With beautiful countryside as a backdrop and acres of traffic-free space, Harwell is a place to connect with the living world – both through our scientific community and the scenery that surrounds it.



Family first

Whether you’re just visiting or planning to settle locally, South Oxfordshire is among the highest rating counties in the UK for quality of life. The bustle of nearby Oxford, combined with the solace of the Oxfordshire countryside, makes family life at Harwell something to be treasured.

Getting around campus

Fast, green and safe ­– bikes are a great way to travel around Harwell. Our bike loan scheme is available to all Harwellians via the Donkey Republic app, available on Android and iOS. Once you’ve registered with your company email address on the app, simply use your phone to unlock a bike and enjoy 48 hours of free riding time.

Need a little extra oomph? We have five e-bike stations around campus. Just download and register with the Donkey Republic app on Android or iOS and you can hop on an e-bike right away. With 48 hours free usage, they’re ideal for quick commutes and leisurely lunch hours.

Our autonomous bus service is a zero-emissions driverless shuttle. It runs morning to evening on weekdays, covering two routes: Fermi Avenue and Eighth Avenue, both via the ESA. Shuttle passes are available for free to campus pass-holders and their registered guests.



Sports teams and clubs

Harwell Campus is home to a wide variety of sports teams and clubs, served by a well-appointed sports pavilion and pitches. The campus also links up with the Ridgeway, a mixed-surface path that’s perfect for walking, running and cycling


Wildlife and the environment

Clean, calm, quiet, and free from traffic. The green spaces within Harwell are a mix of landscaped areas and re-wilding zones. Reset with a head-clearing stroll around campus or take in the scenery by bike while you explore the area.

Campus trails

Harwell campus has acres of traffic-free open space where you can meet safely, and enjoy the surrounding greenery. Take a stroll around the campus or hire a bike and explore the area.