Mansfield College, Oxford

Mansfield College, one of the smallest, dates from 1886 and is situated in a leafy part of central Oxford. We look forward to welcoming you to the College.

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Mansfield College


  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • 21st century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Children welcome
  • B&B
  • Historic Property


  • 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
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Central heating
  • Bicycle storage
  • 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 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 consists of traditional student study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities (singles and twins) and  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 collected from the Porter's Lodge if required.

The College Porter's Lodge is open 24 hours a day and late night / early morning arrivals are permitted with prior agreement.

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 and 22.00 daily. 

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

Grounds and gardens

Visitors are welcome to make use of the College benches situated around the quadrangle where they can enjoy views of the College and soak up the atmosphere of the beautiful Victorian buildings. 


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 are available 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. It is be possible for you to arrive after midnight and before 7 a.m. however you will need to contact the College (via the Additional Information box on the booking form) to agree this on an individual basis. 

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 plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % 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

More photos of Mansfield College, Oxford

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Customer reviews

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The porters were very welcoming and went out of their way to be helpful. I very much appreciate this.
Dr Sally G

excellent value for money in a central Oxford location. Some visitors might be put off by the lack of en suite facilities, but we weren't.
Mr Michael E

Everyone enjoyed the weekend..all staff extremely helpful and courteous
Mrs Constance S

Everything was excellent and it felt like a very safe location despite being tucked behind the bustle of the town main streets. Breakfast in the new bar area was very good, with lots of choice and very pleasant staff. I liked your porters too, they do a fantastic job. Next time I visit I will, however, bring a glass for my toothbrush.
Mrs Kerstin T

Fantastic place to stay; beautiful surroundings, great facilities and plenty of space. The staff could but have been more helpful and delightful. Mansfield College is perfectly situated to enjoy the best of Oxford a very short walk away. I can't thank the potters enough for making our stay so easy and pleasant. I had never even thought of student accommodation as an option before but I will certainly consider it again.
Miss Bridget S

Porter and all staff were amazing.
Mr Mark L

A warm welcome from the porters and the team at the breakfast room was Professional. Cleaning ladies very efficient as well. The mud causes by the work and the sourd did not affect our stay!
Mrs elodie C

The Mansfield is a beautiful college in the very centre of the city. The lodge welcomed us with extremely kindness as all the staff during our staying. The rooms are big and clean every day. We really enjoyed the English Breakfast they offer. I suggest this college to all the people who are looking for a cheap and beautiful place in Oxfor.
Miss Alessandra T

We had a great time. Service was excellent and the breakfast was humungeous. A really wonderful experience enjoyed by everybody.

Room was quiet, very clean and comfortable. Breakfast and bar was excellent with the staff particularly outstanding and friendly!
Mr Peter E

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