|With housing similar to that on and around the Cowley Road, though with a slightly more refined feel, Iffley Road is another area popular with all students
Accommodation is versatile, ranging between two-bedroom apartments and seven-bedroom houses. The houses in Iffley Fields, between Iffley Road and the river, tend to be Edwardian and therefore more spacious than the Victorian cottages elsewhere.
The small Sainsbury on the Plain is perfectly placed for picking something up on the way back from town. There’s also a Co-op at the end of Howard Street that’s open until 11pm seven nights a week.
The Magdalen Arms is a great gastropub that received a mouthwatering review from The Guardian when it first opened. Top points for pricing, taste, and decor (particularly considering it used to be the back room of the pub next door) go to Everest, the Nepalese restaurant in Howard Street.
Dedicated takeaways are the fish and chip shop near the Coop and Tsang’s Chinese, opposite the sports ground. If you don’t fancy either of those, the choice on the nearby Cowley Road is virtually limitless.
Pubs and clubs
The Cape of Good Hope, situated on The Plain (the roundabout on the eastern end of Magdalen Bridge) has friendly staff and a good atmosphere. It also serves food, and the outside seating area and upstairs lounge are great for sitting and watching the world go by. Further out towards Iffley are The Cricketers Arms, which has a weekly quiz and a DJ on Friday and Saturday nights, and the Fir Tree, on the corner of Bullingdon Road, which is bigger than it looks from the outside and manages to be both cosy and lively. A pub that has recently been given a new lease of life is the Rusty Bicycle on Magdalen Road. With a woodburning stove, newspapers, WiFi, boardgames and great food, it positively oozes charm and is popular with locals and students alike.
Cashpoints with free withdrawals
Outside the Sainsbury on the Plain and in the Coop on the corner of Howard Street (open to 11pm).
The closest Post Office for Iffley is on Cowley Road (near Marston Street)
There are plenty of buses to and from town. Cycling up Iffley Road is generally a more peaceful ride than on Cowley Road. The Brookes bus goes from St Clements Street to the University.
Look out for
Trick or treating at Hallowe'en is a big tradition for families in Iffley Fields, particularly in Stratford Street, Chester Street, and Argyle Street. Leave a lit pumpkin lantern outside if you don't mind answering the door to hordes of mini draculas, ghosts, and wizards: if you don't, you should be left alone.