The main type of land use in Oakdale is residential. There are also small private businesses such as convenience stores, take away restaurants and pubs, as well as a Texaco petrol station. Nearby there is a small full-time library with an adult learning centre next door, which used to be Oakdale Middle School before it moved to a new purpose built site in 1997. There is a large allotment area, several fields and two play parks for children. The main road through Oakdale is the busy Wimborne Road, which forms part of the A35 road and leads to Fleetsbridge to the north and Poole town centre to the south. Poole Town F.C.'s home ground, Tatnam Farm is located in Oakdale.
The following schools are located in Oakdale:
- Stanley Green First School
- Oakdale Junior School
- St Edward's Roman Catholic-Church of England School
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