iQ in the city: Oxford

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The UK's original student city, Oxford is the home of two highly regarded universities. iQ Alice House is located on St. Clements Street, between the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, so we're close to the city’s shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés, and in the perfect position to enjoy Oxford’s natural beauty – overlooking beautiful green spaces and the River Cherwell. Here's our guide to what you can expect to find around the Oxford area.


Be at One – 2 minute walk

Be at One is a cocktail bar popular amongst the residents of iQ Alice House. Its close location means they can pop in for a chilled evening in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They even offer mixing masterclasses where you can learn how to become a useful mixologist.

O2 Academy - 10 minute walk

This venue is a city icon, located on Cowley Road. A landmark of Oxford's entertainment scene, its two venues host the best live music, club events and local talent in the city.

Bridge Night Club – 15 minute walk

Bridge is one of the biggest late-night clubs in the city. It has an incredible lounge bar, in which there’s always a lively crowd. They organise student nights quite often, so it's a great place to dance and meet new people.

Ashmolean Museum - 15 minute walk

The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s Museum of Art and Archaeology, so if you're interested in the world’s great civilisations, this is the place to be. Its collections are extraordinarily diverse and getting lost in its corridors can be a great stress killer, especially during exam periods.

Bodleian Library – 15 minute walk

The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it’s the second-largest library in the UK, after the British Library. If you need to do some research for your assignments’ bibliography, forget about Wikipedia – you will find all you need in here, and it’s beautiful too!

Oxford Ice Rink – 20 minute walk

One of the most fun plans you can make in Oxford is ice skating. Oxford Ice Rink venue is open all year, so there's no excuse not to come and have some fun. It also has a cosy café, perfect in case you prefer to enjoy the experience from afar.

Food and Drink

La Cucina – 1 minute walk

Just on the doorstep of Alice House, you will find this incredible Italian restaurant. You can truly enjoy an Italian experience at a reasonable price, whether it’s a meal or just a coffee.

CuttleFish – 1 minute walk

If you like fish, you cannot miss this place that is just next door to our building. They bring the freshest products from the shore straight to the table, and the venue has a friendly vibe.

Angel & Greyhound Pub – 1 minute walk

This pub is the perfect spot to grab a couple of drinks and enjoy the surroundings while creating new memories. It’s also got a patio garden which is ideal when it’s sunny.

Café Coco - 5 minute walk

Just a few minutes away from iQ, you will find this cosy and warm café where you can gather with your friends for a relaxed Sunday evening. With vintage posters on the walls and incredible pastries, you'll want to stay forever.


Clarendon Centre – 10 minute walk

This shopping centre is located in the heart of Oxford. The archaeological areas of its surroundings make this shopping centre one of the more unusual ones. You will find stores like H&M, French Connection and Zara here.

Covered Market – 15 minute walk

Located in the city centre, the Covered Market is an historic market with permanent stalls, shops and cafés under a large covered structure. No one coming to Oxford should miss a visit.

Bicester Village – 47 minute train

This well-known designer outlet offers a massive range of brands at discounted prices. You'll find Michael Kors, Lululemon, AllSaints, Stella McCartney and around 150 more stores, as well as some cool places to eat, including regular pop-ups.


Alice House is a few minutes’ walk from both Oxford Brookes University and The University of Oxford. If you’re studying at St Hilda’s College, Magdalene College, Oriel or The Queen’s College, they're only a 10-minute walk away.

There is a wide range of buses available outside our door, such as Oxford Tube and X90, which will take you straight to London in 1.5 hours.

You can easily get to the city centre via routes 8, 9, 400, 13, X13 and 280, with the bus stop just 2 minutes’ walk from iQ Alice House.


Your iQ team will be happy to help you get to know Oxford better, so please ask at Reception if you need any help. And if you find somewhere in town that you think everyone else should know about, let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using hashtag #MyiQLife


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