Within Trinity itself, students will take advantage of social opportunities like evening lectures, films, and meals with fellow students and tutors, all of which are already built into the Seminar. The charming College beer cellar offers Seminar participants a place to congregate and enjoy one another's company. Oxford Seminar College Life Informal social life also centers on student rooms, since many traditional suites include spacious sitting rooms.
As if this were not enough, Oxford's social and intellectual life also extends beyond the College walls, and Oxford itself has all the cultural vibrancy expected of one of the world's great university towns. Streets rich in literary and historical significance meander among the University's thirty-nine colleges. Coffee shops, pubs, bookstores, churches, and gardens all lie just outside the College gates.
Students may go to concerts in the Holywell Music Room, the Sheldonian Theatre (designed by Sir Christopher Wren), and various college settings, such as Merton College's twelfth-century chapel. Evensong at Christ Church Cathedral provides wonderful examples of English church music. More modern music is available in dance clubs and pubs, some situated on the banks of the Thames, others in the heart of the city. During any summer week, students will find so many concerts in college chapels, and plays in college gardens, that they will not be able to attend them all (although some try!).
Oxford is also home to many a fine pub, that ubiquitous, unique and charming mainstay of British social life, and some are famous for their storied associations with well-known Oxfordians of the past.
Situated about ninety minutes northwest of London, Oxford is a pleasant, inviting city of 165,000 inhabitants. It has cinemas, stores, coffee shops, restaurants, and bookshops, all within easy reach of Trinity College. Frequent trains and buses conveniently link it with London, the west of England, and Wales.
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While many seminar participants use their spare time to travel freely, the program also features several field trips. Past destinations have London, Blenheim Palace, Stonehenge, and Bath. Each field trip provides its own unique experience, but all produce many great memories for seminar participants. This past year, the trip to London gave students the opportunity to explore the city and see some of its best sites–the London Eye, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the British Museum, and other exiting spots. The 2015 Seminar also visited Blenheim Palace, famously known for being the birthplace of Winston Churchill. More recently, Blenheim has become familiar as a shooting location for multiple blockbuster films. It also sits on a massive plot of land that contains lovely walking gardens, a maze, and other fun attractions. Also nearby, the city of Bath provides a contrast in cultures, with second century Roman remains lying close to a famous Victorian tearoom, the Regency, featured in Jane Austen’s novel Emma. We are still planning the excursions for the upcoming summer, but we can promise they will be just as exciting.