This page provides information on accommodation for the 2020/21 academic year. Further information on accommodation for the 2021/22 academic will be provided here in due course and via our dedicated Accommodation webpages

2021/22 contract cancellations

New students applying for OBU owned and operated accommodation for September 2021 may cancel their contract without penalty up to, and including 18 August in order to make and confirm travel plans. 

This will not apply to returning students or those applying for rooms beyond 18 August (no matter of arrival date) - once these rooms are booked and confirmed the applicants become liable for the booking and its terms and conditions. 

Oxford Brookes University issued a pre-commitment to a second wave policy last year (2020) that made confirmed commitments towards accommodation licences should a further national lockdown transpire and this policy was valid only for 2020/2021 and is no longer applicable. 

Oxford Brookes will respond to future events using the existing governance measures and keep all students and residents updated by email. 

Please fully check our terms and conditions which have been amended to reflect changes due to Covid-19.

Halls of residence and self isolation

Halls of residence remain open and have safety protection methods in place at reception desks to protect students and staff, in accordance with current guidelines.

  • Staff are in teams to limit contact and wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when entering student accommodation;
  • Social distancing reminders are in place;
  • There will be increased cleaning regimes for high-risk areas such as door handles.

Quick reference

  • Halls of residence are open and, we have safety protection methods in place at reception desks to protect students and staff, in accordance with current guidelines.
  • Staff are in teams to limit contact and will wear PPE when entering student accommodation.
  • Social distancing reminders are in place.
  • Some facilities may not be available in order to meet current Public Health England guidance.
  • There are increased cleaning regimes in place for high-risk areas such as door handles.

Oxford City Council guidance on self-isolation and homes of multiple occupation

Oxford City Council has written to all residents in houses of multiple occupation (HMOs or shared houses) with advice on how to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Council website also has details of the local support available for those who are self-isolating.

Quarantine service

For all those who are travelling from countries with a UK Government mandated quarantine period on arrival, we can provide appropriate quarantine accommodation if this is required. You are able to quarantine in your booked accommodation and do not need to go to a separate accommodation unless you need to (because for example you can not access your booked accommodation in advance to allow for quarantine time).

This service will be provided free of charge to those who have booked University accommodation for this academic year. For those who are going into private accommodation the service is available but there will be a charge. After quarantine you will move on to your chosen accommodation.

On your arrival we will provide a welcome pack of supplies and then show you how to get any further food and personal supplies that you need. Following its use in Semester 1, the service has continued for those joining from January 2021 onwards.

For further information about this service, please contact Rooms are subject to availability.

Please note that students travelling from countries on the UK Government’s "red list" must quarantine in a hotel for two weeks when they arrive in the UK. The red list countries was update on 19 March 2021 with some countries added and some removed. Please also be aware that on 9 February 2021 the UK Government announced new measures and tougher enforcement for passengers in quarantine – from fixed penalty notices of up to £10,000 to up to 10 years’ imprisonment. More information can be found online. Further information on travelling to the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic can also be found on the University's website.