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Studying at Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes University is home to more than 18,000 students who study across three main campus sites all connected by public transport and a direct university bus service. The City of Oxford has a global reputation for excellence in education and good links to London and main airports. It plays host to more than 40,000 students in total meaning the student experience is well catered for by the city with loads to discover including galleries, museums, the river, over 120 bars and pubs, plus restaurants, great shopping an ice rink and plenty of parks. On campus there is plenty to do with bars, shops and places to eat and relax. Also provided is a medical centre and dentist surgery.
The Students' Union is the access point to 85 societies and an advice centre. For those interested in sport there is plenty on offer with outdoor football, cricket and lacrosse pitches, squash courts, swimming pool and sauna, gyms, a climbing wall, sports hall, studios and indoor rowing centre. There are also 50 sports clubs to get involved with ranging from American Football, Karate and Table Tennis to Water Polo, Mountaineering and Boxing. Oxford Brookes University is particularly well known for its contribution to rowing, with seven rowers in the Beijing Olympics and has contributed nine medals since the Sydndey Games.
The university has many links with local employers such as BMW, several publishing houses, leaders in IT such as Microsoft and IBM meaning students have many great placement opportunities to choose from which in turn help them to build up graduate level skills and links within industry. Facilities on campus are provided so that students can make Oxford Brookes work for them. These include libraries, Galleries, opportunities for students to coach sports in local schools, work with publishers and gain experience in the film industry by working at the Film Festival.
Many well-known people have graduated from Oxford Brookes University including cricketers Edward Abel and Aaron Jarvis, Olympic rowers Alastair Heathcote and Richard Chambers, producer Gurdeep Samra, writer and designer Alice Bowe and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd CEO Steve Ridgway.
Oxford Brookes University has been named the top modern university by The Sunday Times for eleven years. There are many redevelopment projects that aim to inspire students and continue to create a university that leads the way in intellectual development, attracts the best teaching staff and strengthens the offering of this innovative and forward thinking university.
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172 Oxford Brookes University Reviews
The brookes bus service is good. There aren't really many societies if you don't like sports. The union - what union? They exist but I have never heard of any events related to them. We get a careers email every week but the jobs are not at all made relevant to the course you are doing.
The majority of the lecturers are petty minded and disorganised. For example, the other day we walked into a lecture where the lecturer was still creating the lecture. Ends out he copied and pasted his lecture from another module I had taken and had a quick 2 minutes to alter the first 2 slides to make it look like he hadn't done that. There have been two modules so far that have been completely irrelevant but compulsory: Skills For Life Scientists and Research Methods. They feel like they were supposed to be statistics modules but none of the lecturers could really give a shit. DO NOT DO BIOLOGY HERE. There's maybe 2 lecturers who are inspiring and interesting, but unfortunately the rest really bring it all crashing down. The quality of teaching is pretty poor, and the attitudes of the lecturers is openly "I have better things to do than teach you".
Wifi can cut out sometimes but 98% of the time its all good. There's a careers centre in the forum (central space) which is really helpful. Facilities like the library and the sports centre are great, food is kinda pricey though! SU is slightly disappointing, they really focus on sports more than anything else. There's lots of nationality and religious societies, and theres some political and other ones too, but not as many societies as other universities.
Oxford School of Architecture rocks. Brookes as a whole might be a medium range university, but the architecture department is excelling. Overall, good parts are that we have around four different eating places on-campus, a Starbucks and a small shop- which are incredibly helpful, the JHB building looks neat and the library is always open, day or night. On the other side, we are a bit short both in study places (such as the computers in the Forum, where is almost impossible to find one during lunch hours) and the architecture studio is always over-crowded, the accommodation is quite expensive (as anything else in Oxford) and the wi-fi often disconnects (although it works fine and you get signal almost everywhere, from the campus to bus and halls). The architecture department is absolutely amazing- the culture in the studio is unique and the whole program is developed in such way that you are constantly intelectually simulated
Great University Pathetic Parking. Areas where parking spaces are and are always empty, but you have to have a permit to get one, and if your not disabled then you can't, so everyone has to cram on Cheney lane, and you look over the barrier to Cheney Student Village and there's 40 empty spaces never used....
Most of the student body 'can't be bothered' with clubs and societies and if you are then you're in the minority. The student union almost purely exists on an advice basis, rarely organising events, there is a small bar big enough for no more than 30 or so people.
Very unfriendly staff! Cheney Student Village is the worst accommodation I could have received. It's always loud at night, so you'll get no sleep, which will most probably result in illness! Worst experience ever!!!
such an amazing place to live, learn and develop yourself. i feel inspired everyday coming to university here. if youre thinking about going to a university, please come to oxford brookes you will not regret it.
Overall I am very happy that I chose to come to study at Oxford Brookes. I love the campus as I feel it has a good balance of social and study aspects. The JHB building in particular has a variety of places to study as well as cafes/areas to socialise.
The university has a lot of Starbucks which is always a plus. But the cafes on campus as well as the shop are all massively overpriced. The university spends momey on stupid things like a water sculpture yet don't spend it relating what's already broken.
I have to admit that the city of Oxford is one of the best places to be in this world. It is very old and inspiring. There is a strong feeling that Oxford Brookes doesn't fit in this description though. The actual "feel" of the university is far from what you think of it before you come there. The student prospectus is a bunch of lies, so don't even bother reading this crap. This university is just a typical business that only cares about money and nothing else. The accommodation is unreasonably overpriced,considering what you get for your cash. The food they serve at the cafeteria is expensive, tasteless and unhealthy. My personal experience was horrible. My degree is in Project management. A word of warning to you guys, don't choose anything related to construction/surveying at Brookes. These courses are taught by ignorant ****s that couldn't make it in real life, having zero industry experience they decided to "teach" young people. Don't make my mistake and go to a good University
Washing machines are poor as many break often. Wifi is extremely poor in halls and also on the platform in jhb unless you have a mac. Brookes snow has been extremely good fun and I have made many friends through it.
Unfortunately the location of Harcourt Hill Campus does not help you if you have an active extra curricular life. The majority of all clubs and societies are located at Headington Campus. Which, unfortunately for people on Harcourt, means a 45 minute bus ride at best heading both ways! The internet here can be intermittent at best, as sometimes I have re-sign in again! The student union bar is often very quiet, as there isn't enough people to create a hubbub for the place, personally we really need a little shop selling important food shopping items, and an ATM machine, as the cashback system in the refectory can only give you so much!
Good range of sports clubs which are good, and the gym is quite good. Close to the city centre, and the Cowely road, which are good for nights out. Private accommodation is not that great value and is rather competitive. The SU puts on a small selection of activities sometimes - and a film every week - although the city is a better bet for entertainment. Library is nice, although fills up very quickly.
i could be be more happy with my university! The societies really go for it on Wednesday nights at Fuzzy Ducks and it's crazy!! The dance society is just amazing!! Couldn't ask for a better range of classes and they have a show and go on tour to Salou!! The facilities in Headington are amazing but up at Harcourt Hill we could do with some more renovations!! Absolutely love it though!