Exeter College, Oxford

Exeter College is situated on a quiet, historic street in the middle of Oxford among shops, restaurants, museums and pubs.

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The College Chapel and Gatehouse


  • 17th century buildings
  • 18th century buildings
  • 19th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 12
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access (wired)
  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Garden furniture
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating

Food and Drinks

  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Picnic area

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Tennis courts (a short drive)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Exeter College, one of the three 'Turl Street Colleges', is situated in the middle of Oxford. Shops, cafes, restaurants, libraries and museums are all just a short walking distance from the college, as well as many other attractions, making it an ideal place to stay.

All the rooms offered are occupied by students during term time, and although the college does not offer 5 star accommodation, they can guarantee that it will be clean, well kept and comfortable. Tea and coffee making facilities are complimentary, as well as towels and bed linen. Both standard and ensuite bedrooms are available on site, and all the rooms are situated on traditional staircases overlooking either the idyllic quad, fellow's garden or one of the many historic streets of Oxford.

History to the present day

Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapeldon. It was originally known as Stapeldon Hall, and consisted of only a Rector, a Chaplain and twelve or fourteen fellows. The college then started offering rooms to students in the late fifteenth century. Of this medieval college, all that remains is the building known as Palmer's Tower, due east of the Chapel, which takes its name from a fifteenth century rector.

Exeter College became one of the leading colleges in the next century after a generous donation from Sir William Petre, a former undergraduate of the college. Numbers expanded, and the present hall was built in 1618, together with a matching Chapel on the opposite side of the quad. The rest of the front quad was completed in stages between 1672 and 1710. Due to the generosity of old members, the college has expanded further in the twentieth century.

Famous undergraduates that have studied and lived at Exeter College include J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord Fisher, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, and Philip Pullman. William Morris was also a Victorian undergraduate, whose work can be found within the college.

Food and Drinks

A Cooked Breakfast is included in the price of the room, and is taken in the 17th century Dining Hall. The breakfast includes sausage, bacon, grilled tomato, hash brown, fried egg, baked beans, toast, coffee, tea and juice, along with a variety of sweet pastries and yoghurts. Breakfast is served between 8.00am and 9.00am everyday.

Grounds and gardens

The fellows' garden provides a haven of quiet in which to relax and breathe in the sense of history which pervades the College. Guests are welcome to take a stroll around the gardens and witness the view of Radcliffe Square from the top of the stairs at the rear end of the garden.

Other facilities

Guests are welcome to visit the Chapel and the Dining Hall during their stay. Original William Morris artwork can be found in the 'Morris Room' within the College. Guests are welcome to view the 'Morris Room' on arrangement with the college.

Washing machines and Driers are available for guests to use. Please ask for further details at the Porter's Lodge located at the main entrance of the College

If guests need to store their luggage they are able to ask the Porter on duty if there is any space to do so. Please note there may not always be room for luggage storage.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DP, United Kingdom

Check in: From 2.00pm  Check out:  By 10.00am

On arrival please report to the Porters' Lodge located at the main entrance of the College. Here you will be given your keys and directed to your rooms. The Porter's Lodge is manned 24 hours a day, and the Porters on duty are always happy to help you with any queries you may have.

Unfortunately the College does not offer any parking facilities.

The College is a 20 minute walk from the train station, and a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Green coach station. Taxi's are available from both the train station and Gloucester Green.

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 0 % of booking value for night in question
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

More photos of Exeter College, Oxford

Single standard bedroom Our Friendly Lodge Staff The Entrance to the Chapel The Entrance to the Dining Hall Palmer's Tower Crest The Rector's Garden in Summer A Traditional Staircase within the College The J. R. R. Tolkein Bust within the College View from mound Front Quad Palmer's Tower The Old Bursary The Inside of the Chapel The Grounds in Winter The Dining Hall Exeter College Crest Benefactor's Balcony A View of the Chapel at Night A Charity Event held at Exeter College Inside the Chapel Flowers in the Front Quad Fellows Garden

Customer feedback

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, September 2016: Understandably basic rooms, but very good service from all staff. Excellent location and huge breakfasts. We would certainly stay again if we come back to Oxford. 4/5

, September 2016: An excellent stay with excellent, courteous and prompt service throughout. See you again! 5/5

, August 2016: Great to feel that you have had a "genuine experience" of Oxford by staying in this beautiful college. The chapel and dining hall are exceptional. The room was simple but comfortable and light. 4/5

, April 2016: We booked our accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis as part of a group weekend visit. The breakfast was included in the weekend events programme. Based on our experience, we shall be pleased to stay in University accommodation in the future and to make our booking through the SpeedyBooker process. 5/5

, April 2016: It was my decision to take our party to Exeter College, Oxford. I was delighted with the ease of the booking process, the quality of the rooms and the food and, particularly, the friendliness and service from the staff 5/5

, April 2016: Fantastic stay - so lovely to be able to spend some time in such a historical, atmospheric setting! 4/5

, April 2016: We didn't have breakfast. The experience was definitely 10 and we are very satisfied 4/5

, April 2016: Thrilling to be staying in one of the university colleges, such a unique experience 5/5

, April 2016: Lovely building - good value - great location - memorable 4/5

, March 2016: Was wonderful to stay, good experience; rooms and bathrooms were spotless and porters were very helpful. I would recommend to stay. 4/5

, August 2015: Room was very basic but the opportunity to stay in Exeter college outweighed this. Thank you for a wonderful experience. 4/5

, August 2015: Great location, however for the price of the room the furnishings were quite old and basic. 3/5

, August 2015: 5/5

, August 2015: 3/5

, April 2015: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay. The room is very basic but that was expected. The college grounds, chapel and dining room are very pretty. It is very well located. the porters were helpful and suggested a good local pub. Would definitely recommend (and repeat) the experience. 4/5

, April 2015: I had an excellent night's stay at Exeter College. The facilities were beautiful and historical, the service - especially at breakfast - almost too good. The room was not quite as fancy as the one I stayed in Jesus College, but quite sufficient. The availability of a "continental" electric socket for charging mobile devices would have been handy (Jesus College had one). The chapel was incredible. 5/5

, April 2015: Beautiful grounds in an excellent location. Very friendly staff and a good nights sleep.would definitely stay again. 5/5

, March 2015: A very enjoyable stay in Oxford in the stunning surroundings of Exeter College. The porters were very helpful, giving advice on the best curries in Oxford and fetching extra supplies of tea when I ran out as well as being a friendly face on arrival. The room was clean and warm and had beautiful views over the quad and on towards the Radcliffe Camera. Breakfast was excellent, continental and full English in the dining hall set me up for the day. The location is a perfect base for Oxford's museums and handy for restaurants at night. You could easily spend a day wondering around the Fellows' Garden and the college's glorious chapel complete with William Morris tapestry, vibrant stained glass and intricate woodcarvings. I couldn't recommend it highly enough, I will definitely return. 5/5

, March 2015: Exeter is beautiful; we are delighted to have stayed. Was surprised to see a filthy carpet in the room, especially bad in one of the bedrooms. We hoped to enjoy a full English breakfast, but couldn't arrange to pay extra for one, even though it was being served throughout the dining hall. College porters very helpful and pleasant. Thanks..... 4/5

, March 2015: It was clean and comfortable and in a convenient location. The Porter's were lovely as well! 4/5

, March 2015: Thoroughly enjoyed the stay & will definitely make use of your service again. Many Thanks 5/5

, September 2014: Everyone was very pleasent and helpful. surroundings beautiful, I would choose to stay with you again . Thankyou 4/5

, September 2014: All the staff were extremely helpful and welcoming. I was 30 mins late for breakfast but they still did a full fry-up for me, which was greatly appreciated. 5/5

, July 2014: Amaxing amazing thank you so much fur everything!!!!! X 5/5

, September 2012: Staying at Exeter College was a fantastic experience for both I (mom, 53) and son (18). Beautifull buildings and gardens. Great atmosphere. Very helpful staff. I have only good to say about the place! We were very happy that we chose to stay at Exeter in stead of - say - in a hotel. After two nights we went to Devon, and returning to Oxford we chose to stay at Exeter again. The rooms were perfect (staitcase 6 and later 7), not luxury, mind you, but authentic. For a scandinav it was a bit tempting to surgest another way of furnishing the rooms ;). But at the same time it was great that they were as they were. Very convinient for us, too, with the two bedroom appartments (we got one each stay). Bathrooms were nice, lots of hot water in the shower. Both rooms had amazing views. The first towards the inner side of the college and the second facing the street. Breakfast in the old Harry Potter-like diningroom was an experience and the food was good: Full english breakfast. We chose Exeter over other colleges for four reasons: 1. You get to stay in the old buildings (some of the other colleges put you up in newer buildings). 2. Exeter is not too big -- compact in a very nice way. 3. The college is situated in the center of Oxford. 4. Tolkien and Pullman studied and stayed here. When we go to Oxford again some time we wil definately stay at Exeter College. 5/5

Dr Leonard D, August 2012: It was a lovely holiday 4/5

Mr John L, August 2012: Satisfactory experience. Would consider returning at another opportunity. 4/5

Ms Susan L P, August 2012: Rooms were clean, pleasant, and conveniently located to Christ Church, Broad Street, and the White Horse pub. Thank you! 4/5

Mr Daniel M, August 2012: Very good place. 5/5

Mr Keith S, July 2012: Our expectations were met! Wonderful to be located right in the centre of Oxford's academia. Enjoyed every minute of our stay. Best wishes. Keith and Ruth Sanderson 5/5

Ms Mary R, April 2012: This was a very enjoyable stay . 4/5

Ms Anne B, April 2012: Character, Atmosphere and History. Turned what promised to be an enjoyable weekend in Oxford into a memorable experience. 5/5

Mr Gordon W, March 2012: Banged my head on the low ceiling. Otherwise a great location. 5/5

Miss Alexandra I, January 2012: Wonderful experience. Stunning architecture. The more than 24h booking is irritating as had to change my travelling arrangements to be able to stay in the college. Breakfast, limited choice. No porridge! Overall, wonderful. Will come back. 4/5

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