Our main location at Bocardo House is a typical city centre building in Oxford. Situated just opposite the Oxford Union in St Michael’s Street, Bocardo House consists of:
In the summers, we hold part of our summer school at Lady Margaret Hall (LMH), one of Oxford University’s colleges. LMH is just a 5 minute walk from trendy North Parade, where you can find a number of cafes and restaurants.
“Lady Margaret Hall admitted its first seven students in October 1879. They pioneered women’s higher education in Oxford, entering a world of learning that had for centuries been a male monopoly. When the College celebrated its centenary [in 1979], the foundation seven had increased to four hundred, including postgraduate as well as undergraduate students.”
Today, LMH is one of the most well-respected colleges in the Oxford University system. It also has one of the most beautiful campuses of all the Oxford colleges, being situated in the northern part of the city surrounded by the University Parks, the River Cherwell, and nature areas.
During the academic year as needed, we often hire the Gladstone and Morris rooms at the Oxford Union, conveniently located just opposite Bocardo House in St Michael’s Street.
These rooms can be used for small or large groups and offer students an opportunity to experience the tradition of this Oxford institution. The Union has played host to a huge variety of internationally-renowned guest speakers over the nearly 200 years of its existence:
According to the Union’s website:
“To name a few, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and even Kermit the Frog have all found the time to come and speak at the Oxford Union. Every term, every year, the Union has a tremendous range of high-profile speakers unlike anywhere else in Britain.”
We sometimes use the rooms at Jesus College both during the academic year and in summer. This college is located within a 5 minute walk from CIE.
According to Jesus College website:
Jesus College was founded in 1571 under the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, making it the only Elizabethan College within the University of Oxford. It is officially known as ‘Jesus College in the University of Oxford of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation’, although its first benefactor was Hugh Aprice (or Price), a churchman who had previously been educated at the University.
Recently, we have begun hiring the Tower Room in the Parish Church of St. Michael at the North Gate for teaching groups during the academic year. This lovely, historic building is the oldest in Oxford, and is just a minute’s walk across Cornmarket from Bocardo House.
According to the Church’s website:
“If you approach St Michael’s from the south, east or west and imagine yourself living here 1000 years ago, you will be reaching the North Gate of the city. The tower that you see before you formed part of the city wall with only fields and open countryside beyond to the north. This wonderful example of Saxon architecture and workmanship is, in fact, the oldest remaining eleventh century building in Oxford.”
We regularly use a number of rooms at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Church. These premises are close to CIE – situated just one minute away from Bocardo House. The church offers both larger rooms, which are suitable for testing in the summer, certificate ceremonies and junior classes, as well as smaller rooms used for classes during busy periods throughout the academic year.
According to the Church’s website:
“Our location, which is in the very heart of Oxford, has a very prominent frontage on New Inn Hall Street, right next to St Peter’s college. We are very easily accessible and are an ideal venue for all types of meetings.”
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When we have larger groups of students during the academic year, we use rooms at the Oxford Synagogue. The building is situated within a 10 minute walk from CIE’s main premises at Bocardo House, in the historic Oxford suburb of Jericho.