|A mile north of the City centre, Summertown is one of Oxford's most desirable residential areas. Its proximity to Lady Margaret Hall, St Hugh's, St Anne's, Wolfson, and Green Templeton make it particularly popular with students from those colleges.
Much of the housing is Victorian and spacious, as they were initially built for married academics and their families.
There are two main food supermarkets in Summertown, virtually next door to each other: the Coop for your 'normal' food shop, loo roll and other necessities, and M&S Simply Food for occasional showing off, the coffee shop, and clothing basics. There is also a Tesco Metro at the top end of the shopping parade.
Restaurants in Summertown are not generally of the budget variety. If you're feeling flush, or someone's treating you, head for either Portobello or Cibo! on South Parade. Spice Lounge is a contemporary Indian restaurant with a wide selection of creative dishes.
The Lebanese deli, LB's, is an unusual and delicious takeaway option. Fans of Chinese food are well catered for, with two restaurants (Xi'an and Hong Kong House) offering takeaway menus. Otherwise you can get an Indian from Saffron or a pizza from Mamma Mia.
Pubs and clubs
Summertown is one of the more sedate areas of Oxford; as a result, good pubs are rather thin on the ground whilst clubs are non-existent. The Dew Drop Inn is worth a look-in, but for a lively night out you are better off heading to Jericho or the City centre.
Cashpoints with free withdrawals
You'll find them at various banks in the Parade.
There is no Post Office in Summertown, but you can post parcels and letters at Mail Boxes Etc. in the Parade.
There are frequent buses to and from the City centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford Brookes Headington and Gypsy Road campuses, and the railway station.
Look out for
Hidden away behind the public library in South Parade is the Turrill Sculpture Garden: a small, landscaped space with constantly changing exhibitions by contemporary sculptors. Also in South Parade is the five-year-old North Wall Arts Centre containing a theatre, drama studio, dance studio, and art gallery.