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Greetings students! Welcome to Oxford! To celebrate your arrival we have gathered up a few treats for you. Fancy a winning a free meal? Free cinema tickets? Free beer? Then enter the competition...This year's Freshers' Competition is now closed, and we will be contacting the winners shortly - but fear not, lovers of free stuff! We run a number of other fabulous competitions throughout the year - why not subscribe to our Editor's Picks newsletter to hear about the next one? (And receive a weekly round-up of all the best events in Oxfordshire while you're at it!) Find out more about being a fresher in Oxford with our handy Freshers' Guide!
Claiming to be 'masters in the dark arts of molecular mixology' The Alchemist aims to leave you bewitched by their theatrical cocktails. They are open for morning coffee, lunch and dinner and offers excellent service, innovative cocktails and great food so head along and prepare to be enchanted.
Tucked away in the Covered Market is Oxford's first gelateria. iScream only use the freshest, free range ingredients to make their sumptuous sorbettos and gelatos while also selling gourmet chocolates from Wicked Chocolate. Treat yo'self!
There's something spooky going on at the Ashmolean. Their latest exhibition Spellbound: Magic, Ritual and Witchcraft is an in-depth exploration of superstition and witchcraft in Britain which has been recommended by the press and even the illusionist Derren Brown! The Ashmolean is a world famous museum with collections ranging from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art - lots of which is free to visit!
With branches in Jericho and Summertown, Mamma Mia Pizzeria boasts award-winning food, a bustling yet friendly atmosphere, and extremely reasonable prices. We recommend booking in advance as this Italian culinary paradise is understandably popular!
The Ultimate Picture Palace, located just off the Cowley Road, is the perfect independent cinema for students to unwind and watch a variety of mainstream, niche and classic films. A bar serving a range of drinks and snacks ensures your experience is complete with all the old-timey glamour of going to the movies.
Walton Street Cycles are traditional independent, family-run bike experts with a workshop and store in Jericho. They stock all kinds of bikes - new and second-hand - and all the accessories you could need. They’re one of the oldest, most established independent bike shops in Oxford so you can be pretty sure they know what they’re talking about.
The Tap Social Movement is one of the coolest places to hang out in Oxford. They combine social justice, really good craft beers and a brilliant programme of events, from reggae to comedy, so head down to their taproom for a great night out.
Want to stay in shape without being restricted to normal gym opening times?Buzz Gym, located in the Westgate, is open 24 hours and has two studios, live DJs, a dedicated cross training area, and a state of the art free weight training zone, plus free fitness classes when you become a member.
Priding themselves as being a theatre for everyone, the Oxford Playhouse present and produce the best of British and international drama, family shows, contemporary dance and music, student and amateur shows, comedy, lectures and poetry. Make sure to head along to the Burton Taylor Studio to see the best new talent Oxford has to offer.
Fresh, flavourful Japanese cuisine from the team behind London's Japan Centre Shoryu Ramen offers a classy and delicious dining experience which seamlessly blends the modern with the traditional. Be sure to take advantage of their Tuesday student offer - bowls of Ramen for just £7!