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Intro


Cost of Living


etween generous subsidies for accommoda- tion and food and savings on books and transport, Oxford needn’t be an expensive place to live if you are a student.


B Accommodation


Unlike most universities, at Oxford every college will provide accommodation for your fi rst year, with some providing it for every year of your degree. You will only be charged for college accommodation for the time that you are there (i.e. six months of the year), which is a big selling point compared to other universities. Many colleges also subsidise their accommodation, and it comes with perks such as a cleaner, internet access and possibly an internal phone, a fridge or your sheets being washed for you! Rent typically works out at around £3,300 for the year, but this varies depending on the college (more specifi cs in the ‘Colleges’ section).


Food


College halls provide food, typically three meals a day, which are also subsidised. In many colleges, the price of hall food is just the cost of the ingredients (so it’s as cheap as making it yourself, and you won’t have to do the dishes). However, both quality and price can vary across colleges; going to an Open Day is a good way to taste it for yourself. All colleges also provide formal hall at least once a week, which is a (usually) delicious sit-down meal. Some colleges provide kitchen facilities for students, but the capacity and quality of these depend on the college (more details on this in the ‘Colleges’ section or get in touch with individual colleges for the most up-to- date information).


Outside of hall, there is an abundance of cheap cafes and restaurants in the city, many of which offer discounts for students or mem- bers of particular clubs and societies. Oxford’s diverse population ensures that you’ll have plenty of choice, whatever your taste in food.


All colleges have a bar, with prices typically cheaper than at the pub (and some branding themselves as ‘ridiculously cheap’). All bars serve soft drinks, and many colleges choose to provide these at cost price. College bars provide a friendly and safe atmosphere, and are an excellent place for getting to know the other members of your college. Varsity Events also run regular club nights in the city centre, with reasonable prices on the door and two or three drinks deals on any given night.


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