Finding other accommodation

  • Finding other accommodation

    Many of our students choose to live in private accommodation for some or all of their time in Oxford. There is plenty of private accommodation in the local area for students to rent.

    The basics

    finding other accommodation

    There are lots of resources available to help you find the right property for you.

  • We recommend that you read the Brookes Union House Hunting guide before you sign any tenancy agreement. In particular, you should be aware of the following:

    • We recommend that you view the property before you sign a tenancy agreement.
    • To secure private accommodation, you will typically need to pay a booking fee, damage deposit and one month's rent in advance. The standard amount for a deposit is six weeks' rent. Some agencies may charge other fees.
    • Oxford's student housing is one of the most regulated in the country. Houses in multiple occupation (HMO), i.e. houses for groups of students to share, should have their HMO licence displayed in the property. The HMO licence shows that the property complies with quality and safety standards. You can check whether a property in Oxford has an HMO licence on this portal or find more information on the council’s website.
    • Once you sign a contract you will be responsible for the rent on the property for the whole term.
    • If you sign up to an Assured Shorthold Tenancy in the private sector, you will not be able to take up any later offer of university halls accommodation.
    • If you do enter into an Assured Shorthold Tenancy agreement and you pay a tenancy deposit, your landlord is required by law to protect the deposit with a government approved scheme and provide you with evidence of this within 30 days of you paying the funds.
    • Ensure you know who the lead tenant is as the deposit will be refunded to them. Normally this is the student who signs the agreement first.
    • Some properties require a UK guarantor - a person who agrees to cover your rent in the event that you cannot pay it. Housing Hand UK provide a guarantor service for UK and international students.
    • Complete a detailed inventory within the time limit given by your letting agent or landlord. If something is missing in the property now you should let them know otherwise you risk not getting your security deposit back in full.
    • Do not pay money up front before viewing any property that you find online, any advert purporting to be from a landlord or agent who is asking for money before you have had the opportunity to view is likely to be a scam.

    You can find further information on the Brookes Union advice webpage.

    The shaded areas on the map below show you the most popular areas for students to live. These areas are close to our campuses, well-connected by the Brookes bus services and have good availability for finding student housing.

    The most popular areas for students based at the Headington Campus are Headington, Cowley, Marston and Wood Farm. These are all in East Oxford. You may also wish to consider living in one of these areas if you are based at the Wheatley Campus as you will be able to travel to lectures on the U1 bus service.

    If you are studying at our Harcourt Campus you may prefer to live in Botley or Osney, west of the city centre. This will give you easy access to the campus and the city centre.

    Most Oxford Brookes University students are entitled to free travel on the Brookes bus services and discounted travel on other bus services in Oxford. You can check your eligibility here

    Another option for convenient local accommodation is student lodgings. 'Lodgings' refers to local homeowners with rooms available in their homes for others to rent. You may be living with an individual, a couple or a family.

    Lodgings can be particularly convenient for students who need a flexible accommodation option, or to stay for less than a year. Lodgings are private and the contract length is settled between you and the landlord, so you can stay for any length of time provided the landlord agrees.

    For more information on the legal position of a lodger, please see the Citizen's Advice Bureau website.

    Brookes Union Advice Service

    • Information on tenancy agreements
    • Problems with private landlords

    UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)

    • Factors to consider when renting
    • An explanation of costs
    • Immigration checks, including ‘Right to Rent' checks