Open to the public

We offer a range of excellent facilities that are open to members of the public. From hair and beauty salons to restaurants, shops and much more!

Everyone is welcome to visit our facilities and enjoy our delicious food and drinks, beauty and pampering treatments, all delivered by our excellent staff at great value. 

Many of the facilities that operate on our campuses are 'learning companies', businesses that are operated by a team of experienced staff, with assistance from students in some areas. That means you will enjoy first-class services at very reasonable prices and help students gain invaluable practical experience.

Our learning companies are at the heart of the Activate Learning colleges. They are real businesses, so our learners can put their new skills into practise. This model helps students gain a better understanding of the expertise and attitudes that employers value in their staff, and how to exceed customers' expectations.

Being part of a learning company helps students boost their confidence, knowledge and employability skills, giving them a headstart in their career.

Catering students cook in our industry standard kitchens and serve food to paying customers in our restaurant The Cherwell, while our purpose-built salons offer hair and beauty treatments to paying customers. 

Our on-campus shop is run by our LLD/D students (learners with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities), developing their customer service and employability, skills while selling snacks and stationery to members of the public.  

Open to the public

View more details on our excellent facilities below!