Oxford Brookes offers accommodation for new and existing full-time students who wish to live in our halls and shared houses.
Unfortunately, part-time students are not eligible to live in university-managed or partnership accommodation.
Oxford Brookes University's Halls of Residence and Accommodation Services comply with The Student Accommodation Code of Practice. Further information on the code can be found on the SAC Website.
We guarantee that all full-time first-year students who choose Oxford Brookes as either their firm or insurance choice will be offered accommodation as long as they apply by the deadline and meet the academic criteria for their offer. For full details on our guarantees please take a look at our allocation policy.
We will start contacting new students starting in September 2023 from the end of April/early May to invite them to apply online for their accommodation.
Please do not be concerned if you do not receive your email straight away. The process is not first-come first-served so you do not need to rush to apply quickly. You will be given plenty of time to submit your application.
If you will be studying Paramedic Science, Nursing, Midwifery, Art Foundation, PGCE, BA Primary or courses based in Swindon or at Partner Colleges, then please look at the information about accommodation for courses with specific requirements.
Your deadline for applying will depend on what kind of offer you have from us - please see the table below for details. We will also tell you in your invitation email the earliest deadline which applies to you.
Our process is not first-come first-served so you do not have to apply quickly. You just need to apply before your deadline.
Please note there is a possibility that these dates could be revised. If so, we will update the information available to students well in advance of the new deadlines.
News Students looking for accommodation later in the year are welcome to contact us for details and availability - contracts starting later will be shorter in length than those advertised as contract end dates are fixed.
|Allocation||Deadline for applying||Deadline for your offer to be unconditional||Allocation results released|
|Firm applicants with unconditional offers||9 July 2023||9 July 2023||12 July 2023|
|Firm applicants with conditional offers||31 July 2023||16 August 2023*||17 August 2023|
|Insurance and clearing applicants||29 August 2023||29 August 2023||1 September 2023|
*don't worry if you don't get your results until the 17th, the university receives results in advance.
Make your choices
Choose your top three halls and rank them in order of preference. Firm and insurance choice applicants will be offered accommodation as long as they apply by the deadline and meet the academic requirements of their offer by the allocation date.
Where possible this will be one of their three choices however we cannot guarantee this as this will not always be possible due to demand.
Our allocation policy outlines how we assign our rooms in halls and which groups of students get priority or are guaranteed accommodation.
When you find out
You will receive an email from us when you have been allocated a hall. You'll then be asked to either accept your offer through your portal or decline your offer by emailing us.
We won't be able to allocate you a place if your offer is still conditional, e.g. because you are still waiting for exam results. If you don't think your offer will become unconditional on or before the day we allocate you accommodation then please contact us and we can advise.
Accommodation for students starting in January is dependent on availability. Whilst we always have rooms available, it is not possible for us to guarantee accommodation to students starting in January. However, we will do our best to assist as many applicants as possible.
We will offer you a selection of halls and ask you to rank them in order of preference. Your contract will start in late January and end on the normal contract end date for that hall. Most hall contracts end on 9 June 2023, but some halls offer longer stays (i.e. 1 September 2023). We also have some 50-week options which run from January 2023 to January 2024. These are offered to postgraduates on one-year courses.
How to apply
You will receive an email from us inviting you to apply online. You will receive this email from us in mid-November, or shortly after you have made us your firm or insurance choice.
|Allocation||Deadline for applying||Deadline for your offer to be unconditional||Allocation results released|
|First January allocation||23 November 2022||23 November 2022||25 November 2022|
|Second January allocation||12 December 2022||12 December 2022||14 December 2022|
As of 14 December 2022 we are still taking applications through the accommodation portal - unconditional applicants will hear from us in January.
We don’t allocate on a first-come, first-served basis but will allocate to all students who have applied by the deadline and met the conditions of their offer. However, if you miss the deadline to apply, you are welcome to contact us after the allocation date to ask about vacancies. We will continue allocating rooms weekly as long as we continue to have vacancies.
You will receive an email from us when you have been allocated a room. You will then be asked to either accept or decline your offer.
We also offer rooms in Brookes university housing which is often a popular choice for older undergraduates and postgraduates. These contracts end in July and August. If you would be interested in living in a Brookes house, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org once you have received your invitation to apply.
When to apply
All exchange and study abroad students need to apply for accommodation whether they are in Oxford for one or two semesters.
After students have been accepted to Oxford Brookes, they will be sent an email by the Accommodation Bureau with details of how to apply online and the deadline for doing so.
If you are starting a course in September, we will send you your invitation after you have accepted your offer to study at Oxford Brookes. You will need to apply by late July.
If you are starting in January, we will send you your invitation to apply in November. You will need to apply by 12 December 2022.
Students who will be in Oxford for one semester will be able to apply for standard accommodation with shared bathrooms in our halls of residence.
Students who will be in Oxford for two semesters will have a full range of halls available to choose from, and will be allocated to accommodation based on their application. Most students will be asked to choose five halls and rank them in order.
If you are currently overseas, please look at the virtual tours and information on our halls pages to help you choose which halls to apply for. If you need any further information then please contact us.
You do not need to have a visa in order to apply for your accommodation.
Please see the Policies and Contracts page for our full contract terms and conditions.
Living in halls
Choosing to live in university halls is often a much easier process for international students than living in private accommodation in the city. This is because international students in private accommodation may be subject to Right to Rent checks. To assist you, we guarantee that all full-time first-year international students starting in September will be offered accommodation as long as you apply by the deadline and meet the academic criteria for your offer.
Using a representative?
Please make sure you look out for emails from us and contact your representative or us if you think that you have missed an email from us. We have asked international representatives to ensure they pass accommodation emails on to applicants quickly.
If you are coming to study a pathways course that starts in June or July, we will contact you in April so that you can apply for your accommodation.
As you will be staying with us over the summer, there are specific types of accommodation that are available to you, usually in the halls close to our Headington Campus. We will let you know the options for this year when we contact you to apply.
We provide accommodation to support students with medical conditions and disabilities. If you need a specific type of accommodation, you must tell us when you apply and send us supporting medical evidence.
If you have a physical or mental health condition that could be affected or triggered by sharing living space with others please seek appropriate advice before accepting an online accommodation contract. Students living in university accommodation come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures and have a host of differing lifestyles which may not be compatible with your needs. For advice on which accommodation might best fit your needs please contact the Accommodation Bureau or the Inclusive Support Team at any time before confirming a booking.
Your supporting evidence should be a letter which explains your condition. It needs to be written in English by a certified medical practitioner. This letter should state:
- how this condition affects the way you live
- why your condition is best supported in a specific type of accommodation
It is essential that you provide this information with your initial application so that we can find you a suitable room. We may be unable to consider any information supplied at a later date.
You do not need to let us know about other medical conditions, such as dyslexia, which do not require a specific type of accommodation.
We may need to liaise with our colleagues in the university’s Inclusive Support Service to ensure we offer you appropriate accommodation. Please be aware that this means we will need to share your data with them.
Please be aware that once you have confirmed an online accommodation contract, there is no automatic right to leave the contract early therefore we strongly recommend getting advice if you are unsure.
A number of our halls of residence offer private flats for single students, couples or families.
Studio flats for individuals
- Studio flats may be available through private accommodation providers such as Dorset House and The Park, these can be booked directly with the providers.
Studio flats for couples
- First-year students can request a Westminster Studio flat by emailing us at email@example.com once they have an unconditional offer.
- If both occupants of the flat are going to be full-time Brookes students, either one can email us. The contract will be in one student's name.
- If one of the occupants is not going to be a full-time student (either part-time or not a student at all), they will be eligible to pay council tax. The full-time student will need to complete a council tax exemption form. Your household may be charged a higher amount of council tax if you do not declare your status as a student.
- Returning students can book Westminster Hall via the Accommodation Portal from February of their first year.
- Studio flats are for two adults only (no under 18s permitted).
Family flats - fully booked for the 2023/24 academic year
- First-year students or couples bringing a child can request a family flat at Clive Booth Student Village by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org once they have an unconditional offer.
- If two occupants of the flat are going to be full-time Brookes students, either one can email us. The contract will be in one student's name.
- If one of the adult occupants is not going to be a full-time student (either part-time or not a student at all), they will be eligible to pay council tax. The full-time student will need to complete a council tax exemption form. Your household may be charged a higher amount of council tax if you do not declare your status as a student.
- Returning students will be contacted part-way through their contract to ask whether they would like to rebook their flat.
- Family flats are for a maximum of three people (e.g. one adult and two children or two adults and one child).
- Full-time students in any year of study can also book single rooms or studio flats in direct-let halls. Please note that direct-let halls are external from the University. The Accommodation Bureau is unable to assist with any bookings, queries or concerns regarding this type of accommodation.
Please be aware that any partner who lives with a student will not be able to keep a car with them while living in university accommodation. Students living in studio flats or family flats will be eligible for BROOKESbus passes, but partners and/or children will not be eligible for free travel.
Students who are under 18 who apply for accommodation will be asked to apply for three of the following halls in order of preference:
- Clive Booth Student Village - Blocks A and B
- Clive Booth Student Village - Blocks N to X
- Clive Booth Student Village (Non-Ensuite)
- Crescent Hall
- Paul Kent Hall
- Warneford Hall
- Westminster Hall
This is because staff in these halls are appropriately trained to look after students aged under 18.
A student will be classified as under 18 if they are still aged under 18 by 30 September in the year in which they enrol at Oxford Brookes.
We have extra support available for students who are care experienced or are estranged from their family. This includes a bursary (subject to eligibility criteria) and a 52-week guarantee of accommodation.
Undergraduate students who are aged 21+ will be classified as mature students. When applying for accommodation, you will have the standard undergraduate hall options with the addition of also being able to apply for the Clive Booth Postgraduate Centre (38 weeks) if you wish to do so.
Where possible, mature undergraduate students will be allocated with Postgraduate students if you select CBPG, Crescent and Westminster in your application (please be aware that this is not guaranteed). If you would prefer to be allocated with other first year undergraduates instead then please let us know by email once you have applied or include it in the 'medical' section of the application where it allows you to add notes.
Initial fees and rent payments
For University-managed and A2Dominion accommodation your first payment will be your first rent charge. For University-managed halls this will be in early October; for A2Dominion Halls this will be 1 September. Cheney Student Village requires a separate £200 damage deposit. Parade Green requires advance payments, please check the terms and conditions page for further details. More information on accommodation payments is available on our finance page. If you have difficulty making a payment please contact us as soon as possible.
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