Types of Shared Accommodation in Oxford
Oxford has a student population of over 30,000 students. An impressive number for sure, but where do they all live when they are here?
For the majority of 1st year students, accommodation is provided by the respective universities.
Oxford Brookes has an impressive range of halls of residence in various locations around the city, with Cheney Student Village and the new halls on Marston Road being two of the most striking.
Oxford University students are given college accommodation for their first year. This will either be a room in the college itself, or in one of the purpose built extra accommodation blocks dotted around the city.
From 2nd year upwards, the majority of students tend to 'live out' and move into private shared housing in Oxford, and this is where we come in! We have hundreds of properties in all areas of the city, from studio apartments to 9-bedroom townhouses, and we hope we can help you find your ideal student home amongst them.
Here is a guide to what you can find in the different areas of town:
Even though most accommodation in the city centre is owned by Oxford University, it is possible to find some rare gems. We have terraced Victorian properties finished to exacting standards, and properties with exposed beams dating back to the 17th century, where right angles are nowhere to found. All areas of the city are easy to get to from here, making the area very popular with students from both universities.
Grandpont and Abingdon Road
Practically in the city centre, and only a short walk or bus ride to most parts of Oxford, Grandpont is popular with students from either university. We have a mix of Victorian, Edwardian and modern property here, with many fully renovated yet retaining original features.
Osney and Botley Road
Osney is an ideal location for students at both universities, as it is located within 5 minutes walk from the city centre and all the colleges, but also on a direct Brookes bus route to the Harcourt Hill campus and the Westminster Institute of Education. The train station is here, so you are well connected for travel around the country.
The houses in this area are similar to the kind you'll find in Jericho, cosy terraces and smart renovations; the area is not quite heavily populated with students, but the location is just as good for connections to town and the station.
Summertown, Banbury Road and Woodstock Road
This is one of the hottest areas in town- we have a good range of gorgeous student accommodation, which is popular with all students. From grand townhouses, stunning basement studios and pretty terraced cottages, Jericho is close to the city centre, but has the feel of a cosmopolitan village, with a fantastic range of boutiques, bookshops, and entertainment in every corner.
Our properties in this area are always hotly contested, being located at the end of the High Street, in between the city centre and colleges, and Brookes Gipsy Lane and Headington Campus. Accommodation here ranges from smaller apartments to 6-bedroom townhouses.
Cowley Road and Temple Cowley
Cowley Road and the streets around here are where the highest concentration of the Oxford student population is based. Most of the houses here are Victorian, and many have undergone fantastic interior upgrades, and now offer truly some of the best accommodation in Oxford.
Iffley Road and Iffley Fields
With housing similar to that on and around the Cowley Road, Iffley Road is another area popular with all students. Accommodation is versatile in this area, ranging between 2-bedroom apartments and 7-bedroom houses. It is a short walk into the city centre, but you will also find regular buses running daily to both town and the train station.
For many Brookes students, this is the perfect place to set up home, as it is where the Gipsy Lane and Headington Hill campuses are located. There is a wide range of housing available in this area, from sweeping 7-bedroom 1930s renovations, to eco-homes with solar panels galore, and most are within walking distance of the university. If you are a medic, this is a great place to be, as the John Radcliffe, Warneford and Churchill hospitals are all nearby.
The houses in this part of the city are mostly 1930s and semi-detached, often much more spacious than the Victorian houses in the rest of the city. Favoured by Brookes and Oxford students alike, Marston has great links to both the city centre, Headington, and the hospitals. The cycle path through University Parks makes getting to the Oxford science departments very easy, and the parks themselves are a fantastic retreat.