Brunel is a campus-based university situated in Uxbridge, West London, and is home to nearly 15,000 students from over 100 countries worldwide. Founded in 1966, our distinctive mission is to combine teaching and research excellence with the practical and entrepreneurial approach pioneered by its namesake, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
A Research Intensive University
We place great value on the usefulness of our research, which improves our understanding of the world around us and informs up-to-the-minute teaching. Research is responsible for much of our collaborative work with business, industry and the public sector, providing opportunities for work experience, and demonstrate our commitment to producing professionally-minded graduates that employers want to recruit.
The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) judged 82% of our research to be of international standing, leading to 54.5% increase in our research funding from the Higher Education Funding Council, compared to the sector average increase of 7.8%.
All Your Needs on One Campus
The big plus of living in a campus-based university is that the majority of your needs are catered for on-site, including the Library and Computer Centre, academic and teaching buildings, welfare services, catering and social facilities and even the halls of residence, if you are living in University accommodation.
You can organise most of your day-to-day needs without leaving the campus. There is a bank, a pharmacy, and a general shop where you can buy groceries, newspapers, stationery and even top up your phone card. The Computer Centre sells a range of IT-related products such as printers, network cables, memory sticks and disks, and the Students’ Union hosts a weekly fruit and veg market and Fairtrade stalls.
London a Tube Ride Away
The University is just a 20-minute walk – or a short bus ride – from Uxbridge underground station, so it is a straightforward journey into the centre of the capital. There is also a night bus that can bring you from central London to the edge of the campus. The town of Uxbridge itself, which still has buildings dating back to its time as a Georgian market town, is a thriving commercial and business centre. Its major shopping complexes, The Pavilions and the Chimes Centre, boast a wide range of shops, cafes and a nine-screen multiplex cinema.
The Student Centre, located on the ground floor of the Bannerman Centre (library), provides a range of administrative services and support to all students; from registration and re-enrolement, through course duration to graduation and former students. The Student Centre should be your first port of call for any administrative enquiries, including:
The Student Centre Intranet pages (log-in required) contain detailed information on the services provided and opening hours.
The Library is at the heart of the campus and offers a wealth of resources and services to support you in your study at Brunel. In addition to our recently refurbished building which houses study space and print resources, we also offer an extensive e-Library which provides electronic access to a huge range of online material, including journal articles and e-books. With 24 hour access across the week, and a range of support available, you can use the Library at a time which is convenient for you.
The Library holds a collection of approximately 400,000 books and an increasing collection of e-resources to support your studies here. To see what books we have, try searching the library catalogue, or to see what e-resources we have, try our Summon search from the Library homepage, (access to the full text will become available once you have enrolled).
Most Reading Lists will be made available online before you start university. This is a great opportunity to see what reading is expected of you before you start. Readling lists are arranged by module rather than by course. You can view the typical modules available for your course from the 'Course Content' tab on the relevant course page. Then you can search using the relevant module name. Reading lists are updated regularly, so please visit the site later if your modules are not available yet.
Everyone at Brunel has access to the Computer Centre's services - email, software, Internet access and much more.
Your network username gives you access to facilities including: filestore, where you may keep your work securely; a Brunel email account; Brunel's virtual learning environment; access to the University network from your own devices, including through campus-wide Wi-Fi; and the Brunel intranet, which contains course information, support and news.
PC work areas are available across campus, and some are open 24 hours a day.
Sport and fitness
Students of all abilities, from complete beginners to elite athletes, are encouraged to make the most of our outstanding sports facilities.
With over £14 million invested in a new sports and fitness complex, we now have some of the best university sports facilities around. Over 40 sports are on offer, so theres something for everyone.
For a list of sports clubs plus details of how to buy your sports federation card, see the Students' Union sports pages.
Brunel is not only a centre of excellence in the academic study of sport sciences, but also in the achievements of its students. This is illustrated by the number of graduates, students and staff across the University who have represented their country as competitors and coaches.
Brunel is part of the English Institute of Sport network, and partnerships with top local sports clubs also give you opportunities to develop your talents beyond the University's boundaries.
The Arts occupy an important position at Brunel. Dance, music, drama, media production and the visual arts are all catered for at a range of ability levels.
The Arts Centre
The Arts Centre provides the space, tuition and specialist equipment required for your creative skills to flourish. It offers a variety of arts activities for all students, staff and members of the public, including:
a vibrant performing arts programme with weekly evening and lunchtime music recitals as well as theatre and dance;
courses in drama, music, dance and the visual arts, as well as concerts, theatre productions, exhibitions and activities, many of which are provided free of charge to students;
high-quality and up-to-date facilities.
Undergraduate and postgraduate students who are not studying music as part of their academic course can also apply for Music Awards, to help cover the cost of continuing your music tuition.
Brunel University endeavors to have a positive impact on both the local and wider community. One example of this is the involvement of Brunel students with Community Action projects.
In addition, we welcome and encourage members of the public onto campus to use the following facilities:
If you are coming to Brunel to make use of these facilities, you may find the following information useful:
Brunel is a campus-based university, so virtually everything you need is moments away. You are never more than a ten minute walk from halls of residence, catering, social, sports and study facilities, lecture theatres, the Library and support services.
From restaurants, bars and a club to gardens, the Atrium and the Quad, there really is something for everyone whether you want to relax and unwind, pursue your interests, have a night out or try something new.
University is about more than just studying.
It's up to you to shape your time as a student, but Brunel can help you to be as individual, and to have as much fun, as you want. There are so many things to do that you'll never have time to try them all!
Brunel's bars, cafés, nightclub and foodhall have been refurbished in recent years, making them great places to relax and meet friends.
Eating and drinking
All halls are self-catering if you want to cook for yourself, but there are also many food outlets across campus. You can purchase meal ticket vouchers to save money buying a 100-voucher package will save you 15%. See the Brunel catering website for more details.
Loco's Bar is the main Students Union bar, with drinks promos and a pub-style menu. The big screen and plasma TVs show the latest sports coverage, or you can grab a game of pool or try one of the arcade games. There are two other bars on campus: Mezz, which overlooks the main concourse, and BeActive in the Sports Centre.
The Academy nightclub is your on-campus entertainment venue. Offering a diverse range of events from club nights to cabaret shows, the nightclub offers a safe social space, having being recently awarded Silver Best Bar None Accreditation. We aim to provide a great social space that focuses on our membership, Best Bar None is a national award and accreditation scheme for pubs, bars and night clubs. To achieve this accreditation, venues are committed to working together with the Police, Local Authority and other regulatory bodies to provide fun, safe and enjoyable venues.