The ten best places to have sex in Oxford

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Your Bedroom

You'll miss them when they're gone

You’ll miss them when they’re gone

Daredevil Level 0/10

If you want to scream ‘vanilla’, then do it in your bedroom. There literally could not be a more boring place to have sex. If you have ever, at any time at all, had sex in your college bedroom then you are undoubtedly the most boring and normal person in the world.

You’re probably the sort of person who always does the missionary position and considers a blow-job racy. Seriously. You need help. Use this guide to go out and do something exciting.

Pros It’s warm, comfortable, and practical. BIG DEAL.

Cons It’s your bedroom. Live a little and go fuck somewhere really dangerous.

Good For People who need to read on….

Your College Parent/Child’s Bedroom

Not particularly adventurous but plenty of home comforts

Bonus points if you fit in a few generations of your college family

Daredevil Level: 2/10

Oxford wouldn’t be Oxford without a good bit of sharking going on. And waking up after a bop in the bed of someone you barely know who’s two or three years older than you makes the whole experience worthwhile. Let’s face it, this location is going to be an easy one to pull off; your college parent has been waiting a whole year for someone as needy, naive and scared as you to turn up.

They’ll have lured you in with phrases like ‘I sing in the College choir’ and ‘Here, let me show you the way to lecture room B’, and you’ll be like putty in their hands. It’s going to be awkward afterwards, and their drunken fumblings will be about as sexually pleasurable as your Archeology tutorial.

Pros Chances are they’ll be embarrassed too.

Cons The awkward looks you’ll get from everyone else in College as you walk back to your room the next morning.

Good For People who have no shame.

Your College Boathouse

Looking for cox

Daredevil Level 3/10

Sex in this sort of building really isn’t a good idea. It’s cold, it’s wet, and you’ll probably be woken from your post-coital snuggle by a group of hardened men in lycra ready for a 6am start on the river. If you’re having sex in the boathouse, it means than either your partner is a rower (bad), or that you yourself are a rower (worse).

Either way, you’re going to have to cope with copious levels of ‘rowing chat’, which is about as funny as a Central African war.

Pros Full of oars if you’re into some extreme spanking.

Cons The floors are bare, the walls are unpainted, and it’s full of boats. Literally the least sexy environment in the Universe. (Unless you count Roppongi on a Sunday night.)

Good For Rowers. They essentially live here anyway.

Magdalen College Deer Park

Is there such a thing as doing it deer-style?

Daredevil Level 4/10

Magdalen College Deer Park is a good place to go for a cheeky quickie. There are plenty of places to hide from strolling dons and the deer are relatively docile and tame. Just make sure you don’t confuse your partner for a deer. Those antlers are spiky.

Pros An easy, beginner-level place for a first try at something exciting that come with genuine bragging rights.

Cons The place is covered in deer droppings. Bring a picnic rug, or failing that a large sheet of tarpaulin.

Good for Doing it like they do on the Discovery Channel.

Your College Library

Just don’t make too much noise…

Daredevil Level 5/10 – (an extra two points if it’s in the run up to exams)

Dusty tomes, total silence, crusty librarians and rows of shelves providing secluded blind spots where one can screw in peace. It’s always silent, so you have the extra taboo to break of making a noise above a guilty whisper. Surely this is definitively the most exciting place to do it? If your library is 24/7, make sure there’s no one pulling an essay crisis on the other side of the room.

Pros Most libraries are either really grand, really old, or both. And that’s what you came to Oxford for, right? So make use of it. Nothing like a blend of work and (fore)play.

Cons There aren’t really any. Go forth and conquer.

Good For Intermediates.

On a Punt

You’ll get wet one way or another

Daredevil Level 6/10

Ah, Oxford. The place where it’s socially OK to pretend you’re a Venetian gondolier on the Thames. Grab a punt and push your lover away downstream, far from prying eyes, and passionately make love to him/her/it/yourself on this most pretentious of vessels. Make sure you’ve both got a good sense of balance, because punting leads to shunting.

Pros The Tab will let you make up your own ‘punt’ sex pun here, readers.

Cons If things go wrong, you will both get very wet. And not in a good way.

Good For People who don’t think their partner is worth a whole meal out, but don’t want to appear cheap.

The Gladstone Room, Oxford Union

Because sometimes you want your sex to feel stately and important

Daredevil Level 7/10

Ever fancied having a cheeky quickie on the same desk on which the Reform Act was debated by Gladstone’s Cabinet? Ever got bored during sex and felt the need to gaze upwards at three-foot high representations of all the coats of arms of Oxford colleges? Ever felt the need to gaze at the entire back-catalogue of The Spectator mid-coitus? Then this is the room for you – just good luck finding someone from the Union worth a shag.

Pros Passing Union hacks will probably let you off if you’re caught, providing you promise to vote for them.

Cons Membership is £207. There are hookers who charge less.

Good for People who think the Union hacks are a bunch of wankers (that’s all of us, by the way.)

The Gladstone Link

Like the bridge of the Enterprise…with more sex

Daredevil Level 8/10

A perfect place for sci-fi fans, the Gladstone Link is the closest you’ll get in Oxford to being on an intergalactic voyager (albeit an intergalactic voyager inexplicably laden with books from the arse end of the History Faculty Library).

There are loads of places to hide in the main library but doing it surreptitiously in the tunnel could be tricky – you’ll be seen from a mile off. Make sure you’re quiet, as sound carries here like there’s no tomorrow.

Pros You can legitimately say you’ve done it in the Bod without having to go through all the faff of actually, you know, doing it in the Bod.

Cons You will probably get lost. Enter at your own peril.

Good For Star Trek fans with girlfriends (all two of them).

All Souls College Quadrangle, Oxford

Because nothing gets the blood pumping quite like the word ‘quadrangle’

Daredevil Level 9/10

Let’s face it, you’re never going to go to All Souls on your own merit, no matter what your parents hope for. So why not go in the back way? (Not literally, of course.) With its soaring (phallic) towers and air of academic excellence (less phallic), you’re sure to get any partner in the mood.

Pros The crinkly academic sorts who study there don’t know what sex is, so you will probably be the first person in history to have sex in the whole College, not just the first to do it on the quadrangle.

Cons Nicholas Hawksmoor seems to have designed the building to defend against horny undergraduates in mind – the gate is huge and the walls more so.

Good For People who failed the All Souls entrance exam and want to put two fingers up to academic elitism.

The Radcliffe Camera

Panoramic views for all in the Camera

Daredevil Level 10/10

That most iconic of buildings, the Radcliffe Camera features on every single piece of Oxford propaganda. How great would it be to be able to point at it whenever you see a photo of it and say ‘I did it in there?’. The bragging rights alone would be enormous. However, leave your world of fancy for a moment and consider its shape. It’s a big circle. Moreover it’s a big circle that is a library. Everyone can see, and everyone can hear. Good luck, trooper.

Pros There aren’t really any, hence why we’ve given this building a whopping 10/10 Daredevil level.

Cons The sadistic freaks who sit in the library all day consider coughing a crime. Get some practice in at being silent, or failing that, crank up the kinkiness with a ball gag.

Good For Everyone. This will be the (popped) cherry on top of your Oxford career.


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