Oxford Brookes University

Oxford, United Kingdom
Oxford Brookes is consistently ranked as one of the leading modern universities in the UK and 1000s of international students apply to us each year, attracted by our high quality teaching, sources of support and fantastic location.

About Oxford Brookes University

Pathways coursesEach year we see international students from around the world successfully complete a pathways course and progress to a bachelor's or master's degree at Oxford Brookes University or elsewhere. In a recent independent survey, 100% of all our international pathways students were 'satisfied'/'very satisifed' with their overall learning experience. Here's why:

  • You are a full university student from day one, with access to the support and facilities enjoyed by all other students
  • You are taught by highly experienced lecturers who are experts in teaching international students
  • You can apply online for most courses
  • You will have a personal academic adviser to help you with your studies outside of the classroom
  • Maximum class sizes of 18 mean you get the attention you need
  • You will make friends with people from all over the world

A world-class student experience in a world-famous student city Oxford is a beautiful city with a rich cultural and educational history that goes back centuries. With 40,000 students from all over the world living in Oxford, you are guaranteed excellent educational and social experiences. If you want to visit London it's only one hour away by train and there are also cheap, frequent buses to and from the capital that run 24 hours a day.

Teaching and Learning for the 21st century If you want distinctive, high-quality teaching and a learning experience that reflects the investment you are making in your education, you will find it at Brookes. The University is dedicated to ensuring our teaching is at the leading edge, and our teaching staff are highly qualified, friendly and supportive. We are investing £150 million in our campuses, including the new teaching and learning space, the John Henry Brookes Building, which opened last month.

Strong links with business and industry in the UKs most prosperous region In todays highly competitive job market you need to make the most of your time at University to build the skills employers want. At Oxford Brookes we help you find relevant and interesting work placements offering a real chance to develop your skills.

International employability Our international alumni (graduates) are employed worldwide by an impressive array of organisations including: Apple, Bayer, BMW, Cisco, Deloitte, Deutsche Bank, Ernst & Young, IBM, KPMG, Microsoft and Sony.

Student Life at Brookes: Much more than studying Whether you love sport, are a keen artist or a musician or just someone who enjoys getting together with other students there is something for you at Brookes. Oxford Brookes Students Union runs a wide range of societies covering social, cultural, sporting, religious, course-related and just-for-fun activities.

Where you will live at Oxford Brookes Our halls of residence offer a great way to be part of university life, meet people and make new friends. At Brookes you can select from a wide range of accommodation to suit your lifestyle, budget and course. Halls provide somewhere convenient and comfortable to live alongside other students, near your place of study.

Global Buddies and other support At Brookes we do everything we can to help our international students settle in. We have a dedicated international student support team which offers help with everything from visas, working, banking and more. Our Global Buddies scheme provides a friendly welcome, putting new international students in touch with a British student who will help them settle into Oxford life.


Our 3 Oxford campuses all include libraries and 24-hour computer rooms, places to meet, eat and socialise, plus sports facilities and halls of residence either on campus or nearby.

Campus facilities

Campus life is a key part of your university experience.

It's more than likely that the majority of your time will be spent on campus, so we've ensured that everything you need, both for your studies and general day-to-day life, is only a short distance away.

Each of our campuses in Oxford has residential accommodation, playing fields, a library, computer rooms and Students' Union shops. And when you need a bite to eat, there are cafes, snack kiosks and bars, as well as catering facilities serving breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.

Our facilities include:

  • Centre for Sport
  • Libraries
  • Computer Services
  • Meals and catering
  • Nursery and childcare
  • Shopping and banking
  • Medical and dental care

Headington campus

Headington Campus (Gipsy Lane, Headington Hill, Marston Rd)

Just over a mile from Oxford city centre, Headington Campus is made up of three sites, Gipsy Lane, Headington Hill and Marston Rd.

The busiest site, Gipsy Lane is home to many teaching buildings and boasts excellent facilities including:

  • the main library
  • a large food court catering for a wide range of tastes
  • banking and shopping facilities including cash machines and Blackwells Bookshop
  • the Centre for Sport
  • pooled computer rooms
  • a nursery (15 minutes walk)

Just across the road from Gipsy Lane, leafy Headington Hill is home to The Students Union and many of the student services including:

  • Careers
  • Accommodation
  • Medical and dental services

The Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill sites are on either side of Headington Road, where you can pick up buses to both the city centre, which is just a five-minute ride away and our Wheatley and Harcourt Hill campuses.

The third Headington site is Marston Road, with state-of-the-art teaching facilities for our health and social care courses. Marston Road can be reached on foot or by bus or bike from the other Headington sites.

Harcourt Hill campus

Overlooking the dreaming spires of Oxford, our Harcourt Hill campus is the base for our students studying teacher education as well as human development, philosophy, religious studies and theology.

Just over two miles from the city centre, Harcourt Hill Campus provides a unique learning environment and includes:

  • a theatre
  • music and dance studios
  • sports centre including a gym, swimming pool, playing fields and golf course.
  • a busy student refectory and bar.

Wheatley campus

Set in beautiful countryside on the London side of Oxford and seven miles from Oxford city centre, Wheatley campus is the base for our business technology students.

Just a short BROOKESbus ride away, Wheatley is a friendly campus which boasts some of our newest buildings, including the stylish and environmentally innovative engineering building.

The campus also offers:

  • The Simon Williams Undergraduate Building (see below for details)
  • excellent sports facilities
  • library
  • large student refectory and the Eights Café.

The Simon Williams Undergraduate Building

The Simon Williams building is an exciting social space, which provides an alternative environment to lecture halls, libraries and study bedrooms where students can sit with friends, work on group assignments or meet with staff to develop a shared understanding of academic standards.

Getting around

Take the Brookes Bus...

All our campuses, halls of residence and the city centre are linked by the Brookes Bus network. The Brookes Bus has Wi-Fi and air-con as standard and is a fast, efficient service run by the UKs greenest bus company, the Oxford Bus Company. Included in the cost of your hall accommodation is a BrookesKey, allowing travel anywhere on the Brookes Bus network and also providing discounts on some other bus services.

If youre out late, the Brookes Bus runs until the early hours of the morning, and theres also the Students Union Safety Bus from 9pm - 3am. This bus will pick you up and drop you off anywhere within Oxfords Ring Road, all for a voluntary donation of £1.


Cycling is often the quickest way to get around Oxford. Cyclists are well

Or walk!

The cheapest, and healthiest, way to get around Oxford is on foot. It only takes about 10 minutes from Headington Campus to Cowley Road and about 30 minutes into the city centre.

Transport links

Oxford is well connected by road and rail, with London, Birmingham and Bristol all within easy reach. You can hop on a coach to London from a bus stop right outside our Headington and Wheatley campuses and be in the West End within 90 minutes. Buses run 24 hours a day, every 10 minutes or so during the day.

If Europe beckons, you can reach Paris or Brussels via London and the Eurostar in just five hours. Buses to Heathrow airport run every 20 minutes during peak times and the journey takes 70-90 minutes. Buses to Gatwick run every hour during peak times; the journey takes an hour and a half.

Student life at Oxford Brookes University

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible.

Being at university is a whole new life experience and we want you to make the most of it. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

Medical and dental services

We offer medical services including a dental practice and osteopathy clinics.

The university Medical Centre is based on Headington Campus. In addition to the range of services youd expect, the centre offers health advice for students travelling overseas and on field trips. It also runs initiatives dealing with issues such as eating disorders and cancer awareness. You can make an appointment or you can attend a nurse drop-in clinic between 10.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday. Students based at Wheatley and Harcourt Hill Campuses register with one of the local practices that link to those campuses.

We also have our very own dental practice, Studental, on Headington Campus, providing a full range of high-quality NHS dental services for all students and staff.

Need to visit an osteopath? Oxford Brookes has the first osteopathic teaching clinics in the country accredited and based within a university. The clinics one in Oxford, and the other at our Ferndale site in Swindon provide a full range of osteopathic treatments and also provide comprehensive treatment options for sports injuries and follow up care, with concessionary rates for Brookes students, staff and alumni.


Oxford Brookes has a team of professionally trained counsellors who offer a free, confidential service.

You can talk to a counsellor about any concerns you have, whether personal or academic, and there are different forms of support available, including one-to-one counselling, email counselling, and groups and workshops on particular issues. Counselling is open to all Brookes students, whatever age, gender, religion or belief, nationality, ethnic origin or sexual orientation.

Students Union Advice Centre

The Students Union runs its own advice centre (SUAC), providing another place to turn if the going gets tough

Trained staff can advise on academic, housing and financial concerns, and you can either drop in, make an appointment, or get in touch by phone or email. They are a great place to go if you need support or if you just want to chat to someone about the best way of doing something.


Oxford Brookes has its own well-equipped and professionally run nursery, available for children aged between four months and five years.

Open Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5.25pm, it provides a happy, secure and stimulating environment for all children.

The nursery is in a purpose-built, bright and cheerful building, with a spacious and well-equipped garden for outdoor play. In a recent survey, 100% of nursery parents agreed that the provision is excellent. Comments included:

We couldnt ask for a better nursery. The staff, provision, equipment and management are outstanding

Fees: £38.00 per day / £20.75 per morning / £18.75 per afternoon. It is essential to apply well in advance as places are limited. Students can apply for funding through the Financial Aid office.

Disability and Dyslexia Service

Advice and support is available from the pre-application stage onwards.

The Student Disability and Dyslexia Service provides support for students with disabilities including:

  • sensory and mobility impairments
  • dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties
  • mental health problems
  • medical conditions.

We offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.

There is wheelchair-accessible accommodation in a number of Oxford Brookes' halls of residence. Make sure to contact us early if this facility is required.

Support Worker Scheme

Our Support Worker Scheme can provide services such as note-taking in lectures, reading onto tape and mobility support on campus. We can also organise the provision of specialist staff for deaf students. Again, early contact is advised so that you can ensure that you have access to the necessary funding for these services.

Dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities

For students with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties there is a range of support available, including special arrangements for exams and a marking card system.

DisabledGo access analysis

DisabledGo is an award-winning disability organisation who produce independent accessibility guides.

Mature student

If you join Oxford Brookes as a mature student we will provide you with all the support you need.

We offer part-time study options; childcare at our excellent nursery; study support through Upgrade as well as from your academic adviser; and advice on finance.

In addition, we have our own Mature Students Adviser, a qualified counsellor who can offer advice and support on all aspects of studying at Oxford Brookes.


Oxford is home to a great diversity of faith communities, many of which offer a particular welcome to students.

Societies, clubs and volunteering

University is the ideal time to try out something new or pursue your current interests. Anything you do to get involved may lead on to your future career.

Whether you want to make friends, get involved in the Students' Union, volunteer or find a part-time job, there are plenty of opportunities as a Brookes student. Below is just a sampling of what you can do to get involved.

Student societies and clubs

Societies are a great way to meet new people and discover new hobbies and interests. The Students' Union has over 70 different societies you can join. Our student societies cater for a massive range of interests, from choral music to drum 'n' bass, snow sports to salsa and religion to real ale. And if there isn't one that caters to your tastes, it's simple to set one up.


Another way of enhancing your time at university is to become a volunteer. As a volunteer you can get involved with a whole host of events and activities within the local community. We can also provide information and help students who want to get involved in leading their own projects.

Student Ambassadors

We believe one of our greatest assets is our students - so who better to tell visitors, prospective students and new arrivals all about the university and what it has to offer? As well as providing paid work, our student ambassador scheme offers our students the chance to learn new skills and gain experience that will be invaluable when it comes to getting a job after graduation.

What do our ambassadors do?
  • lead campus tours every working day of the year for future students and their families.
  • help out with school group visits to the University
  • give talks about student life at schools and colleges
  • represent Brookes at UCAS fairs and school careers and higher education events
  • take part in Open Days and applicant Visit Days at the university, providing guidance and advice about Oxford Brookes.

You will often see Student Ambassadors at the university's main reception, welcoming visitors to the campus. They also work in our Student Enquiry call centre, and help out at Passport to university events, as well as the Summer School and other aspiration raising and recruitment activities.

Brookes sport

With a superb selection of more than 40 sports clubs on offer, and six dedicated sports of excellence, Oxford Brookes is one of the UKs top universities for sport.

Sport for all

Whether you aspire to compete for your country, enjoy team sports or just want fun, affordable exercise, Brookes has first-class facilities on each of its three main campuses. Our impressive range of clubs means there is something for everyone to try, offering you a great way to socialise and make new friends as well as keeping fit.

In addition to taking part in sport yourself, you can get involved in sports volunteering in the community, for example by coaching local children's teams.

There are sports facilities available at all 3 of our main sites:

Headington Campus - the Centre for Sport

The centre for sport is the main hub of sporting activities at Brookes, and has recently had a major refit. Our recently upgraded gym includes:

  • state-of-the-art CYBEX machines
  • 50 new machines for cardio workouts
  • a new sauna
  • refurbished changing rooms

Some of the equipment is also designed for wheelchair users. Gym staff are fully trained to help disabled users with their workouts. Youll have access to plenty of other facilities at the sports centre, too.

Our climbing wall has seen a £100,000 rebuild and extension, making it 50% bigger. Theres also a sports hall, an aerobics studio/martial arts dojo, and an indoor rowing centre. The sports centre is also home to a bar, cafe and shop.

Wheatley Campus

Wheatley Campus has outdoor pitches for football, netball, lacrosse and cricket, eight tennis courts and two five-a-side floodlit AstroTurf football pitches.

Harcourt Hill Campus

At Harcourt Hill Campus we have a 25-metre indoor heated pool and a nine-hole golf course, as well as tennis and squash courts, and pitches for rugby, football and American football. There is also a sports hall and fitness studio.

You can find out more about sports facilities at Brookes by visiting our sports pages.

Sports clubs

We have a superb selection of more than 40 sports clubs on offer and six dedicated sports of excellence, there is no excuse not to get involved.

Not just a chance to exercise, clubs are a great way to meet people, try something new and have fun.

Our sports clubs have something for everyone, ranging from the traditional football, hockey and rowing to more unusual activities like ultimate frisbee, pilates and ballroom dancing.

Master's Programmes at Oxford Brookes University

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Many organisations offer scholarships or grants. Some of these might help you to study for a Master at Oxford Brookes University!

The Global Study Awards: get funded with up to £10,000 to study abroad

Together with the ISIC Association and British Council IELTS we offer you the chance to receive up to £10000 to expand your horizon and study abroad. We want to ultimately encourage you to study abroad in order to experience and explore new countries, cultures and languages.

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