Applicant Day (Oxford)

Saturday 28 March

What to expect


Make the most of your day

Our Applicant Days are packed full of activities and talks that help prepare you for life as a student at Oxford Brookes. 

Top things to do at an Applicant Day:

  • explore your chosen course in-depth
  • speak to staff that may ultimately be teaching you
  • chat to current students to find out about student life
  • browse the student accommodation and decide where you want to live
  • tour the campus and check out our facilities
  • explore the beautiful city of Oxford
  • find out more about how we support you once you get here!

There are lots of activities going on throughout the day and we recommend you try out as much as possible! We run sessions across all five of our main Oxford sites, so depending on the courses you’re interested in, you might need to visit different campuses. Don’t worry, you can travel for free across the city on our BROOKESbuses and it’s a great opportunity to see the beautiful city of Oxford.

There will be an online Applicant Day guide that will be available closer to the event date. This will have all the information you need to best plan your day.

Subject talks and drop-ins

Subject talks and drop-ins

The course you choose to study is central to your university experience. Our Applicant Day is the perfect opportunity to ask our academics any questions you have about the content and structure of your course. Students will also be around to tell you about their experiences at Oxford Brookes. 

General talks

General talks

From finance and accommodation to student life, admissions and wellbeing, there’s a lot to think about when you start university. Our general talks are designed to give you practical advice and first-hand insight into Oxford Brookes life.

Tours

Tours

Take time to explore the spaces where you might live and study. We offer campus and accommodation tours to help you find your way around and get a feel for what it’s like to be a student at Oxford Brookes. 

Travel


Travel bursaries:
Did you know that you can apply to have your Oxford Brookes Applicant Day travel paid for by us? Our Applicant Day Travel Bursary will cover the cost of standard coach or rail travel for eligible students and up to two guests, or refund mileage for car travel. Click here to find out more about our Travel Bursary

Oxford Brookes University have an arrangement with GWR to offer discounted train travel on Open Days and Applicant Days via their rail networks. To use this offer please book your tickets via the GWR website. Terms and conditions apply.

Headington

Parking

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

Available carparks:
Thornhill Park & Ride (OX3 8DP)

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 Gispy 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 or 01865 484848 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 get in touch - 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.

Oxford Brookes University have an arrangement with GWR to offer discounted train travel on Open Days via their rail networks. To use this offer please book your tickets via the GWR website. Terms and conditions apply.

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 Headington Campus.

Coach services from London take approximately 1 hour and 40 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 booking 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 *

Don't forget to show the BROOKESbus driver your booking for free travel for you and your guests.

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.

Please note: 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.

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 carparks:
Harcourt Hill Campus carpark (OX2 9AT)

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 or 01865 484848 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.

Oxford Brookes University have an arrangement with GWR to offer discounted train travel on Open Days via their rail networks. To use this offer please book your tickets via the GWR website. Terms and conditions apply.

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 booking for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day.

BrookesBus

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.

Please note: 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.

  • 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 booking for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day. 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 come 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. The 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 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.

Oxford Brookes University have an arrangement with GWR to offer discounted train travel on Open Days via their rail networks. To use this offer please book your tickets via the GWR website. Terms and conditions apply.

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 *

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 routemaps:

Wheatley

Parking

Available carparks:

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 or 01865 484848 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.

Oxford Brookes University have an arrangement with GWR to offer discounted train travel on Open Days via their rail networks. To use this offer please book your tickets via the GWR website. Terms and conditions apply.

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 booking 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 *

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.

Please note: 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.

  • 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 booking for free travel on all BROOKESbus services for you and your guests on the day.

Accommodation tours


Some halls of residence will be open for viewing on our Applicant Day so you can get an idea of where you could call home at Oxford Brookes. If you have specific questions about accommodation, you can speak to the Accommodation Bureau who are located in the Forum at Headington Campus. There are also talks on accommodation during the Applicant Day (times to be confirmed closer to the event date). 
 

Frequently asked questions


Any questions?

Contact our Enquiry centre

+44 (0)1865 484848

uniopenday@brookes.ac.uk

Other ways to visit


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.

Campus tours run all year round

Led by a current student, our campus tours run all year round. If you can’t make an Open or Applicant Day they are the ideal opportunity to walk around our campuses and discover the spaces and places you can make your own.