Getting to Oxford

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  • Oxford is about 80 kilometres from London (Heathrow Airport) and further from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports, the sea ports and central London. These directions will help you make your own way to Oxford.

    Travel from UK airports

  • The Airline coach runs from central bus station and Terminal 5. Here is the Airline timetable for Heathrow Airport. Normally it leaves from bay 15 but you can check this on the screens in the bus station to be sure.The coach runs every hour from 06:30 until 22:30 from Central bus station and from 6.20 to 22.10 from Terminal 5. Currently the Airline coach does not run through the night. If your flight arrives late at night please consider booking a taxi, we recommend Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis services.

    It takes between 70 to 90 minutes to reach Oxford. You can buy your tickets online before you travel or with cash from the bus driver.

    If you arrive at:

    • Terminal 2 or 3 
      Take the Airline coach from Bay 15 at Central bus station. The bus station is located between Terminals 2&3 and is a short walk via the underground walkways. Follow the signs to Central bus station and wait for the coach at bay 15

    • Terminal 4
      You will need to take the free Heathrow Connect train to Central bus station. Follow the signs for 'Free transfers for all terminals' (from Floor -1). You will need to collect a free inter-terminal transfer ticket before using the Heathrow Connect train. The train journey to Central bus station is about three minutes, when you get off follow signs to Central bus station and wait at bay 15.

    There are several stops in Oxford and the bus stops outside the University, so you can get off here and take a taxi to your accommodation. We recommend  Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis. Alternatively, you can may prefer to get off at the last stop in Oxford called Gloucester Green and take a ‘black cab’ taxi to your accommodation. There is a taxi rank is next to the Odeon Cinema. If you are unsure, ask the coach driver.

     

    The Airline coach runs from both South and North Terminal coach stations. It runs every 2 hours between 06.30 and 03.55. It takes about 2 - 2.5 hours to reach Oxford, depending on traffic. The buses leave from outside the terminal buildings.

    You can buy your tickets online before you travel or with cash from the bus driver. The bus stops outside the University and you can call a taxi from there. We recommend  Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis. You may prefer to get off at the last stop in Oxford called Gloucester Green and take a ‘black cab’ taxi to your accommodation. There is a taxi rank is next to the Odeon Cinema. If you are unsure, ask the coach driver. Alternatively you can call  Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis services.

    The National Express JL737 coach runs directly from Luton Airport to Oxford approximately every 2 hours. The bus leaves from just outside the terminal building and stops outside the University and in Oxford city centre. If you are travelling with your luggage, you may prefer to get off at the last stop in Oxford called Gloucester Green and take a ‘black cab’ taxi to your accommodation.There is a taxi rank is next to the Odeon Cinema. If you are unsure, ask the coach driver. Alternatively you can call Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis services

    Pre-booking is highly recommended, though you can buy a ticket in cash from the driver if there is space. The journey takes approximately 2 hours from Luton depending on traffic.

    The National Express JL737 coach runs direct from Stansted Airport to Oxford approximately every 2 hours. Pre-booking is highly recommended. The bus leaves from just outsidethe terminal building and stops outside the University and in Oxford city centre. If you are travelling with your luggage, you may prefer to get off at the last stop in Oxford called Gloucester Green and take a ‘black cab’ taxi to your accommodation.There is a taxi rank is next to the Odeon Cinema. If you are unsure, ask the coach driver.

    Pre-booking is highly recommended, though you can buy a ticket in cash from the driver if there is space. The journey takes approximately 2 hours from Luton and 3-4 hours from Stansted depending on traffic.

    If you are unable to get the National Express you can take a train from Stansted airport into London. You will need to change trains at London Liverpool Street and take the train from London Paddington. To plan your journey you can use The Trainline . When you arrive at Oxford train station there should be taxis you can take to your accommodation directly outside the station or you can call Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis services.

    Virgin trains run from Birmingham international train station every hour from about 07.00am to 01.00am but do not travel through the night. Travel time is about one hour. There is a free bus called Air-Link which takes you from outside the airport terminal to the train station.

    A taxi rank is located at the front of the main entrance to Oxford station or you can call Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis services.

    Virgin trains run from Southampton airport parkway station every 60 mins from about 07.00 to 22.00. Travel time is about one hour and ten minutes. You can walk from the airport to the train station. Information and timetables.

    A taxi rank is located at the front of the main entrance to Oxford station or you can call Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis services.

  • Travel from London and other UK cities

  • From January 2020 there will be 1 coach service going between London and Oxford. They run 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.

    You can buy tickets online or with cash from the driver. You do not need to book. Once you are a student, you can get a discounted fare of £10 return with your BROOKESkey.

    The bus stops outside the University, but if you are travelling with your luggage, you may prefer to get off at the last stop in Oxford called Gloucester Green and take a ‘black cab’ taxi to your accommodation. There is a taxi rank is next to the Odeon Cinema. If you are unsure, ask the coach driver.

    For all other cities, National Express and Megabus run coaches to Oxford.

    There are 2 train stations in Oxford.

    • Trains from London Paddington go into Oxford station and are run by First Great Western Link approximately every 15 minutes during the day, and approximately every 30 minutes during the late evening. The journey time is about one hour.
    • Trains from London Marylebone go into Oxford Parkway station and are run by Chiltern Railways approximately every 30 minutes. The journey time is about 1 hour 20 minutes. Trains run throughout the country, some are direct trains and others will require you to change.

    If you are coming into London via the Eurostar you will arrive at London St Pancras International and you will need to take the London Underground Tube to Paddington station, then get a train to Oxford.

    • Walk to Kings Cross Tube station. This is a very short walk via the subway and is well signposted. 
    • From Kings Cross Tube station take the Circle line or the Hammersmith and City line (westbound, platform 1) to Paddington train station.
    • The Tube station is inside Paddington train station, follow the signs and go up the escalators and you will be in the main train station.
    • Direct trains to Oxford run approximately every 25 mins and the journey to Oxford is 50 mins- 1hr 10 mins.

    You should  buy your tickets online and download the train company app (GWR) to access your tickets.

    You can buy a Young Person’s Railcard (also valid for mature students in full time education) to save 1/3 off fares.

    From the train station, you can either get a taxi from in front of the main entrance of the station or take a bus. Our bus map give details of the bus routes into and around Oxford. For the Headington Campus, please get off at Brookes University bus stop B5.

    Travel by taxis from other cities or the airports is expensive but many students use taxis for local journeys, especially if you have a lot of luggage or shopping. For longer journeys, we advise you to travel by coach or train. When you use a taxi, you will need to book in advance unless you use a ‘black cab’ taxi. One local company is 001 Taxis 01865 240000. Check how much it will be before making your booking.
  • Getting to your accommodation

    Here's how to get to your accommodation

    Cheney Student village

    From the B5 bus stop outside the university walk 90ft up the road to the entrance to Oxford Brookes on your right.

    Enter the University and walk past the Lloyd building and bicycle park which will be on your right.

    Go up a ramp and turn right onto Cheney walk. Follow this path past along the sports fields. Turn left when you have passed football pitch and walk past the indoor gym.

    Keep walking and Cheney Student village will be on your left.

    Clive Booth

    Clive Booth is on the other side of the road to the bus stop and the main university.

    You will need to cross the road and use the ‘Headington Hill’ entrance which next to a gatehouse.

    This road leads straight to Clive Booth. Follow the road and you will see a sign to Clive Booth Hall.

    The gate at the bottom brings you to Clive Booth site. Follow the main path to Reception which is in Block N.

    You can find a description on the route with photographs here

    Lady Spencer (Wheatley campus)

    You can get the 280 Sapphire or U1 Brookes bus from stop B2 outside the main University. Buses leave every 15 minutes during the daytime. This is a 30 minute bus ride to the ‘Holton turn’ stop. Wheatley campus is then a 10 minute walk from the bus stop.

    If you are travelling with luggage you should get a taxi. We recommend Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis.

    Accommodation at Harcourt Hill Campus (Harcourt Hill Hall and Westminster Hall)

    You can get the U1 bus from stop B5 outside the main University. It’s a 30 minute bus journey and buses run regularly throughout the day.

    If you are travelling with luggage you should get a taxi. We recommend Go Green Taxis or 001 Taxis.

    If you would like information about how to get to other accommodation please contact ISAT