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The OU community

If you think distance learning means studying alone, think again.

When you study with us you'll gain access to the UK's largest student community. You'll meet fellow students, staff and alumni across a range of interactive channels.

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Enhance your student experience

  • Connect online, or in person, through tutorials, study days and study groups.
  • Take part in online forums, available 24/7, to discuss your course with students, staff and alumni.
  • Engage in live online interactive events with Student Hub Live.
  • Enjoy and share free OU content, on the BBC, YouTube, iTunesU and OpenLearn.

One of the things that always pulled me through was the support of other students. They say distance learning can be a lonely journey, but along the way I met so many wonderful people and felt a great sense of community.

Peter Cowan, BA (Hons) Open

Open University Students Association (OUSA)

OUSA is the students union, run by students, for students. Representatives are elected by their fellow members, with the mission to be the community and voice for all OU students. As an OU student you’ll automatically be a member, you’ll be able to:

Get involved in the study forums, both the official ones and the ones run by the Students Assocation. Also keep in mind you are not alone, there are many other students out there going through the same process and probably feeling the same way you do.

Caroline Cowan, BSc Psychology

Other ways to get involved

Connect on social media

You can follow us and join in the conversation on Facebook and Twitter. Or you could join one of the many informal Facebook groups set up by students.


Student Hub Live

Student Hub Live is a series of online interactive events open to the whole OU community. You can put your questions and comments directly to guests in the studio.


Network with staff and students

Whether you've completed your studies or you're just beginning, there are lots of like-minded staff, students and alumni to connect with on LinkedIn.


The course Facebook groups were great as we were all swapping stories and supporting each other - whatever time of the day or night. It really was a shared experience, and one that I believe is unique to OU students. It was incredible to be connected to students in the UK and across the globe on the course.

Tracy Thorpe, BA (Hons) Modern Languages

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