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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The Main Lawn


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


  • 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 and towels 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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Very clean and comfortable accommodation. The gardens were amazing at the College and a credit to the maintenance staff. The staff at the College Porters Lodge were also very helpful in ordering a taxi for an event my colleagues and I were attending in the evening in Oxford. Local knowledge very welcome when not from the area. Overall excellent accommodation and would not hesitate to book again in the future.
Mrs Cheryl W

I very much enjoyed the mid-nineteenth century architectural style of St. Hugh's College and the quieter ambience of being a good walk from the centre of Oxford.
Mr Rodger S

Porter was extremely helpful and extremely professional, deserves recognition.
Mr Robert E

To spend a night on the Oxford University campus was a real treat. Not only was experience fun but it was a chance to live a part of history.
Mr Ronald K

Very nice and quiet place with friendly environment. And the prices is very nice and valued.
Dr Guifang H

It was all very easy to arrange and I was impressed with the room and the breakfast.
Ms Nazia H

I had a really enjoyable few days in Oxford and my stay at St. Hugh's College was very comfortable, relaxing and pleasant. Both the college buildings and the gardens were beautiful and the breakfasts each morning couldn't be better - so much to choose from and very good quality food. The stay at St.Hugh's was very good value for the money and I would certainly like to stay there again on any possible future visit to Oxford. I gave the standard of room and facilities good rather than excellent only because the bathroom and WC were down the corridor and not in the room. But they were as good as could be expected and the bed was comfortable to sleep in so it was fine for me ! A delightful experience overall.
Mr Richard G

The room I was in was huge. Very spacious. Lots of wardrobe space. Nice hospitality tray on the desk.
Miss Jennifer N

Great to stay at an actual Oxford college, much nicer than a bland chain. The grounds were lovely, the porters helpful and the brekky good. The facility to park on site was especially useful as the college is only a 10 minute walk from downtown Oxford. The room itself was clean & modern, a bit basic (no telly or phone) but was perfectly OK in a "couldn't swing a cat" kind of way. I will definitely look to stay at St. Hugh's again on my next trip to Oxford.
Mr Philip H

I have stayed at wonderful hotels in London, Paris and New York and this was my first experience with taking a room in a college and I must say, I enjoyed it more than the best hotels! It was truly a vacation- time for quiet reflection the opportunity to 'unplug' from busy technical life to once again connect with solitude and beauty! Thank you so much!
Ms Roxanne K

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