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Our guaranteeWe guarantee that all full-time first-year students who choose Oxford Brookes as either their firm or insurance choice will be offered accommodation as long as they apply by the deadline and meet the academic criteria for their offer. For full details on our guarantees please take a look at our allocation policy.
Apply onlineFrom mid-May 2021 onwards we will start contacting new students starting in September 2021 to invite them to apply online for their accommodation. The first emails will be sent the week beginning 10 May 2021. Please do not be concerned if your email is not sent on the first day. The process is not first-come first-served so you do not need to rush to apply quickly. You will be given plenty of time to submit your application.
If you will be studying Paramedic Science or your course will be based in Swindon, please look at the
information about accommodation for courses with specific requirements.
Your deadline for applying will depend on what kind of offer you have from us - please see the table below for details. We will also tell you in your invitation email the earliest deadline which applies to you. Our process is not first-come first-served so you do not have to apply quickly. You just need to apply before your deadline arrives.
Please note there is a possibility that these dates could be revised. If so, we will update the information available to students well in advance of the new deadlines.
Make your choicesChoose your top five halls and rank them in order of preference. Firm choice applicants will be offered a room in one of their five hall choices as long as they apply by the deadline and meet the academic
requirements of their offer by the allocation date.
outlines how we assign our rooms in halls and which groups of students get priority or are guaranteed accommodation.
When you find outYou will receive an email from us when you have been allocated a hall. You'll then be asked to either accept or decline your offer.
We won't be able to allocate you a place if your offer is still conditional, e.g. because you are still waiting for exam results. If you don't think your offer will become unconditional on or before the day we allocate you accommodation then please
contact us and we can advise.
Accommodation for students starting in January is dependent on availability. Although we always have rooms available, it is not possible for us to guarantee accommodation for students starting in January. However, we will do our best to assist as many applicants as possible.
We will offer you a selection of halls and ask you to rank them in order of preference. Your contract will start in late January and end on the normal contract end date for that hall. Most hall contracts end on 4 June 2021, but some halls offer longer stays (i.e. July or August). We also have some 50-week options which run from January 2021 to January 2022. These are offered to postgraduates on one-year courses.
How to applyYou will receive an email from us inviting you to apply online. You will receive this email from us in mid-November, or shortly after you have made us your firm or insurance choice.
We don’t allocate on a first-come, first-served basis but will allocate to all students who have applied by the deadline and met the conditions of their offer. However, if you miss the deadline to apply, you are welcome to contact us after the allocation date to ask about vacancies. We will continue allocating rooms weekly as long as we continue to have vacancies.
You will receive an email from us when you have been allocated a room. You will then be asked to either accept or decline your offer.
Brookes HousingWe also offer rooms in Brookes university housing which is often a popular choice for older undergraduates and postgraduates. These contracts end in July and August. If you would be interested in living in a Brookes house, please contact email@example.com once you have received your invitation to apply.
When to apply
All exchange and study abroad students need to apply for accommodation whether they are in Oxford for one or two semesters.After students have been accepted to Oxford Brookes, they will be sent an email by the Accommodation Bureau with details of how to apply online and the deadline for doing so.
If you are starting a course in September, we will send you your invitation after you have accepted your offer to study at Oxford Brookes. You will need to apply by late July.
If you are starting in January, we will send you your invitation to apply in November. You will need to apply by mid-December.
Students who will be in Oxford for one semester will be able to apply for standard accommodation with shared bathrooms in our halls of residence.
Students who will be in Oxford for two semesters will have a full range of halls available to choose from, and will be allocated to accommodation based on their application. Most students will be asked to choose five halls and rank them in order.
If you are currently overseas, please look at the virtual tours and information on our halls pages to help you choose which halls to apply for. If you need any further information then please contact us.
You do not need to have a visa in order to apply for your accommodation.
Living in hallsChoosing to live in university halls is often a much easier process for international students than living in private accommodation in the city. This is because international students in private accommodation may be subject to Right to Rent checks. To assist you, we guarantee that all full-time first-year international students starting in September will be offered accommodation as long as you apply by the deadline and meet the academic criteria for your offer.
Using a representative?Please make sure you look out for emails from us and contact your representative or us if you think that you have missed an email from us. We have asked international representatives to ensure they pass accommodation emails on to applicants quickly.
Pathways studentsIf you are coming to study a pathways course that starts in June or July, we will contact you in April so that you can apply for your accommodation.
As you will be staying with us over the summer, there are specific types of accommodation that are available to you, usually in the halls close to our Headington Campus. We will let you know the options for this year when we contact you to apply.
We provide accommodation to support students with medical conditions and disabilities. If you need a specific type of accommodation, you must tell us when you apply and send us supporting medical evidence.
Your supporting evidence should be a letter which explains your condition. It needs to be written in English by a certified medical practitioner. This letter should state:
It is essential that you provide this information with your initial application so that we can find you a suitable room. We may be unable to consider any information supplied at a later date.
You do not need to let us know about other medical conditions, such as dyslexia, which do not require a specific type of accommodation.
We may need to liaise with our colleagues in the university’s
to ensure we offer you appropriate accommodation. Please be aware that this means we will need to share your data with them.
A number of our halls of residence offer private flats for single students, couples or families.
Studio flats for individuals
Studio flats for couples
Please be aware that any partner who lives with a student will not be able to keep a car with them while living in university accommodation. Students living in studio flats or family flats will be eligible for BROOKESbus passes, but partners
and/or children will not be eligible for free travel.
Students who are under 18 who apply for accommodation will be asked to apply to Clive Booth Student Village and Crescent Hall. This is because staff in these halls are appropriately trained to look after students aged under 18. They will
need to choose which of the two halls is their preferred option.A student will be classified as under 18 if they are still aged under 18 by 30 September in the year in which they enrol at Oxford Brookes.
We have extra support available for students who are care leavers or are estranged from their family. This includes a bursary (subject to eligibility criteria) and a 52-week guarantee of accommodation.
Learn more about support for care leavers »
Learn more about support for estranged students »
Initial fees and rent payments For University-managed accommodation your first payment will be your first rent charge, due in early October. Cheney Student Village requires a separate £200 damage deposit.
Our third-party halls require a reservation fee. The fee varies so please check the terms and conditions page for further details.
More information on accommodation payments is available on our finance page. If you have difficulty making a payment please contact us as soon as possible.