Mansfield College, Oxford

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Mansfield College

Mansfield College, Oxford

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


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


  • Free broadband access (wired)
  • Shared gardens
  • Children's highchairs
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Hair dryers
  • Elevator
  • Telephone
  • Central heating

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 College, one of the smallest of the University's colleges, is ideally situated in a quiet and leafy part of central Oxford.  

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

The accommodation consists of a choice between traditional student study bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities (singles and twins) or more modern, single en-suite rooms. All accommodation offered 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. All bedrooms have Wi Fi internet access. Hairdryers can be hired from the Porter's Lodge for a small fee.

The College opening hours are Sunday to Saturday between 7 a.m. and midnight.  The College can extend the opening hours to 1 a.m. for late arrivals providing guests have notified us in advance and also telephone before 11 p.m. on the day of arrival. The telephone number can be found on your booking confirmation receipt. Arrivals are not possible between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m.

The College offers a full English and continental breakfast in the College Crypt.

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 300 students and 70 staff, of which about 45 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 available daily in the College Crypt and are included in the price of all accommodation bookings. 

The College Crypt 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 is open for guests and offers a cafeteria style service for lunches and dinners. The Crypt Bar is open until 11 p.m. daily and visitors are welcome to enjoy their drinks in the Crypt Bar or alternatively they can be taken out onto 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, telephones and Wi Fi.  

Passwords are required for guests to have access to the internet and these are provided at the Porter's Lodge on request.

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

Hairdryers can be hired for a small fee from the Porter's Lodge.

Ironing boards are located on each staircase.

Arrival information and how to find us

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

Check In: From 2pm - 11 p.m.  Check Out: By 10am.

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. 

An information sheet car parking in Oxford can be provided on request.

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Customer feedback

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, 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

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

, 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

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

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

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

, 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

, 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

, 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

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

, 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

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

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

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

, 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

, 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

, 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

, 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

, 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

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

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

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

, 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

, 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

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

Mrs Janice Mitchell, 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 Hawkins, September 2013: Very comfortable. Mansfield College staff very friendly. 5/5

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

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

Mr Dominic Crilly, 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 Hosn, 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 WILSON, 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 marquaye, August 2013: Would certainly book rooms at Mansfield College next time we are in Oxford. 4/5

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

Prof Jacqueline deVries, 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 Shah, 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 Suharchuk, 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 Songco, April 2013: very pleasant gentleman manning the front desk, and great breakfast staff. thank you for a lovely stay. 5/5

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

Ms Eluned Evans, 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 Fitzpatrick, 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 Lalor, 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 Francis, 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 Pedde, 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 Hes - Burki, October 2012: Beautiful place, great location and lovely breakfast and kind people! 5/5

Dr Ifan O G Davies, 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 Melsom, September 2012: Mansfield College is a beautiful, historic place to stay and the service is excellent! 5/5

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

Miss Lindsey Purchall, 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 Lohaus, March 2012: Great stay, will be back! 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mrs shahsirekha sundaram, 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 Samaras, 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 Shmygol, September 2010: The room was good, very clean and tidy, with beautiful views. 4/5

Dr Manjula Devi M.J., 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 zych, September 2010: very good standard. nice & helpfull staff. excellent breakfast. 5/5

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Jansen, 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. Heuvel, 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 Griffiths, August 2009: Very pleasant - thank you. 4/5

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

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

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