Applicant Day (February)

Saturday 19 February

About this event

What to expect

Join us in person and get a real feel for Oxford Brookes University. Experience for yourself what student life is really like during our Applicant Day. Whether you’ve already applied or are still trying to decide on your university, our Applicant Day is a great opportunity to find out about our courses, explore our accommodation, meet our support services teams and hear from our wonderful academic staff and incredible students. 

During our Applicant Day, you’ll be able to: 

  • Experience the courses you’re interested in by joining subject-specific sessions and activities 
  • Chat to our dedicated staff and incredible students and ask any questions you may have
  • Meet and speak to our admissions, accommodation, finance and wellbeing teams

Book now to reserve your place and start exploring what we have to offer at Oxford Brookes and check out all the reasons why you should be a student here

 

PLEASE NOTE: 

Oxford Brookes has four sites/campuses. To help you make the most of your Applicant Day experience, your subject specific sessions will be hosted on the campus/site relevant to your course. We will notify you closer to the Applicant Day with more information about which campus you should make your way to first. 

Keeping each other safe on campus
Our Applicant Day follows the latest advice from the UK Government. We ask that all staff, students, and visitors abide by our 'Keeping each other safe on campus' guidance. Students can bring a maximum of two guests to the Open Day, however there will be a limit of one guest per student to attend popular subject talks. Hand sanitising stations will be available and face coverings need to be worn whilst on our campuses, unless you are medically exempt. You must not visit our campus if you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or have had a positive test result. 
 

What to expect

Book your place

Travel

Headington

Parking

PLEASE NOTE: There is no parking available at Headington Campus, except for disabled badge holders. 

Available car parks:

There will be a small charge of £2 to park at Thornhill Park & Ride. 

This Park & Ride is serviced by the U1X BROOKESbus, which connects the Park & Ride with our Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill sites (Headington Campus), and the city centre and the U1 BROOKESbus that connects Harcourt Hill and Wheatley campuses (via the city centre and Gipsy Lane/ Headington Hill sites). The U1 runs from 8.15am throughout the day and into the evening. If you are visiting the Marston Road site, you can get the U1B BROOKESbus service directly there from Thornhill Park & Ride.

Disabled badge holders must pre-book a space on campus by contacting uniopenday@brookes.ac.uk with your vehicle registration number and any details of your requirements. We will then be able to allocate a car parking space, and can make any other arrangements for you as necessary.

Car

Please note that there is no parking on Headington Campus, these directions are for drop off only. If you are a disabled blue badge holder, there are spaces available on campus. If you need to book a disabled parking space, please email uniopenday@brookes.ac.uk - this space will be in the Gipsy Lane car park outside the Clerici building.

Postcode: 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.

If you are 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.

From all routes - 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. Headington Campus is on the right. Headington Hill site is approximately a further 500 metres straight on from the Headington Campus junction on the right.

Car parking is severely restricted and you should not bring your car to either site unless you have a disabled parking space booked in advance. Parking in the surrounding area is almost non-existent and you should consider using the other options listed on this page.

Train

There are direct train services to Oxford from London and many other UK towns and cities. Please only use Oxford railway station in the city centre, not Oxford Parkway as it is not serviced by our free BROOKESbus.

There will be staff members and student ambassadors at the train station to direct you to the bus stop you need. You can get the U1 bus from outside the train station directly to Headington Campus, as well as into the city centre and to Harcourt Hill and Wheatley campuses.

Coach

From London there is a direct coach services,  running every 10-15 minutes during the day, dropping you off right outside our Gipsy Lane site at Headington Campus.

Coach services from London take approximately 80 - 90 minutes.

Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds and Sheffield all have direct coach links to Gloucester Green coach station in the city centre. From other UK cities you will need to change. Find more information at National Express.

To go directly to Headington Campus from Gloucester Green, it is a 5 minute walk to the city centre where you can catch a U1 BROOKESbus to the campus. Catch the bus from New Road (stop D3). Remember to show the driver your digital Open Day Guide for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day.

BrookesBus

* Please note that the BROOKESbus times and services may change closer to the event date and that these times do not reflect the time that may be spent getting to bus stops and waiting for buses. Please allow plenty of time to travel between campuses. *

Remember to show the BROOKESbus driver your digital Open Day Guide for free travel for you and your guests. Free travel is only valid on the U1, U1B, U1X and U5 services.

Here are some estimated journey times by BROOKESbus for travelling to and around Headington Campus on open day. The U1, U1X, U1B run throughout the day and into the evening.

U1

Thornhill Park & Ride to Headington Campus: 15 minutes
Headington to Harcourt Hill Campus: 40 minutes
Headington to Wheatley Campus: 30 minutes
Headington to city centre: 15 minutes
Oxford railway station to Headington: 30 minutes

U1X

Thornhill Park & Ride to Headington Campus: 15 minutes
Headington to city centre: 15 minutes

U1B

Thornhill Park & Ride to Headington Campus: 15 minutes
Thornhill Park & Ride to Marston Road site (via Headington): 30 minutes

Harcourt Hill

Parking

Available car parks:

You can also use Thornhill Park & Ride, which is a 45 - 50 minute bus journey away. There will be a small charge of £2 to park at the Park & Ride (OX3 8DP).

Disabled badge holders must pre-book a space by contacting uniopenday@brookes.ac.uk with your vehicle registration number and any details of your requirements. We will then be able to allocate a car parking space, and can make any other arrangements for you as necessary.

Car

Postcode: OX2 9AT

From the city centre drive out of Oxford on the Botley Road, continue past Harcourt Tower, under the A34 flyover. At the traffic lights, just beyond bridge turn left, into Westminster Way. Continue for half a mile, bearing right (up Harcourt Hill) just before the road re-joins the A34 northbound slip road.

Motorists coming from the south on the A34 should come off at the junction signed Harcourt Hill Campus (after the Hinksey Hill junction and before the Botley junction). Turn immediately left up Harcourt Hill to the campus. If you miss the campus turning take the next exit off the A34 at the Botley Interchange; take third exit (to Botley and Oxford). Turn right at the first set of traffic lights, left at the next, into Westminster Way. Continue for half a mile, bearing right (up Harcourt Hill) just before the road re-joins the A34 northbound slip road.

Motorists coming from the north on the A34 should leave at the Botley Interchange roundabout, take first exit (to Botley and Oxford). Turn right at the first set of traffic lights, left at the next, into Westminster Way. Continue for half a mile, bearing right (up Harcourt Hill) just before the road re-joins the A34 northbound slip road.

From Swindon, A420 drive towards Oxford until the Botley Interchange roundabout, take second exit (to Botley and Oxford). Turn right at the first set of traffic lights, left at the next, into Westminster Way. Continue for half a mile, bearing right (up Harcourt Hill) just before the road re-joins the A34 northbound slip road.

Train

There are direct train services to Oxford from London and many other UK towns and cities. Please only use Oxford railway station in the city centre, not Oxford Parkway as it is not serviced by our free BROOKESbus.

There will be staff members and student ambassadors at the train station to direct you to the bus stop you need to go to the campus. You can get the U1 bus from outside the train station directly to Harcourt Hill Campus, as well as into the city centre and to Headington and Wheatley campuses.

Coach

Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds and Sheffield all have direct coach links to Gloucester Green coach station in the city centre. From other UK cities you will need to change. Find more information at National Express.

To go directly to Harcourt Hill Campus from Gloucester Green, it is a 5 minute walk to Oxford railway station where you can catch a U1 BROOKESbus to the campus. Catch the bus from stop R9 on the main road outside the train station.

Remember to show the driver your digital Open Day Guide for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day. Please note free travel is only valid on the U1, U1B, U1X and U5 services. 

BrookesBus

Please note: these times do not reflect the time that may be spent getting to bus stops and waiting for buses. Allow plenty of time to travel between campuses.

Here are some estimated journey times by BROOKESbus U1 service for travelling to and around Harcourt Hill Campus on Open Day. The U1 runs from 8.15am throughout the day and into the evening.

  • Thornhill Park & Ride to Harcourt Hill: 50 minutes
  • Harcourt Hill to Headington Campus: 40 minutes
  • Harcourt Hill to Wheatley Campus: 1 hour
  • Harcourt Hill to city centre: 30 minutes
  • Oxford railway station to Harcourt Hill: 20 minutes

Remember to show the driver your digital Open Day Guide for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day. Please note free travel is only valid on the U1, U1B, U1X and U5 services.

If you need pointing in the right direction, make sure you ask a staff member or Student Ambassador.

Headington (Marston Road site)

Parking

We strongly advise you not to travel by car unless absolutely necessary, as parking is very restricted in the city and on the campuses. If you wish to come by car, we recommend using 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.

The Thornhill Park & Ride (OX3 8DP) is serviced by the BROOKESbus service, which offers free travel for you and your guests. There will be a small charge of £2 to park at Thornhill Park & Ride.

Car

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 Marston.
  • From the north - take the M40, leave at junction 8a and follow the signs for Oxford along the A40. Then follow the signs for Marston.
  • Coming to Oxford via another route - we recommend taking the ring road to the Headington Roundabout and following the signs to Marston.

Train

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 to 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.

Coach

There is a direct motorway coach service from London, 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.

These coaches drop you off right outside Oxford Brookes Headington Campus as well as in Oxford city centre. You will then need to follow directions to the Marston Road site. For more information please visit:

Coaches from the airport and London stop near Oxford Brookes Headington campus on Headington Road. You will then need to follow directions to the Marston Road site. 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.

Getting 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.

BrookesBus

* Please note that the BROOKESbus times and services may change closer to the event date *

Remember to show the BROOKESbus driver your digital Open Day Guide for free travel for you and your guests. Free travel is only valid on the U1, U1B, U1X and U5 services.

Several bus routes connect our campuses, the surrounding area and city centre. For the Marston Road site you will need one of the following:

  • U1B BROOKESbus
  • 13/X13 (Stagecoach)

Please visit the relevant website for the most up to date information about Timetables, fares and route maps:

Wheatley

Parking

Available car parks:

Free parking is available at Wheatley Campus. This is based on a first come, first served basis.

Thornhill Park & Ride is the closest Park & Ride to Wheatley Campus. There is a £2 charge to park here. The free BROOKESbus U1 service connects Thornhill Park & Ride to Wheatley Campus, the city centre and the other Oxford campuses. Show the driver your booking for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day.

Disabled badge holders must pre-book a space by contacting uniopenday@brookes.ac.uk with your vehicle registration number and any details of your requirements. We will then be able to allocate a car parking space, and can make any other arrangements for you as necessary.

Car

Postcode: OX33 1HX

Motorists travelling northbound on the M40 should leave at junction 8, signposted Oxford A40. Take the A418, signposted to Thame and Aylesbury. Follow the signs to Wheatley and then follow the signs for "Brookes University, (Wheatley Campus)".

Motorists travelling southbound on the M40 should leave at Junction 8A and follow the signs for Oxford, then Wheatley and then follow the signs for "Brookes University, (Wheatley Campus)".

For motorists coming from Oxford, follow signs to London (A40), exit the dual carriageway at the Wheatley sign. Then follow the signs for Wheatley and then "Brookes University, (Wheatley Campus)".

Train

There are direct train services to Oxford from London and many other UK towns and cities. Please only use Oxford railway station in the city centre, not Oxford Parkway as it is not serviced by our free BROOKESbus.

There will be staff members and student ambassadors at the train station to direct you to the bus stop you need. You can get the U1 bus from outside the train station directly to Wheatley Campus, as well as into the city centre and to Harcourt Hill and Headington campuses.

Coach

Birmingham, Coventry, Leeds and Sheffield all have direct coach links to Gloucester Green coach station in the city centre. From other UK cities you will need to change. Find more information at National Express.

To go directly to Wheatley Campus from Gloucester Green, it is a 5 minute walk to the city centre where you can catch a U1 BROOKESbus to the campus. Catch the bus from New Road (stop D3). Remember to show the driver your digital Open Day Guide for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day.

BrookesBus

* Please note that the BROOKESbus times and services may change closer to the event date and that these times do not reflect the time that may be spent getting to bus stops and waiting for buses. Please allow plenty of time to travel between campuses *

Here are some estimated journey times by BROOKESbus U1 service for travelling to and around Wheatley Campus on open day. The U1 runs from 8.15am throughout the day and into the evening.

  • Thornhill Park & Ride to Wheatley: 10 minutes
  • Wheatley to Headington Campus: 30 minutes
  • Wheatley to Harcourt Hill Campus: 1 hour
  • Wheatley to city centre: 40 minutes
  • Oxford railway station to Wheatley Campus: 50 minutes

Remember to show the driver your digital Open Day Guidebooking for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day. Please note free travel is only valid on the U1, U1B, U1X and U5 services.

Other ways to find out more

Take a virtual tour!

Explore our campuses and facilities, watch our 360 degree videos, check out the teaching rooms, students’ union, social learning spaces, places to eat and accommodation. You can also download our virtual reality app.

Chat to a current student

Our student ambassadors are here to give you an inside view of all aspects of life at Oxford Brookes. Chat with them about their studies, making friends, living in Oxford and anything else you want to know more about.