Getting here and FAQs


Direct services run from London Paddington (serving Oxford station) and London Marylebone (serving Oxford and Oxford Parkway stations). Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading.

For details and to plan your journey, see contact National Rail Enquiries.

The centre of Oxford is a 5-10 minute walk from Oxford Railway Station and St Catz College is a 25-30 minute walk away from the station. You may also want to pick up a taxi which you can find outside the station.

Do buy your train ticket in advance to get a better deal.

Coach/ Bus

The Oxford Tube offers a direct service between London (starting at Victoria Station) and Oxford, running a frequent timetable on a virtually 24-hour basis, Monday to Sunday. To travel to Oxford board at stop 10 at Victoria Station or stop 10A on Grosvenor Gardens.

There are also direct and regular services to Oxford from Heathrow and Gatwick airports operated by the Oxford Bus Company. Coach services from other parts of the country are available with National Express and other providers.

The central coach station is at Gloucester Green (the final stop in Oxford) with St Catz College a 17-20 minute walk away. However you might want to alight at the Queens Lane (Stop K5), High St, Oxford OX1 4AN stop from which is only a 10 minute walk to St. Catz. You may also want to pick up a taxi which you can find on Gloucester Green, or outside the rail station (approx. a 10 minute walk away).


There are taxi ranks at Oxford Railway Station, Gloucester Green Coach Station and St Giles’ in the city centre.


There is no parking at St Catz this year.  Many Oxford streets are closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. Visitors are encouraged to take public transport and if you are driving then unless you have arrangements made in advance it’s strongly advisable to use the five Park and Ride bus services.

Oxford Parkway (north). For satnav use OX2 8HA.  Take the Stagecoach 7 bus to and from the city centre.

Pear Tree (north). For satnav use OX2 8JZ.  Take the 300 bus to and from the city centre.

Redbridge (south). For satnav use OX1 4XG.  Take the 300 bus to and from the city centre.

Thornhill (east). For satnav use OX3 8DP.  Take the 400 bus to and from the city centre.

Seacourt (west). For satnav use OX2 0HP.  Take the 400 bus to and from the city centre.

The Oxford Bus Company has information on Park and Ride services 300 and 400The latest timetable for Stagecoach 7 is available here.

Please refer to Oxfordshire County Council’s up-to-date traffic information for details of all local road works and any disruptions likely to delay your journey.


Pre/post Symposium Activities

Most people arrive on Friday afternoon; for those arriving earlier, or staying on after the official ending, Oxford offers some unique opportunities off campus. These include the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum, the Pitt Rivers Museum, and The Ashmolean

The Symposium also offers activities during the few hours immediately before the official opening; more details will follow.


Internet Access

A password for wireless access on your own devices is issued on check in.

Getting Help at the Symposium

Symposium trustees and administrators will be wearing red name badges and are ready to help.  The staff at the Porter’s Lodge and other symposiasts may also be able to help. Don’t be shy!

Emergency Department (A&E)

Emergency medical treatment can be obtained at the Emergency Department (A&E) of the John Radcliffe Hospital on Headley Way, OX3 9DU. Even if you are not registered with the NHS, you will always be seen in an emergency. To call an ambulance, dial 999 from a landline, or 112 from a mobile. By taxi it takes 10-15 minutes depending on traffic.

Neither the College nor the Symposium administrators can take any responsibility for illness or accident on Campus.

Pharmacies in Oxford

Please note pharmacies can close or change their opening hours at short notice, so please do check before making your journey.

Boots is centrally located at 8-10 Cornmarket Street, OX1 3HL (15-20 minutes walk from St. Catz) and can be contacted on 01865247461. Their opening hours are 8.00-20.00 Monday to Saturday and 11:00 – 17:00 Sunday.

Cowley Pharmacy has later opening hours and is located at 258 Cowley Road, OX4 1UH (30-35 minutes walk from St. Catz) and can be contacted on 01865 251700/ 236515. Their opening hours are 9.00-21.00 every day.