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The OU’s headquarters, Walton Hall campus, covers 48 hectares; it accommodates more than 1000 members of academic and research staff and over 2500 administrative, operational and support staff.

Getting about

There is a bus service from the campus to most parts of the city, including the train station from which there are excellent train links to London and other cities. The campus is also served by the famous Milton Keynes ‘Redway’ of cycle routes, which offers safe road-free cycling right across the city. There are many car parks on campus.

Keeping fit

Sporting facilities include football and cricket pitches, and tennis, squash and badminton courts. There are classes offering yoga, belly dancing, keep fit and more, as well as clubs for tennis, badminton, martial arts, sailing and running.

Childcare

The campus has a purpose-built nursery – Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School. It is an independent charity supported by the OU and managed by parents. OU staff applications are given priority and while there are full- and part-time places available in our Toddler and Top End age groups and full-time places in the baby room, there may be a waiting list in some age groups. For further information, please phone (01908) 653867, email or visit the nursery’s website.

There are a number of other nurseries in the Milton Keynes area.

Student societies

Studying for an OU research degree isn’t all work and no play. There are over 40 clubs on campus to choose from – covering everything from tai chi to films. One of these clubs is the dedicated Post Graduate Student Society (PGSS) which organises social events throughout the year. New postgraduate students are automatically added to the Society’s mailing list. 

The Open University Students Association (OUSA) is the University’s representative body for all students. OUSA encourages the formation of societies for special-interest groups and provides social activities for its members and their families. OUSA is also affiliated to the National Postgraduate Committee (NPC), which provides access to a range of information of particular interest to research students.

Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, send us an email or call +44 (0)1908 654882.