Oxford is a historic, picturesque town in North Central Mississippi. With its scenic town square, acclaimed restaurants, unique boutiques, oak-shaded neighborhoods, and friendly people, Oxford is the model Southern town. Named for its famous cousin Oxford, England, in hopes of attracting a university, the town attracted in 1848 the University of Mississippi, which dominates life here today.
Currently, the public transportation is called the O-U-T. It has 2 routes that run north-south and east-west and meet at the Square. The best way to get around is by foot, as Oxford is a beautiful town to walk and parking is scarce downtown and on campus. The second best way is by car. Once you find a place to park on campus, stay there and walk everywhere you want to go. The same applies to downtown. Once you figure out how to navigate the square (it will take awhile) and the surrounding one-way streets, you can find a place to park by cruising the back alleys. If you park illegally, you will get an expensive ticket.
Do not drink and drive as the cops keep a watchful eye on the byways, not to mention you are risking your life and the lives of others. You can avoid this by walking home, hitching a ride (it's easy to find a ride from a friendly stranger on the Square), or calling a cab. Currently, Angel Taxi offers its services for $10 anywhere in Oxford and the immediate area.
Oxford features a regular rotation of notable speakers, art exhibits, plays, musical productions, conferences, and concerts in the Grove. The Ford Center has a regular rotation of a variety of performing arts. The Lott Leadership Institute frequently sponsors well-known speakers, such as Supreme Court justices, senators, and royalty from foreign countries. Recent speakers include John McCain, Antonin Scalia, and the King of Jordan. The Ole Miss Community Calendar has a current list of most upcoming events. The biggest event of the year, other than football games, is the Double Decker Arts and Music Festival. A favorite of many is the weekly Thacker Mountain Radio Show, where area musicians perform in front a live audience. If culture isn't your thing, the area features several golf courses, the huge Sardis Reservoir, a few state parks and recreation areas, and even a couple of day spas.