- 15th century buildings
- 16th century buildings
- 17th century buildings
- 18th century buildings
- 19th century buildings
- 20th century buildings
- 21st century buildings
- Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
- No parking onsite
- No smoking
- Historic Property
- Free broadband access (wifi)
- Shared gardens
- Squash court
- Tennis court
- Woodland walks
- Luggage storage
- 24 hour security
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Clothes dryer
- Washing machine
- Central heating
- Bicycle storage
Food and Drinks
- Tea room
- Cooked breakfast (included)
- Lunch available (at additional cost)
- Dinner available (at additional cost)
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Pub (a short drive)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Historic houses
- Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
- Recommended restaurants (a short drive)
- Theatre (walking distance)
The river Cherwell runs through Magdalen's grounds which include over 100 acres of parkland - a beautiful and tranquil area in the heart of the city. Along with the magnificent cloisters, deer park and quads with formal lawns and borders, the claim to be the most beautiful college in Oxford is not without foundation.
The College offers rooms on its main site but also rooms in our Waynflete Building across Magdalen Bridge, with stunning views of the College. In this building the modest rates do not include breakfast. Whichever Magdalen accommodation you choose, you will have free access to the College main grounds.
Whichever Magdalen accommodation you choose to book, you can be sure of a warm welcome at the Porters' Lodge, from one of our student staff or the porters themselves. One of them will show you to you room and answer any queries you may have. We regret that we are unable to provide parking at the College.
History to the present day
Magdalen College was founded in 1458 by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and Lord Chancellor, on the site of the Hospital of St. John, just outside Oxford’s East Gate.
Several additions were made after Waynflete’s death in 1486: in 1492, the foundation stone was laid for a grand new bell tower, 144 feet high. The High Street range, and the gargoyles in the Cloister followed. In the early 1730s, Edward Holdsworth designed a grand new quadrangle but only the north range, the New Building was never completed.
Food and Drinks
English Breakfast is served in the medieval Hall. Choose from a full selection of cooked items as well as cereals, fresh fruit and continental pastries on display in our Buttery - then take your tray into the panelled Hall to enjoy your breakfast with other guests, students and visitors with the portraits of famous alumni looking down. Please note, our Waynflete Building accommodation is sold on a 'room only' basis which does not include breakfast, for these rooms details of where breakfast may be obtained within 2-3 minutes' walk will be provided on a sheet on check-in.
The Old Kitchen Snack Bar, with riverside terrace, is open for light lunches and afternoon teas. Most evenings the Old Kitchen Bar will be open serving drinks. Wifi, via The Cloud, is available in the Old Kitchen.
Grounds and gardens
Magdalen is set in over 100 acres of grounds and parkland with the River Cherwell flowing through. The Deer Park (with a herd of around 65) has been established for over 300 years. In addition to the formal lawns and borders there are water walks and meadows for all to enjoy. The Fellows' Garden, noted for its Spring flowers, is open throughout the year.
Wifi is available throughout the College. Visitors are welcome to connect to The Cloud, details can be found in residential buildings and the porters have a note on trouble-shooting.
Launderettes are available and a pre-paid card may be obtained from the Porters' Lodge. There are ironing facilities in the launderettes.
Bathrooms are communal unless stated as en-suite.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU, United Kingdom
Check In: From 2.00pm Check Out: By 10.00am (the Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day)
Coaches stop in the High Street, opposite Queen's Lane, four minutes' walk from our Porters' Lodge, which is close to the foot of the Great Tower very near Magdalen Bridge. The Coach Station (Gloucester Green) is about fifteen minutes' walk from the College but London and Airport coaches stop at High Street/Queen's Lane on their way to the central coach station.
The Rail Station is twenty minutes' walk away from Magdalen. Buses run from the rail station and stop at Queen's Lane in the High Street. Oxford Parkway Station is served from London Marylebone and is a 10 minute or so taxi ride from the College.
Those travelling by car are advised to use Thornhill Park and Ride on the A40 east of Oxford. Park & Ride Buses into the centre stop opposite Queen’s Lane in the High Street..
Cancellation TermsCancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 5 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 75 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question
We guarantee that all our feedback is genuine and can only be submitted by people who have booked through our websites.
I loved staying in a Magdalen room and being able to explore the college--I would do this again when back in Oxford.
Mr William L
Especially great service from the porters at Magdalen College - thank you!
Ms Elinor G
I was very pleased with my experience. ..the room and bathroom facilities were clean and comfortable. The lodge staff were very helpful and friendly. The location was great for my weekend course and the bus routes. I would use the accommodation again.
Mrs Mary B
Brilliant double room with amazing view , peaceful and very central
Ms Heather S
Very nice room and a lovely area to stay in.
Mrs Jette J
The room and bathroom were clean, and the bed was very comfortable. Excellent location!
Dr Serena V
The Magdalen College scouts and gatehouse officials were very helpful, considerate and excellent at their jobs.
Mr John R
Rooms are basic but breakfast in the Hall was an amazing experience and even just walking through the beautiful college was a joy
Mr Martin D
The room was in a lovely golden-stone building within the Botanical Gardens. It was very simple but nicely made-up, and perfect for a short stay. I would happily stay again.
Miss Caroline E
Mrs Morva B