BROOKESkey Entitlement

Welcome to the BROOKESkey

a smarter way to travel for students and staff

Oxford Brookes University students and staff are entitled to the BROOKESkey. Most students are eligible for free travel on the BROOKESBus (a £1 supplementary fare is required on Night Services) – check this flowchart to see if you are eligible for an inclusive BROOKESkey.

If you are not eligible for free travel, you can top-up your BROOKESkey with products such as the BROOKESbus Annual Pass or Semester Pass, along with further discounts exclusive to BROOKESkey holders including key benefits which offers discounts at various places around Oxford including cafés, bars, restaurants & theatres.

Commencing in the 2020/2021 academic year, all new BROOKESkey applications will now be fulfilled via the Oxford Bus Company app.

This will make the application process quicker for you, and allow you to store your BROOKESkey pass on your phone for easy access. The app also contains many other great features such as journey planning, live bus tracking, and tickets for other services such as coaches to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

If you are going to be staying in Halls, you may be entitled to receive a BROOKESkey pass as part of your Halls fees. The BROOKESkey application incurs a charge of £10.

To apply for the BROOKESkey app please visit

Click to buy or top up tickets

using the BROOKESkey means 

  • Most students travel for free on BROOKESbus (a £1 supplementary fare is required on Night Services) with an Inclusive pass. To apply, visit this link:
  • If not eligible for free travel, you have access to exclusive products such as the BROOKESbus Annual Pass or Semester Pass. There are big savings on daily or occasional travel. There’s no need to carry cash - just touch and go!
  • You can top-up in person at our Gloucester Green Travel Shop or the City Sightseeing Oxford Visitor Information Point on the High Street. You can also top-up online and your key will be updated when used on the bus*
  • If you lose your key we can block anyone else from using your travel and issue a replacement smartcard

*Online top-ups are collected on an Oxford Bus Company bus reader and can take up to 3 hours to become available for collection onto your smartcard.


Providing a UK Address

To apply for a BROOKESkey, you must provide a postal address in the United Kingdom. If you're staying in Halls of Residence you can see the address details on the Brookes website by clicking here. If you don't yet know your room number, you do not need to provide it.


Inclusive BROOKESbus Product

Most students are entitled to an inclusive BROOKESbus product as part of their Halls of Residence rental agreement or tuition fees. 

Whether you're entitled or not there's a range of other discounted products exclusive to BROOKESkey holders available, detailed in our BROOKESkey Product Guide.


Terms and Conditions

To view our BROOKESkey Terms and Conditions please click here.

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