I chose OMBS because I wanted a more rounded education after school than university could provide.

Shopping and Eating

The Covered Market (established in 1774) is located, with a number of entrances, off the High Street and is home to small independent shops ranging from butchers to Italian delis, to cake and cookie shops.  However, you can also find little boutiques, gift shops and cafés.  

Nearer to the College you can find the Clarendon Centre and the Westgate Shopping Centre both of which are bright and modern shopping malls.  They both house shops such as The Body Shop, Office Shoes, Zara and Joules, Oasis, Uniqlo & Other Stories. In Queen Street and Cornmarket Street can also be found Topshop, The White Company, Fat Face and L'Occitane; all the stores you expect to find in a city.  However, if you are wanting something a little more designer visit the lower level of the Westgate Shopping Centre or take a trip down the High Street where you will find shops like Coast, Reiss, Sweaty Betty and Jack Wills. Or you could go further afield to Bicester Village with over 130 designer outlet stores.  Oxford is also host to three department stores – John Lewis, Debenhams and the family run Boswells.  Don’t forget the Cowley Road for vintage, charity and second hand shops.  Here you can also find a wide range of shops offering food from all over the globe.


George Street is the place to go as here you can find Jamie’s Italian, Ask, Bella Italia and Zizzi’s as well as the Westgate Shopping Centre which is home to over 20 new restaurants and eateries.  However, Oxford is also host to Noodle Nation, Wagamamas and the Chang Mai Kitchen (Thai) as well as the many other well known café chains or other types of cuisine.  There are plenty of afternoon tea options too such as Cafe Loco (very popular with our students), the Randolph Hotel or The Grand Cafe.  What is lovely about Oxford though is that you can find loads of small independent cafés and delis dotted around the Castle area and also along the High Street.  If you get exploring you can find many more!