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The sign up for our Meet and Greet Service has now closed. You are still welcome to join the service, just look out for our helpers at Heathrow airport or at Brookes. They are happy to welcome you whether you are on the list or not. If you would like to be added to the list, email us with your flight details and we will still add you.
Our team of International Students Helpers will welcome you and show you to your accommodation. There are two Meet and Greet Services:
Look for International Student Helpers (ISH) wearing green or pink Oxford Brookes University t-shirts when you arrive at the terminal.
Our helpers will direct you to the Heathrow central bus station and the Airline coach goes from stand 14A to Oxford. From Terminals 2 and 3, this is a short walk. From Terminal 4, our helpers will show you onto the free Heathrow Express train to take you there.
Our International Student Helpers will direct you to bus stop 10, just outside the terminal building.
You should buy a one way ticket to Oxford which will cost £23. If you will be returning to Heathrow within 3 months, then buy a period return which is £30. You can buy your ticket online in advance or from the coach driver on the day. The driver can accept cash - GB pounds, Euros (€ notes only) or US Dollars ($ notes only). If you don’t have any cash with you, just ask one of the International Student Helpers to direct you to the cash machine at the terminal or, if you have a contactless card or device, then you can use this method to buy your ticket.
You can also buy a group ticket on the Airline bus. This costs £70 for 4 people (£17.50) each but you must have cash to buy this, as all 4 people must pay the driver together. Our helpers will arrange you into groups if you wish to benefit from this cheaper ticket. It is really helpful to have the exact money.
Coaches leave regularly throughout the day (about every 30
minutes) and less regularly during the night (about every 90 minutes). Airline
coaches do not stop at Terminal 5 after 23:20 and before 05:50 . If you are arriving
at Terminal 5 during those times, take the free shuttle train, called the Heathrow Express, to Heathrow Central
Station (Terminals 2 and 3). From there, proceed to Heathrow central bus station which is a short walk from these
terminals and is well signposted. Take the Airline coach from the central bus
station, bay 14A though you can check this on the screens in the central bus station. You can find more information about travelling between
terminals from the Heathrow Airport website.
For more information about when the coaches leave, see Airline
Luggage allowance is 2 suitcases (up to 20kg each) in the
hold and one small item of hand luggage in the coach.
Please be aware that there are no porters available for
carrying luggage at Heathrow Airport or in Oxford. Also, there will be
considerable walking from the terminals to Heathrow central bus station.
Please make sure that your luggage is packed carefully and
that you are able to carry it all yourself. The Oxford Brookes Meet and Greet
team (including the Airline coach drivers and taxi drivers) cannot help you
with your luggage.
You should get off the bus at the Oxford Brookes bus stop. We will give you stickers for your suitcases so the driver is clear which stop you wish.
Our International Student Helpers will be waiting for you at the bus stop and they will direct you to a free minibus. Full details are under "From Oxford Brookes Bus Stop" below.
All students should get off the bus at Oxford Brookes bus stop (B4). This is the same whether you are coming from Heathrow or an alternative airport or London. You can find information about Getting to Oxford. Look out for our International Student Helpers in green or pink t-shirts and they will direct you to your hall of residence. If you are moving into:
The Meet and Greet Service from Heathrow is available on Saturday 14 September from 07:00 to 17:30.
The Meet and Greet Service from Oxford Brookes bus stop is available on Saturday 14 September from 09:00 to 19:30 and on Sunday 15 September from 09:00 to 14:30.
If you have signed up for the Meet and Greet Service but you are delayed and you have missed the Meet and Greet Service, don’t worry. You can make your own way to Oxford.
Please get off the bus at the Oxford Brookes bus stop, B4. If there is an International Student Helper in a pink t-shirt there, they will show you where to go. Otherwise, please go to the reception of John Henry Brookes Building (JHBB) and ask our security staff to telephone you a taxi to take you to your accommodation. If you arrive after the meet and greet service has finished on Saturday 14 or Sunday 15 September because you have been delayed, we will pay for your taxi to your accommodation.
If you do not have accommodation organised, then the security will advise you on what overnight arrangements can be made.
You must know what time you will arrive at either Heathrow Airport or at Oxford Brookes before you can register for the Meet and Greet Service. You can sign up to the Meet and Greet Service from Friday 9 August.
Once you have signed up for the Meet and Greet Service, we will have your details, and you will be taken to a confirmation page. You do not need to bring the confirmation with you to use the service, this is just for your reference so that you know we have added your details to our list. You will not receive an email confirmation or ticket.
If you have any more questions, please contact us.
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