Somerville College, Oxford

Affordable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a central Oxford College.

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  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • 21st century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free public car parking (nearby)
  • Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 18
  • B&B
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • No luggage storage
  • 24 hour security
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Central heating
  • Bring your own travel cot

Food and Drinks

  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Golf course (a short drive)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Somerville College offers well appointed double & single ensuite accommodation  as well as standard accommodation with shared facilities to suit most budgets. All bedrooms are provided with bed linen, towels, toiletries and hospitality trays and provide a clean and comfortable place to stay.

Somerville College offers an oasis of tranquillity on the edge of the bustling city centre. Situated on the north side of Oxford, Somerville is only a 10 minute stroll from the city centre and is an ideal base from which to explore.

Parking - Please note Somerville has no car parking facilities.

Housekeeping - Rooms are serviced on a daily basis by college scouts.

Laundry - Unfortunately laundry facilities are not available to B & B guests.

Hen & Stag Parties are not permitted out of respect for our other guests.


History to the present day

Somerville College was founded in 1879, in response to a growing demand to provide an Oxford education for women. Its founders named the College in honour of the Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville (1780-1872), and the Somerville family arms and motto (the notoriously untranslatable "Donec rursus impleat orbem") were adopted.  

The choice of name was significant. The College’s founders admired Mary Somerville both as a remarkable scholar, and for her religious and political views. She was a self-taught science writer, wife, mother of 5 children. In 1868, was the first person to sign John Stuart Mill’s petition to Parliament in support of women’s suffrage. Having been denied formal educational opportunities herself, she was a fervent advocate of access to education for other women.

Somerville alumnae have achieved an impressive number of “firsts”  - the first, and only, British woman to win a Nobel prize in science(Dorothy Hodgkin); the highest ranking female officer of her time in the British intelligence services (the Queen of Spies, Daphne Park);  the first woman to lead the world’s largest democracy (Indira Gandhi); the first Indian woman barrister (Cornelia Sorabji) and the first woman Prime Minister of this country(Margaret Thatcher).

Countless others have forged path-breaking careers in academic life, politics, literature, science, law, business, education and the media.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast is only included in the room rate where stated.

(Breakfast is not included in Room Only Bookings).

Although this can be purchased (Cash only) at the student servery between 8am – 9.am (Mon to Fri only)

Breakfast when included is self-service, with a wide range of hot and cold food, available from 08.00 to 09.00 in the grand first floor Dining Hall which has views across the main quad. With Somerville being one of former women's colleges, the dining hall, which comfortably seats 200, has wooden chairs rather than benches on which to sit.

Grounds and gardens

The magnificent gardens are available for guests to enjoy and garden benches are provided for you to relax when the weather's suitable, and you are allowed to walk on the lawns.

Other facilities

Internet Access

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available using the cloud network

The Cloud is a 3rd party service and support for users is only available from the Cloud via http://www.thecloud.net/

(No telephone support is available from the Cloud).


All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities.

The Porters' Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Catering & Conference Manager., Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HD, United Kingdom

Check in: From 2.00pm         Check out: By 10.00am

On arrival please report to the Porter's Lodge to check in.


By Car: Unfortunately, Somerville does not have any parking on site which can be offered to conference delegates, guests, or visitors. There are park and ride facilities on the outskirts of the City and parking in St. Giles is on a pay and display basis.

To avoid the city centre, come into Oxford via the A40 northern ring road and take the A4144 Woodstock Road south for about two miles.  Somerville is on the right just before you reach the city centre and the merge onto St Giles.

By Train: The city is around 1 hour's journey from London Paddington and Birmingham New Street stations. There is also easy access from most other directions. Oxford railway station is approximately 15 minutes' walk from Somerville. There is a taxi rank at the station.

By Coach: Gloucester Green coach station is approximately 10 minutes' walk from the College. There is a taxi rank in Gloucester Green market square, next to the coach station.

By Air: Heathrow and Gatwick airport.

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

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Customer reviews

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I was very impressed with the facilities. It had everything I needed. The location was also perfect. I will be back! Thank you.
Mrs Ingrid T

Clean comfortable, good Wifi, and excellent situation to walk into central Oxford
Mr Charles D

Nice room, good value.
Mr David G

Staff in the College lodge were particularly helpful.
Ms Moira B

A friendly and courteous welcome!
Mrs Louisa H

Very convenient location and welcoming.
Mrs Normande C

Great fun staying in an Oxford college. I went for the cheapest room which was basic but very clean. Shared bathroom between 5 rooms (bath only, no shower). Breakfast available within a I hour window, 8am-9am. Overall well worth it for the money but quite basic.
Ms pia M

Absolutely perfect. Thank you for asking.
Mr francois M

Great location and very friendly porters.
Mrs Joanne B

Very welcoming, great room. Breakfast could have been served until a little later.
Miss Philippa W

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