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Travelling to college

City of Oxford College is based in Oxford town centre, with our specialist technology campus located in Blackbird Leys.

Botley Road closure - what you need to know

Work is taking place to expand capacity at Oxford Train Station. City of Oxford College will remain open as usual throughout this period. 

Due to the substantial nature of the works, Botley Road will be closed to all traffic from the end nearest to the Botley Bridge. It will not be possible to drive into the city centre along the Botley Road.  

This closure will take place in phases, to minimise impact on residents and those studying or working in the city: 

  • First road closure: 11 April to October 2023. Botley Road will be closed to traffic at the railway bridge between Cripley Road and Frideswide Square to allow for diversion of utilities. 
  • First railway closure: From 29 July-6 August 2023. All railway lines through Oxford will be closed for track and platform work.  
  • Second road closure: From March-October 2024. Botley Road will be closed to traffic for highway work.  
  • Second railway closure: A four-day closure period for bridge replacement works. This will take place during August 2024 (exact date to be confirmed).   

We would also advise everyone to allow for extra time when travelling into campus, especially during the GCSE English and maths exams period.   

Information for public transport users, pedestrians and cyclists 

If you drive into the city using Botley Road, you are advised to use Seacourt Park & Ride or take an alternative route into the city centre.  

Anyone travelling by bus to the Oxford city-centre campus at City of Oxford College from the Western side of the city, including services from Witney, Wantage and Swindon, will need to leave the bus at the final stop, just before the rail bridge. They will then be able to continue their journey on foot.  

If you are travelling by train, please note there is no planned impact on train services until summer 2023 (see exact dates above).  

Pedestrians, mobility scooters, cyclists and local residents will have access throughout the works. Diversions may apply.  

Information for car drivers 

If you are driving along the Botley Road, please park your vehicle at Seacourt Park and Ride, which has expanded capacity.   

Where can I get more information? 

We would advise to visit this dedicated Network Rail page for the latest information on these works.  

State-of-the-art workspaces and facilities on two campuses in Oxford

We work with leading employers locally, and from across the UK, to ensure our courses and facilities teach the know-how that is relevant to today’s skilled trades.

We have a wide range of facilities to make your education and training as enriching and as practical as possible. From hair and beauty salons, multimedia studios, and kitchens, to well-stocked libraries and engineering workshops. Whether it's our city-centre campus on Oxpens Road, or our Technology campus in Blackbird Leys, you're certain to find a course to inspire your learning!

Take a look below at our virtual tours, or book onto an Open Event to visit us in person and speak to the tutors! 

City-centre campus

Our city-centre campus is next to to the Westgate shopping centre and Oxford Ice Rink.  

Blackbird Leys campus

Our Technology campus is a short walk from Blackbird Leys, Greater Leys, and Cowley.

City-centre campus

Our city-centre campus is located on Oxpens Road. For those wishing to drive, there is limited parking available on-site. Unfortunately, there is no student parking available. There is 24-hour parking available in the Westgate centre and across the road, next to the Oxford Ice Rink, but this must be paid for.

Blackbird Leys campus

Our Technology campus is located on Cuddesdon Way in Blackbird Leys. For those wishing to drive, there is limited parking available on-site.

City-centre campus

If walking or cycling isn't an option, our city-centre campus is well served by local buses into Oxford from most urban and rural areas in Oxfordshire. A 24-hour express bus service to Heathrow airport runs every 20 minutes (at peak times). Services are also available to other major airports and express buses to London are also very popular. 

If you are jumping on the train, our city-centre campus is just a 10-minute walk from Oxford Railway Station. There are very frequent trains to central London, which is less than one hour away. Connections are available to every other major city and town in the UK. 

Blackbird Leys campus

For Blackbird Leys, the technology campus is easily reached by the number 5 bus from Oxford city centre. The nearest station is Oxford Railway station, you can take the number 5 bus towards the technology campus.

Support with travel

If you are finding it hard to meet the costs of travelling to college, you may be able to get a travel bursary, depending on your situation. For more information on bursaries, to check if you’re eligible, and how to apply, please contact our Advice and Admissions team or see our Fees, funding and bursaries page. 

We encourage our students to use alternative modes of transport other than cars. By doing this we are aiming to reduce the amount of traffic as well as promoting a healthy lifestyle and living environment. Both of our campuses are well served by cycle lanes and there is a lot of cycle parking at both sites.

Please note: We have two campuses in Oxford, one on Oxpens Road and our Technology campus at Blackbird Leys. If you are unsure which campus you would like to attend, please contact us here to confirm. 

Oxford city-centre campus

  • Address
    City of Oxford College, Oxford City Centre Campus, Oxpens Road, OX1 1SA

Opening Times

Day Opening time Closing time
Monday to Thursday 8:30am 5pm
Friday 8:30am 4pm
     

The contact centre will close Friday 15 December at midday and will reopen Wednesday 3 January 2024

Term Time 
Monday to Thursday: 8:00am–⁠8:00pm 
Friday: 8:00am–⁠4:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am–⁠1:00pm 

Out of Term 

Monday–⁠Thursday: 8:30am–⁠5:00pm 
Friday: 8:30am–⁠4:00pm 

Term Time 
Monday and Wednesday: 8:30am–⁠5:00pm 
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:30am–⁠7:00pm
Friday: 8:30am–⁠4:00pm 

Out of Term 
Monday–⁠Thursday: 8:30am–⁠5:00pm 
Friday: 8:30am–⁠4:00pm 

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Blackbird Leys Technology campus

  • Address
    Blackbird Leys Campus, Cuddesdon Way, Oxford OX4 6HN

Opening Times

Term Time
Monday to Thursday: 8:00am–⁠5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am–⁠4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Term Time
Monday to Thursday: 8:00am–⁠5:00pm
Friday: 8:00am–⁠4:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed