Is Oxford Safe for Solo Female Travelers?

Oxford is widely considered to be a safe destination for solo female travelers. The city’s crime rate is relatively low in comparison to other UK cities. Moreover, the local people are friendly, and there are good public transport links and well-lit areas during the night. It's advisable to maintain the usual precautions as in any other city, such as being cautious at night and staying within populated areas. Overall, it offers a secure travel experience.

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How safe is Oxford?

Safety at night:

Safety at night:Safe

Oxford is generally a safe city to travel in even at night. Like any city, it has its less safe areas, but the city center, university area, and most parts are considerably secure. Streetlights are well maintained and public spaces are usually populated until late hours. However, it's always prudent to stay vigilant and avoid less crowded or dimly lit areas when alone. And as always, practice basic safety precautions like sharing your location with someone you trust.
Public transportation:

Public transportation:Safe

Public transportation in Oxford have high standards of safety. Buses and trains are regularly patrolled and have CCTV. However, during late hours, be a bit more cautious and try to travel in well-populated carriages. Despite this, Oxford's public transportation is generally reliable and safe for solo female travelers.
Street harassment:

Street harassment:Low

Oxford is generally a safe city with relatively low incidences of street harassment. However, like any urban area there are occasional reports. This is more likely during late hours and in less crowded areas. During the day, especially in the city center, you can expect to feel secure and comfortable. As always, staying alert and aware of your surroundings can help ensure personal safety.
Petty crimes:

Petty crimes:Low

Oxford, as a city that harbours a lot of students, boasts a relatively safe environment. Petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching can happen, but they are not common. As always, especially in busier or tourist areas, it's recommended to keep an eye on your belongings.
Tap water:

Tap water:Very safe

Tap water in Oxford is exceptionally clean and safe to drink. It is highly regulated and meets all the necessary standards for water quality. Many residents and visitors drink tap water without any adverse health effects. It's not only economical and convenient but also environmentally friendly compared to bottled water.

Is Oxford safe to travel?

Is Oxford safe for women?

Safety rating

4 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Crime rates rating

1 /5

Based on 3 experiences

Oxford is a very safe place usually. I often walk home late at night and have not had any negative experiences. There are some club-goers who harass women, but bouncers are quick to kick people out if they are inappropriate.

Posted: May 29, 2024
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Amelia

Amelia

It's a small city, it's a mostly wealthy area with low crime rates so as long as you're not going out starting fights or looking for trouble it's absolutely fine! I've never had a bad experience at night either

Posted: May 2, 2024
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Is Oxford safe right now?

Before your visit to Oxford, it's essential to check travel advisories for United Kingdom, including your home country's official travel advisory. These advisories can provide up-to-date information on safety, health, and any specific considerations for travelers.
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United States Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The United States government advises exercising increased caution in the United Kingdom due to terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: July 26, 2023
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Canada's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Canadian government advises exercising a high degree of caution in the United Kingdom due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: June 4, 2024
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Australia's Travel AdvisoryExercise a high degree of caution

The Australian Government advises to exercise a high degree of caution in the UK due to the threat of terrorism. Check the full travel advisory.
Last updated: May 2, 2024

Is Oxford worth visiting?

Daria

Daria

United Kingdom

Solo travel experience

Oxford is super cinematic, cosy and atmospheric. I feel myself as if I’m a character from a movie here. I love the center where the main colleges are situated, Ashmolean museum and a famous Bodlean library. All - must visit as for me. Ashmolean museum is free to visit. Just across the street there is a super beautiful restaurant “The Alice” - worth to visit for a cup of tea or a lunch. The best coffee - Colombia coffee roaster (Covered market in the centre and Dummertown - quite far), Society, 101 coffee, Jerico roasters. The best and one of the most iconic pub - King’s arms (very stylish). New Dancing Dragon Bar & Restaurant - is quite far from the centre but as for me the best Chinese restaurant, very very good one (better to book a table). On Turl street - super cool hot chocolate. / if you don’t have a lot of time it’s worth to visit Christ church college and the meadow, Worster college and it’s park, Exeter and it’s back yard with a gorgeous view on the Bodlean. By the way Tolkien who wrote Lord of the ring studied there. For the Harry Potter fans : Christ Church, Bodleian Library and New College. There’s a super nice river and it’s possible to rent a boat near the botanical garden (30pounds per 1 hour and after cheaper) but 1 hour is enough. It’s better to find a student with a student card who can show you the colleges and invite you to have a lunch/dinner at the college hall. It’s a nice experience and all the colleges are open and visits are free if you follow the student. Enjoy!

Posted: June 22, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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