Although all travel involves risk, Oxford is a safe place relative to other potential study abroad destinations. In general, the UK has a low crime rate, and it certainly has much less violent crime than the USA. Oxford, and particularly north Oxford where the UGA Centre is located, is an affluent area and considered safe by locals.
The UGA at Oxford Centre has modern security systems, with computer-controlled electronic key access and motion-sensor alarms. It is staffed every day by the Centre Manager and every night by Resident Advisors. Trinity College has its own 24-hour security personnel, closed-circuit cameras, and university surveillance.
Oxford is served by several hospitals, including the large world-class facilities at the John Radcliffe Hospital, which also has its own ER and is 10 minutes from the UGA Centre. Primary healthcare doctors are available at nearby medical rooms only a short walk from the Centre. All program participants are covered by comprehensive medical insurance, which is accepted at all facilities.
Government travel advice
For current government advice on travel to the UK, please see: US State Department Travel to the UK
For current government advice on the safety of travel outside the USA, please see: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html
|Passport||Before you can travel to Oxford, you will need to obtain a passport or ensure that your current passport is not about to expire. Passports should have a minimum of six months validity remaining before undertaking any travel. For information on how to obtain a passport, please click here .|
|Visa?||If you hold a US passport, you will not need a visa to travel to the UK for the purposes of the program. However, if you are not a US citizen, you may need a visa, and you should check any requirements which apply to nationals of your home country.|
|Flights||With the required travel documentation in hand, you can then make arrangements for travel to the UK. The easiest way is simply to fly to London. The largest airport is London Heathrow, but London Gatwick or London Stansted are also options.|
|Group flight||Participants are always free to make their own way to and from the UGA Centre in Oxford. However, for the Fall Program and the Franklin/Terry/Grady Summer Program, participants have the option to join a group flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson to London Heathrow organized by the program, accompanied by staff, and available at a group rate negotiated with our travel agent. This group flight will be met at Heathrow by pre-arranged coaches for direct travel to the participants' accommodation in Oxford, and back to Heathrow at the end of the program for the return flight. Whether or not students choose to take the group flights, they are welcome to meet the group coaches at the appointed times for free travel to and from the airport.|
|Flight costs||The cost of flights is not included in the program fee. If booked a few months ahead, a direct return flight will cost around $900-1100. At shorter notice, direct flights can costs considerably more, but indirect flights can usually be found for less.|
Daily flights to London operate from all major US airports, including Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson. Non-stop flights from Atlanta are offered by Delta, Virgin Atlantic and British Airways, but budget-friendly non-direct options are also available from all major airlines. The main airports are London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Stansted. All of these offer direct coach services to and from Oxford.
|From London Heathrow||A coach service called "The Airline", operated by Oxford Bus Company, runs every hour from Terminal 5 and from the Central Bus Station at Terminal 3. The journey is 80-90 minutes, and costs £29 return. For more information, see http://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk|
|From London Gatwick||The same coach company, "The Airline", also serves Gatwick, at both the North and South terminals. The journey time is 120-150 minutes, and costs £37 return. For information, see http://airline.oxfordbus.co.uk|
|From London Stansted||A coach service called National Express runs 8 direct trips to and from Oxford; the journey takes about 3 hours and costs £29.50 return. For more information, see http://www.nationalexpress.com|
|From London by coach||If you arrive in London by some other means, or are spending time in London before the program, you can travel to Oxford from central London on a direct coach service departing from just outside London Victoria Coach Station; there are two services, one called The Oxford Tube, the other X90; both operate almost 24hrs a day, with services every 20 minutes during the day or every hour at night. They both cost around £20 return, with a journey time of 90 minutes. For more information see http://x90.oxfordbus.co.uk or http://www.oxfordtube.com|
|Location||The Centre is located at 104 Banbury Rd, Oxford, OX2 6JU. For google maps, click here . If arriving in Oxford by bus, you will want to alight at the final stop, Gloucester Green Bus Station, and then proceed by one of the following means:|
|By taxi||There is a taxi rank located next to Gloucester Green Bus Station; go out into the square behind the bus station, and cross to the far side, where the taxis will be waiting. The journey is about 5 minutes and will cost about £6 or £7.|
|By local bus||From Gloucester Green, walk east on George St; turn left onto Magdalen St, where you will see a number of local bus stops; you can either catch bus 2A or 2C from stop C1; or bus 25 or S4 from stop C4; ask to get off at the Linton Rd stop, which is on Banbury Rd very near the Centre.|
|By foot||It will take about 20 minutes to walk from Gloucester Green Bus Station. Begin by heading east along George St; turn left onto Magdalen St; this will widen into a large road called St Giles; at the fork, take the right-hand street called Banbury Rd, and continue to 104, which will be on the right.|
|From the train station||If arriving by train, you can take bus 14 from stop R4, which runs once every 30 minutes; or you can walk 10 minutes to Gloucester Green bus station via Hythe Bridge St, and proceed as above; alternatively, you will find the taxi rank directly out front, which will cost about £10 or £11.|