University College, Oxford

The oldest and one of the biggest of the thirty-six colleges of Oxford University, situated on the High St.

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The Main Quad


  • 17th century buildings
  • 18th century buildings
  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • B&B
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Outdoor terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Squash court
  • Linen included
  • Towels included

Food and Drinks

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

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Gardens
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

University College is the oldest of the thirty-six colleges of Oxford University. It is located at the centre of the city, minutes away from shops, restaurants, pubs, parks, museums, theatres and the river. The historic buildings have been modernised for 21st century needs and there are several peaceful courtyards and gardens.

The study rooms available, occupied in term time and vacation periods by our students, are equipped with bed linen, towels and a hospitality tray with tea and coffee
making facilities including a small refrigerator and will be serviced daily by the friendly scouts. All rooms are fitted with a hand basin and there are showers and toilets in each staircase or block.

We regret that our rooms are unsuitable for those with mobility problems.


History to the present day

University College (in full, the Master and Fellows of the College of the Great Hall of the University of Oxford, colloquially referred as Univ)
owes its origins to William of Durham, who died in 1249. A legend grew up in the 1380’s that Univ was really founded even earlier, by King Alfred in 872. Nowadays, however, William of Durham is accepted as Univ’s true founder, but that still gives University College a claim to be the oldest college in Oxford or Cambridge.

As Univ slowly grew in size and wealth, work began in 1634 to replace its medieval buildings with a new Front Quad, paid for with gifts from many Old Members. Although half the new Quad was finished by 1640, it took almost thirty years to complete the remainder, because of the Civil War. The College was luckier with its other main quadrangle, Radcliffe Quad, built in only three years, 1716-1719, thanks to a bequest from one Old Member, John Radcliffe, whose statue can be seen there.

Univ is amongst the largest colleges in terms of population: 360 undergraduates and in excess of 200 graduates as well as The Master and the Fellows. Amongst our most known Alumini you’ll find: Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Beveridge, John Radcliffe, Clement Attlee, Prof. Stephen Hawking, Harold Wilson, Bob Hawke, Bill Clinton, C. S. Lewis and many many more.

Food and Drinks

Rooms are offered with breakfast included in the price.

Breakfast is self service and eaten in the Great Hall of the College.  A unique experience.

Times for Breakfast:  Monday - Saturday  8am - 9am, Sundays 9am - 10am

Grounds and gardens

Considering the central location, Univ’s quiet courtyards and gardens are perfect to relax, read a book or simply enjoy the weather when suitable.

Other facilities

Guests staying at the College are most welcome to visit the Shelley Memorial and the Chapel. 

The Shelley Memorial houses a statue by Edward Onslow Ford of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a former member of the college, who was expelled for writing The Necessity of Atheism.  The Chapel was begun in 1640 and consecrated in 1666, with fine Van Linge's stained glass windows and Ante Chapel screen. In 1862 George Gilbert Scott designed a new roof in the Gothic style, a new East window and a stone reredos at the East End.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: University College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BH, United Kingdom

Check In: From 12 noon Check Out: By 10am

On arrival you need to report to the Porter’s Lodge located in the main entrance. If your arrival time is before noon you might leave your bags safely with the porters until the room becomes available. There is a porter on duty 24 hours a day.

University College is located on the south side of the High St, a few yards from the Queens Lane bus stops, and a 10-15 minute walk or a short taxi ride from the railway station.

We regret that parking is not available in college however Thornhill and Seacourt Park & Ride stop outside the college.

Guests are asked to respect college staff and property bearing in mind that students and tutors live and work on site.

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 University College, Oxford

University College from the High Street Quad Double bedroom in Helens Court Courtyard in Helens Court logic lane single study bedroom Shelley Memorial Chapel Window The Library Radcliffe Quad View of the Quad from a window Main Quad Typical single ensuite room

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Friendly, and helpful welcome at Porter's Lodge, on arrival.
Dr Andrew Y

Great value for money and a lovely place to stay
Mr Edward B

Warm and hospitable staff run a friendly and helpful service in the rich historic atmosphere of one of the oldest Colleges in Oxford
Mr Francesco P

Very quiet and peaceful location
Mr David H

The College was very convenient to everything I needed to do in Oxford.
Prof Paul H

Location was ideal, particularly as there is a bus stop to and from the Park and Ride and for other buses - including the "London Tube" directly outside the college.
Mr michael B

A very enjoyable stay in a prestigious and historic college. Every part of my stay was excellent as was the booking service. I can thoroughly recommend the booking website and University College Oxford, and I will certainly be booking again.
Mr David E

Great service from staff
Mr Alastair W

University College is a super location as a base from which to explore Oxford. As with many if the colleges it has no parking, but some of the Park and Ride buses stop outside. The oldest college, it has beautiful grounds and buildings. We stayed in the newly refurbished Goodhart block - how things have improved since I was a student! Excellent breakfast in the Great Hall. Thoroughly recommend.
Mrs Sarah G

Lovely clean and comfortable rooms. Bed a little small for a couple . Breakfast brilliant. Overall a great stay. Very quiet.
Mrs Kate C

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