Housing options for older people over 55

Sheltered Housing

Sheltered housing is independent accommodation which usually comprises of flats in blocks, although there are some bungalows. The size of properties range from studios to one bedroom and a few two-bedroom properties.

To be eligible for sheltered housing you need to be over 60 years (55 for some schemes), usually have an identified support need and live alone or as a couple. Applicants will be contacted to be assessed so that both the applicant and the organisation are sure this type of housing will most suit their needs.


Sheltered housing schemes do vary. However, in general you will find most of the following features:

  • Self-contained flats with their own bathrooms and fitted kitchens
  • Communal facilities such as a laundry, communal social rooms, and guest room
  • Social and other activities on site
  • Security features such as door entry systems

Apply for Housing

To apply for housing designated for people over 55 or sheltered housing owned by the Council and most Housing Associations in Oxford, you need to complete an application form to be included on the Oxford Register for Affordable Housing.

Please see the Housing Register page for more information.