Location and travel

The vibrant mix of culture, heritage and innovation makes Oxford and the surrounding area a special place to work and live.

World-renowned architecture, from classic to futuristic, including our very own RIBA award-winning John Henry Brookes Building, are all part of the mix. If the peace and beauty of the countryside is what you crave, you are never too far away. You’ll see deer in the woodland on the Harcourt Campus and kites soaring over the playing fields of Wheatley. 

Oxford Brookes is committed to creating a vibrant and inclusive working environment which supports colleagues to flourish and to enjoy what they do. We are committed to investing in our surroundings that help you get the most of working at Oxford Brookes as well as contributing to our social responsibility. Our Travel Plan aims to raise the awareness of having a more sustainable environment for all users of our campuses, which promotes a range of lifestyle and travel choices.

A picture of Oxford in the snow

Our Oxford, our Location

Oxford Brookes University is proud of its home in Oxford and proud to make a significant economic, social and cultural contribution to the city; from contributing £1m per day to the UK economy, through our links with the high-skill regional economy to the expertise of our nurses and teachers in local hospitals and schools and a beautiful city with a rich cultural history.

With such a cultural richness it’s hard to be bored in Oxford. The many museums, theatres, parks, shops, restaurants and pubs make this vibrant and cosmopolitan city great for play and for work.

Located just over 50 miles from London and 60 miles from Birmingham, and have excellent transport links via road, rail and express coach.

Sustainable Travel

We are committed to reducing the impact of our transport activity, and actively encourage staff, students, and visitors to travel by a low emission alternative, so that we are more sustainable and healthier. There is a wide range of travel information and transport options, which include:

  • Travelling by bus  / or train - discounted bus travel, BROOKESbus (award winning public bus service), fare reductions on certain buses, interest-free travel to work loans
  • Travelling by bicycle - E-bike availability, cycle to work scheme, Oxford bike hire schemes, a cyclist forum, regular bike doctor and maintenance on campus, designated cycle parking facilities and shower facilities on all our campuses
  • Travelling by car - Car club (national car hire scheme), on-site parking

Staff can visit our staff travel offers for more information on travel and offers.

“Oxford as a city has an educational culture and long-standing reputation for excellence in education. Oxford Brookes’ location, heritage and culture is truly shown on a daily basis and seen as soon as you walk into the buildings. Oxford’s location is a benefit to all staff.”

Lindsay Williams - Principal Lecturer, Faculty of Business


Environmental sustainability is embedded in our operations, supported in our teaching and research and integral to Brookes’ overall commitment to social responsibility

 This includes important work such as carbon and energy use, the sustainability of our buildings, recycling and waste management, the biodiversity of our campuses and how we support cleaner travel options.

Working in partnership with our community

We are proud of our links to the city of Oxford - and the county - and we continue to strive to ensure we are a valued partner in our communities.