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 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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Excellent service and facilities
Miss Christine D

I shall certainly come again! Very friendly people, very nice surroundings!
Mr Daniel B

Clean and tidy room and an excellent breakfast.
Dr Mark C

Mansfield college staff were all excellent as was the food. The room was clean and comfortable Great location.
Mr Roger D

I had a wonderful time. I wish to stay here again and book through www.speedybooker.com
Dr Shilpi G

Breakfast, room and setting are all recommendable, porter and scouts were attentive and helpfull. I would love to come back again.
Mr Max W

Quiet location yet only a few minutes walk away from the centre of Oxford. ALL staff were friendly and welcoming - nothing seemed too much trouble.
Mrs Maxine H

Very friendly and relaxed. Clean room.
Mr Jonathan P

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
Mr Francis R

Lovely room overlooking the garden and an excellent breakfast. The college is ideally placed for central Oxford and I would certainly stay again.
Mrs Brenda H

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