How to apply

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    Although the main application deadline has passed, we are currently still accepting applications. Please apply on the Accommodation Portal once you have received your email invitation. We will be allocating rooms every Monday until arrivals weekend (18 and 19 January).

    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 5 June 2020, but some halls offer longer stays (i.e. July or August). We also have some 50-week options which run from January 2020 to January 2021. These are offered to postgraduates on one-year courses.

    How to apply
    You 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.

    Allocation Deadline for applying Deadline for your offer to be unconditional Allocation results released
    Applicants for January entry 10 December 2019 10 December 2019 12 December 2019

    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.

    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 Housing
    We 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 lettings@brookes.ac.uk once you have received your invitation to apply.

    Starting in September

    Our guarantee
    We guarantee that all full-time first-year students will be offered accommodation as long as they choose Oxford Brookes as their firm choice, apply by the deadline and meet the academic criteria for their offer.

    Apply online
    In the week beginning 27 April 2020 we will start contacting new students starting in September 2020 to invite them to apply online for their accommodation.

    If you will be studying Paramedic Science or your course will be based in Swindon, please look at the information about the specific accommodation available for these courses and how to apply.

    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.

    Allocation Deadline for applying Deadline for your offer to be unconditional Allocation results released
    Firm applicants with unconditional offers 5 July 2020 5 July 2020 8 July 2020
    Firm applicants with conditional offers 31 July 2020 by 13 August 2020 15 August 2020 (A-level results day)
    Insurance and clearing applicants 25 August 2020 25 August 2020 28 August 2020

    Make your choices
    Choose 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.

    Our allocation policy outlines how we assign our rooms in halls and which groups of students get priority or are guaranteed accommodation.

    When you find out
    You will receive an email from us when you have been allocated a room. You'll then be asked to either accept or decline your offer.

    We won't be able to allocate you a room 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.

    International and exchange students

    When to apply
    As an international student you apply in the same way, and have the same deadlines, as other students. Please look at the relevant tab for starting in September or January for more information.

    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 halls
    Choosing 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.

    One semester exchange students

    Exchange students coming to Oxford Brookes are invited to apply for accommodation. There are specific accommodation options available to students coming for one semester, usually in the halls close to our Headington Campus. Your hall contract will be for one semester only, not the full 38 or 50 weeks.

    Pathways students

    If 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.

    Disabilities and medical conditions

    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:

    • how this condition affects the way you live
    • why your condition is best supported in a specific type of accommodation

    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 Wellbeing Services to ensure we offer you appropriate accommodation. Please be aware that this means we will need to share your data with them.

    Studio flats and family flats

    A number of our halls of residence offer private flats for single students, couples or families.

    Studio flats for individuals

    • First-year students can request a studio flat at the Mews by emailing us at accomm@brookes.ac.uk once they have an unconditional offer.
    • Returning students can book studio accommodation at Dorset House via the Accommodation Portal from February of their first year.

    Studio flats for couples

    • First-year students can request a studio flat at Westminster Hall by emailing us at accomm@brookes.ac.uk once they have an unconditional offer.
    • If both occupants of the flat are going to be full-time Brookes students, either one can email us. The contract will be in one student's name.
    • Returning students can book Westminster Hall or Dorset House via the Accommodation Portal from February of their first year.

    Family flats

    • First-year students or couples bringing a child can request a family flat at Clive Booth Student Village by emailing us at accomm@brookes.ac.uk once they have an unconditional offer.
    • If two occupants of the flat are going to be full-time Brookes students, either one can email us. The contract will be in one student's name.
    • Returning students will be contacted part-way through their contract to ask whether they would like to rebook their flat.

    Other options

    • Full-time students in any year of study can also book studio flats at Slade Park, a private hall of residence.
    • Brookes Lettings offers some one-bed and two-bed flats for rent. Contact us at lettings@brookes.ac.uk for further information.

    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 under 18 years old

    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.

    Estranged students and care leavers

    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.