Staying in Oxford

Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference



Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford

24-29 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LB


Oxford, The City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its University and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been home to royalty and scholars. Nowadays, the city is a bustling cosmopolitan place, still with its ancient University, but home also to a growing hi-tech community.
With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for visitors to enjoy.

More information: Oxford UniversityOxford City Guide



Oxford college accommodation is a cost-effective alternative to staying in a hotel. With centrally located bed and breakfast (B & B) rooms and dining in the college hall, you can trace the footsteps of Ghandi, Bill Clinton, Hugh Grant or the 25 British Prime Ministers who have passed through Oxford colleges.

Special rates are available at:

St Anne’s College (quote promo code POD2014). Dates available between 13th – 17th September.  Check-in is after 1 p.m. and check out is no later than 10 a.m. on the day of departure.  There is very limited parking at the College, so we would suggest that anyone arriving by car uses the Park and Ride car parks at Water Eaton and Thornhill.

Somerville College (quote promo code POD2014). Dates available between 14th – 18th September. Other Oxford College accommodation is available in September, add the required dates to Oxford Rooms for a choice of rates colleges.

St Antony’s (quote promo code POD2014). Dates available between 14th – 18th September.


Alternative city centre accommodation is listed in the table below.

Hotel Email Telephone
The Old Bank 4* +44 (0) 1865 799599
The Randolph 5* +44 (0) 1865 256400
The Buttery 4* +44 (0) 1865 811950
The Old Parsonage 5* +44 (0) 1865 310210
The Eastgate 3* +44 (0) 1865 248332

Other Oxford hotel accommodation is available.
NB: Accommodation over this period will be in high demand, book early to avoid disappointment.


Travelling to Oxford

By air
From Heathrow and Gatwick airports there are direct coach services to Oxford

By coach or bus from LONDON
From London, Heathrow and Gatwick airports there are direct services by AIRPORT EXPRESS (The Oxford Bus Company).
Tel +44 (0) 1865 785400.

From London centre
Buses from London to Oxford run round the clock at very reasonable fares. Travel times from London vary with traffic but average an hour and a half to two hours. The X90 is faster than the Oxford Tube as it follows a more direct route.
X90 Calls at London Victoria Coach Station, Marble Arch, Gloucester Place (Baker Street) and Hillingdon Circus
X80 Calls at Heathrow bus station and Heathrow Terminal 4.
X70 Calls at Gatwick South Terminal and Gatwick North Terminal
Oxford Tube Calls at Grosvenor Gardens (Victoria), Marble Arch, Notting Hill Gate, Shepherd’s Bush, Hillingdon Circus and Lewknor Turn

By coach or bus from other UK Cities
From most major UK cities, by NATIONAL EXPRESS Tel: + 44 (0)870 5808080

By rail
Direct service from London Paddington via Reading
Direct service from Birmingham New Street via Banbury and Coventry.
Other connections from the south via Reading or Didcot,
Other connections from the north via Birmingham New Street.

For more information contact National Rail Information, Tel: + 44 (0)345 484950 or access the Rail Track website at


Oxford tours and attractions

Bill Spectres Oxford Ghost Trail – Historically informative yet hugely entertaining, it’s the perfect way to soak up the atmosphere of this famous city, leaving you with a deliciously scary tingle running down your spine.

Bodleian Library Tours – The Bodleian Library is a working library which forms part of the University of Oxford. It is housed in a remarkable group of buildings which form the historic heart of the University, and you can explore the quadrangles of these magnificent structures at no charge.

Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology– The Ashmolean’s extensive collections of prints and drawings are open to the public in the Western Art Print Room, 9Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm).
Please note that visitors wishing to see drawings by Michelangelo and Raphael are requested to make an appointment at least twenty-four hours in advance.

Natural History Museum– The Oxford University Museum of Natural History houses the University’s scientific collections of zoological, entomological and geological specimens. The Museum itself is a Grade 1 listed building, renowned for its spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Among its most famous features are the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the dodo, and the swifts in the tower.



Oxford city centre has many excellent late night cafes and bistros for you to choose from here are just a few of our favourites:

  • The Grand Café – High Street, Oxford
  • Al Andalus -10 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, OX1 2HP
  • Fishers – 36/37 St Clements, OXFORD, OX4 1 AB UK
  • Atomic burger – Cowley Road, Oxford
  • Pierre Victoire – 9 Little Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2HP.