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Life on campus

An image of a group of students. The Walton Hall campus is set in parkland on the outskirts of the city, with plenty of green spaces, cycle routes and walks nearby. It is a well-established, 48 hectare, self-contained campus, accommodating more than 1000 members of academic and research staff. It is a stimulating place to work comprising state of the art research facilities, offices and services, an outstanding library, a nursery, high-quality catering and green spaces. The campus has its own tennis, squash and badminton courts, cricket and football fields, running groups and plenty of clubs for shared interests.
If you’re a part-time student studying off campus, you’ll be able to access virtual resources and visit the campus regularly. Find out here about the city, the University, the campus and its facilities: Living in Milton Keynes.

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 free car parks on campus.

Keeping fit

There are classes offering yoga, belly dancing, keep fit and more, as well as clubs for tennis, badminton, martial arts, sailing and running.


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. There are usually full- and part-time places available in the Toddler and Top End age groups including a limited number of government-funded-only places; the baby room is full-day care only, not sessional. There may be a waiting list in some age groups. For further information, please phone (01908) 653867, email us 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.