Oxford Brookes University

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
7.7 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The campus is not too far from the town centre so it's easy to get into town after a lecture. The accommodation is very basic for the price. The campus facilities are good and are currently being improved."
"The Headington campus is beautiful and really modern. However, there are never enough spaces in the library. Oxford can feel very small at times but it is a city full of culture."
"The main campus location is great with excellent transport links to London. There is limited student housing available, which is challenging due to the high cost of renting privately in Oxford. The library is excellent but the IT suites vary and it can be difficult to get access to computers at peak times. The campus gym is pretty poor and requires updating but the local area is well serviced with cafés, bars and restaurants. Oxford is a vibrant and historical city with a great many students and caters accordingly. Sports clubs, including sailing and climbing, a number of excellent free museums and modern art galleries, regular live music nights and club nights throughout the week."
"We're in a nice location close to the centre of Oxford and have nice facilities on the main campus that are always being improved. Most student accommodation is nice and close to uni buildings with good security and other services at accommodation blocks. There are lots of things to do in the local areas and a good nightlife for Brookes students in the area."
"The location is nice and very central. However, there is no parking for students at all on the Headington campus."
"Oxford is an expensive town to live in. However, there are plenty of student job opportunities available. The JHB campus is great and provides all a student would ever need. The student accommodation provided by the university is as good as you can expect from a polytechnic university."
"There is so much at Headington campus including tons of studying spaces suited to different needs. There are also computers and hang out spaces such as the union bar, cafés and Starbucks. Other campuses aren't as close to the city centre but a free bus pass is provided so it's worth using that and exploring the city and eating in some of the lovely and unique restaurants in town and Cowley. The other campuses aren't as modern as Headington but future plans will be changing this. The accommodation I stayed in at Westminster Halls was new and lovely, although it was away from Headington and where my course was based."


"The campus is situated not far from the city centre where the majority of the social life happens. This makes for an immense diversity in social outings. During the day, the city centre stays lively and is beautiful to visit as well. Overall, the facilities are great with a new library that opened just two years ago and is a great environment to work in. Student accommodation is great as well, which is always important to allow new university students to settle successfully into a university."
"I started off living in Cheney student village (which is close to the gym) in my first year. I was also close to the JHB library. I found it helpful to have access to many facilities that provided a lovely service. I now live in Dorset house for my second year. It's on the main road and closer to the Headington shops. Oxford generally has everything located in good walking distance."
"Oxford is such an amazing town to study in. The parks, the museums, the cafes and libraries are absolutely amazing. JHB Campus is very beautiful and it satisfies my expectations completely. On the other hand, Harcout Hill is too far to reach and the library is not very furnished. The sport facilities are just amazing. Crescent Hall is the cheapest Brookes accommodation. I like the fact that it is quite convenient but it is far from the city centre and not well linked to Harcout Hill. Also, I don't really like the fact that the wardens and the hall staff always have access to the flat and to our rooms. I find it a bit annoying and not very respectful of our privacy."
"Close to town, which is useful. The free bus card for students is also very useful and makes the university more of a city university. The new JHB building has provided excellent facilities, which make it a pleasure to learn in. The student accommodation is good for first years and well priced."
"I am living in halls for the second year. Their location is close to the uni as well as to all other local amenities and the coach stop to get to London."
"The city of Oxford is lovely and scenic. It's on a campus with accommodation nearby."
"I'm at Headington campus so we have a relatively new building, which is beautiful and the space to study in is great. There is a gym, but the best one is on the other campus. As it's based in Oxford, you don't have to go far for a shop although there is a small convenience store, a Starbucks and a bank on campus as well as a dentist and a well-being department for both counselling and general health. There's also a bookstore for most books that are on each course's reading list. The accommodation I am at is called the Mews, it's a new one for Brookes as it's run by an external company called Victoria Hall. It's very nice, but also very expensive. That provides you with a double bed and an en-suite, it also includes bills and the TV in the kitchen/diner."
"It's in the city of Oxford, but there are two campuses slightly outside of the city and the bus takes quite long to get to them. The student accommodation is quite good but the city as a whole is very expensive. The facilities in the new library are brilliant but some things, such as media facilities, need to be updated and made more available for students studying those courses."
"I went into private accommodation. I know friends had difficulty getting into student halls and a lot of first years ended up in houses. This made socialising and adjusting difficult. I love Oxford but it's also hugely expensive."
"Two of the campuses are far away but Headington is pretty close to the city. There's a good amount of accommodation near the university. There's a great deal of library space."

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