In terms of reputation, Oxford needs no introduction. Alongside Cambridge, these two cities host two of the greatest learning institutions in the world. The 'city of dreaming spires' is an architect’s dream and an ideal place to find academic inspiration. On a slightly more practical note, the city can be expensive and this is evident in the cost of accommodation and alcohol. The nightlife is good, but limited, this is also the main opportunity for the two universities to mix, mainly as a result of Oxford Brookes being based to the west of the city on a campus. Getting around the city is easy and bicycles are popular, thanks in part to the lack of hills. Oxford also boasts edge of city industry, including the old Cowley motor works.