times vary and you should check travel times before you book your flight to ensure that connecting travel to Oxford is available at the time you land in the UK.

 

Taxis from airports are expensive. If booked in advance, Heathrow prices range from £75 to £100; Gatwick prices range from £110 to £125. If not booked in advance, these fares can triple in cost, so always prearrange such journeys.

 

Trains from London 

If you are making your way to Oxford from Central London, trains leave from Paddington Station depending on the time of travel and can be cheaper if booked well in advance online.

 

Coaches from London

The Oxford Express and Oxford Tube leave from Victoria coach station, and other central London stops every 15 minutes or so. 

 

Once you are in Oxford: If you do not want to walk from Gloucester Green Bus Station you will find taxis in the square behind the bus station. The average fare will be about £5 to £10 for Oxford colleges in the city centre or just over £10 if your college is further away from the city centre.  The Oxford the city bus service is excellent. Use the Oxford Bus Company App to track your bus, plan your journey, find bus stops near you and purchase tickets.

 

Many Oxford streets are closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. Visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services. A  Park and Ride system operate from various locations on the Oxford Ring Road. Limited paid parking is available in Oxford City centre.

 

Useful websites

National Rail timetables www.nationalrail.co.uk

London Underground www.tfl.gov.uk/modes/tube/

The English Tourist Board https://www.visitengland.com/

The London Tourist Information Service www.visitlondon.com

Welcome to the City of Oxford www.oxfordcity.co.uk

 

 

Lodging

The University of Oxford and its colleges offer comfortable bedrooms, from the contemporary to the more traditional. Oxford Colleges provide 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's gardens. These centrally-located rooms start at £50. Check availability and book online on the Conference Oxford website or the University Rooms website. (Please note that Speedybooker will process your booking on behalf of Conference Oxford). If necessary, confirm your booking directly with the college. Rooms typically become available one to two months in advance, so please revisit the website within that period if nothing is available now.

 

 

Somerville College

The Queen's College

St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HS

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Somerville College, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HD

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St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6JF

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Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PW

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St Benet's Hall, 38 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LN

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Keble College, Oxford OX1 3PG

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Lincoln EPA Science Centre, 15 Museum Rd, Oxford OX1 3PX

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St John's College, St Giles', Oxford OX1 3JP

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Worcester College, 1 Walton St, Oxford OX1 2HB

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Wadham College, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PN

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Exeter College, Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DP

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Trinity College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BH

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St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE

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Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DR

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Jesus College Oxford, Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DW

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Brasenose College, Radcliffe Sq, Oxford OX1 4AJ

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Mansfield College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TFK

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Oriel College, Oxford OX1 4EW

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Merton College - Hollywell Buildings, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3SH

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Christ Church, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP

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Pembroke College, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DW

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Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Oxford OX1 4JF

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The Queen's College, High St, Oxford OX1 4AW

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University College, Oxford OX1 4BH

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Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD

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Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU

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St Catherine's College, Manor Rd, Oxford OX1 3UJ

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Saint Stephen's House, Oxford OX4 1JX

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The YHA Oxford is located beside the Oxford Train station and offers the least expensive accommodation option. Membership is not a requirement. Private rooms are available, some with ensuite bathrooms.

Below is a selection of websites that give further information about places to stay in Oxford. All are within walking or city bus distance from the University Church  

 

Somerville College

The Queen's College

The Old Bank Hotel, Oxford OX1 3BW

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Mercure Oxford Eastgate, 73 High St, Oxford OX1 4BE

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Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LN

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Royal Oxford Hotel, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HR

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Sports View Guest House, 106-110 Abingdon Rd, Oxford OX1 4PX

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Cotswold Lodge Hotel, 66A Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6JP

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The Principal Oxford Spires Hotel, Abingdon Rd, Oxford OX1 4PS

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St Margarets Hotel, 41 St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LD

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Marlborough House Hotel, 321 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 7NY

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Holiday Inn Oxford, Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD

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Holiday Inn Express Oxford - Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP

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There are also several other hotels and B&Bs a few minutes walking distances from the city centre and the University Church.

Participants are responsible for contacting the accommodation providers. Please also note that this information is for the benefit of the participants only. We have no association with any of these organisations or websites.

 

© Aidan McRae Thomson - Detail from Charles Eamer Kempe's west window at St Mary's
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