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Oxford is the oldest university in the country and has traditionally specialise din the humanities. Not until the 20th and early 21st centuries was the field of natural science introduced. The city of Oxford itself is historic, cultural and steeped in tradition that further offers a close-knit feel, as it's a relatively small city. Most places are within walking distance as the colleges sit right in the heart of things. Courses are academically focused rather than vocationally and are ranked first-class globally.
Oxford Brookes is home to nearly 18,000 students and has four main campuses, three of which surround the city: Headington campus, Wheatley campus, Harcourt Hill campus, and a fourth in Swindon. The university maintains strong connections to industry that increase work placement opportunities for students and over 90% of graduates find themselves in work within their first six months. There is currently a £20m development project underway on Headington Campus for the Business School that is to be launched in 2016-17.
Whilst not as densely populated as other student areas of Oxford, the Botley Road offers some alternatives to students looking to live in the west of the city. Prices are often cheap relative to the rest of Oxford, and the road gives easy access to Oxford Station, which lies toward the city centre.
Although the area of Cowley lies to the east of Oxford, the Cowley you'll like experience as a student is the Cowley Road and the residential roads leading off of it. A lively area of Oxford, Cowley Road has a large range of restaurants, shops, bars, pubs and clubs as well as a large selection of student houses accommodating students of both universities.
Home of the famous Headington Shark, the area in the north east of Oxford is popular among Oxford Brookes students and offers some of the best value accommodation for students studying there.
An historically significant area of Oxford, Jericho is bordered by the Oxford Canal and extends as far south as Worcester College. The area rose to prominence as an industrial area during the industrial revolution due to the trade done up and down the canal. As a result of this, much of the housing in the area is composed of small two-up two-downs, alongside some large Victorian terraced housing. Its proximity to the river however meant the area was prone to flooding and due to the numerous social issues arising from the industrial nature of the area, Jericho was a rather run down area of Oxford well into the 1950's. However toward the end of the century the fortunes of the area changed and Jericho is now one of the most sought after areas of Oxford.
If you are having trouble finding particular student areas, try searching in the popular areas of Cowley, Iffley, Jericho, Botley or Headington (although that is a bit further out).