• Group of friends laughing
    • International students at Tatton Park
    • Banner bowling buddies
  • Events and workshops

    The International Student Advice Team (ISAT) organises events to enhance the international student experience at Oxford Brookes. This page will be updated regularly throughout the semester.

     Christmas in Oxford

    Are you staying in Oxford for Christmas? Download our Christmas Guide and register for Christmas Buddies! More information below!

  • Social events and competitions

  • When
    Thursday 30 September, 14.30
     Location
    Online
     Booking
    No booking required, simply use this Zoom link to join

    Why are people from different parts of the world communicating differently? Is it possible to better interact with people from other cultures? Get a better understanding of cultural differences and intercultural communication during this short interactive session!

     

    When
    Thursday 7 October, 17.30
     Location
    The location will be shared with students who have a confirmed booking
     Booking
    Booking required, free ticket - maximum capacity of 40 attendees.

    Face-to-face event. Compete against other groups during this "cultures of the world" quiz! Great prizes for the winners! Free ticket, registration compulsory.

    Book now >>

    When
    Friday 8 October, 9.30am
     Location
    The location will be shared with students who have a confirmed booking
     Booking
    Booking required, free ticket - maximum capacity of 30 attendees.

    This event is aimed at new international students who were unable to join Arrivals activities in September 2021.

    Join our Late Arrivals Welcome Event to meet other international students, enjoy a nice breakfast and take part in our fun quiz!

    Book now >>

    Take part in our photo competition for a chance to win the following prizes!

    1st prize: £40 Amazon voucher          
    2nd prize: £20 Amazon voucher
    3rd prize: Oxford souvenir

    Opening date: Tuesday 12 October 2021                                     
    Closing date: Tuesday 2 November 2021, 17.00 UK time                                        
    Winners announced: Tuesday 9 November 2021


    The theme is: First impressions of the UK and life at Oxford Brookes

    You will need to submit one photo and a short paragraph (100 to 200 words) to tell us how your experience here started. It might be, for example, something that you found surprising or different from your home country. Don’t hesitate to add your Instagram and Facebook usernames at the end of the paragraph if you would like us to tag you when we post about the photo competition!

    Send your photo and paragraph to: srobert@brookes.ac.uk


    Terms & Conditions

    By entering the competition, you agree to the following:

    • The image you submit can be used by ISAT on its social media (Facebook and Instagram) and marketing material
    • Your paragraph can be used as a student quote on the ISAT website or marketing material (you can ask for the quote to remain anonymous)
    • All entries must be received by the closing date and time
    • Only one entry per person
    • The image you submit should have been taken by you
    • If the image you submit includes an identifiable person or group, it’s your responsibility to ensure that you have their permission to use the image for this competition
    • The decision of the panel regarding the winners is final
    • Prizes should be redeemed by Thursday 9 December 2021
    When
    Sunday 31 October
    Meeting point
    The meeting point details will be shared with students who have a confirmed booking
     Booking
    Booking required, £1 per ticket (discounted price) - maximum capacity of 25 attendees.

    Bookings are now open for all international students (and UK students taking part in Global Buddies). Students taking part in the Global Buddies programme had priority to book this event until 15 October 2021.

    Guide Rob Tanner will introduce you to the darker side of the last 1,000 years of Oxford's history.
    You will hear the TRUE stories of murders, massacres, burnings, grave robbers, hangings and human dissection. Added to this you will hear of the many Oxford legends. From headless horsemen, to devil worshippers and Monks forever trapped beneath the ancient streets, all told in Oxford's darkest and most mysterious streets and lanes.

    Book now >>

    What is Bonfire Night?

    Historically, Bonfire Night marks the anniversary of Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James I in 1605 – the failed 'gunpowder plot' is remembered in the children’s rhyme ‘Remember, remember the 5th of November; gunpowder, treason and plot’. Today, it is commemorated with spectacular displays of fireworks. (Source: UKCISA)

    For photos and more information about Bonfire Night, read this  article by Visit Britain.

    Where to see fireworks in Oxford?

    Oxford Round Table's 53rd Annual Charity Fireworks Display
    Saturday 6 November 2021, South Park
    Includes a firework display, bonfire and a funfair
    Find out more about the Oxford Firework Display

    Other Bonfire Night activities

    Friends International Oxford is organising an event on Monday 1 November to help you practice your English while learning about Bonfire Night traditions and toasting marshmallows over a fire. Find out more on their Instagram account @friendsinternationaloxford

    When
    Thursday 2 December 2021
     Location
    Instagram @brookes_isatsocial
    Time
    All day

    Head to our Instagram account, @brookes_isatsocial and ask any question you have on our story. We will publish answers to the most common/popular questions throughout the day.

    When
    Thursday 9 December 2021
    Price
    £20 
    Location
    The Wig & Pen, George Street (please note this venue is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible)
    Start time
    Each attendee will get an allocated arrival time between 18.30 and 18.55

    Let’s celebrate Christmas together! Join ISAT staff and other international students for a Christmas meal, learn about British Christmas traditions and share an unforgettable experience! The party will be held at the Wig & Pen on Thursday 9 December and will include a 3-course Christmas meal, some activities and a special visit from Santa. Feel free to wear something festive, like a Christmas jumper!

    Booking will close on 16 November - make sure you buy your ticket before then! If you have any questions, please email Solenn, our Events Coordinator, at srobert@brookes.ac.uk.

    Detailed menu

    Please check the detailed menu below before booking your ticket as the online shop will only display the name of the dishes, with no additional information. When booking your ticket, you will be asked to select 1 starter + 1 main + 1 dessert.

    STARTERS

    Prawn Cocktail (contains alcohol)
    Prawns on a bed of lettuce, topped with Bloody Mary sauce and served with brown bloomer bread and butter

    Maple Flavoured Root Vegetable Soup (vegetarian)
    Carrots, parsnips and onions caramelised in a sweet maple-flavoured syrup, seasoned with festive spices. Served with white bloomer bread and butter

    Maple Flavoured Root Vegetable Soup (vegetarian + gluten-free)
    Carrots, parsnips and onions caramelised in a sweet maple-flavoured syrup, seasoned with festive spices. Served with no-gluten containing bread

    Maple Flavoured Root Vegetable Soup (vegan)
    Carrots, parsnips and onions caramelised in a sweet maple-flavoured syrup, seasoned with festive spices. Served with white or malted bloomer bread

    Stilton® & Peppercorn Mushrooms (vegetarian)
    Garlic ciabatta topped with sautéed mushrooms in a peppercorn sauce, finished with crumbled Stilton®

    Chicken Liver & Herb Pâté
    A chicken liver pâté with cream and herbs. Served with caramelised red onion chutney and toast


    MAINS

    Traditional Christmas Dinner With All The Trimmings
    Hand-carved turkey served with sage and onion stuffing, pig-in-blanket, a Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, carrots, honey-roasted parsnips, Brussels sprouts and gravy

    Traditional Christmas Dinner With All The Trimmings (gluten-free)
    Hand-carved turkey served with pig-in-blanket, roast potatoes, carrots, honey-roasted parsnips, Brussels sprouts and no-gluten containing gravy

    Sea Bass Risotto (contains alcohol)
    A creamy risotto with wilted spinach and peas topped with sea bass fillets and parsley oil

    Sea Bass Risotto (contains alcohol, gluten-free)
    A creamy risotto with wilted spinach and peas topped with sea bass fillets and parsley oil

    Mushroom Risotto (vegetarian, contains alcohol, gluten-free)
    A creamy risotto with wilted spinach and peas topped with mushrooms and parsley oil

    6oz* Sirloin Steak & Bearnaise Sauce (contains alcohol)
    Cooked to your liking with chips, peas, half a grilled tomato and onion rings

    6oz* Sirloin Steak & Bearnaise Sauce (contains alcohol, gluten-free)
    Cooked to your liking with a jacket potato, peas and half a grilled tomato

    Mushroom Wellington (vegetarian)
    Puff pastry filled with mushrooms, spinach and blue cheese. Served with roast potatoes, carrots, honey-roasted parsnips, Brussels sprouts and gravy

    Festive Burger (contains alcohol)
    6oz* aged shin and rib beef burger, mayo, lettuce, tomato, red onion, Croxton Manor Brie®, smoked streaky bacon, cranberry sauce, served with rosemary-salted fries and onion rings

    Festive Pie
    Tender turkey layered with cranberry sauce and a cranberry, chestnut and pork stuffing with gravy. Encased in shortcrust pastry with a puff pastry Christmas tree lid. With mashed potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts and gravy

    Beetroot, Butternut Squash & Cranberry Wellington (vegan)
    Puff pastry filled with beetroot, butternut squash and cranberry. Served with roast potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and vegan gravy


    DESSERTS

    Christmas Pudding (vegetarian, contains alcohol)
    Served with brandy sauce

    Warm Chocolate Fudge Cake (vegetarian)
    Served with vanilla flavour ice cream

    Festive Crumble (vegetarian)
    Kentish Bramley apple and mincemeat crumble with custard

    Shimmering Berry Cheesecake (vegetarian)
    Vanilla cheesecake topped with shimmering berries, served with vanilla flavour ice cream

    Shimmering Berry Cheesecake (vegetarian, gluten-free)
    Vanilla cheesecake topped with shimmering berries, served with vanilla flavour ice cream

    Chocolate & Cherry Torte (vegan, contains alcohol)
    A rich chocolate and kirsch cherry torte, served with vegan vanilla ice cream


    Book now >>

    Our Christmas Guide has been created for international students who are staying in Oxford during the Christmas break (or part of it). It includes activity suggestions and some useful advice.

    Download the Christmas Guide (PDF)

    Are you staying in Oxford for Christmas? Would you like to connect with other international students in the same situation? ISAT can help you!

    All international students staying in Oxford over the Christmas break are welcome to register to be part of the Christmas Buddies group by filling out a short Registration Form (see below). ISAT will put you in touch with other students who have registered and you will be able to start connecting with each other. 

    Please sign up before Tuesday 14 December, 23.00, as we will share the contact details of all registered students via email to your Brookes inbox on Wednesday 15 December. You will then be able to message the other students and arrange activities together.

    If you have any questions about Christmas Buddies, please email our Events Coordinator at srobert@brookes.ac.uk before the registration deadline.

    Register now »
    We will organise activities and competitions on Instagram. Follow us! @brookes_isatsocial
  • Day trips

    These trips are organised by ISAT and our favourite tour guide Rob Tanner. ISAT manages bookings/website/online shop and student enquiries. Rob leads the tours on the day.

  • When
    Saturday 25 September 2021
    Price
    £44
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    06:45

    Get the coach from Oxford to Southampton and the ferry to Cowes, on the north of the island. You will pass through lovely little seaside towns and lush countryside until you reach Shanklin, where you will have plenty of free time. You can walk over Tennyson Down and stop at Alum Bay where you can see the Needles and walk over the white cliffs. Expected return time to Oxford: 8pm

    Schedule (times are estimates):

    • 06:45 - Depart from Headington
    • 09:00 - Boat leaves Southampton
    • 10:00 - Arrive on the Isle of Wight
    • 13:00 - Depart from Shanklin Coach Park
    • 16:15 - Depart from Alum Bay
    • 18:30 - Arrive at Southampton
    • 20:00 - Expected return time to Oxford

    The exact schedule will be confirmed by Rob on the day. The ticket includes coach and ferry travels, as well as a full-day tour. Tickets available on the online shop from Friday 17 September.

    Book now >>

    When
    Saturday 2 October 2021
    Price
    £32
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:45

    Visit Minster Lovell, Burford, and Stratford-upon-Avon. You will have some free time in Burford and Stratford.

    Schedule (times are estimates):

    • 08:45 - Depart from Headington
    • 09:45 - Arrive at Minster Lovell
    • 11:00 - Arrive at Burford
    • 12:15 - Depart from Burford
    • 13:15 - Coach tour of Stratford
    • 16:30 - Depart from the Birthplace Coach Terminal
    • 18:00 - Expected return time to Oxford

    The exact schedule will be confirmed by Rob on the day. Tickets available on the online shop from Friday 17 September.

    Book now >>

    When
    Saturday 9 October 2021
    Price
    £34
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:30

    Spend some free time in vibrant & creative Brighton, and visit Devil’s Dyke with your tour guide for beautiful panoramas. 

    Ideas how to spend your free time in Brighton include: Brighton beach, Brighton Palace Pier, the Royal Pavilion, the North Laines, the South Lanes, the i360. ISAT’s tip: we recommend walking around the city to discover the amazing street art and graffiti!

    Schedule (times are estimates):

    • 08:30 - Depart from Headington
    • 10:45 - Arrive at Old Steine Brighton
    • 11:00 - Free time to explore Brighton
    • 16:30pm - Meet the coach at Old Steine
    • 17:00pm - Arrive at Devil’s Dyke.
    • 17:30pm - Depart Devil’s Dyke
    • 19:30pm - Expected return time to Oxford

    The exact schedule will be confirmed by Rob on the day. Tickets available on the online shop from Wednesday 22 September, 14.00.

    Book now >>

    When
    Saturday 16 October 2021
    Price
    £34
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:45

    Spend a day in the stunning city of Bath, famous for its Roman baths, Georgian architecture and its connection to renowned British novelist Jane Austen. There will be 1-hour coach tour and you’ll also get plenty of free time to explore the city.

    Ideas how to spend your free time in Bath include: Roman Baths Museum, Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, Parade Gardens, the Circus and Royal Crescent, Jane Austen Centre, the Fashion Museum, No1 Royal Crescent.

    Schedule (times are estimates):

    • 08:45 - Depart from Headington
    • 10:45 - Arrive at Terrace Walk, Bath
    • 11:00 - Free time to explore Bath
    • 14:00 - Coach Tour from Terrace Walk
    • 15:00 - Free time
    • 16:45 - Depart Terrace Walk
    • 19:00 - Expected return time to Oxford

    The exact schedule will be confirmed by Rob on the day. Tickets available on the online shop from Wednesday 22 September, 14.00.

    Book now >>

    When
    Saturday 6 November 2021
    Price
    £38
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:15

    Visit the 800-year old ruins of Tintern Abbey. You will then pass through the beautiful Wye Valley before spending the afternoon in Cardiff, the capital of Wales. After a guided tour, you’ll have a few hours of free time to explore the city.

    Ideas how to spend your free time in Cardiff include: Cardiff Castle, Bute Park, Yr Hen Lyfrgell, Morgan Quarter, Castle Arcade, Spillers Records, National Museum Cardiff, Aquabus City-Bay (make sure that you have enough time to get back to the city centre on time to meet the coach).

    Schedule (times are estimates):

    • 08:15 - Depart from Headington
    • 10:45 – Arrive at Tintern
    • 12:45 - Tour of Cardiff
    • 13:30 - Free time to enjoy Cardiff
    • 16:45 - Meet the coach at The National Museum, Gorsedd Gardens Road
    • 19:30 - Expected return time to Oxford

    If you wish to visit a museum such as the National Museum (free entry) during your free time in Cardiff, make sure you book your tickets directly with the venue in advance.

    The exact schedule will be confirmed by Rob on the day. Tickets available on the online shop from Tuesday 5 October.

    Book now >>

    When
    Saturday 20 November 2021
    Price
    £50
    Departure point
    Gipsy Lane bus Stop B6 (inside the campus)
    Departure time
    08:15

    On the journey down to Stonehenge, your tour guide Rob will tell you about the incredible 5,000 year story of Stonehenge. You will hear about the very latest discoveries that have revealed the secrets of Stonehenge, lost for centuries. You can find out more in the visitor centre, cinema and at the stone circle itself.

    After a short journey, you will arrive in the beautiful ancient city of Winchester. You will hear a history of how the Romans, Saxons and Vikings shaped the city and hear about famous names from King Alfred to Jane Austen and film stars like Tom Hanks and Russell Crowe.

    Highlights of the city to explore in your free time include: Britain’s oldest school, Europe’s second longest cathedral and the free museum and castle hall with its famous round table.

    Schedule (times are estimates):

    • 08:15 - Depart from Headington
    • 10:00 - Arrive at Stonehenge coach park
    • 12:30 - Depart Stonehenge coach park
    • 13:20 - Arrive at Winchester
    • 13:30 - Walking tour of Winchester
    • 18:00 - Depart Winchester
    • 19:30 - Expected return time to Oxford

    The exact schedule will be confirmed by Rob on the day. Tickets available on the online shop from Tuesday 5 October.

    Book now >>

    Organise a trip to Blenheim Palace in your own time!

    Our tour guide Rob has created a video to help you organise your day at Blenheim Palace, in which he's also sharing some of the history of the place. The video is available in the section below. For additional information about Blenheim Palace, please see our Happening in Oxford page and the Blenheim Palace website.

    If you go to Blenheim Palace and take photos, please tag us on social media! Instagram: @brookes_isatsocial

  • Other events

    Brookes Union and ESN Oxford Brookes (International Exchange and Erasmus Student Network) also host events for students during term time.

    Videos: trips and walks around Oxford 

    Blenheim Palace

    Rob is taking you to Blenheim Palace! He's giving advice about getting there on the bus, how to buy tickets and shares some of the history of the Palace. If the video doesn't display correctly, please use the YouTube link.

  • Video - Where to walk in Oxford?

    Video by Friends International. Please always follow the latest government guidelines regarding public transport. If you live in Headington, Cowley or the city centre, most of the locations mentioned in the video should be within walking distance of your accommodation.

  • Video - Cowley Road, Oxford

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