Women's Leadership Symposium in Oxford
Women's Leadership  Symposium in Oxford

Travel & Lodging

Accommodation costs are not included in the registration fees. Participants must arrange their own accommodation. Below are suggestions for transportation and accommodation.

There are three major airports within 90 minutes of Oxford; London Heathrow, Gatwick and Birmingham International, all well served by direct coach connections to Oxford. Heathrow is the closest major airport to Oxford.  

Heathrow is served by a regular coach service (called the Airline) to and from Oxford. If you arrive at Terminals 1, 2, or 3, exit Customs and follow signs to the Central Bus Station and go to Bay 13. If you arrive at Terminal 4, take the free transfer to T1, 2, and 3 and then get the bus at Bay 13. From Terminal 5, go to Stand 10 (directly outside Terminal 5.) Buses to Oxford run approximately every 30 minutes between 4.00 am and 10.00 pm, less frequently during the night. A one-way fare costs £23; a period return (round trip), valid for three months, costs £29. The journey takes approximately one hour, depending on traffic exiting the London area. 


Gatwick is also served by the Airline coach service to and from Oxford and leaves once an hour during the day. The coaches to Oxford leave at quarter past the hour from the upper forecourt of the South Terminal Bus Station and at twenty minutes past the hour from Bay 4 / 5 of the North Terminal Bus Station. A one-way fare costs £28, a period return (valid for three months) costs £37. The ride will take 2 to 2 ½ hours, depending on traffic. 


The driver may ask for your destination. Your journey will end at Gloucester Green (pronounced ‘Gloss-ter’), the Oxford bus station. 

If you are making your way to Oxford from Central London, trains leave from Paddington Station (consult Trainline for the timetable) a one-way ticket will cost £10.50 - £26.00, depending on the time of travel and can be cheaper if booked well in advance online.


Coaches (Oxford Tube) leave from Victoria Coach Station, and other central London stops every 15 minutes or so. The coach services offer a student ticket one-way for £11; £15 for a period return valid for three months. Information is ten available online at Oxford Tube.


Once you are in Oxford, the City bus service is excellent. The Oxford Bus Company and Stagecoach run full services of local buses around Oxford and surrounding towns.


Bed and Breakfast at Somerville – Somerville offers single-occupancy rooms, either ensuite (private bathroom) or with shared bathrooms. All rooms include:

  • Centrally heated and comfortably furnished
  • Includes bed linen and towel
  • Wireless internet access, including Eduroam and OWL
  • Some rooms with hand basins




For more college dorm room options visit the Conference Oxford or the University Rooms websites. Oxford Colleges offer accommodation on an individual basis, providing a unique opportunity to stay in a historic Oxford college room, eat in the college hall and wander through the college's gardens. These centrally-located rooms start at £50. Check availability and book online on the Conference Oxford website.

See the table below for walking distances (miles) to Somerville College.


Somerville College


St Anne's College, 56 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HS



Somerville College, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6HD



St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6JF



Wycliffe Hall, 54 Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6PW



St Benet's Hall, 38 St Giles', Oxford OX1 3LN



Keble College, Oxford OX1 3PG



Lincoln EPA Science Centre, 15 Museum Rd, Oxford OX1 3PX



St John's College, St Giles', Oxford OX1 3JP



Worcester College, 1 Walton St, Oxford OX1 2HB



Wadham College, Parks Rd, Oxford OX1 3PN



Exeter College, Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DP



Trinity College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BH



St Hugh's College, St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE



Lincoln College, Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DR



Jesus College Oxford, Turl St, Oxford OX1 3DW



Brasenose College, Radcliffe Sq, Oxford OX1 4AJ



Mansfield College, Mansfield Rd, Oxford OX1 3TFK



Oriel College, Oxford OX1 4EW



Merton College - Hollywell Buildings, Holywell St, Oxford OX1 3SH



Christ Church, St Aldate's, Oxford OX1 1DP



Pembroke College, St. Aldates, Oxford OX1 1DW



Corpus Christi College, Merton St, Oxford OX1 4JF



The Queen's College, High St, Oxford OX1 4AW



University College, Oxford OX1 4BH



Wolfson College, Linton Rd, Oxford OX2 6UD



Magdalen College, Oxford OX1 4AU



St Catherine's College, Manor Rd, Oxford OX1 3UJ



Saint Stephen's House, Oxford OX4 1JX




Below is a selection of websites that give further information about places to stay in Oxford. All are within walking or city bus distance from Somerville College.


The Old Bank Hotel, Oxford OX1 3BW


Mercure Oxford Eastgate, 73 High St, Oxford OX1 4BE


Macdonald Randolph Hotel, Beaumont St, Oxford OX1 2LN


Royal Oxford Hotel, Park End St, Oxford OX1 1HR


Sports View Guest House, 106-110 Abingdon Rd, Oxford OX1 4PX


Cotswold Lodge Hotel, 66A Banbury Rd, Oxford OX2 6JP


The Principal Oxford Spires Hotel, Abingdon Rd, Oxford OX1 4PS


St Margarets Hotel, 41 St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LD


Marlborough House Hotel, 321 Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 7NY


Holiday Inn Oxford, Peartree Roundabout, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 8JD


Holiday Inn Express Oxford - Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Rd, Oxford OX4 4XP



The YHA Oxford is located beside the Oxford Train station and offers the least expensive accommodation option. Membership is not a requirement. Private rooms are available, some with ensuite bathrooms.

Click on the link for additional accommodations near Somerville College. You may also consider Airbnb in Oxford.


Another valuable source of information is the official tourism guide to Oxfordshire

Keep in mind that fees change, and it helps to book long in advance.

Participants are responsible for contacting the accommodation providers. Please also note that this information is for the benefit of the participants only. We have no association with any of these organisations or websites.

Some of the August 2018 participants


17 - 19 March, 2022

Abstract submission  – 10 February

 Early registration –  3 January

Regular registration – 1 March

What our Alumni are Saying

The Audacity to Stand - Esta Broderick-Winkle
A poem dedicated to the 20th Oxford Women's Leadership Symposium
EstaBroderick_The Audacity to Stand.pdf
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"Many thanks for an amazing experience."

"The experience far exceeded my expectation."

"I found all the presentations very interesting. It was a great opportunity to hear different perspectives on women's issues. The discussion after my presentation was very enriching and I will take it into account in my further research."

Some of the August 2016 participants
Some of the March 2017 participants
Some of the August 2017 participants
Some of the March 2019 participants
Some of the August 2019 participants
Some of the December 2019 participants
Some of the December 2019 participants
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