In and around Oxford, there are a ton of places to find Oxford University and college shirts, gifts and memorabilia. Unfortunately the first things you are likely to find are tourist tat that no self-respecting college student would be seen within a mile of, but do not despair as help is at hand.
There are three traditional university stores in the centre of town that are practically Oxford institutions in themselves. They all feature a wide selection of traditional licensed clothing from both the Oxford colleges and the university itself. At each of these stores you will find a wide selection of traditional college wear (think scarves, ties, cufflinks etc) and everything that you will need for your college clubs and teams from boaties and beyond. Broadly speaking, the offerings here are more traditional than trendy, but you will find authentic, licensed college and university wear of a very high quality.
The Varsity Shop – University and college sweatshirts, souvenirs, ties etc available in store and online through a non-too fancy but fully functional website. www.varsityship.co.uk – 13 Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3AS. Tel: +44 1865 244000 and also 109 – 114 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BT. Tel: +44 1865 249491
Ede & Ravenscroft – You can buy a small selection of Oxford University and college apparel and gifts online at www.edeandravenscroft.co.uk – 119 High Street, Oxford OX1 4BX. Tel: +44 (0)1865 242 756
OU Shop –Claims to be Oxford University’s only official store. Has a wide selection of both traditional and fashionable university merchandise in an attractive, easy to use online store. See more at www.oushop.com – 106 High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BW. Tel: Tel: +44 (0) 1865 247414
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