Thinking about where you might live in September?

20 January 2021

Three female students are standing in their flat kitchen chatting over mugs of tea

Are you starting to think about where you might live during the next academic year? Did you know that returning students can still live in University-owned accommodation? The Accommodation Bureau shares information below on the options available to you before bookings open in February, alongside details of its Virtual Housing Fair.

Find your home

The Accommodation Bureau offers a variety of halls and houses for our returning students. They understand that this year has made it more challenging for students to meet each other and form groups for booking houses, so would like to reassure you, there’s no need to be part of a group in order to book a room. You can reserve a room in any of the returning students’ halls and many of the houses as an individual. Other returning students will then book the other rooms in the flat or house with you, also as individuals. Whether you are in halls or housing, you will each have a separate contract for your own room, meaning you won’t be affected if someone else chooses to leave the property.

You can select a room on any floor to suit your needs. If you have a medical condition or disability which means that you have specific requirements, please speak to your disability adviser or email the Disability Service at

Halls of residence

We know that the experience of living in Oxford during this academic year has been unusual. Whether you are starting your second year in September or have spent some time living in privately rented accommodation, if you’d like to stay within halls, there are blocks of flats and whole halls reserved exclusively for returning students.

On 26 January 2021 the Accommodation Bureau will release the full list of available halls. These are available to any full-time students continuing on for another full year at Oxford Brookes, including foundation students and those who started their course in January.

You’ll be able to book your room via the Accommodation Portal from February. You can choose your own room. If you want to live with friends, simply make sure you pick rooms in the same flat.

Living in a shared house

If you would prefer to live outside of halls, Brookes Lettings has houses and flats available for groups or individual students to book. The full list of properties will be available on its website on 26 January 2021.

You’ll be able to book your room via an online form from February. We will then contact you with an offer and ask you to accept it via the Accommodation Portal. Some houses are for groups, while others can be booked one room at a time by individuals.

Virtual Housing Fair

The Accommodation Bureau will be hosting a Virtual Housing Fair from 11.00am - 2.00pm on Tuesday 26 January 2021. The fair is an opportunity for you to learn more about the options available to you. Representatives from the Accommodation Bureau, Brookes Lettings, Unite Students and A2Dominion will be there to answer your questions.

Renting privately

If you’d prefer to rent a house privately, we recommend taking a look at the Brookes Union Advice Service’s guide to housing.

Get in touch

Finding somewhere to live can be overwhelming so please get in touch with the Accommodation team to chat and ask questions, they are there to help.

You can call the team on 0345 193 2425 or email (for hall or general queries) or (for housing queries).