The university campus, divided into research centers, institutes, faculties, colleges, libraries and hostels, occupies a significant part of central Oxford. Numerous parks and gardens await lovers of outdoor walks, the largest of which is the famous University Park.
Oxford has over a hundred general and specialized libraries, the most important of which is the Bodleian Library, founded in the 16th century, the richest collections of which contain unique manuscripts, ancient books, as well as the latest scientific publications on any topic. For lovers of Russian literature, the Taylorian Slavic Library is open, where you can find not only scientific publications on Slavic studies, but also the latest fiction novelties. Oxford also has some of the best British museums, of which the Ashmolean Museum, the Museum of Natural History and Nature, and the Pitt Rivers Ethnographic and Anthropological Museum should be highlighted. Access to museums, parks and libraries is free.
Each student will receive a unique opportunity to become part of the centuries-old academic life of the University of Oxford, with its unusual and unlike anything traditions. So, for example, in some conservative colleges, they are allowed into the dining room only in official clothes, consisting of a dark suit, a student’s robe and a quadrangular cap with a tassel. Upon admission to Oxford, each student is traditionally obligated to undergo a rite of matriculation, which consists in pronouncing the student’s oath in Latin before the chancellors of the university. No less solemn is the graduation process, during which the student also swears an oath in Latin and changes his old mantle to a new one, corresponding to the new degree he received. Both procedures take place in a festive atmosphere at the Sheldonian Theater, built in the 17th century by the famous British architect Christopher Wren.
Oxford University of Oxford can not only study, but also relax. Integration into the unique academic atmosphere of the university is facilitated by numerous student clubs and societies. There are several hundred similar clubs at the University of Oxford, and their area of interest is more than diverse. Here you can meet, say, lovers of archery, participate in debates, play ping-pong, football and chess, take part in excavations, walk around half of the UK, go in for fencing, and much more. Participating in the activities of such clubs, students find not only friends for life, but also enrich their inner spiritual world.
Russian club of Oxford
If any of you are sad, then the Russian Student Society of Oxford University, the oldest student association in Oxford, will help to recall your homeland. Leading Russian politicians, people of science and art are invited to weekly events of the society, parties are organized and watching Russian films. Themed parties and discos are also held weekly at every Oxford college. Special excitement is usually caused by winter and summer balls held 2-3 in a year. Oxford also has two Orthodox churches – the Patriarchate of Constantinople and Moscow, where services are held daily in English, Greek and Russian.
Oxford pays special attention to sports. Here, as in no other place, the principle “in a healthy body – a healthy mind” is professed. Probably, there is no such sport that could not be practiced at the University of Oxford – both at the amateur and semi-professional levels. Each college has its own sports teams; intra-university sports competitions and championships are held. In addition, Oxford has a swimming pool, sports grass fields for football, tennis, squash, rugby, cricket, croquet and many other sports. The numerous rivers and canals of Oxfordshire can be used in boats, kayaks and punts. For free and environmentally friendly movement in the city, students usually use bicycles. The central event of the sports year is rowing, in which Oxford competes with its eternal rival, Cambridge.
All colleges provide housing for at least the first two years of study, and many for the duration of their studies. Housing is usually single rooms located on or near college. Living in college housing means a moderate rent.
Traditionally, the most prestigious are the oldest and richest colleges, such as Christ Church, St. John’s College, Merton and St. Magdalen College. Being attached to these colleges, students, as a rule, do not have problems finding a place to live in a dormitory, additional financing for research projects, sports, etc. Given the annual massive influx of students.