City Guide: Oxford

Oxford City Guide for iQ Alice House, student accommodation in Oxford

Oxford is a popular student city with two highly regarded universities. iQ Alice House is located on St. Clements Street, between the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University, and is close to the city’s shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés. iQ Alice House is in the perfect position to enjoy Oxford’s natural beauty – residents overlook beautiful green spaces and the River Cherwell, just a short walk from Alice House.


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 its relaxed and friendly atmosphere. They even offer mixing masterclasses where you can learn how to become a complete 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 is a great place for students 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 are 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 is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it’s the second-largest library in Britain, 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!

Ice Rink – 20 minute walk

One of the most fun plans you can make in Oxford is ice skating. The Ice Rink venue is open all year, so there is 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 & Drink

La Cucina – 1 minute walk

Just on the doorstep of iQ 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 Alice House, you will find this cosy and warm café where you will be able to gather with your friends for a relaxed Sunday evening. Its vintage posters on the walls and the incredible pastries will make you 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 a wide range of shops here, like H&M, French Connection and Zara.

Covered Market – 15 minute walk

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

Templars Square – 20 minute bus

Templars Square Shopping Centre is Oxford’s largest enclosed shopping centre, and just a short ride from iQ Alice House. It has a wide variety of retailers including Wilkinson, Boots, New Look and many other recognisable High Street names.

Bicester Village – 47 minute train

This well-known outlet offers a massive range of designs and brands at discounted prices. Enjoy the luxury shopping but be careful with your wallet!


iQ Alice House is a few minutes’ walk from both Oxford Brookes University and The University of Oxford.

There is no better place to stay in Oxford than iQ Alice House, if you’re studying at St Hilda’s College, Magdalene College, Oriel or The Queen’s College, as they are only a 10-minute walk away.

There are a wide range of buses available outside iQ Alice House, such as Oxford Tube and X90, which will take you straight to London in 1.5 hours.

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