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Advice for studying English in Oxford

December 4th, 2014

If you’re somebody that has decided they want to come to Oxford to study English at CIE, first let me just say; you’ve made a great decision! And if you’re a little nervous, that’s normal. We’ve written out some advice for you in case you wanted to prepare yourself, so you can fit in like a proper Oxonian ;)


Travelling around Oxford
Walking, Cycling and Buses – As a student, this is definitely what you will be using. Travelling in and around Oxford is as easy as making a cup of tea.


Remember that oncoming traffic is on the left side of the road.


Cycling; you will notice many people riding around the city on their bicycles, it’s a very popular method of transport in Oxford and will keep you fit and healthy. There are cycle lanes for many of the major roads and if you would like to hire a cycle, we can advise you about some nearby places that offer this service.IMG_9381


Buses; The iconic double decker buses can be seen all around Oxford and many of our student use the bus services, they’re not complicated to use and you’re likely to bump into your new friends on them too. The Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach are the two companies that serve the Oxford bus routes and services run regularly throughout the week. You will need a smart card to save you money, but don’t worry – we will help you get one of these when you arrive ;)





Oxford is a multi-cultural city which is reflected in the local cuisine. Why not try some Malaysian food at Makan La, or go to LBs for some Lebanese? Alternatively try some traditional British pub food at one of the many pubs all around the city. If you’re in a hurry, you can always grab something quick to take away from the many kebab vans or fish-and-chip shops!



Oh wow. When packing your suitcase, make sure you have an umbrella, thick jumper and a coat as well as sunscreen, sun hat and flip-flops (all for the same month). In England, the weather is very unpredictable but, there will definitely be rain durinP1120557g your visit so an umbrella is a must!
The hottest months of the year are June, July and August. If you’re coming over these months then pack plenty of sunscreen, sun hat, shorts and general summer wear. Unfortunately, we do still get rain – it is England after all, so do bring an umbrella. The coldest months are November, December, January and February – we highly recommend you bring your warmest clothes. Scarves, gloves, jumpers and coats are vital.





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We recommend that you bring around £50-100 spending money per week. This is not an exact amount, nor do we believe that it should all be spent however it is a lot better to have more than less. We offer a ‘safe service’, CIE can look after your money if you prefer and we highly recommend this service for under 14’s.



Why not get a feel for what it is like to study at CIE by listening to the students talk about their experiences? Students in Sophie’s class share their feelings about “a day at CIE” and their time spent here. It shows us that there is a lot more to our school than learning English! Click here to view their video.


If you have any questions, click and ask.


We look forward to seeing you very soon!

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