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St Hugh's College, Oxford

A trailblazer in providing access to Oxford University, this Victorian college offers space, tranquillity and on-site parking – a rarity in Oxford.

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Summary

  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free car parking (on site)
  • No smoking
  • B&B

Facilities

  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Garden furniture
  • Games pitches
  • Luggage storage
  • 24 hour security
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Elevator
  • Central heating

Food and Drinks

  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Picnic area

Nearby recreations

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

St Hugh’s College offers bed and breakfast accommodation among listed buildings and beautiful gardens. The leafy North Oxford location is next door to the city’s trendiest quarter, Jericho, home to famous-name restaurants, cocktail bars and exclusive boutique shopping, and only a fifteen-minute walk or a short bus ride from Oxford’s museums, shops and sights, making St Hugh’s the perfect oasis of calm for students to live and study, and a great spring board for visitors to explorer the city.

Offering a range of rooms, all of which give a flavour of the true Oxford scholar’s university experience. Opt for Edwardian heritage with rooms in their Main Building, which are available full-time throughout the year. These have a traditional character, offer fabulous views over the college grounds, and just as students do, have bathroom facilities shared with one or two other rooms, a short walk along the corridor.

During University vacations, they can also offer the experience of their twenty-first century students, with ensuite rooms in their award-winning and environmentally sensitive Maplethorpe and Rachel Trickett Buildings, and their premium bed and breakfast suites in The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building, opened by His Royal Highness Prince William in 2014.  

The College accommodation gives you a fascinating and affordable alternative to faceless, modern hotels, rich in history, and at the heart of one of the world’s top universities. All rooms are furnished and appointed as a typical scholar’s study bedroom, with the extra provision for visitors of bed linen, towels, toiletries, and tea and coffee making facilities. 

History to the present day

Founded in 1886 by Elizabeth Wordsworth, the great niece of the poet. She named the College after one of his twelfth century predecessors, Hugh of Avalon, who was canonised in 1220, and in whose diocese Oxford had been. Elizabeth Wordsworth was a champion of women's education and her foundation of St Hugh’s enabled poorer women to gain an Oxford education, beginning in a house with just four students. Now more than a century later, over five hundred undergraduates and graduates attend the College. The first male undergraduates were admitted in 1986.

Tread in the footsteps of such alumni as Aung San Suu Kyi, Barbara Castle and current Prime Minister Theresa May, and share in the real Oxford scholar’s experience, by staying at St Hugh’s.

Food and Drinks

The price of your stay also includes their famously generous full English cooked breakfasts (or a lighter Continental alternative if you prefer), served in the traditional dining hall between 8.00am -10.00am, where you can sit among current students and soak up the atmosphere.

There is also a beautiful landscaped picnic area, on-site coffee shop offering Asian fusion cuisine, deluxe drinks and pastries.

Grounds and gardens

The college has a tranquil fourteen acres of self-contained grounds, maintained to a very high standard by a team of full-time gardeners. There are ample lawns, borders, mature and specimen ornamental trees, all popular with the local birds and squirrels, making St Hugh’s one of the loveliest hidden delights of Oxford. There is even a croquet lawn in the summer. There is plenty of outside seating available in scenic spots, so guests can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Other facilities

  • Free broadband Wi-Fi access
  • Extensive landscaped gardens
  • Disabled access via elevator
  • Linen, towels and hair dryers provided
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour security
  • Summer croquet lawn
  • Sports opportunities, such as a gym, golf course, tennis courts and a swimming pool are all a short drive away

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: St Hugh's College, Oxford, OX2 6LE, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm        Check Out: By 10.00am

Please arrive at the College Lodge on St Margaret’s Road, where our Porters will be happy to assist you. The College Porters are on duty twenty-four hours a day, and will be pleased to accommodate any accessibility needs, with some advance notice. Should you arrive before 2.00pm, it is generally possible to leave your bags at the Lodge, if your room is not yet ready. We kindly ask that you vacate your room by 10.00am on the day of departure.

The bus station and railway station are both located about 20 minutes’ walk from St Hugh’s.  Taxis are available from both stations and should take about 5 minutes to reach us (traffic depending).

There is also a very convenient Park and Ride at Peartree, for which the bus stops on the Woodstock Road (ask the driver for the St Margaret’s Road stop). 

Please mention in the additional information section of the booking form if you require parking.

For details on our policy on cancelling your accommodation, please see our Bed and Breakfast cancellation policy and details below. 

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 St Hugh's College, Oxford

The Maplethorpe Building Garden Continental Breakfast Garden view from a window . . The library and gardens in spring Garden path Aerial view of St Hugh's Magnolia Blossom English Breakfast

Customer reviews

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great porters and very helpful
Mr Chee How L

My room was very easy to book - the cost included everything = a comfortable en-suite room (with a modern bathroom with a good shower), a full breakfast, and parking nearby (which was a huge plus). And there was a lift to my floor. The grounds are peaceful and attractive. I arrived quite late in the evening and the lodge staff were most helpful. I had a delicious vegetarian meal at Jee Sahab on North Parade at 9.30pm. I plan to book a room here again in the future.
Ms Deborah J

This is our second visit to Oxford and staying in St Hughes College. It is a lovely place to stay, rooms are basic and clean, breakfast average. Staff very nice and helpful. Overall a most enjoyable stay and a lovely experience.
Mr James M

I enjoyed staying at St. Hugh's College for its comfortable and quiet accommodation, its splendid grounds and its helpful staff. Also the breakfast was excellent. The distance from Oxford is largely compensated for by the free access to the quiet gardens, the leafy environment and the beautiful walk towards the city through University Parks. An ideal combination of culture and nature.
Mr herman D

It was a perfect and hassle free stay. We will definately book again. Thank-you.
Mrs Carol M

I have stayed at St Hugh's College previously. I have always enjoyed staying at St Hugh's College
Dr Ross S

Porters Lodge staff & Catering staff were helpful & efficient & we thoroughly enjoyed our stay
Mr Graham B

Very courteous and helpful staff.
Mrs Maree U

The room and shared toilets are all really clean. Breakfast staffs are friendly, very pleased as they have got vegetarian breakfast options. Love the garden. Will definitely visit again.
Mr Mili C

Student style rooms will never be opulent. Rooms were very neat, clean, and comfortable, with the experience of being inside one of the colleges - everything we needed.
Dr Siobhan I

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