Common Ground is a social enterprise café & workspace pop-up in Little Clarendon Street, well known for it’s relaxed vibe and strange eclectic mix of furniture. It prides itself on great coffee and having time for everyone. Often full in term time, you will see all of society there, but it’s particularly popular with students working on their laptops or meeting around the many tables in what was an old Barclays bank. The walls display both a range of cycling jerseys, being the home of the local cycling club VC Jericho, as well as the latest exhibition, which rotates every four weeks.
People can stay as long as they like, (unlike many other cafés) and there is free WiFi and power. (However, buy something to help keep them afloat). The social purpose of the café is to support student mental health by providing a relatively quiet space where people can come and just “be” on their own terms – less lonely than your room and more connected with society than the college library. The café has morphed into a social space and has a number of classes during the day, such as yoga, as well as evening events such as Oxford Writing Circle and the ever popular Jericho Comedy.
What they offer
The amazing Lula servers Ethiopian & Eritrean food on Mondays and Fridays, and Stephane serves Mexican food on Tuesdays and Thursday. Both have vegan options, which are usually the most popular. Everything is as sustainable as possible and is second hand, upcycled, self-made or donated.