Solo Female Travel in Oxford

Nestled in the heart of the United Kingdom, Oxford is an exquisite blend of historical charm and vibrant modern life. Known worldwide as the home of the prestigious University of Oxford, the city is steeped in a rich academic tradition that dates back centuries. Its famed spires play host to a mix of medieval and modern architecture, with iconic landmarks such as the Radcliffe Camera, Christ Church Cathedral, and the Bodleian Library capturing the imagination of visitors. While it's a haven for history buffs, Oxford also boasts a buzzing cultural scene complete with delightful eateries, bustling markets, an array of unique shops, and endless picturesque paths offering a glimpse into the iconic English countryside. Whether you're traversing the ancient university grounds, punting gently down the River Cherwell, or meandering through its quaint, cobbled lanes, Oxford promises an unforgettable journey back in time.

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Is Oxford good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

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.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Oxford is a very walkable city with the majority of major attractions such as the university, museums and historical sites located close to each other in the city center. Don't forget to wear comfortable shoes! Also, public transports are available such as buses and bicycles for further locations. Renting a bike is a popular transport option among locals and students. For longer distances, taxis and buses can be used. However, it may be difficult to navigate during peak hours due to substantial traffic.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Oxford offers a variety of activities that cater to a wide range of interests. As a city steeped in history, tourists can explore the iconic Oxford University, including its beautiful colleges and the Bodleian Library. Architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the city's stunning buildings, while literary fans can follow in the footsteps of famous authors. There are also boat trips on the River Cherwell, shopping opportunities at Covered Market, and excellent museums like the Ashmolean Museum. However, it might not provide the bustling night life that some travelers might seek.
Food:

Food:Above average

The food scene in Oxford is diverse and delightful, with a global range appealing to various palates. From traditional British cuisine to Asian, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and beyond, you have plenty of choices. The city caters to different dietary requirements including vegan and gluten-free options. However, it's not the world's top food city, hence not a full score.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Oxford is moderately budget-friendly. Accommodations and dining can be on the pricier side but there are affordable options if you book in advance or look for budget-friendly hostels and eateries. Many of Oxford's main attractions, like the University Colleges and museums, are free to explore, making sightseeing affordable.

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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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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Meet locals in Oxford

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Cozette

Cozette

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My name is Cozette, and I have recently started solo travelling. I like meeting new people, pushing myself out of my comfort zone constantly, partying and adventures.

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Ana

Ana

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I grew up in Italy and now living in the UK. Travelling is my passion! When I have time and money I choose a destination and..go! I like discovering new places, cultures, meeting new people and trying local food 😃 I’m spontaneous and I like outdoor activities: loooooong walks in nature are the best! I also like reading, going out and try new activities 😄

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Local tips

Oxford is so lovely to explore (which i often forget to do since i live nearby) but there is quite a lot to do/experience The nightlife isn’t that good and i don’t go out in Oxford that much so I can’t give a lot of information about the safety at night for women but I never felt unsafe with others

Posted: May 21, 2024
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Oxford is quite safe at nights and in public transport. I recommend Pho restaurant in Westgate and Ivy cafe Nice tip to save money is to go to museums and colleges with a member of Oxford university (student or staff). We can bring up to 2 guests for free

Posted: April 6, 2024
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A city of the arts, the theatres have a constant stream of incredible talent and stories. Check out the North Wall arts centre for the best stuff and a matinee at the Old Firestation after lunch at Damascus Rose Kitchen. For free entertainment find a spot to sit outside the Sheldonian in the sun - there’s often a jazz busker outside or radiating choral music from inside to listen to as you people watch or read a charity shop book find (Oxfam started in Oxford and their bookshops are well stocked!)

Posted: October 28, 2023
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Stay with local women in Oxford who offer free accommodation as part of cultural exchange. Couch surfing is a great way to meet new people, learn more about new cultures and experience destinations like a local.
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Alina

Oxford

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3 days

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Hi! I’m Alina, DPhil student in Oxford)

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Bogata

Oxford

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3 days

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My name is Bogata, I'm from Hungary, living in the UK for 8 years, in Oxford for 5 years. I speak English and Hungarian fluently. Also learning German and Spanish. I love animals, hiking, city tours, travelling and exploring.

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