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  • Social events and trips

    Vacation period events (PDF).

    ISAT organise social events and trips to enhance the International student experience at Brookes.

    See below the list of events and trips for Semester 1 2018. 

  • We are very happy to welcome you to Brookes and we would love to hear about your experience of arriving in the UK. 

    This is a photo competition open to all Brookes International students, it is a space where students can show through the lens their first impressions of living in the UK and being a Brookes student.  

    Coming to the UK and being a student in Brookes will definitely be an unforgettable experience. Capturing how everything started – what you felt, your first impressions - can be a very special way to pay tribute to your adventure. Feelings, cultural shocks, nice moments, unique places, weird situations, new traditions… show them, express them, share them, be as creative as you want with your camera. 

    There will be prizes for the winners.

    For further information and how to participate, please contact us: isat@brookes.ac.uk

    An experiential introduction to mindfulness meditation for International students at Oxford Brookes. 

    Free of Charge but please book a place on the online shop - available from Friday 14 September.

    The Music Room, Headington Hill Hall, Headington Campus 

    Six Tuesdays from 25 September until the end of October 2018, 5:15pm to 6:00 pm 
    Doors open 5.15pm, the meditation will start at 5.20pm.

    Come to as many of the six sessions as you want.

    Mindfulness is a simple and effective type of meditation that research has shown helps people deal with stress, promotes relaxation and improves learning and memory.

    Mindfulness is open to all, easy to learn and does not involve any religious practice. This session uses practical techniques that work without needing to learn any theory.

    Join us for this experiential session that will include a 30 minute mindfulness meditation commentary from an experienced meditation teacher.

    No previous experience necessary

    Price: £22


    Departure point:  Meeting bus stop B6 Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane (in front of Brookes restaurant)


    Departure Time: 08:45


    Within half an hour of leaving we be travelling among the rolling hills of The Cotswolds before visiting the ghostly Minster Lovell Hall. At Burford, you will have a chance to stop and take tea or visit the famous church before we explore the four thousand year history of the Rollright stones.


    During our coach tour you will hear the amazing story of a how a normal man from Stratford-upon-Avon became the greatest writer in the English language. In your free time why not visit Shakespeare's Birthplace, The Theatre, Holy Trinity Church along the River Avon?


    Tickets will be on sale at the International Student Meeting Point (ISMP) during Arrivals (15 - 16 September). Cash only please.


    When: Saturday 29th September

    Price: £40

    Departure Point: The White Horse Pub, 1 London Rd, Oxford OX3 7SP

    Departure time: 06:45


    We will take the boat from Southampton across to Cowes on the north of the Island. We will pass through lovely little seaside towns and lush countryside until we reach Shanklin. Here, you will have plenty of time to swim, walk on the beach, and have lunch. The south of the island is famous for witches and smugglers and its unspoilt countryside. You can walk over Tennyson Down and stop at Alum Bay where you can see the Needles and walk over the white cliffs. Finally, we will take the early evening boat back to England.




    Where to buy tickets: Online shop from 15th September 2018


    When: Saturday 06 October

    How much: £29

    Departure point: The White Horse Pub, 1 London Rd, Oxford OX3 7SP

    Departure time: 08:30

    A full day tour in one of Britain’s most exciting seaside cities. On the coach you will hear the story of how a simple fishing village turned into a pleasure city for Royalty. For most of the day you’ll be free to visit the beach, the pier, the Pavilion and explore the windy shopping lanes.

    On the way back to Oxford, if the weather is good, we will stop to enjoy one of the most breathtaking views in southern Britain: Devil’s Dyke.


    Where to book tickets: Online shop from 22nd September 2018



    When: Saturday 13 October

    Price: £33

    Departure Point: The White Horse Pub, 1 London Rd, Oxford OX3 7SP

    Departure Time: 08:15


    The journey to the border between England and Wales, takes around an hour and forty minutes. Shortly after we will visit the 800 year old ruins of Tintern Abbey, which has inspired artists and the poet William Wordsworth. We will then drive through the beautiful and peaceful Wye Valley where we will hear the history of Britain's oldest and most traditional nation. The afternoon will be spent in the busy Capital city of Cardiff, famous for its castle and its shopping. The coach will arrive next to the free National Museum, where you can get up close to masterpieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Renoir and Rodin in the French Art Collection. It is a five minute train journey to the Bay with the Welsh Parliament and restaurants overlooking the sea.


    Where to buy tickets: Online shop from 29th September 2018






    When:  Saturday 20 October

    Price:  £100

    Departure Point:  Meeting bus stop B6 Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane (in front of Brookes restaurant)

    Departure Time : 07:00

    Join us for an overnight stay in Liverpool home of the Beatles and Liverpool Football Club. Liverpool offers multicultural food, museums, historical sites and excellent shopping with entertainment close to the iconic waterfront.  En route to Liverpool we will be visiting Tatton Park a magnificent Cheshire stately home,  a neo classical mansion. Join the entertaining Edwardian servants for a dramatic tour of the mansions opulent staterooms and servants quarters.

    When: Saturday 27 October

     Departure Point: The White Horse Pub, 1 London Rd, Oxford OX3 7SP

    Price: £28

     Departure time: 08:45


    A full day in a unique British City, where Celtic, Roman and Georgian History meet. We will go on a tour around the 18th Century city and you will see the Crescent and Circus, two of the most impressive streets in Europe. However, ask most British people and they tell you that Bath is most famous for shopping!


    Free Time: Roman Baths Museum - No1 Royal Crescent - Fashion Museum 


     Where to buy tickets: Online shop from 12th October 2018 

    When: Wednesday 31 October 2018


    Departure time: 20:00 - 21:30


    Join us for our Halloween Special - a ghost tour of Oxford!

    This event is FREE but you must book a ticket.

    Those who have successfully reserved a ticket will be contacted about where to meet.

    From legends of headless horsemen to TRUE stories of murders, grave robbers and hangings, come along and hear spooky tales told in Oxford’s darkest and most mysterious streets.


    Where to book tickets: Online shop from 15th October 2018

    When: Saturday 10 November

    Price: £30

    Departure Point: White Horse Pub, Corner of London Road and Headley Way.

    Departure time: 08:30

    We will hear the history of the university that produced Darwin, Newton and DNA. We will travel along the little city lanes to view the most famous colleges. You can spend your free time exploring the colleges, punting on the river Cam, walking through the lovely meadows, or shopping and visiting the free museums.

    King's College  Trinity College 

    Where to buy tickets: Online shop from 27th October 2018


    When: Saturday 17 November

    Price: this event is free but spaces are limited and you can only join the group with a ticket.

    Free tickets but limited places.

    Tickets available from online shop from 2nd November 2018 

    Departure point: Will be sent by email after booking

    Departure time: 

    Finish: 1.5 hours long

  • About our tourist trips

    The trips were very well organised, and the guides very professional. I learned a lot on those trips, and I would definitely go again!

    The International Student Advice Team runs one day and weekend tourist trips to different destinations and attractions around the UK for International students at Oxford Brookes University. 


    If you are interested in going to other parts of the UK, SEA Oxford run trips throughout the year to various destinations. Brookes Union and ESN Oxford Brookes (International Exchange and Erasmus Student Network) also host events for students during term time.

    Contact SEA Oxford »

  • I recommend all the international students to go to SEA's trip because of its benefits like seeing the most famous places in England, make new friends and talking about English culture and history with Rob who is really friendly. Enjoy your trip!

    My trip was to Wales. I had a good chance to make a new friend from Brookes. Rob's guide (talk) about history in Wales was interesting and he was really helpful for everybody.