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Being an OU research student
Life on campus

Our campus

Our gorgeous Walton Hall campus is just one of the many things we’re proud of at The OU. Set on parklands, with plenty of green spaces, cycle routes and walks nearby, its natural beauty is just one of the many draws of studying with us.


There’s a local bus service running from the campus that accesses most parts of Milton Keynes including the train station. Milton Keynes offers excellent train links to London and other cities, like Manchester and Edinburgh.

The campus is also served by cycle ‘redway’ routes, offering road-free cycling right across the town.

We also offer many free car parks on campus.


OU Library

Our Walton Hall campus Library has a range of resources and facilities for you to use throughout the week, including bookable meeting rooms and quiet study spaces.


Our campus houses the purpose-built Mulberry Bear Day Nursery and Pre-School. It’s an independent charity supported by The OU and managed by parents.

There may be a waiting list in some age groups. You can find more information and apply on the Mulberry Bear Day Nursery website.

Campus dining

You’ll find a variety of dining options across the campus. Grab a quick coffee and a bite to eat in the Berrill Café, or a delicious hot meal from the Hub Restaurant. With most dietary requirements catered for, ask one of our friendly members of staff in any of our dining locations about allergens.

We also have an independent campus shop, located a few metres from the Hub Restaurant, stocking everything from drinks and sandwiches, to magazines and OU goodies.

Sports, clubs and societies

Keeping fit

Across the week, you can attend a variety of classes offering yoga, belly dancing, Zumba and more. As well as clubs for tennis, badminton, martial arts, sailing and running.

Student societies

With over 40 clubs to choose from, who says studying is all work and no play? They offer everything from tai chi to films – check out your options on the OU Club website.

As an OU student, you’ll automatically be a member of The Open University Students Association (OUSA). OUSA is the University’s representative body for all students. It encourages the formation of societies, clubs and groups, as well as providing social activities for its members and their families.

Walton Hall building at the heart of the OU campus

The Walton Hall building is a late 17th century manor house and sits at the heart of our 111 acre campus.


Your questions

For advice about applying for a research degree, or sponsoring a research student, email the Graduate School or call +44 (0)1908 654882.