“I think Oxford has an incredibly unique focus and drive to encourage students to
be proactive throughout their career. Don’t just sit back and expect things to happen to you –
this won’t be the case. The number of past students who go on to make their own work is
astonishing and I think quite rightly something that OSD strongly encourages.”
Cat White, Graduate of the One Year Acting Course, 2018
Many students choose to live in Oxford. It’s just eight miles from the School and a bus runs from the city to the School each day. Oxford is a vibrant modern city, with plentiful cafés, shops, pubs, theatres, cinemas and restaurants.
There’s lots on offer. There are seven permanent theatres including Oxford Playhouse, and numerous others which spring up across the city in the summer months. The School has strong links with The North Wall Arts Centre and Pegasus Theatre. Theatre companies that regularly visit Oxford include English Touring Theatre, Headlong, Wise Children and Frantic Assembly. Also within striking distance are London Theatres, Birmingham Rep Theatre, The Watermill in Newbury and Warwick Arts Centre. The Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford upon Avon is just 40 minutes away by car.
The city hosts a plethora of live music venues and the Cowley Road Carnival is held annually each July. There are two world-renowned museums, the Ashmolean and the Natural History Museum plus the contemporary visual arts gallery, Modern Art Oxford as well as a variety of cinemas. There are two rivers running through Oxford where you can punt, lots of green spaces and even woodland if you venture a little out of the city.
Transport within Oxford is good – great bus services and lots of cycle lanes. There’s good public transport linking Oxford and Woodstock and it’s also easy, quick and relatively inexpensive to get to London by train – frequent (every 10 mins during peak time) and by bus.
Travel To The School
The School provides a subsidised bus service from Oxford, Begbroke, Yarnton, Woodstock and Kidlington to the School.
Out Of The City
If you want to make the most of country living, Woodstock is a beautiful historic town only a couple of miles from the School. It has the gentrified feel of many Oxfordshire towns but with plenty of restaurants, pubs, wine bars and hotels, plus a museum and library, it has lots going on and the added advantage of being only 15 minutes from the School by bicycle. Other options on the school bus route are Yarnton and Begbroke, which are quiet, well-placed villages halfway between Oxford and the School, and Kidlington, a busy town about five miles from Oxford which has a good range of shops including two large supermarkets, banks, hairdressers, takeaways and pubs, and excellent access to Oxford.