In addition to streaming all of our sessions online, this year we are offering a number of in-person places to those wishing to attend the conference at the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford. This will be a great opportunity to connect with others in the field and meet some of our fantastic speakers.
We will take great precautionary measures to ensure that the event is covid-free and with the help of our fantastic AV team, we will ensure that both online and offline audiences enjoy meaningful engagement. With its automated natural ventilation system, the Blavatnik School of Government building constantly creates a flow of clean air in its seminar rooms and lecture halls. In-person conference attendance will be aligned with UK Government COVID-19 policy. Should further COVID-19 restrictions be implemented, we will refund the conference tickets in full.
On this page, you'll find information on travelling to Oxford, accommodation and other useful tips. Sign up to our newsletter here to receive the latest updates on the conference.
Oxford is approximately 60 miles (90 km) northwest of London and has excellent road and national rail links. There are regular coach and train services to the London and Birmingham airports, and direct train services to major UK cities.
If you are flying into the UK, the most convenient airports are the London airports and Birmingham airport.
From London Heathrow and Gatwick airports, you can take The Airline coach service, which runs 24 hours a day. You can also get to Oxford by train from Heathrow via London, and from Gatwick via Reading.
From London Stansted airport, you can take the Stansted Express train service to London Liverpool Street and then take the underground to either Paddington or Marylebone for direct trains to Oxford. Alternatively, there is a National Express 737 coach service.
From Birmingham airport, you can get a direct 1-hour train to Oxford.
Direct services run from London Paddington and London Marylebone. Other services operate from the north via Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International; from the south via Reading; and from the west via Didcot or Reading. You can book your train on Trainline.
Oxford Railway Station is a 5-10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford and 14 minute walk from the Blavatnik School of Government, based in Jericho.
Directs coaches also run from most main cities in the south and north of the UK. We recommend using National Express to book your coach. There is also a 24-hour coach that runs very frequently between Oxford and London called the Oxford Tube.
Uber does not run in Oxford so we recommend using these local taxi services:
Many streets in central Oxford are closed to traffic and parking is severely limited. If considering arriving by car, visitors are encouraged to use the Park and Ride bus services which operate between the city centre and parking areas on the outskirts of the city. For more detailed information, please see the University of Oxford website page on how to get to Oxford University.
If you wish to park in the centre, you can try one of these Oxford car parks. Fees will apply during the day and prices tend to be high.
Address: Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, Walton Street, Oxford OX2 6AH
The building is opposite the Oxford University Press.
Participants may find it challenging to book affordable accommodation in Oxford for this year’s Social Outcomes Conference. We encourage you to book as early as possible.
There is a wide range of accommodation options available in Oxford. A comprehensive list of places to stay in Oxford can be accessed here. Please see below a list of some of the hotels available in Oxford. All of them are located within walking distance to the Blavatnik School of Government.
The city centre has many restaurants, cafés and traditional pubs. You can find many in the historic centre of Oxford, as well as down Walton Street (where the Blavatnik School of Government is located), and East Oxford down Cowley Road.
With beautiful Oxford collages situated all in and around the city centre, it is well worth visiting a few of them. While some colleges are closed to the public, quite a few of them are open to visitors either for free or for a small fee. You can find updated information on opening times and prices of each of the colleges here.
The most popular colleges to visit are Magdalen College (includes a deer park), New College (part of the old Oxford city wall and location for Harry Potter filming), Exeter College (fantastic garden view of Radcliffe square and impressive chapel), Balliol College, and Christ Church College.
Oxford University museums offer world-class collections. The recently extended Ashmolean Museum houses art and archaeology collections spanning four millennia. There is also a rooftop restaurant with lovely views over the city.
The Oxford University Museum of Natural History has an extensive collection of zoological and geological specimens and the Pitt Rivers Museum, accessed through the Museum of Natural History, contains cultural artefacts from all over the world. These and many of Oxford’s other museums are open daily (usually Tuesday-Sunday) and are free to enter.
Art lovers will also enjoy Modern Art Oxford, a gallery that displays modern and contemporary visual art, and book lovers will certainly enjoy the Weston Library, which hosts incredible exhibitions of some of the greatest works in history.