Headington campus

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  • Opening hours for our Oxford campuses are 7:00am - 9:00pm (Monday-Friday) and 7.00am - 6.00pm weekends for the John Henry Brookes and Clerici Buildings only at Headington Campus. 

    Our Swindon campus opening hours are 7:00am - 7.00pm (Monday-Friday)

    Outside of these hours entry is by card access only. (Salto access is 24/7)

    For information on Library opening hours please refer to the library webpages.

  • Headington campus

    Headington Campus sits one mile east of Oxford city centre and is made up of three sites: Gipsy Lane, Headington Hill and Marston Road. With first rate facilities and award-winning green spaces, it’s an excellent environment for both work and leisure.

  • Overview

    Headington Campus is home to a thriving student community living and learning in a modern, uplifting environment across three sites.

    The buildings on campus house first-rate academic and leisure facilities including collaborative work spaces, the main University library, several catering outlets and a sports centre. The student support team, based in the John Henry Brookes Building, ensures that students have access to a full range of support and advice services on campus.


    The subject areas based at Headington are:

    • Architecture and the Built Environment
    • Arts
    • Biological, Medical and Environmental Sciences
    • Business and Management
    • Hospitality Management
    • Humanities
    • Languages
    • Law
    • Nursing, Health and Social Care (Marston Road site - Adult Nursing also available at Swindon Campus)
    • Publishing and Communication
    • Social Sciences
    • Sport, Exercise and Nutrition (split between Headington and Harcourt Hill).

    Our courses and campuses are always developing - make sure you check the online course descriptions to find out all the details, including where each course is based.

    Directions and maps

    Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill are only a few minutes' walk apart from each other, along the Headington Road, Oxford, OX3 0BP

    Headington Campus (Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill sites)

    We strongly advise you not to come by car unless absolutely necessary, since parking is very restricted in the city and on the campuses. If you wish to come by car, we recommend you use the Park & Ride bus services. The park and ride car parks are clearly signposted as you approach the city and the service is frequent all day and through the evening.

    If you are using satellite navigation to find this campus the post code required is OX3 0BP.

    • From the south - take the M40, leave at junction 8 and follow the signs for Oxford along the A40. Then follow the signs for the city centre on the London Road.
    • From the north - take the M40, leave at junction 8a and follow the signs for Oxford along the A40. Then follow the signs for the city centre on the London Road.
    • Coming to Oxford via another route - we recommend taking the ring road to the Headington Roundabout and following the signs to the city centre along the London Road. Continue along London Road, past the Headington shops.Go straight on at the traffic lights with the White Horse public house on the right and then at the next set of traffic lights turn left. Gipsy Lane site is on the right. Headington Hill site is approximately a further 500 metres straight on from the Gipsy Lane junction on the right

    Maps (PDFs for downloading)

    Marston Road site

    The Marston Road site is approximately 20 minutes walk from the main Headington Campus, on Jack Straws Lane, Oxford, OX3 0FL.

    By foot

    From Gipsy Lane to Marston Road site

    The recommended route is via Pullens Lane, the Clive Booth Halls footpath and John Garne Way. This is approximately a 20 minute walk.

    • From Headington Road, turn right on to Pullens Lane.
    • Take the first footpath on the left. Walk downhill and take the next path on your right into the grounds of Clive Booth.
    • Continue downhill until you reach the end of the path, then veer left on to the road through the grounds of Clive Booth. This becomes John Garne Way.
    • Continue down John Garne Way until you reach Marston Road.
    • Turn right and carry on for about 500 metres, past the war memorial and William Street. Turn right on to Harberton Mead.
    • The first entrance on your left will bring you to the front of the School of Health and Social Care.
    From Marston Road site to Gipsy Lane

    The recommended route is via John Garne Way, the Clive Booth footpath and Pullens Lane. This is approximately a 20 minute walk.

    • From the School walk down Harberton Mead, turn left on to the Marston Road.
    • Take the second road on the left on to John Garne Way. This will take you through the grounds of Clive Booth.
    • Continue through Clive Booth, take the last footpath on the right.
    • At the top of this path turn left on to footpath with a brick wall running along its length.
    • Continue uphill until the junction with Pullens Lane.
    • Turn right on to Pullens Lane.
    • Turn left onto London Road, walk for about 350 metres. Gipsy Lane is on the right.

    By bike

    Cycling is actively encouraged as part of Oxford Brookes Sustainable Travel Plan.

    For more information about cycle routes go to: www.brookes.ac.uk/travel/cycling

    Maps (PDFs for downloading)

    Buses, trains and coaches


    Several bus routes connect our campuses, the surrounding area and city centre:

    Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill sites
    • U1, U5 Brookesbus
    • 400 (Park & Ride)
    • 8, 9 (Oxford Bus Company)
    • 700 and 900 (Stagecoach)
    Marston Road site
    • U5 Brookesbus
    • 13 / X3 (Oxford Bus Company)
    Timetables, fares and routemaps

    Please visit the relevant website for the most up to date information:


    There are direct train services to Oxford from many UK towns and cities, many at least hourly and sometimes half-hourly. For other places, there is usually a simple change en route at Birmingham or Reading, or in London. For details of train services and timetable information, please visit the national rail enquiries website or telephone: 08457 484950

    Trains for Oxford from London depart from Paddington Station, and are run by First Great Western Link. During the daytime the trains depart from Paddington approximately every 15 minutes, and depart approximately every 30 minutes during the late evening. The journey time is about one hour.

    See also our Useful links for train travel page.


    There are two inter-city direct motorway coach services from London, both running as often as every 10-15 minutes most of the day, every 20-30 minutes late evenings and hourly right through the night. Travel time 70-110 minutes depending on traffic. Pay the driver - you don't have to book ahead.

    Both drop you off right outside Oxford Brookes Headington Campus as well as in Oxford city centre. For more information on either service please visit:

    Coaches from the airport and London stop near Oxford Brookes Headington campus (PDF) on Headington Road. You will have to walk about 300 metres from the stop to Oxford Brookes' main entrance, which is on Gipsy Lane. If you have lots of luggage with you and need a taxi to your accommodation, stay on the coach until the last stop,which is Gloucester Green coach station in the centre of Oxford. It is much easier to find a taxi from there.

    Direct coach services to Oxford also run from:

    • Birmingham
    • Coventry
    • Leeds
    • London
    • Sheffield

    For more information and timetable information, please visit the National Express website telephone: 01234 567890.

    Staying nearby

    Oxford is a vibrant city, steeped in history and with plenty of places to visit and good quality accommodation for all budgets.

    Visit England, the official tourist board for England, has a comprehensive guide to Oxford and the wider county. You can also find out about accommodation on their website.

    For visitors who would like to stay closer to campus, we are able to offer self catered, en suite accommodation, subject to availability. Please visit the website for more information.


    • Brookes Sport

      Offering a wide range of high quality facilities to support students, staff and the wider community to enjoy an active lifestyle.

    • Library

      Open 24 hours during semester time, includes special collections and plenty of space for group, quiet or silent working.

    • Medical Centre and Studental

      On-site medical and dental services.

    • Catering

      Providing value-for-money food and hospitality facilities.

    • Oxford Brookes University Nursery

      Run by Oxford Brookes University and rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. Children of university staff and students are given priority but external children are welcomed in the 2-5's room.

    • IT services

      Find a PC or printer and information on the IT service desk.

    • Shops

    • Glass Tank Exhibition Space

      A community exhibition space showcasing the work of the teaching and learning community at Oxford Brookes.