Magdalen College, Oxford
Founded in 1458, Magdalen College offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Oxford.
- 15th century buildings
- 16th century buildings
- 17th century buildings
- 18th century buildings
- 19th century buildings
- 20th century buildings
- Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
- No car parking
- No smoking
- Minimum age 16
- Historic Property
- Free broadband access (wifi)
- Shared gardens
- Squash court
- Tennis court
- Woodland walks
- Luggage storage
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Clothes dryer
- Washing machine
- Central heating
Food and Drinks
- Tea room
- Cooked breakfast (included)
- Lunch 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 ever 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. A wireless internet service hot spot 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.
Guests are welcome to use the Ethernet connection in each study bedroom but will require a cable and password from the Porters' Lodge. Wifi is available in some buildings and also requires an access code from the Porters' Lodge.
Telephones may be used with an Oxford University phone card which may be purchased from the Porters' Lodge in either £5 or £2 denominations.
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 2pm Check Out: By 10am (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.
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.
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Mr Pongyu Wai, May 2015: staying in Magdalen College is always a happy experience
Mlle. Daniele MICHARD, April 2015: I was in the Waynflete building with non-breakfast option ,the room had a mini-fridge and a kettle for tea and coffee .The room and toilet communal were very clean .The scout and the porter's lodge were friendly .It was wonderful to make a walk inside the college . It's a good experience .
Miss Daniela Lichters, April 2015: Ok for younge travellers. Rooms were very basic, shared facilities very basic. Clean towels and good location.
Dr Rahima Abduvalieva, April 2015: Thank you for your excellent service and kind hospitality!
Mr rob creswick, April 2015: No hot water in showers and some of the taps in the washrooms didn't work, but worth putting up with for location and price
Mr Christopher Metcalfe, October 2014: I and my companions were completely satisfied.
Ms Erin Kimsey, October 2014: Very friendly gentlemen at the porter house!
Dr Billy Ngasala, October 2014: it was a wonderful stay
Prof Julia RODAS, September 2014: Beautiful view, spacious, private, well-equipped room, quiet and comfortable. Friendly porters and cleaning person. Would love to go back.
Miss Judith Long, September 2014: It was clean, comfortable and good value for money. Breakfast in the hall was a real treat too. Staff were very helpful and friendly.
Dr CAROL BARRETT, September 2014: Furnishing basic but bed very comfortable. Excellent value for Oxford city centre.
Mr Michael Cornell, September 2014: I chose the non-breakfast option. I would recommend adding "not-applicable" to your questionnaire.
The staff were friendly and wonderful and helpful. The room is of course a university room. The tea and coffee facilities were good and there was a little fridge. It was well above expectations and I would recommend it to anyone else.
Dr M. Lee Alexander, September 2014: Great location! Just wish price could be a bit lower.
Mr Felix Gott, September 2014: We had a very pleasant stay - website was easy to manage, staff (both on the phone and at the porters' lodge) were helpful and extremely accommodating (particularly given that there were 19 of us!) and the rooms were clean and conveniently located. Excellent experience all round, and I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
Mr Angus McInnes, September 2014:
Neat clean rooms, excellent staff!
Dr Julian Treadwell, September 2014: What a privilege to stay in such an amazing building , steeped in history. Room above the quad, morning run around the deer park.Such a good way to experience real Oxford. Rooms and shared bathroom v basic but clean/comfy/quiet - Buffet breakfast in ancient refectory with Cardinal Wolsey looking down on you! Porters very welcoming and helpful.
Mr David McAuliffe, September 2014: Sorry can't remember room number but just wanted to reiterate that I was really pleased with all aspects of my stay and wanted to take this opportunity to call out how friendly and helpful the staff were at the Reception.
Miss Rebecca May, September 2014: It took me back to my student days but with more luxury and the Oxford experience. Great location for town too.
Mrs Willemijn van Melle, September 2014: The room was simple as expected, the scout and porter very friendly, the experience of the building and surroundings exceptional.
Ms Danielle Morin, September 2014: Very grateful for having been given a quiet room with a nice view so that it helped with my writing and imagination.
Miss Zhanna Surkova, September 2014: Great atmosphere of the historical college, quite, clean and comfortable room.
Mr James Ballard, September 2014: The only let down of the stay was the Sainsburys Sunday delivery at 5am right outside my window!
Great rooms, great location. I would definitely use this service again!
Ms Brooke Johnston, August 2014: Very large room with shared facilities. Good breakfast too. Would stay again
Mrs Sara Koh, August 2014: Clean, comfortable, quiet room in convenient location.
Great, friendly service from the porters!
Only thing to say is there wasn't a lift so had to carry suitcases up to 3rd floor.
Dr David Garfinkle, August 2014: My package did not include the breakfast. Housekeeping was helpful and the porter efficient I would recommend the accommodations to others. Value for money was excellent. My thanks to your staff.
Dr. David Garfinkle
Mr Erik Andreas Heyerdahl Holth, August 2014: Thank you for your hospitality and good service!
Mr Stephen Boyden, August 2014: Porters very helpful. Room simple but tidy. Grounds at Magdalen in excellent condition. My wife intends to stay with you again shortly. Didn't have the breakfast.
Mr Fred Davies, August 2014: Great way of booking good inexpensive but beautiful rooms as at Magdalen College Oxford. Going to do this when I go to other countries (possibly not Ukraine just for now!)
Dr Linda May Fitzgerald, August 2014: Didn't have breakfast included, but Sainsbury provided the necessities cheaply. The laundry card was bizarre and the drier was crazy to not allow opening and restarting to get light things out sooner and let heavy things keep going. Except for the laundry, my stay was excellent! Fabulous setting, great support staff, friendly porters.
Mr Henricus Martinus Besselink, August 2014: Very sympathic porters with humor.
Mrs Sabine Luebben, August 2014: Friendly staff, wonderful gardens, thank you.
Mrs M E Adams Langley, August 2014: Appreciated good quality linen and toiletries and excellent breakfast.
Dr Dilan Fernando, August 2014: The rooms in Waynflete building were old and not redone in a long time. The communal toilets left a lot to be desired. This was the main negative.
On the plus side, there were wash basins and mini fridges in the rooms. Magdalen College was really beautiful but, unfortunately, Waynflete building needs to be redone as it;'s average student accommodation only. Overall experience was good.
Mr Florian Kühnel, August 2014: The guesthouse was very clean and the room not that expensive. But the bath facilities (especially the showers) should definitely be modernised!
Mrs Lesley Gould, August 2014: We did not have breakfast.
The room was as expected, worn but comfortable.
The location was excellent, of course, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Dr H K Cheong, August 2014: I had a room on the 5th floor of the Waynflete Building. I did not have the breakfast. The porter service was very good. Thank you for providing such an opportunity to stay briefly at an Oxford college.
Mrs Yolande Brookes, July 2014: The room was spacious and clean but I wasn't aware that the bathrooms were unisex.
Mr David Trabilsy, July 2014: Enjoyed Magdalen. Being able to walk around the campus was the highlight. The room was modest, but it's what I expected. All of the staff were excellent.
Mr Peter Latka, July 2014: The porter's were all very nice. Of course, access to Magdalen College's grounds is wonderful. I stayed in the "discount" residence overtop the Sainsbury's (on the other side of the river). It's a mid-20th-century building and the room that I was in is long overdue for renovations. The College's beautiful grounds, where I spent quite a bit of time reading and writing, left me with a very positive memory of my week in Oxford.
Mrs Yanping Chen, July 2014: Location is good but room facilities need to be improved.
Miss Leanne Kendrick, July 2014: I did not have breakfast and I thought the porters were brilliant- polite and friendly.
Mr Stephen Ayre, July 2014: The phone did not work, and the instructions said I could purchase a card from the Lodge, but the porters knew nothing about it. However they were very friendly and helpful and the room was excellent value.
Miss Karen Girling, July 2014: I had a very pleasant stay at Magdalen College and hope to stay again sometime. Thank you.
Mr Charles Wallace, July 2014: I stayed in one of the Grove Quad en-suite rooms. The outstanding features of Magdalen are the porters, the grounds and the building itself. You sit in a chair or lie in your bed and wonder about the great minds who have done similarly. It is the true Oxford experience. The rooms may be dated in some respects, but they're what you should expect of a true Oxford college A walk around the deer park before breakfast is a must. The only let down is breakfast. One queues for an office/works style canteen self service area where a good range of cold and hot items can be loaded onto ones tray. You then take your tray across the passage into the dining hall which is fine, though not as spectacular as some in Oxford. I mention this as it's the only slight downside to an otherwise splendid experience that I would highly recommend.
Mr Tyson Rallens, July 2014: The housekeeper, Pauline, was wonderful. We met her sometimes as we passed through the building during the day and she was always very pleasant. Also, she was super helpful the day we changed rooms by opening up an empty room in the morning so we could store our bags in the Waynfleet building rather than haul them all the way to the porters and back. We are looking forward to hopefully having Pauline again in our next stay at the Waynfleet building.
Mrs Mary Unsworth, July 2014: Didn't have breakfast. Centrally located, ideal
Mrs Gill Kaye, July 2014: Excellent base for conference 5 min walk away and lovely surrounding s. Room s little on the scruffy side but accetable for 1 night. Nice to have tea msking facilities but no plug within reach. Wi-fi didn't cover that area.Porters very helpful in looking after bags.
Ms Noriko Watanabe, July 2014: I enjoyed staying in a 'room with a view' of one of the 'dreaming spires' surround by green. The church bells were ringing every hour throughout the city even during midnight, which transported me to an extraordinary world. I also found it very convenient to have an access to website anywhere in the university as I was attending a conference at another college. The porters were friendly and helpful; they kept my suitcase after I checked out the room and called a taxi for me. The cleaner lady kept my room and other facilities clean and tidy. Breakfast menu and taste were not impressive in spite of the price (9 pounds), but the dining hall was magnificent. It was also nice to have a fridge, desk and locker (wardrobe) in the room. Shower and toilet were OK. Sharing them with men reminded me of my student life in England. I wished to have had a lift available for the visitors; I had to carry my suitcase up to the third floor by myself. Overall, I had a pleasurable sojourn and I recommend anyone experiencing this.
Miss Sandra Ford, July 2014: The college is very central which makes it easy to get to places. The facilities are clean. It would be nice if there were separate facilities for men and women. It is quiet enough to get a good nights sleep. There are no lifts so you may have to climb quite a few stairs. The porters are very helpful. Overall we had a great weekend and it was very good value for money.
Mrs Dolores Goodson, July 2014: Satisfied in every way!
Ms janice friedman, July 2014: loved it. would stay there again.
Miss Rachael Addicott, July 2014: I was originally sent to a room with only one bed (having booked a twin) yet the porter's rectified this and a twin room was sorted out for me straight away. Great location and facilities. Would highly recommend.
Mr Mike Dixon, July 2014: Very pleasant stay. A problem with my mattress dealt with very quickly. Thank you
Mrs Susan Brew, July 2014: Comfortable room, up several stairs but I expected this. Lovely setting, staff I met were very helpful.
Mr Markku Ihonen, July 2014: According to website information, we got an impression that the room would be found inside the College. The bathroom facilities were better than anticipated. Thank You.
Mr THOMAS MORRIS, July 2014: The room was comfortable and close to the events we wished to attend.
Mr Paul Benfield, July 2014: Room was good, communal toilets and showers were average.
Mr Jonathan Sydenham, July 2014: The room and facilities were as expected, so "poor" is not to be taken as a criticism. We loved the location and we loved the porter. Checking in was easy at the porter's lodge and got the whole visit off to a great start. The tea and coffee facilities in the room were much appreciated. We'll be back and we'll recommend it to others. We didn't have breakfast in college so that item on the list is n/a.
Prof Jonathan Reinarz, July 2014: I did not stay for breakfast, but the kitchen team allowed me a banana and orange juice before 8am, which I appreciated.
Miss Diane Fox, July 2014: A beautiful room within the college, overlooking the deer park. Thank you for a wonderful experience.
Miss Kristi Govella, July 2014: Flat 2 is huge! In addition to a bedroom and bathroom, it comes with a separate office, living room, and kitchen area. We only stayed for one night, so we didn't get to make much use of the space, but it was very comfortable. Overall, it was a convenient place from which to see Oxford.
Dr Nick Butterfield, July 2014: Very good. Central location very convenient. Fridge was very useful. Was a little disappointed to only have one packet of biscuits for my whole stay.
Mrs Kjersti Sandsmark, July 2014: We would like to extend a special thank you to the porter who received us. A very pleasant experience!!
Mrs JoAnn Anderson, June 2014: My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Magdalen College's flat #2. The flat was spacious and provided a lot of privacy during the day. It was also conveniently close to everything we wanted to see in town. We also enjoyed the complimentary toiletries left by the staff. However, the bed was a bit uncomfortable and didn't provide a full night's rest. But overall we thought it was a great stay and worth the money.
Our booking did not include the breakfast, so I have left my rating as 'average' here because there is not a 'N/A' option.
Mrs Jill Wakeham, May 2014: Very clean and tidy flat. An additional mirror could be provided.
Mr Stephen Bickford Smith, May 2014: Breakfast not included-ignore score for this
Flat was clean and well prepared
Porters lodge was helpful
Absence of razor socket a minor niggle
Also lift (not for passenger use but luggage only) was being used for rubbish storage.
Overall great value for a spacious and well located flat.
Mr Marek Kavulok, May 2014: We were satisfied with the location, the flat is spacy, with the heating control, newly furbished. The staff was helpful and our requests were immediately met. Thank you.
Mrs Carol Naylor, April 2014: Having Internet access was useful and the location was good. The place was clean but breakfast was not available. There were few students around so it was quiet and it allowed me to work. Overall all, it was good value for a short-term stopover.
Ms Susan O'Halloran, April 2014: Lovely view over river from my room. Quiet building. Very decent shower/ toilet room .
Didn't have breakfast inky booking , but plenty of coffee shops nearby
Ms Agne Kajackaite, April 2014: We did not book the breakfast.
The rooms very fine, the shower was not that good. But all in all, it was a brilliant experience!! Everyone should stay there!
Mr Thomas Finn, April 2014: excellent base
Mr Christopher Gillibrand, April 2014: Did not have breakfast so cannot comment. Perfect view.
Prof Roger Woods, March 2014: The college porters were excellent, as was the college itself. The rooms were pretty much what I expected, but you might consider having a plan to modernise.
M. denis benoist, March 2014: excellent séjour. Personnel attentionné et très aimable.
Ms Suzanne Robertson, March 2014: Quite roomy flat. Clean with all the basics covered. Would use again.
Mrs Hayley Bell, March 2014: A happy stay at Magdalen College. Flat spartan/basic but we were only there for a couple of nights so equipped with all we needed, apart from a mirror! Porters lodge staff extremely helpful.
Dr Alison Gray, February 2014: room and facilities were better than expected for a university room, but people need to be aware that is what they are booking!
Breakfast is really not applicable
Dr Eva Pisa, February 2014: The porter was very friendly and helpful. The flat was well equipped, clean and in good order. There was no breakfast included which was a pity but I visited the college during my stay. All in all a pleasant stay.
Mrs Pilar González, February 2014: The apartment was nice and had a great location. It has been very nice to walk in the beautiful parks of the college.
Mrs Linda Jones, February 2014: Excellent room. Students were delightful and helpful. Friendly helpful Poters.
Miss Jade Larkin, December 2013: Lovely, friendly porters
Fr. Caroline Lenz, December 2013: I stayed in Waynflete Buildung for 3 nights in December. The room is simple, but provides everything basic you need (wardrobe, bed + linen, towels, desk + chair, wifi, cooker for tea and coffee) and is quite large for the price. There was no washbasin in the room, but in my case, the shared bathroom was close. The facilities are quite clean. The only problem was that during the first day and night, the heating did not work and the room was very cold. On the second and third day, the heating worked and the room was sufficiently warm.
Miss Rachel Bowman, December 2013: I could not book for the following day but Linda who I spoke to at the College was lovely & helpful.
Great value, great location.
(you need a n/a option for breakfast as I didn't have it)
Miss Gemma Brown, October 2013: The room and facilities were basic, as described on the website. Good value for money though, lovely views and good central location.
Mr Kevin Lavery, September 2013: enjoyed staying at Magdalen. In some ways, the highlight of the trip. Wouldn't do it any other way if I traveled to Oxford again.
Ms Barbara Sharp, September 2013: Very conveniently situated for exploring Oxford, value for money accommodation. Staff at porters lodge were welcoming and extremely helpful and room clean and well maintained.
Mr Jonathan Tyrens, September 2013: Lovely setting - quiet and peaceful. Delightful buildings, at least from the outside.
Observations: breakfast could start earlier as it was a bit of a rush with a 9am meeting - getting elsewhere etc.
Would be better with wifi in rooms, rather than having to use Ethernet cable. worked well though.
Miss Gemma Borkowy, September 2013: The porters were great - incredibly helpful, easygoing and friendly, welcoming and entertaining too! We were a big group so some organisation was required but it went seamlessly!
Rooms were as expected for Uni accommodation, but definitely good value rather than a hotel. I would use this service again in the future. (although would be nice if some kind of breakfast was included with the Waynflete rooms.)
Excellent, thank you!
Prof Robin Russin, September 2013: Linda Norton at Magdalen was very helpful, when our first room proved too noisy she quickly found us a better accommodation.
Mrs Elaine Lane, September 2013: The beauty and history of the college made it a memorable stay.
Ms Kathleen Neace, September 2013: Great place to stay in a terrific location!
Mr John Priestnall, September 2013: please thank your porter staff,catering staff & the scout for room 6 for making my stay in Oxford most pleasant and a cracking breakfast Grommit in the great hall well what can one say! THANK YOU.
Mr Graham Barkus, September 2013: Cannot speak highly enough of the quality of the experience at Magdalen College - excellent in every aspect, and in particular the helpful and friendly staff at the Porters Lodge. Superb.
Mr John Garran, September 2013: A beautiful place in which to stay. WiFi coverage very poor, but available in coffee shops and bars nearby.
Mrs Ursula Busch, September 2013: Very friendly, convenient location close to bus stop and town, very quiet and a unique experience in one of the most beautiful colleges in Oxford. We really enjoyed our short stay and are very happy with everything and will recommend both college and your services.
Rebecca Ralph, September 2013: The staff were just so nice. I am a young woman and this was my first time travelling abroad. I felt whenever I needed something or had to ask a question the staff were happy to help and genuinely friendly. The charm of staying in the cloister was also just so wonderful. I would stay here again in a heartbeat if I am fortunate enough to conduct research in Oxford again.
Ms Miriam McGregor, September 2013: Fantastic location, very helpful reception (both night and morning staff). And what a dining room!! Would recommend.
Miss Christine Brown, September 2013: Breakfast was not included, so comment n/a. With regard to service I only encountered the the porters at the lodge, but they were cheerful, helpful and gave me good directions to my accommodation. The location of my room could not have been more convenient for the event I was in Oxford to attend and the river view from my window was delightful. Though the cost was a little more than I usually pay for b&b, I would very happily use the service again.
Dr Mohammed Khedr, September 2013: I really enjoyed my stay in Magdalen College, Oxford. It is at high standard of service.
Dr Delphine Elbes, September 2013: Just perfect! Thank you very much
Mrs Frances Travers, September 2013: I had a wonderful time . Magdalen was mine ..walks... chapel .. gardens . Could not have been more special
Mrs Penelope Graham, August 2013: Delighted with our stay and would definitely come again. Thank you.
Miss Hye-Ryung Kang, August 2013: Thank you for the excellent service and facilities available at one of the most beautiful colleges in Oxford. I really appreciated every experince here, and would like to come back next time when visiting Oxford.
Ms Elaine Cichantk, August 2013: An incredible experience! Wonderful room overlooking the deerpark with a great shower. Full English breakfat. Access to all parts of the college, even parts closed to the tour groups.
The only way to stay in Oxford if you can't afford The Randolph.
Step off the High Street and into centuries of beauty, quiet, and history.
An added bonus for Magdalen. The Oxford Airbus stops about a block away and has direct runs to Heathrow every half hour. So this is a really good point to either start or end your trip to the UK if you are touring.
Miss Hye-Ryung Kang, August 2013: The overall services and facilities were excellent. Thanks for the wonderful experience at one of the historic colleges in Oxford!
Dr john morgan, August 2013: A splendid time there. After staying at Christ Church for twenty years, I tried Magdalen and was extremely pleased. I hope to come again.
Mrs Sheila Ross, August 2013: Very much enjoyed visit and will return and recommend to others.
Miss Janet-May Garner, August 2013: We stayed in the Wayfleet building for two nights the rooms were basic but clean as reflected in the price. All the staff we encountered were friendly, welcoming and helpful. Our rooms did not include breakfast so I cannot comment. I would certainly recommend others use your facilities if they were on a low budget. Being able to stroll around the grounds was also a lovely experience.
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Mrs Eileen Marian McMahon, August 2013: Really enjoyed our time in Oxford. Great to see the colleges again. The rooms in the Waynfleet building were very basic but centrally located. The porters were helpful and friendly.
Mrs Iris Witt, July 2013: Very quiet and peaceful place in the middle of an overcrowded city during the summertime, all attractions and cultural highlights are in walking distance.
Mr Scott Shriner, July 2013: Overall an excellent value AND being close to everything. I would do it again.
Miss Lauren Elens, July 2013: The entire staff was wonderful. And for the price, there is nothing better in the area.
Mr Robert Hammersley (Mag member 1962), April 2013: Great!
Mr Matt Fossey, April 2013: We were in the 1960s residence across the river from Magdalen College. Rooms were very basic with no en-suite facilities. However, £40 pppn represents good vfm given the usual high prices in Oxford. College porters were very helpful and accommodating.
Dr Johanna Paterson, April 2013: Very helpful and friendly staff for checking in/out. Room basic but adequate - just what I was expecting for the price.
Dr Vanessa Humphrey, April 2013: Thank you to very helpful porter staff
Mr Rick Leijssen, April 2013: Room was clean and spacious. The shared bathroom/toilet was fine as well. Unfortunately there was no breakfast provided because of Easter but this was clearly announced before booking and there was a discount because of this, so still good value for money.
Mr Moacyr Nobre, March 2013: thank you
Mr Joel Evans, March 2013: Friendly porters!
Mr Nick Twyford, March 2013: I liked this service very much - good location, and the retro uni rooms were functional and entertaining.
Miss Lucy Wood, March 2013: With booking 429657: we were delighted to be upgraded to rooms in college rather than the Wanfleete Building -- a great kindness given my mother's age (though that chilly, windy, snowy night made even walking to Grove Building quite a challenge for her). Delighted also to be able to buy breakfast in hall, very economically. Overall extremely good value. The porters were especially helpful and welcoming.
Dr Wolfram Maring, October 2012: Overall it was a great experience for me to be guest in a British University College
Mrs Melissa Seaman, October 2012: Breakfast not included so please ignore this answer
Great value for money and a fantastic opportunity to stay in a college
Ms Jennie Walters, October 2012: Porters and staff very friendly and helpful. A beautiful place to stay.
Mrs Linda Halstvedt, October 2012: Absolutely loved my all-to-short stay at beautiful Magdalen College and will most certainly come again, so handy for centre of Oxford, and so close to Botanical gardens, River Cherwell walk, especially the loop which ends at Christs College. Must also comment on the extremely helpful and courteous help from the staff in Reception. All in all a wonderful stay, cant wait to come back!!
Dr TONY KAVANAGH, October 2012: The college staff and cleaners were very helpful and friendly.
Mrs Jane Bennett, October 2012: The porters were particularly helpful and friendly and gave us a map of the area too.
Dr Makoto Matsumoto, September 2012: I really could have good experinece with my family in historical Magdalen College. I hope we would come back again.
Mr Stephen Goss, September 2012: Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Mrs Heather Hampson, September 2012: It was a lovely place to stay, perfect for our requirements. The staff were great to us, very helpful. The room was as we expected, the lighting could have been a bit better, as there was no bedside lamp in my room as the socket was in the wrong place.
Ms Carol Chesarek, September 2012: The room was comfortable for what it is (a student room) but not posh, it was nice to have a sink and refrigerator. The situation was generally quiet (this was late summer week, out of term). There was a good range of food at breakfast. The help and advice from the porters was outstanding.
The setting in the old quad at Magdalen is glorious and very convenient for the central part of the university. I would definitely stay there again.
Another visitor mentioned that only one of the showers on our floor had hot water on the day I left, but it was the shower nearest me so I can't confirm.
Mrs Yumi Attfield, September 2012: The accommodation manager was very helpful and put us up at Fellow`s Guest Room which was excellent. We really had a good stay. we will go back there again.
Mr Pete Boatfield, September 2012: Awesome, beautiful and the Porters were great. Many, many thanks.
Mrs Olive Light, September 2012: The staff at the Collge eg reception and catering staff were extremely friendly and most willing to answer your questions and generally talk to you. We felt this aspect of our visit was outstanding.
Dr Eileen Palmer, September 2012: This was a really lovely place to stay. Magdalen College is very beautiful, and has beautiful grounds. The room was obviously a student room, but a good size, and very quiet and comfortable with a view over the deer park. There were nice toiletries and fresh towels left each day. The staff were outstanding, from the friendly welcome, helpfulness and courtesy of the porters, to the lovely lady who cleaned my room. Breakfast was well above average with plentiful fresh fruit, melon salad, soaked dried fruits, yoghurts and flaked almonds;warm croissants and pain au chocolat alongside the more traditional cooked English breakfast choices, toast and preserves. The kitchen staff again were outstandingly helpful and friendly. I would stay here again, and recommend it.
Ms Diane Kleemann, August 2012: Room was great for what I needed. No frills but didn't want any. Room position was great, overlooking river and Magdalen bridge. Room clean. Breakfast was great. The porters could have been a little more helpful. One fellow was great (had a beard, didn't get his name).
Will come back again and again if I ever get the chance. Thanks for a great experience.
Mr Robert Scamardella, August 2012: A very enjoyable stay. The room was quite basic and the shared shower-room was a little old. The staff were always very helpful; the location excellent.
Mr John David Brearley, August 2012: The whole experience was a pleasure - the helpfulness of the porters, the location was great and the room was fine. I didn't take breakfast. Last year I stayed at Cats (not arranged through universityrooms) and shall continue to stay in college when I make my periodic visits to the dreaming spires.
Ms Julie Price, August 2012: It was a lovely place to stay, the grounds were amazing. Breakfast was great, the only negative is the room was very basic and the bedding was ink stained!
Miss Julia Safiullina, August 2012: Magdalen college is beautiful and the staff is friendly! The room was massive, good enough for two people if you put a double bed in.
Ms Ann Moody, August 2012: Staying at Grove Quad, Magdalen College, Oxford was a completely new travel experience for me. I loved being in the midst of such magnificent history - truly an intellectual 'mind trip,' thinking of all the developments of mankind that have transpired through the ages. The service given by the employees was both efficient and charming. Hats off to all of you who have this kind of stay so well organized - beautiful! Ann Moody
Ms Michelle Galindo, August 2012: The porters at Magdalen College were fabulous. They had all the answers that we needed, and were cheerful and helpful at all times.
Miss Taisha Garby, August 2012: A very enjoyable experience. In particular, the staff made my stay at Magdalen a lovely one as they were very kind and eager to help. Keep up the good work!
Mr XUEFEI BAI, August 2012: quite good the location and service!
Mr malcolm cranmer, August 2012: Super friendly staff and although the room was in the modern buildings, it had a great view of the river.
Ms Gill Grey, August 2012: It is a beautiful college with exceptional grounds. The portering staff were very helpful.
Mrs Ashley Fiutko, July 2012: I really enjoyed my stay at Magdalen College. The staff in the Porter's Lodge were incredibly friendly and helpful, and my single room was quite spacious for a dorm room. I would definitely stay here again on a future trip to Oxford.
Ms Jo-Ann Pereira, July 2012: Thanks to the hospitality staff who kept my room clean and the check-in staff who were very friendly and helpful.
Mr Paul Walton, July 2012: Had a great stay at Magdalen College, Oxford, in the Grove Quad student rooms. People there were very friendly and made me feel welcome. Ideal way to experience Oxford from inside one of the colleges and would definitely do it again.
Mr Matthew Tabinor, July 2012: Very good experience - clean, breakfast was good - and most importantly when staying in a historical town such as Oxford, spectacular surroundings + views. Would recommend to a friend!
Prof Timothy Davis, July 2012: Breakfast was not included, so we cannot comment. We expected student accommodation and that was what we had. The beds were comfortable, the rooms and shared bathroom clean. The water was hot, but the shower flow was not great. Overall, good value.
Mr Gordon Ludtke, April 2012: No breakfest was available during my stay, however, there are many options close by. Overall a good stay. Thank you.
Ms Tania Thach-Xuan-Ky, April 2012: I had a very good stay in Magdalen - thank you. Lovely view from this room too.
Note: no breakfast was offered for this accomodation, but there is no 'box' for 'not applicable
Miss Stephanie Cruchandeau, April 2012: We had a really nice stay! Great location, really nice reception. We highly recommend this experience!
Dr GURDEEP MANN, April 2012: Bed was comfortable. Good basic/ no-frills accomodation. Convenenient shop downstairs. Close to all colleges and a short walk from train and bus station.
Ms Vanessa Quigg, April 2012: Porters were friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. The room itself wasn't wonderful: I stayed in the Waynflete building, and it was noisy (beside a main road) and poorly decorated, and I wasn't happy that the duvet was very clean. I had no access to drinking water, and had to buy my own and bring it in. I shared a bathroom with approx. 8 people. That said, I paid very little for it by Oxford standards, and was happy that I got value for money. The friendly staff certainly helped.
Dr Jacek Libiszewski, March 2012: Students accommodation, good for price and for short stay, breakfast not available.
Dr John Meadley, January 2012: It was a good experience with pleasant staff and an excellent breakfast. For me it was just a bit on the pricey side, but I acknowledge that VAT does not help
Ms Pia Vesterinen, October 2011: Friendly service, peaceful, an excellent location, a beautiful view over the river; the room was clean and very comfortable and had all the necessities; great value for money, I would definitely stay again
Mrs Petra Geißler - Joost, October 2011: Good place to stay for a few nights. Everything was o.k.
Prof Ian Rowlands, September 2011: I really enjoyed my stay and hope to return. Staying at Magdalen was a unique and special experience, far removed from the usual business hotels that I have to stay in for work. I felt privileged!
Dr Matthew Babirecki, September 2011: The standard of the room was average but I expected this as it is student accommodation. However the college is a great place to stay with beautiful buildings and grounds. The staff were very helpful and friendly.
Dr Raymond Schuch, September 2011: This was a unique lodging experience, which I wholeheartedly recommend. Image staying at Hogwarts, without all the wizards! Honestly, if you are staying in Oxford and dont mind with having to share a bathroom or the absence of a television, then Magdalen's accommodations will be perfect.
Mrs Erika Ketzer, September 2011: Clean room, friendly staff and a delicious breakfast. We will return.
Mr George Ashcroft, September 2011: A very enjoyable stay. The best way to visit oxford. Staff very welcoming
Ms Laura Kolb, September 2011: My husband and I stayed in a Waynflete Building twin room for eight nights during a research trip. The room was no-frills but clean and bright, and the beds were very comfortable. Tea and Nescafe were provided in the room (no breakfast - but that makes the room very affordable. There is a supermarket right next door, too, and a mini-fridge in the room). The porters and scouts were consistently kind and helpful, and the college grounds were a lovely place to take evening walks.
Mr Tim Divett, September 2011: What an incredible experience, walking through the deer park in the morning as the mist rose overs the spires of Oxford.
Ms Jennifer Horvath, September 2011: good price/value; very nice atmosphere
Dr Yalini Senathirajah, August 2011: This was in the Wayneflete (modern) building, no breakfast. The accommodations were more comfortable and larger than I expected, though it is of course a dorm room. Bed quite comfy, the room has a view of trees and the high street and the river near the bridge. Small fridge and hot kettle in room means one can go down to the Sainsbury's which is right next to the entrance and feed oneself cheaply. The porters and everyone were enormously helpful and friendly. Magdalen gardens and deer park are very relaxing.
Mr colin dyer, August 2011: rooms serviced every day pleasent polite staff cannot coment on breakfast as room only
Ms Lesley Gauld, July 2011: Excellent - easy to book, centrally located, friendly and helpful staff, clean and spacious accommodation, the extras provided (toiletries and local guide book) were greatly appreciated. Highly recommended.
Peta Harper, April 2011: Lovely room, very quiet, very central, budget price, porters were lovely. You can look around the college gardens for free as opposed to paying £4.50 to go in. Also you can use the student bar in the old part of the college.
Sharon Bancroft, April 2011: A very quiet and comfortable room. Great to be so close to the centre of the town. Help from the porters was superb and all in all a very enjoyable stay. We'd certainly book again. Many thanks.
(Please note breakfast not included so have not marked this option)
Scott Morrison, October 2010: Pauline was a very helpful and gracious person who assisted me greatly, especially at the beginning and end of my stay. The porters also accommodated my early check in request and kept an eye out for mail for me, which I appreciated.
Dr Roberto A. Saenz Casas, September 2010: Room was good and comfortable (no wash basin in room though). Good location. Service was alright.
Casey Lessard, September 2010: Good location, excellent showers, quiet with decent view. Close to lots of good food and entertainment, and good location for city centre access. Broadband internet is appreciated. No self-catering facilities is a pain if you are staying more than a day or two as food here can be expensive. I bought a camping bowl and utensils to have cereal in my room (there is a fridge in the room). Survey should have an option to say N/A for standard of breakfast (none provided). I did laundry, and it was a bit pricey to buy access to the machines (£2 for the card), and you need to bring your own detergent.
Hsueh chan, wenchuan, September 2010: Our building was a bit shabby, but the warmth and the smiles from the porter's lounge make our stay a very enjoyable one. Thank you Andy for your assistance and the grand tour of the tower! Magdalen College is really a beautiful place to visit.
Kendra Grimmett, September 2010: Easy, well-priced way to stay in Oxford; friendly staff and clean facilities
Heather Janiak, September 2010: Good location and a lovely college to stay in!
Jin Liu, September 2010: Expecially excellent experience is that your porter is open 24h/day and helps guests to book taxi. I would suggest that you put such service on your general information for room guest (e.g. in the room book).
Jesper Schlæger, September 2010: Excellent service from the staff in the porters' lodge, showing me the room and very fast check-in and check-out.
Angela Bennett, September 2010: Breakfast was not included in my tariff, hence my answer for that question.
The experience of using University Rooms was excellent. I was most particularly impressed by the porters at Magdalen, who were kind, helpful and fun. I would definitely recommend both the online service, and the college.
David Valinsky, September 2010: Porters at Magdalen were very helpful and room was just what we wanted. Basic student room with shared bathroom but all very clean and a great price for such a central location.
Cheryl Edwards, September 2010: A student room so not hotel standard but clean and comfortable none the less. Clean towels and a selection of toiletries awaited me. Tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge in the room. Shared bathroom facilities- separate toilet and washbasin cubicles and lockable showers, all clean and fully functional with plenty of hot water.
I didn't have breakfast so can't comment.
All in all, an enjoyable stay. I would use University Rooms again.
Stuart Gillespie, September 2010: The Waynflete Building is a tired 1960s hall of residence without modern facilities such as en-suites. The only luxuries were a small fridge in the room, and internet access via ethernet. The furnishings are nowhere near hotel standard; the rooms and corridors seem very bare. But it's clean and convenient, and if you're looking for bargain basement accommodation in central Oxford, the price is right. It was extremely quiet both during week and weekend when I visited in early September. Just don't invite anyone you want to impress.
Elizabeth Disley, September 2010: The room was a basic undergraduate room without breakfast, exactly as advertised. The porters were very helpful and even sent someone with me to find the room. The room and whole set-up represented very good value for money.
Lesley Conway, September 2010: I was particularly struck with the degree of care and concern shown by the porters. They were all extremely helpful; and in the case of a fellow visitor who was ill, very thoughtful. Location was brilliant. Loved my time there.
Mrs.C A Deloughry, August 2010: I had a wonderful stay which was mainly due to the very friendly staff who could not have been more helpful. Thank you. i will recommend you to my friends.
Barbara Carty, August 2010: We had a very warm welcome from the porter on arrival and although we arrived over the lunch period between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm when there was a shortage of staff, every effort was made to try to locate someone to show us to our accommodation. However, a cup of tea on the terrace of the Magdalen cafe made a very pleasant and welcome diversion during our short wait.
The porters were very helpful and it was lovely to hear that they could oversee our bags on the day of departure, if required, in order for us to have as full a stay in Oxford as possible.
The room was basic but spotlessly clean and the beds were very comfortable. It was a lovely surprise to find towels and toiletries, which we had not expected, but which next time will make our bags much lighter! We were also very pleased to find tea and coffee making facilities.
As we were staying at Magdalen breakfast was not included, which we knew when booking.
On arrival the showers and two toilets on our floor (the room was not en suite) were spotless but unfortunately by the evening the toilets were virtually unusable and we had to use the ones on the floor below.
It was great to find a small guide book (really useful) and pamphlets and information about the area and local cafes and restaurants.
All in all (apart from the problem with the toilets) we were pleased with the accommodation (and the warm welcome) and would definitely consider college rooms again, although we would definitely go en suite next time, if that is possible. The showers were absolutely fine, with lots of hot water.
On the whole, a positive experience and one which we would recommend to friends and family.
werner van antwerpen, August 2010: Thanks me and my whole family enjoyed the Oxford experience!
Kit Farrow, August 2010: An excellent visit, the only criticism being that one of the beds was not very comfortable. Much enjoyed being part of the college.
Michelle Walters, August 2010: Very comfortable and quiet room, great location, very friendly helpful staff, had best sleep ever there!!! The oxford handbook was a great bonus too!
Debora Heard, August 2010: I had a very nice stay, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. My only comment is that I wasn't informed that the accommodations were co-ed and didn't find out until two young men walked in to use the bathroom in their underwear while I was at the sink brushing my teeth. I think they were just as surprised as I was and, from that point on, we all made a conscious effort to close the doors to bathroom to alert others that there was someone in the bathroom or the shower. I would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it to others.
Rebecca Wong, August 2010: Very happy with the overall experience, especially since I got to explore the college grounds for free and outside tour hours. :)
Henri Hansen, August 2010: I would've put "excellent" on service, I am not sure if it was a service issue, but I couldn't get proper reception for wifi in the room. It worked elsewhere. The people I dealt with and the room cleaning and all that, were excellent.
Jakob Knab, August 2010: It would have been perfect, if there had been no noise from High Street...
bouhouch hana, July 2010: all people re very nice!!!
Sonya Swafford, July 2010: Great place to sleep and share a very clean shower with excellent water pressure and hot water. The beds were clean and comfortable with very soft sheets and comforters and the check in staff were helpful and friendly. Also, small amenities in the room such as a coffee pot and cookies, tea, coffee, etc., were neat. Great location and seemed very safe. Excellent value for the money.
M. den Brok - van der Laan, July 2010: We've enjoyed our stay tremendously. Thank you so much. The porter was most helpfull and kind.
Charlotte Christensen, July 2010: All the staff was marvelous
Audrey Truschke, July 2010: Rooms are clean and well-maintained. The shared bathrooms are what you would expect of dorm bathrooms, a bit grimmy around the edges, but generally clean. Overall, I had a very pleasant stay.
Sarah Jones, July 2010: It was lovely! I stayed in the separate block and found all the staff lovely and helpful. Thanks so much!
Nuno Ryberg, July 2010: very nice people serving, gorgeous surroundings, the only neg remarque is the water flow in the shower on the 5 floor. I understand that the pressure is low, but just a little more water, please.
thanks for a nice stay
Andrew Price, July 2010: Yes very good, would like to stay again and if you have more rooms in other colleges at £35 a night then please arrange. Cheapness of room a big selling point for me
Meagan B Timney, July 2010: I loved my stay in Oxford, thanks!
Sarah Kift, July 2010: Great staff, and a safe and comfortable environment. Will book again and recommend to friends.
Mahreen Nabi, July 2010: the room was comfortable, clean and the service was superb, someone came and made the bed every day and the oxford guide book left on the desk was a treasure! The check in staff/porter was very helpful and a young boy even helped me with my bags to my room! --Washroom was clean during the week but terribly messy and smelly on the weekend - Friday night, a lot of partying visiting students and A LOT of noise! but again, during the week it was wonderfully quiet and serene
Marcus Sangster, July 2010: Basic accommodation at a basic price. Good large room with plenty of storage space, a desk for working and internet access.