Let’s get a few things straight. First off, Oxford University is not in London. Oxford is in Oxford, approximately 60 miles northwest of the United Kingdom’s capital city. Secondly, there is no “campus”; the University is comprised of over three dozen colleges and private halls which are spread across the aptly named “city of dreaming spires.” Finally, the University was conceived as an institution of higher learning—one of the world’s most prestigious, in fact—and not as a tourist attraction, which may explain why the porters (who guard the entrance to each college) seem more like nightclub bouncers than eager, would-be tour guides.
That said, the city and its many quirks—from the ancient May Day incantations to the fiercely competitive “amateur” regattas— are as British as tea and crumpets. With the 2012 London Olympics just around the corner […].
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