Support, safety and wellbeing

When your child goes to university, it’s an exciting time but it can feel daunting too - for both them and you. For many students it’s the first time they have lived away from home. We ensure that plenty of help and support is on hand, both while they settle in and throughout their time at Oxford Brookes.

Support in halls

Our halls of residence provide a safe and supportive environment for our students. Each hall has an on-site residence manager and hall supervisors to help and advise during the day. There’s support on-site through the night too. Hall staff are experienced at making people feel at home.

The University is situated in one of the safest student areas in the country according to research on staying safe at university, conducted by the Complete University Guide.

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Meeting new people

There are more than 100 student societies and around 40 sports clubs. These are a great way of getting to know other students, whether your child lives in halls or at home.

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Student support coordinators

These are trained members of staff based within every subject area. They are a first point of contact for students, providing confidential advice on any personal or study-based concerns or giving guidance to more specialist help.

Medical and dental services

A medical centre and an NHS dental clinic are based on Headington Campus, and there are local GP services close to the other campuses.

Counselling and wellbeing

Our wellbeing centre offers confidential one-to-one counselling with trained, experienced staff. There is also online and group support, workshops and talks.

Disability and dyslexia/SPLD support

A range of specialist services are on hand for any student with a disability or with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties (SpLD). Help can include:

  •  specialist library services
  • assistive technology
  • study support
  • specialist exam arrangements.

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Faith, religion and belief

There is a multifaith chaplaincy giving friendship and spiritual care to students from any faith tradition, or no faith at all.

Students’ union advice service

Brookes Union has trained advisers who can help with a wide range of problems from finances and housing to studies, health or wellbeing.

Support for international students

The International Student Advice Team can advise your child before they arrive and help with immigration, employment and finance issues. There are also buddying and social schemes to help them settle in, make friends and adapt to being at university in the UK.