Mansfield College, Oxford

Mansfield College, one of the smallest, dates from 1886 and is situated in a quiet and leafy part of central Oxford

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Mansfield College


  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Children welcome
  • Historic Property
  • Lifts


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Internet access for a charge
  • Shared gardens
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Children's highchairs
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Hair dryers
  • Elevator
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Telephone
  • Central heating
  • Bring your own travel cot

Food and Drinks

  • Restaurant
  • Tea room
  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Lunch available (at additional cost)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Bar

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Gardens
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Mansfield is one of the smallest of the 38 University of Oxford colleges and is ideally located in a quiet and leafy part of central Oxford close to the University Parks, Science area and 5 minutes walk from the City centre. 

The College is pleased to offer accommodation in student bedrooms during the vacation periods. 

The accommodation choice consists of traditional student study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities (singles and twins) or  modern, single ensuite rooms.  All accommodation is located on the main College site.

There are no parking facilities available at the College.

All rooms are fully equipped with bed linen, towels and tea and coffee making facilities. Wi Fi internet access is free for the first four hours followed by a small on-line fee after that. Hairdryers can be hired from the Porter's Lodge.

College opening hours are 7.00am to midnight daily.  The College can extend the opening hours to 1.00am for late arrivals providing guests have notified the College in advance and also telephoned before 11.00pm on the day of arrival. The telephone number can be found on your booking confirmation receipt.  Arrivals are not possible between 1.00am and 7.00am

The College provides a full English and continental breakfast.

Guests are very welcome to use the College Crypt Cafeteria and Bar throughout their stay.

We look forward to welcoming you and your guests to Mansfield.

History to the present day

The College transferred to Oxford from Birmingham in 1886 and became a Free Church centre for the study of theology, preparing students from any dissenting denomination for the ministry.

Building work began on the current college site, which was purchased from Merton College in October 1886 and was completed at a cost of £40,000 in October 1889.  The original Gothic style buildings are regarded as amongst the finest work of the prominent Victorian Architect Basil Champneys.

Mansfield admitted its first female student, Constance Todd, who later became the first woman to be ordained to the Christian ministry in Britain in 1913.

Mansfield College became a Permanent Private Hall in 1955 and received a Royal Charter in 1995, becoming a full college of the University of Oxford.

The College is a small, friendly college with about 400 students and 70 staff, some of which belong to the Senior Common Room.  It has a reputation within and beyond Oxford of encouraging applications from the state sector and in particular from students in Further Education.

Food and Drinks

Full English and continental breakfasts are included in the accommodation booking.

The College Crypt Cafeteria is open for breakfast between 7.45-8.45am Monday - Saturday and 8.15-9.15am on Sundays. 

Special dietary requirements can be catered for on request.

The College Crypt Cafeteria and Bar are open 7 days a week.  Guests can purchase coffees, pastries, cakes and snacks at any time between 09.00 a.m. and 11 p.m. daily. 

Visitors purchasing drinks from the bar are welcome to drink them in the Crypt or they can take them outside to enjoy on the Terrace.

Grounds and gardens

Visitors are welcome to use the Chapel lawn where they can enjoy the view of the College and soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful Victorian buildings. 

Benches are situated at various locations around the quadrangle for visitors comfort.

Other facilities

All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities and Wi Fi access.   Wi Fi is free for the first four hours of daily use, with a small, on-line fee payable after that.

Laundry facilities are available at the College.  Tokens for the machines and washing powder tablets can be purchased from the Porter's Lodge if required.

Hairdryers can be hired from the Porter's Lodge.

Ironing boards and irons are located on each staircase for guest use.

Luggage can be stored at the Porter's Lodge for early arrivals or late departures.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Mansfield College, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TF, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm - 11.00pm.  Check Out: By 10.00am.

All guests are requested to report to the Porters' Lodge on arrival. In special circumstances it may be possible for you to arrive after midnight and before 1 a.m. but you will need to contact the College (via the Additional Information box on the booking form) to agree this on an individual basis.  It is also essential that you telephone the Porter's Lodge; the number can be found on your booking confirmation receipt. Please call before 11 p.m. that day to confirm you will be arriving by 1 a.m.  The College cannot accept arrivals between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The College is located only a few minutes walk from Oxford City Centre. 

Gloucester Green Coach/Bus Station and Oxford Railway Station are only a short walk or taxi ride away. 

Luggage can be stored at the College should you arrive before your accommodation is ready. 

Please Note: There are no parking facilities available at the College but we can provide an information sheet on parking in Oxford on request.

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 Mansfield College, Oxford

Standard Twin The Crypt Cafeteria The Crypt Bar Standard Single Chapel Entrance Chapel Interior Library Interior Garden Building Mansfield in Winter Lecture Theatre College Memorabilia Mansfield at Night

Customer feedback

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, December 2016: Excellent value for money, conveniently located. The porter was exceptionally helpful and efficient and it makes a real difference when arriving on a cold wet night to have someone like this rather than the faceless corporate experience of most hotels 5/5

, September 2016: Lovely room overlooking the garden and an excellent breakfast. The college is ideally placed for central Oxford and I would certainly stay again. 5/5

, August 2016: Totally satisfied, very positive experience. 5/5

, August 2016: Very helpful porters. 5/5

, August 2016: Very friendly and helpful porters. It was great to be close to Oxford city centre without being in the middle of the high density tourist areas. Would come again. 5/5

, March 2016: Quiet room, very clean. Great breakfast!! 5/5

, December 2015: It was a good thing there was hop on hop off bus just outside on the main road. There was nothing much to do especially with kids around. 3/5

, September 2015: Unique experience, enjoyed our stay & v central 4/5

, September 2015: The only slight down side was that the kettle didn't fit the sink, making it very difficult to actually fill the kettle. But that is just a minor gripe as overall I thoroughly enjoyed my stay, very relaxing amidst a hectic schedule. Not far from amenities. Thank you so much! I will come again and soon I hope. 5/5

, September 2015: A lovely place to stay in Central Oxford - a little more expensive than other colleges. 4/5

, August 2015: Great value for money. Delightful. 5/5

, August 2015: the staff were faultless- the porters lodge in particular were fabulously helpful- so a big thank you 5/5

, August 2015: 4/5

, July 2015: Six of us stayed at Mansfield College for a weekend and we really loved it. The porter was incredibly friendly and helpful. The shower was great and the breakfast was amazing. Would definitely go back. Thank you. 5/5

, July 2015: A small modern room but clean and fine. A reasonable breakfast. 4/5

, July 2015: Good location, excellent breakfast! Really enjoyed our stay at Mansfield College. Staff were helpful, and room and toilets were clean. Would definitely stay again! 4/5

, July 2015: Good location within walking distance to town. Nice and clean rooms. Very nice experience. Especially nice to have breakfast in the chapel. On the day to leave the college, it was raining. Guest were queuing outside the porter's lodge to check out. I wondering if this can be somehow avoided / improved, for example, umbrellas maybe made available to the guests? 5/5

, July 2015: Everything was great, the only problem has been the Wi-Fi connection which kept getting disconnected every few minutes. 5/5

, July 2015: Overall accommodation was pleasant enough; the extractor fan in the bathroom was extremely noisy however and the internet connection somewhat slow 4/5

, July 2015: pleasantly surprised 4/5

, July 2015: Very nice and peaceful atmosphere. Clean ++++ 4/5

, July 2015: The day porter was excellent - he helped me to fix the lock on my case. Mansfield does not have the resources of the larger colleges, nevertheless they did a good job. It's an ideal college for peace and quiet at this time of year. 4/5

, July 2015: Thanks to the porter 4/5

, July 2015: Very good 5/5

, June 2015: Did not actually have breakfast (but this survey doesn't let me give a "don't know" answer.) However, it's the second time I've booked a room at Mansfield, and it's now my "go to" when booking in Oxford. 4/5

Miss Maria chiara R, June 2015: fantastic real harry potter experience 4/5

Ms Gwyneth A, April 2015: Very pleasant atmosphere and very pleasant stay. I shall have no problem recommending this to friends if htey want somewhere to stay in Oxford 5/5

Dr Miriam C, April 2015: clean, quiet and lovely environment. Breakfast is excellent. We would like to book again if we visit Oxford again. 5/5

Prof simeon M, April 2015: The atmosphere was very conducive to academic work-i was quiet and peaceful. I really enjoyed my stay at Mansfield and will come again! i will always recommend it to colleagues. 5/5

Mr Rhett B, April 2015: I'll stay here again if I have another opportunity 5/5

Dr Peter U, April 2015: Very nice room; I also liked that it was really quiet. The only downsides were that the bathroom was on another floor and that breakfast closed already at 8:45. 4/5

Prof Joydeep B, March 2015: I liked the fact that you almost get two separate rooms. The bed may not be the ideal for someone with back issues - otherwise a very pleasant experience overall. I will surely stay there again. 5/5

Mr Iordan G, March 2015: I had a great stay! 5/5

Prof David H, January 2015: The students very much enjoyed staying in the college, the porters were very helpful, and my room was excellent. We will be back next year. David Hay 5/5

Mrs Karen F, December 2014: Great location. Wonderful experience. 4/5

Miss Sarah E, December 2014: Really impressed and will highly recommend to friends. Lovely experience. Breakfast was excellent. 5/5

Mrs Maureen P, October 2014: Ideal central accommodation, comfortable and excellent value for money 5/5

Dr Andrew B, October 2014: I had an excellent experience at Mansfield College. The Porters were very friendly and helpful. The location was great. The breakfasts were very nice. The only negative would be that some noise could be heard in the corridors and outside the porters' lodge. I would definitely return though. 5/5

Miss Judith L, October 2014: It was a safe and lovely place to stay. Such a beautiful location. Breakfast was always delicious and everyone I met was so lovely and helpful. 5/5

Dr Nicola G, September 2014: I was impressed by the friendly welcome that I received from the porters and staff at the college. It made the visit a pleasurable experience and I would recommend this accommodation to others looking to stay in Oxford for a meeting. 5/5

Mr Chen L, September 2014: I like the building for breakfast. Very impressive. 4/5

Dr Fiona Ann P, September 2014: Always love my stay at Mansfield College. Wonderful friendly staff, beautiful setting, and lovely cat!! I look forward to my visit every year. Thank you. 5/5

Mrs JANICE C, August 2014: Basic, but clean and comfortable accommodation in beautiful surroundings. Excellent breakfast served by attentive staff. Would stay again. 4/5

Ms Julianne W, August 2014: The staff were amazing - so friendly and accommodating. Will stay here again. 5/5

Mrs Heather W, July 2014: All very good but bed too short!However I am six foot tall! 4/5

Ms Letitia P, July 2014: The porters were extremely cordial and helped me with directions, calling for a cab for my departure, and generally making me feel welcome. I also watched some World Cup matches in the University Center and met some friendly people. I think having access to that when you are a single traveler and/or looking for nearby snacks or a drink is a very nice asset for your accommodations. The breakfast arrangements were lovely in the temporary location and I met several people who were there for a conference. The food selection and service were excellent. 5/5

Ms lynne O, July 2014: Many people staying at college were there for conferences. They did not know that they could stay aaas independent travellers. This is a marketing opportunity. 5/5

Mrs Susie D, July 2014: I had a lovely overnight stay at this college. The room was simple but clean and well-presented. The two porters whom I met during check-in and check-out were both extremely courteous and helpful, arranging a taxi for me when it was time to leave. I recently stayed in another college close to Cornmarket, and having found it very hard to sleep through the loud street noise there, I greatly appreciated the peace and quiet of Mansfield's location. Notwithstanding the building works on site, everything was managed efficiently, including breakfast in the chapel, and I would definitely recommend staying here. 4/5

Miss Christine B, July 2014: Delightful surroundings in which to stay. Although I understand that Mansfield is a relatively new college, it nevertheless felt pleasantly traditional. It was also convenient for walking into central Oxford. 4/5

Mrs GAIE B, July 2014: overall stay was superb - minor grumble, the room door, bathroom door and cupboard door all squeaked - a wee drop of WD40 wouldn't go amiss. The breakfast was top-notch. 5/5

Mr Matteo C, July 2014: I very much enjoyed ma stay Au revoir 5/5

Mr Anthony O, April 2014: The staff were exemplary particularly the Porters. 5/5

Dr emmanuel h. T, April 2014: Excellent reception from the head&deputy porters.the general information provided was much appreciated. Breakfast staff were curteous and attentive. 5/5

Dr Mark B, April 2014: At the end of the day, it is still a functional student accomodation rather than a swish hotel. I DID book the room on this basis and the accomodation were perfectly fine for my purposes. Very comfortable stay and lovely College grounds. I would like to emphasize the efficiency and friendliness of the Breakfast staff and even more so from the Porters during my stay. I would like to add a couple of points: 1. I appreciate that the College is an historic site, as such I fully anticipated that scaffolding and workmen would be all around as a necessity. I did not have any issues with noise at all - I know that this may have been more of a disappointment for other visitors - but I was glad to see the ongoing preservation. 2. There was a notice stating that towels etc would not be changed everyday unless left in the sink, yet my were changed most days when I left them on the railings. I know that some people would like them changed everyday, but from an environmental perspective I would have been happy to reuse mine. Similarly, for the shower gels/shampoos, I would have been happy to use up the old tubes first rather than them be changed daily and go to waste. As a suggestion, perhaps place new ones and leave the old ones as well - it will be obvious if the visitor will finish any open tubes. These observations are not criticisms, as they actually highlight greater attention to guest requirements, but from a cost and eco-friendly viewpoint I thought I would raise these. It was a very enjoyable stay, made more pleasant by your staff - and a little sunshine. Thank you. Mark Bond 5/5

Miss Charlotte E, March 2014: Anyone wishing to stay near the School of Law, will find this to be the most convenient location. The rooms are clean and the facilities good, notwithstanding the age of the buildings. 4/5

Mr Andy B, March 2014: Breakfast was awesome. The porter was extremely helpful. One bed had a slope to it and the other was quite short and narrow. 6ft tall lads found their feet stuck out of the end of the bed. Other than the beds it was a lovely place to stay and the trip was enjoyed. 3/5

Dr Isabelle W, March 2014: Charming small double bedroom and bright, clean en suite. Definitely with it! Breakfast was good value. 5/5

Mrs Janice M, January 2014: Overall, a positive experience. Notably, the porter whose welcome and instructions were excellent. However, I felt the price was a little high, given the standard of accomodation. 4/5

Mr James H, September 2013: Very comfortable. Mansfield College staff very friendly. 5/5

Miss Maddy W, September 2013: Excellent, would highly recommend! Great room, great breakfast, friendly service and central location. 5/5

Mr Daniel T, September 2013: + Good price-performance ratio + Excellent WiFi speed + Quiet 4/5

Mr Dominic C, August 2013: A great place for a family holiday. The college porters were really pleasant and helpful, even letting us use a college croquet set. Erasmus the college cat made us especially welcome. An interesting development since last time is a sculpture (one of our party identified it as by Anthony Gormley; perhaps of St Peter Crucified?). Not to anyone's taste (see it soon, surely it won't last), but certainly a talking point. Well done Mansfield, many thanks. 4/5

Miss Dalia H, August 2013: The porters and cleaning staff were very nice and gracious. We stayed there for 3 weeks and got the full dose of university life, it was very very unforgettable. We would love to go there again! 5/5

Mr JOHN W, August 2013: E xcellent stay, breakfast was exceptionally good; as was the helpfulness of the staff- porters and dining room. John Wilson 5/5

Mr kenneth M, August 2013: Would certainly book rooms at Mansfield College next time we are in Oxford. 4/5

Mr Rob D, August 2013: People are nice there and the view from the window is very good. 5/5

Prof Jacqueline D, July 2013: I was so pleased to find this online booking service for the Oxford colleges, and even more pleased with the overall experience at Mansfield. I highly recommend it! 5/5

Mr Rahul S, July 2013: Mansfield is perfectly located for a trip to Oxford - in the heart of the university but still some distance from the busy high street and Cornmarket area. Absolutely great architecture and a great room (if you imagine that this is after all student accommodation). Clean and spotless - I'd definitely stay here again. 5/5

Ms Margarita S, April 2013: Student accommodation, so don't expect any luxuries, but the room was spotlessly clean and had all necessary facilities including a small fridge and tea-making kit. The porter was extremely helpful and nice. Great value for money for central Oxford. 4/5

Ms Jocelyn S, April 2013: very pleasant gentleman manning the front desk, and great breakfast staff. thank you for a lovely stay. 5/5

Ms Wendy P, April 2013: Porters were exteemely helpful and friendly. 4/5

Ms Eluned E, April 2013: I had a marvellous time - although the two fire alarms on the same day were a bit disconcerting (one while I was in the shower and the other soon after I'd fallen asleep!). I would certainly be happy to come to Mansfield College again. The Porters were extremely helpful and the cleaning and waiting staff were delightful as well as efficient. 4/5

Mrs Gillian F, April 2013: Just on the online booking I didn't find it obvious as to how to get to the actual booking page. Overall I had a wonderful few days and all the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful 4/5

Mr Kevin L, April 2013: The accommodation is as one would expect for student rooms - perfectly adequate and comfortable. The lack of toilet en suite will not suit everybody. All the staff we met were obliging and very friendly. The star attraction is the location, and the 'olde worlde' quad environment, which was delightful. Mansfield is an easy walk to a range of restaurants and pubs. Would recommend and I hope to stay again. 4/5

Mrs Laura F, March 2013: We enjoyed a delightful stay at Mansfield College - it's central location is ideal for visiting both the University and the city of Oxford. The porters were friendly and helpful and breakfast was excellent .I am sure we will stay here again.Our French exchange student said she felt like Harry Potter whilst eating breakfast in the chapel ! 5/5

Mr Jeff P, November 2012: My few days in Mansfield College were a great experience. The rooms were standard student fare but adequate, clean and well maintained. The service was exemplary. From room cleaning to dining room as well as the porters, the staff at the college were wonderful, helpful and accommodating. I look forward to my next stay at the college soon. 4/5

Mrs Margareth H, October 2012: Beautiful place, great location and lovely breakfast and kind people! 5/5

Dr Ifan O G D, October 2012: Despite being a student at Jesus in the 1980s I have never previously visited Mansfield but I must say this was a most enjoyable experience. The porter was welcoming and patiently gave all the necessary information. The room was spotlessly clean, comfortable, and peaceful. Mansfield breakfasts are rumoured to be "the best in Oxford" and it would be hard not to agree! The food was excellent and the service slick. 5/5

Mr Magnus M, September 2012: Mansfield College is a beautiful, historic place to stay and the service is excellent! 5/5

Mr maite C, August 2012: wonderfull experience being here ,incredible place to stay.thank you 4/5

Miss Lindsey P, March 2012: The room was slightly above what you would expect from student accommodation: spacious, en suite, with a small fridge and a lovely view over the garden, although with the usual 'firm' bed! Very quiet location yet less than 10 minutes' walk from the town centre. Both in the Porter's Lodge and the Dining Room we received a friendly welcome and helpful service. I would definitely recommend Mansfield College. 4/5

Mr Stefan L, March 2012: Great stay, will be back! 5/5

Mr Stephen D, September 2011: Very comfortable stay, impressed by porters lodge, extremely helpful and friendly. The same goes for the dining room. 5/5

Mr Christopher S, September 2011: Cheerful and helpful porters in the Lodge, much better than many B & Bs 4/5

Mrs Maria S, August 2011: it gives a marvellous feeling of living at a college 4/5

Dr Thomas W, August 2011: a very good facility, easy to use website and the stay in the college was very good 4/5

Mrs Susan S, July 2011: This College is situated in a delightfully quiet part of Oxford. 5/5

Other Anna M, July 2011: Very nice experience. Would highly recommend. 5/5

Mrs shahsirekha S, July 2011: what a wonderful college and such a beautiful setting. Great staff and so very kind and helpful . Everyone from the manager and the head porter to all the other staff at the porters lodge , the maids, and the breakfast staff are extremely courteous and helpful. 5/5

Katrina S, October 2010: A very nice stay and happy memories. I loved staying at Mansfield, so comfortable and convenient, and the breakfasts were top quality. 5/5

Maria S, September 2010: The room was good, very clean and tidy, with beautiful views. 4/5

Dr Manjula Devi M, September 2010: I came to oxford for the first time.I was really afraid of the silence there.But Mansfield gave me a totally safe and secured stay.The room was adequate with all facilities and people were very helpful.I really had a great stay there. 4/5

Miss malgorzata Z, September 2010: very good standard. nice & helpfull staff. excellent breakfast. 5/5

Lorna C, September 2010: In such a beautiful setting, how could one not be enchanted by the College. The room was functional, the bathroom was shared, but when you looked out the window and saw the lawns and buildings, none of this mattered. A beautiful place to be. 4/5

Georgina B P, July 2010: It was all a dream.... the surroundings, the service at the Porters' Lodge, the Dining Hall... Slight lowering of the mark for breakfast because we were served stewed CANNED tomatoes (in the middle of summer, a cardinal sin!) with the bacon and egg. Also, the price is a bit on the high side for this kind of accommodation - but not enough not to make me return happily again - if you fix the tomatoes! 5/5

Chris J, July 2010: I was very happy with the stay. It was nice to get a glimpse of an Oxford college! 5/5

Jesper W, July 2010: Very helpful staff 4/5

Josephine B, July 2010: Fantastic room and location. I will definitely use University Rooms again. Thank you. 5/5

Mrs J S, July 2010: Efficient booking. Mansfield college was welcoming and friendly. A pleasant experience. 5/5

Gustav G, July 2010: Overall a great experience, very friendly, my doughter and me enjoyed the stay 4/5

Laura J, March 2010: We enjoyed our stay and would use the service to book in a college again - it's great to be in the centre of Oxford and feel you're part of the university. The only thing we found was that although we'd given our estimated time of arrival, when we arrived (on time) there was no-one in the porters' lodge. Luckily, after waiting for 5-10 minutes, some students turned up who went to find the porter, otherwise I don't know how long we'd have had to wait. 4/5

H.C.v.d. H, August 2009: it was a very special experience, we love it. We feel like students again. Central in Oxford and the service was very good. I left my jacket en they send it to my home. Many thanks. Ineke van den heuvel from Holland 4/5

Richard G, August 2009: Very pleasant - thank you. 4/5

EDWARD C, April 2009: I had a very good stay. Thank you 5/5

Eduardo L, March 2009: Very kind staff and superb breakfast 4/5

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