A Guide to Oxford Apartments and Neighborhoods
Becoming familiar with the different neighborhoods in Oxford will help to determine which neighborhood will be the best fit for you, along with knowing how far your commute to the University of Mississippi campus will be.
To help make your search for Oxford apartments easier, we have put together a list of neighborhoods that surround the University of Mississippi. Each of these neighborhoods is within walking distance to campus, or just a short bike, car, or bus ride away.
From frat houses to apartment complexes and large historic homes, Oxford has a great variety of housing options for everyone! Oxford is only ten square miles, so getting around town is very accessible and the town revolves around Ole Miss. The neighborhood that surrounds Ole Miss is appropriately called University, which is adjacent to Downtown Oxford. The neighborhood is jam-packed with college students as more than 85% of the people living in this area are enrolled at the school.
Located within University is the Oxford Mall and Studio Cinema, but the main attraction is The Grove. During the school week, The Grove (10-acre field surrounded by trees) is a spot to study, play a game of catch, and to eat your lunch. When game day rolls around that’s another story! On game day, up to 25,000 people dress up in their Sunday best to go cheer on the Rebel’s football team. Girls are wearing sundresses and heels while guys are decked out in sport coats and polos. There are popup tents everywhere and the drinks are flowing. The Grove was ranked as the 2nd best tailgating spot by ESPN and has been called “the Holy Grail of tailgating spots.” Join in the festivities and chant the Hotty Toddy with all the rest of the fans! Their motto is, “We many not win the game, but we’ll always win the party.”
Speaking of party, some of the most popular bars in Oxford are located in University. The most popular is The Library which is three bars in one. There’s a dance club, sports bar, and outdoor patio for drinking. Many of the Ole Miss athletes are spotted at Funky’s which is a daiquiri bar and just a few steps away from Funky’s is Levee. Levee is a popular dive bar that undergrads hang out at.
University is home to several luxury off-campus student housing apartments like Campus Creek and Gather Oxford, just to name a few, that have amazing amenities like pools and sports courts. There are also tons of rental houses too! Due to the close distance to campus and the walkability, this is the most preferred area of Oxford to live in for students.
Just to the east of University is Downtown Oxford, or more commonly known around those parts as The Square. This area is Oxford’s business district and walking down the street you’ll come across several restaurants, museums, galleries, and shops. At many of these spots, you can catch live music too. Shop the South’s oldest department store Neilson’s or the largest independent bookstore, Square Books. You can also visit William Faulkner’s childhood home, Rowan Oak, or catch a show at the Lyric Theater.
The Square is the happening nightlife spot Oxford. Oxford has even been called “The Little Easy” because it’s compared to going out in New Orleans. However, even though Oxford is a huge college town full of people who are ready for a party, much of the city wishes alcohol was prohibited so the cops are quick to shut down bars any time of the day (some even say before the party gets started). That doesn’t stop students though! House parties anywhere around town are easy to find. In the downtown area, there are plenty of housing options like single family homes, duplexes, and apartment complexes that are sure to fit anyone’s needs. Being that this area is adjacent to Ole Miss the commute to classes is easy!
The Lamar Park neighborhood is just north of the University of Mississippi campus. This area of Oxford gets its name from none other than Lamar Park. The park has a lake, walking trails, and several gardens for community use. Oxford holds several city gatherings here like public speeches and social events here. This area has many of Oxford’s older historic houses and nearby you’ll find restaurants like B’s Hickory Smoked BBQ and Mink’s on the Park. The University-Oxford Airport is also close by. Oxford was named the first bicycle community in Mississippi and being that this area is close to campus, biking to class is a fast alternative.
The Medical District of Oxford is located south of The University of Mississippi and The Square. This area is made up the Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi, North Mississippi Family Medical Clinic, and countless other health-care facilities. The Medical District also has some other area schools and other businesses. This area is rapidly growing and has several single-family homes and apartment complexes.
To recap, here are some helpful tips/reminders:
All housing in each Oxford neighborhood is within 10 miles to the University of Mississippi campus
Most students living off-campus in Oxford apartments live in the University neighborhood
Housing in different areas, besides University, may require car or bus transportation
Make sure your new place is easily accessible to shopping and grocery stores for running errands
Use Google Maps to determine the distance of a property you are considering to the Ole Miss campus