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Student accommodation in Cowley, Oxford

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Universities close to Cowley


Oriel College Recreation Ground


O2 Academy Oxford


The Bullingdon


South Park


Oxford Brookes University


Oriel College Recreation Ground


O2 Academy Oxford


The Bullingdon


South Park


Oxford Brookes University


About student living in Cowley


Cowley is a well-connected area in the east of Oxford, close to both universities in the city. It takes just over half an hour to walk from student accommodation in Cowley to the University of Oxford, and only twenty minutes to walk to Oxford Brookes. There are also many bus routes that run through the area, making it easy to get around the wider city.


There is lots of open green space close to Cowley student accommodation. Spanning over fifty acres, South Park is the perfect place to go for a walk with views of the city, hang out with friends, or play some sports. Oriel College Recreation Ground and Jesus College Recreation Ground are also in Cowley.

Food and Drink

There are lots of pubs, restaurants, and cafes close to student houses in Cowley. Head to The Coconut Tree for delicious Sri Lankan eats and hip cocktails, or try Kazbar for some tasty tapas. If you want a great spot for a drink with friends, head to one of the many pubs in the area, including The Star, The Fir Tree, The Magdalen Arms, and The Cape of Good Hope.


There’s lots to get stuck into close to Cowley student houses. Head to O2 Academy or The Bullingdon to watch live music performances. Or, head to The Ultimate Picture Palace to watch classic, cult, and foreign films. If you’re feeling active, you can also go to the Oxford University Rugby and Football Club to play some sport.


When you live in student houses in Cowley, Oxford, you can pick up all your groceries and essentials from the Tesco nearby. You can also go to Seoul Plaza, a Korean food shop, to supplement anything you might need.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Cowley has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are student lets in Cowley to suit every taste and budget, from shared houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Cowley and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Cowley

Is Cowley a student area?

As Cowley student accommodation is within walking distance of both the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes, the area is very popular with students.

Where is Cowley?

Cowley is an area to the east of Oxford city centre, close to St Clement’s and Donnington.

Is Cowley, Oxford safe?

There is some crime in Cowley, particularly on Cowley Road. However, you should feel safe living in Cowley student houses as long as you take sensible precautions like walking with friends at night and properly securing your property when you leave.

What’s on in Cowley, Oxford?

There’s lots to do in Cowley all year round, as it has a great cultural and music scene. Cowley also has an annual carnival in July.

Is Cowley a nice place to live?

Cowley is a great place to live with lots of open green space, several live music and entertainment venues, and lots of pubs and restaurants to enjoy. As a result, student houses in Cowley, Oxford, are in high demand every year.

Where do students live in Oxford?

As there are two universities in the city, students live in lots of different areas in Oxford. Overall, they tend to live in student houses in Cowley, Headington, Jericho, or Oxford city centre.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Cowley are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Cowley can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Cowley are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Oxford.

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