Clive Booth Student Village

Redevelopment of Clive Booth Student Village (September 2023 update)

Planning permission was granted by Oxford City Council’s Planning Review Committee for the redevelopment of Clive Booth Student Village in November 2021. Construction work for the redevelopment began in March 2022 and it is currently expected that the first new buildings will open their doors during the 2023-24 academic year.

The project is providing an increased number of high-quality rooms for students within the University’s estate, close to the Headington Campus. This will also help to reduce the number of students living in private rented accommodation and support efforts to manage local housing demand.

The University will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum while work is taking place and the University will continue to engage with students, staff and the local community. Latest information on the redevelopment taking place can be found on the works updates webpage.

The current Clive Booth site

What is Clive Booth Student Village?

The current Clive Booth site

Clive Booth Student Village is an existing student accommodation site, close to Marston Road in East Oxford.

It is located on land owned by Oxford Brookes, is managed by the University and is currently home to around 1,300 students. 

This includes students who are training to be nurses, paramedics, allied healthcare professionals and teachers, many of whom will work across the county during placements and after graduating. 

Information on living at Clive Booth Student Village can be found on our Accommodation webpages.

Why is the University redeveloping part of Clive Booth Student Village?

A large number of the buildings on the site are now 30 years old. There is a need to redevelop the accommodation so that living arrangements continue to be of a high quality for our students and we can improve and modernise the site. 

The redevelopment of part of Clive Booth Student Village is recognised in the Oxford Local Plan 2036, which was adopted in June 2020. The Local Plan also sets a threshold for Oxford Brookes of allowing no more than 4,000 of its students to live outside of University-owned accommodation.

Providing rooms to students within the University’s estate is important in being able to meet this requirement.

The current Clive Booth site

What are the benefits of redeveloping part of Clive Booth Student Village?

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The University believes that the redevelopment of the site will create a number of benefits, which include:

  • Helping to ensure a positive student experience by providing high-quality rooms, enhanced indoor social spaces and an improved range of accommodation options across our residences to suit affordability and personal living preferences.
  • Helping to reduce pressure on local housing supply by allowing for greater numbers of students to live within student accommodation on existing University land, close to the Headington Campus, as an alternative to private rental properties in the community.
  • Helping to reduce pressure on local transport systems as students travelling to the Headington Campus will be able to walk or cycle, rather than using local bus services.
  • Helping to reduce the number of cars in Oxford as the University stipulates that any student living in halls of residence is not permitted to bring a vehicle to Oxford.
  • Helping to provide improved facilities for Oxford Brookes University Nursery, also located on the site, which provides care for children from the local community as well as University staff and students.


November 2021: 

Planning permission granted by Oxford City Council.

March 2022: 

Construction work began to redevelop the site. Latest information on the redevelopment taking place can be found on the Works Updates webpage.

2023-24 academic year: 

The University hopes that the first students will be living in the redeveloped Clive Booth Student Village accommodation in the 2023/24 academic year.


Development of a new Woodland trail


Alongside the redevelopment of part of Clive Booth Student Village, the University was also granted planning permission in January 2022 to enable improvements to the footpath that connects the accommodation to our Headington Hill site. 

The overall intention is to provide a much improved pedestrian link in this area which will improve access for not only students and staff but also the local community. We are calling this development the Woodland Trail

The University does not own Cuckoo Lane, which bisects the campus and the accommodation site, and Oxfordshire County Council will assess any improvements to the lane separately.

Further information on when the Woodland Trail work is set to take place will be added tp this webpage once confirmed.