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With its blend of culture and community, Oxford is the perfect student city. There is plenty to see and do and an array of places to eat and drink, so it’s easy to find something whatever your interests or budget. Brookes Union provides a Welcome to Oxford Guide which gives a wealth of information on things to see and do in Oxford.
Are you a student living in private rented accommodation? If so, we want you to feel part of the local community. We encourage you to get to know your neighbours and volunteer where you can, more information on volunteering opportunities are below.
The Community Engagement team provides support to help you settle into your community and to help foster positive relationships between you and your neighbours. You can find advice and guidance on how to avoid noise disturbance, manage your waste and recycling effectively as well as how to keep yourselves and your property safe.
We also have a team of Student Community Wardens that work throughout semester time to assist students living in East Oxford and the Gipsy Lane estate. To find out more information about the scheme, go to the Student Community Warden web page.
You can contact the Community Engagement team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coronavirus can be life threatening and t is important that all students continue to follow government guidelines to help limit its spread and to keep ourselves and others safe. The police are monitoring the situation and are able to use enforcement options where there are clear breaches in the government regulations.
Please familiarise yourselves with the current government advice, especially any limits on the number of people you can meet up with outside of your household and number of guests you are able to invite to your house, as well as any compulsory safety measures directed by the government. The University has a dedicated Covid-19 webpage which is regularly updated, please take the time to read it.
For those of you living in the community, please be aware that you are living in a residential area, with many families, working professionals or retired residents who remain anxious about the spread of the coronavirus. Residents may be self -isolating or shielding, or have underlying health issues and more people than ever are now working from home. Please show consideration to your neighbours. Please remember to:
When you first move into your private rented house, why not introduce yourselves to your neighbours? You can find out about their lifestyle, such as whether they have young children or work shifts. It’s a good way to get the relationship off to a positive start and can help prevent tensions from arising. Residents have a wealth of knowledge of the local area and will be more willing to support you if you have made contact and could help you with any queries you have about living in the community, such as which day of the week the bins are collected!
Some streets are part of a Residents’ Association or may even have their own WhatsApp group that you can join to find out about local news and events. Why not ask your neighbour if these exist in your area? See the ‘Get to Know Your Neighbour’ leaflet here for more information.
As a condition of enrolment, Oxford Brookes University students accept that they will not act in a way that brings the University into disrepute and we expect students to comply with the Student Conduct Regulations, which applies to behaviour both on and off campus. Should students be found to be in breach of the regulations, they may face penalties under our student conduct procedures which could include fines, unpaid community service or exclusion from facilities and services provided by the University.
The Community Engagement team has a complaints process to address any concerns raised by local residents about student behaviour, such as noise disturbance, anti-social behaviour or issues with waste management. We will contact you if we receive a complaint about your household and you may have to attend an advisory meeting, or it may be escalated to student conduct proceedings depending on the severity of the complaint.
We understand that socialising is an important part of being a student and we want you to enjoy your time living in a shared house. However, it’s imperative that you are mindful of your impact on your neighbours and maintain reasonable noise levels. People want to enjoy their own homes and gardens without being disturbed by excessive noise. Please be considerate and keep noise to a minimum during the evening, when returning to your property from a night out, or early hours of the morning, as most people will be sleeping.
The Council states noise must be kept to a minimum during 11pm and 7am. We also work closely with Oxford City Council’s Community Response team who have their own processes for addressing noise disturbance and anti-social behaviour. More information on their process can be found here.
As well as noise disturbance, large gatherings of people bring a greater risk for Covid-19 to spread, so please refrain from holding parties or gatherings in your house or garden. The University takes complaints from local residents very seriously and we work closely with the police and council to address these issues.
Please adhere to the following advice to minimise the risk of receiving a complaint:
Rubbish is one of the biggest cause of complaints about student properties in Oxford. You can help reduce this problem.
In Oxford, household rubbish and recycling are usually collected on alternate weeks. You can find out when your collection days are on the Oxford City Council website. You can also register to use the reminder service, which many of our students find helpful.
You are not permitted to bring a car to Oxford if you are living in halls and we strongly discourage it if you are living in a private rented house.
Car parking is extremely difficult in Oxford and many residential roads around campus are subject to parking restrictions (such as double yellow lines and controlled parking zones). Wheatley and Harcourt campuses have limited parking whilst Headington and Marston Road have none. If you want to park on campus you must buy a parking permit but will not be eligible for one if you live locally or in halls.
If you do park in the community, please remember to be considerate:
For alternative travel options, such as bus transport and cycling schemes, go to www.brookes.ac.uk/travel/.
At Oxford Brookes we believe in supporting innovative thinkers and graduating students who are able to contribute to their community, to society and to make a real difference in the wider world.
Have a look at the initiatives mentioned here and discover how you can make a positive difference at Brookes and beyond.
Oxford Hub is a student-led organisation offering practical volunteering, skilled placements, projects and events to help you shape a better world and community in Oxford.
Have a look on their website for current opportunities . You can also follow Oxford Hub on Twitter and Facebook.
Make the most of your time at Brookes and get recognition for everything you do whilst you study with us.
BrookesEDGE is a co-curricular scheme that enables students to gain recognition for activities outside of their studies at Brookes. Simply download the app, browse the activities open to you – or propose your own activity – after 8 entries you receive your certificate and you will have the BrookesEDGE!
Oxford is a great place to live and study; help keep your community clean by joining OxClean. This annual event usually runs in March but there are opportunities throughout the year to get involved. Keep an eye out for litter picks organised by Brookes or organise your own litter pick. More information can be found on the OxClean web pages.
Do you have an idea for a project that would have a positive social or environmental impact? Then we’d love to hear from you! You can get support and apply for up to £500 through the University’s Student Impact Fund.
The Student Impact Fund gives financial support to current Oxford Brookes students; both individuals and groups can apply.
For some people volunteering can be a direct route into their ideal career, for others it helps develop new or existing skills. Either way, it will add valuable experience to your CV and it’s a great way to meet new friends and feel a valued member of your local community.
The Brookes Careers Volunteer Centre, based at Headington Campus, can help you find the perfect volunteering opportunity. You can find more information on their volunteering website and dedicated Facebook page.
During semester 2 you can donate your unwanted clothes, shoes, electrical items, books, DVDs and CDs in the British Heart Foundation red donation bins located at our halls of residence and in the local community as part of the ‘Pack for Good’ campaign. Bin locations can be found on the Pack For Good campaign web pages.
Oxford Brookes runs this campaign in partnership with Oxford City Council and Oxford University; by donating you help raise vital funds for the British Heart Foundation who sell your donations in their charity shops.