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Oxford is a town lying in the South East of England in Oxfordshire County. It is home to the University of Oxford, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.

Oxford lies 90 kilometres (55 miles) north west of London and 110 kimometres (70 miles) far from Birmingham. It covers the area of 45.59 square kilometres (17.6 square miles). River Thames flows through Oxford and it is known here as Isis (especially used in the context of rowing at the University of Oxford). Population in Oxford was 149,800 in 2005 with the population density 3,286 inhabitants per square kilometre.

The University of Oxford has 39 self-governing colleges related to the University in a type of federal system. Besides them, there are also seven Permanent Private Halls, founded by different Christian denominations. Students from all over the world study here, a quarter from all the students is from overseas. 18,000 students are of more than 130 nationalities. Term “town and gown” is used in referring to the people living in Oxford in contrast with students. The colleges of the University exist around the city for more than 800 years, although there is no clear date of foundation, but teaching existed at Oxford in some form in 1096 and developed rapidly from 1167, when Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. The first colleges were University, Balliol and Merton. Thanks to the harmonious architecture of university buildings, Oxford is known as the “city of dreaming spires”.

Many tourist attractions are connected with the University and collages. Colleges create special historical atmosphere, although many of them are closed to visitors. Quite famous is Radcliff Camera in the centre of the city. However, it still belongs to the University as well as Bodleian Library, Clarendon Building, Sheldonian Theatre or the building of the Oxford University Press. There are a lot of green spaces in Oxford.

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