Latest Travel Updates
Oxford Brookes University staff can take advantage of a range of local and national transport offers.
Visit "mylifestyle" you can find all of the benefits and perks available to you as an employee of Oxford Brookes University including travel offers.
Oxford Park & Rides - A deal which provides discounted parking and bus travel at Oxford’s park and rides has been extended to April 2024. A combined ticket, which covers both parking and return bus travel to the city centre, offers a reduced price of £4 for a car with one adult, or £5 for a car and two adults. Further information can be found on the Oxfordshire County Council website.
Bus offer: BROOKESkey
The BROOKESkey is a personal travel account, exclusively only available to Oxford Brookes University students and staff. It offers discounted travel on local Oxford Bus Company buses and their airline coaches.
Visit our BROOKESkey webpage for more information.
Bike maintenance: Bike Doctor
The Bike Doctor offers an on-campus, while-you-wait maintenance and repair service. Labour is free - you only need to pay for parts.
Further details are available in the Travelling by bicycle page.
Bike discounts: Brookes ID card
Show your valid University ID to the following cycle company for the associated discounts.
- 10% in-store discount on new bikes from Walton Street Cycles
- 10% of cycle hire charges with Bainton Bikes
Bike offer: See.Sense bike light
See.Sense is a national bike light and accessory company, using their intelligent bike lights in a smart cycling project to improve local cycling infrastructure.
Oxford Brookes University has partnered with See.Sense to provide you with a 20% discount on See.Sense lights (ICON3 & BEAM/BEAM+). This can be claimed by getting in touch directly with See.Sense or by simply placing an order using your university email address.
Staff: Cycle-to-Work Scheme (tax-free bicycles and equipment)
Qualifying staff can purchase a bicycle (and accessories) tax-free. The amount is paid off monthly as a deduction from your gross salary. For full details of the scheme, please visit the MyLifestyle Hub benefits platform.
Staff: Cyclists expenses claim
Remember if you are member of staff travelling for business travel, you can make a expenses claim of 20p a mile. Just fill in an expenses claim form as normal.
Staff: Interest-free loans for travel tickets and bicycles
Staff on contracts of 12 months or longer are able to apply for an interest-free loan through the University in order to cover the cost of public transport season tickets. The maximum loan amount is £5000 for travel tickets, and £2000 for bicycles, with the cost repaid over 12 monthly salary deductions.
To apply for a loan, download and complete the Staff Loan Form. The form and costs of annual bus travel products can be found in the useful forms box at the top of the page. The form will need to be signed by yourself and your line manager. Completed forms can then be scanned and attached in an email to Transport Services.
If the loan is covering a season bus ticket
Transport Services will contact the applicable bus company and University Payroll and notify you once the bus company has issued the pass.
You will be liable for any outstanding payments should you leave the University before finishing the repayments. If you wish to keep the ticket, the remaining payments will be deducted from your final salary payment. If you do not wish to keep the card, hand it in to the Transport Services team who will arrange a cancellation. A refund for the outstanding duration of the ticket may be issued, however, this would be at the discretion of the bus company who issued the ticket.
If the loan is covering a season train ticket or bicycle
Transport Services will contact University Payroll, who will place the total amount in your bank account. You will then need to purchase the ticket and once purchased, you will need to forward the receipt (or scanned copy) to Transport Services.
As you will be purchasing the rail ticket or bicycle directly from the applicable company, you will be liable for any outstanding payments should you leave the University before finishing the repayments.
Staff: Campus Park and Ride Scheme
The scheme aims to help address the demand for parking at Oxford Brookes University car parks, reducing traffic congestion and pollution within the Oxford ring road and encouraging the use of public transport.
To support staff whose main site of work is the Headington campus (e.g. Headington and some Wheatley permit holders) that forgo parking at Headington, deciding to only park at Wheatley or Harcourt, they will be entitled to free BROOKESbus travel and parking, during working hours or for operational needs.
Please complete this online Google Form if you would like to benefit from this offer.
City Park & Ride Scheme
The University has agreed to a new scheme with Oxford Bus Company to provide a significant reduction for all Brookes staff wishing to buy a seasonal BROOKESbus travel pass. Under this scheme, colleagues who travel to the Headington Campus five days a week from the Seacourt or Thornhill Park & Rides will save approximately £1.50 a day after paying the standard £2 parking fee. The new offers available to all staff are:
- Academic year pass (September to August) = £122.50 (50% discount from normal price of £245)
- Calendar year annual pass (January to December) = £122.50 (50% discount from normal price of £245)
- Semester one pass (September to December) = £55.00 (50% discount from normal price of £110)
- Semester two pass (January to June) = £82.50 (50% discount from normal price of £165)
For further information and to apply for this benefit, please visit the BROOKESBus webpages.
Colleagues working less frequently on campus may also wish to take advantage of this seasonal BROOKESbus travel pass offer for work and personal travel. Depending on how often you work at Headington, you may also benefit from the new cheaper £4 daily parking and return combined ticket offer - or £5 for a car with two or more people - available across all of the city’s Park & Ride schemes.
National Union of Students: TOTUM account
Just like students, University staff able to apply for an NUS TOTUM account and enjoy a range of offers, including travel and transport offers from national travel providers.
Discounts include rail and coach providers as well as holidays, car rental and insurance.