Wolfson College, Oxford
Single ensuites with shared lounge/kitchen, in a riverside setting of rural tranquillity, only a few minutes bus ride from Oxford city centre.
- 20th century buildings
- 21st century buildings
- Breakfast included
- Free car parking (on site)
- No smoking
- Minimum age 14
- No Official Rating
- Free broadband access
- Shared gardens
- Outdoor terrace
- Garden furniture
- Woodland walks
- Luggage storage
- 24 hour security
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Sitting room
- Security lockers
- Iron/ironing board
- Hair dryers
- Clothes dryer
- Washing machine
Food and Drinks
- Continental breakfast (included)
- English breakfast (included)
- Lunch available (at additional cost)
- Dinner available (at additional cost)
- Picnic area
- Electric oven
- Electric hob
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Tennis courts (walking distance)
- Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
- Theatre (walking distance)
Living beside the River Cherwell, Wolfson College has a relaxed, stress-free pace of life. Just five minutes by bus from Oxford City Centre, and within easy walking distance of Summertown's shops, restaurants, pubs, and sports centre, the riverside landscape and meadowland give a sense of being in rustic English countryside. The architecture is contemporary and award-winning, and Wolfson's multi-national post-graduate membership is in residence year-round, giving a vibrant communal ambiance.
All bedrooms are single ensuites, with pine desk, bookshelves, bedside cabinet and built-in wardrobe. Each "set" of 4 - 9 bedrooms shares a dining lounge with kitchen, making the accommodation highly suitable for groups. Though not equipped for self-catering as such, tea trays and a kettle are provided, along with fridge/freezer, cooker and microwave. Buildings are modern, immaculately clean and excellently maintained, with 24 hour access.
There is provision for restricted mobility including ground floor bedrooms with en-suite "wet room" style/flat level shower, disabled toilet (but no disabled showering facilities) opposite two of the bedrooms, and parking just outside. Please contact us prior to booking to discuss your specific requirements.
History to the present day
Wolfson is extremely youthful by Oxford standards. Founded in 1965, the College moved to its current site in 1974, and received its Royal Charter in 1981. From its origin, the College has benefitted from the extensive generosity of the Wolfson Foundation, a connection which continues today, with the striking Academic Wing opened last summer.
The College's democratic structure and egalitarian ethos originate from the inspirational leadership of its first President, Sir Isaiah Berlin. Most unusually, all College members share a single "Common Room" and there is no "High Table". Wolfson is also unusual in having no religious affiliation and therefore no Chapel. The College's original buildings were designed by renowned architects Powell and Moya, and as well as fitting perfectly into the landscape, embody the College's prevailing spirit in being on a human scale and accessible to all. Most notable are the dining Hall, with its natural wooden decor and striking pyramid ceiling, and the pristine Marble Stairs. Visitors should also take the opportunity to walk over the "rainbow arch" bridge traversing the Cherwell - Oxford's only Grade II listed bridge.
Food and Drinks
Breakfast in Hall is included in the B&B overnight rate (excepting specifically discounted "room only" bookings). There is a varying menu of cooked items on most mornings, with a seasonal cold spread of meats and cheeses on other days. A selection of cereals, croissants, toast, yogurts, fruits, and juice are provided daily. Hot drinks are served to table by attentive waiting staff. Please advise at time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements, and we will do our best to accommodate.
Guests are also welcome to join College members for lunch (weekdays and Saturdays) and supper (weekdays only). These meals are "canteen style", with a selection of hot dishes, self-service salad bar, cold drinks, wine, desserts and other supplementary items. Payment is in cash (only) at the till, and no prior booking is required.
And for groups looking for something truly special, the Conference Office is happy to provide details of our private dining menus; please enquire on booking.
Grounds and gardens
Wolfson is positioned within 13 acres of riverside landscape. The main lawn slopes down to the College's own harbour, separated by a narrow "island" from the flowing River Cherwell. A rainbow arch bridge crosses the river to two flood meadows. As designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the gardens are not treated with fertilisers or pesticides, and host a wide variety of native flora and fauna. On the far side of the river, guests can walk along the towpath, all the way to Oxford City Centre.
There is WIFI internet in all bedrooms, accessed through a password provided on check-in. The in-room telephone is connected to the University network, and also accepts incoming calls. Please note that there is NO access to television and we are not permitted to supply adaptors.
The College has a limited quantity of car parking on-site, subject to other demands. Please request parking when making your booking, and you be will contacted to confirm whether or not this can be provided for your stay. Please note that only cars can be accommodated; no vans, campers, caravans, etc. There are 3 spaces for disabled use.
Irons, hairdryers and clock radios can be borrowed from the Lodge, where cards can be purchased for use of a photocopier, printer and fax machine. Guests have use of the College laundrette, with detergent on sale at the Lodge. Also provided are a letterbox for Royal Mail and University Messenger services, pigeonhole for guests' post and sale of stamps. Luggage store is available before check-in/after check-out.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD, United Kingdom
Check-in: From 2pm Check-out: By 10am
Please enquire on booking for early check-in or late departure; we endeavour to accommodate requests where possible. Luggage store is available (at your own risk).
There is 24 hour access and Lodge staffing, however please advise if arriving after 11pm, so that the Night Porter can arrange his rounds accordingly.
The College is approximately 2 miles from Oxford Rail Station and the coach station at Gloucester Green. Taxi fare from either will cost around £6 - £8. Both of the local bus companies (numbers 2 and 7 buses) run a service from the rail station, and from outside Debenhams near the coach station, though not all buses run on Sundays. The single adult fare is approximately £2; ask the driver for the St Margaret's Road stop. From there, it is approximately a five minute walk to get to the College at the bottom of Linton Road. The Park and Ride bus serves the same stop, originating at the Water Eaton site, north of the ring road near Kidlington.
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Miss Jenny Ness, September 2013: Wonderful experience. Beautifully kept grounds. Exceptionally helpful staff. Fast wifi allowing you to watch tv on your mobile device. It was perfect for mine and my 2 colleagues one night stay. We essentially had a flat to ourselves for a incredibly cheap price (in comparison to B&B type accomadation within the centre of Oxford). Peerfect location - quiet, by the river, off Banbury road so - great links to the centre. Will definately stay here again.
Mr MOKDAD MOKDAD, September 2013: Great room and great environment.
Ms Helen Hales, September 2013: Thank you for a very easy booking experience and for offering a competitive rate compared to other Oxford college rooms.
Mrs Tahsina Smith, September 2013: I needed to stay in Oxford to finish off some experimental work for my PhD, and this place was perfect! It's close enough to town centre and therefore all the departments (a short bus trip away), the rooms are relatively specious and the service is fantastic! Will definitely be staying here again :)
Ms Hilary Lane MBE, August 2013: Quiet and spotless comfortable room with excellent shower room attached, breakfast in delightful lofty mid 20th century masterpiece, lovely gardens, access to the river and easy walking or bus into the city centre.
Miss Hye Ryung Kang, August 2013: Thank you for this wonderful service and accommodation at Wolfson College, Oxford. I enjoyed my stay at the college room, and overall experience was excellent.
Mr Deniz Bozyigit, August 2013: great place! highly recommended.
Ms Rachel Owens, August 2013: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Wolfson. Beautiful room, beautiful setting, very helpful porter.
Mr Danny Lawrence, August 2013: Wolfson was a great choice. Staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was very good. The college site is great, with comfortable modern ensuite rooms and parking!!!! ...such a bonus in Oxford.
Ms Barbara Fotheringham, August 2013: Excellent value. It was unfortunate that the information leaflet was not in my room but I found it the following day in the common room after after requesting WiFi access information at the reception desk.
Good location and will definitely consider Wolfson for my next visit to Oxford
Prof Katarzyna Lecky, August 2013: I thoroughly enjoyed my extended stay here. The booking staff are wonderfully accommodating; the college is situated in a gorgeous, bucolic setting at a remove from the madding crowds of the city center; and my room was a peaceful sanctuary to which it was a pleasure to retire after a full day of research. Wolfson is my new home away from home in Oxford.
Mr Edmond Chan, October 2012: Excellent value! Thanks!
Ms Jane Langton, October 2012: I was very happy with everything during my stay. I would have liked to have lingered longer over breakfast but had to rush off! Thank you to all the staff who were very kind and thoughtful.
Mrs Anna Hancock, August 2012: Stayed at Wolfson for 2 nights. Good standard of rooms (ensuite) plus large shared lounge/kitchen per 10 rooms, tea and coffee facilities. Conference office very helpful before arrival, would recommend as alternative accommodation option to anyone visiting oxford.
Ms Denise Shemuel, October 2011: Excellent in every respect. I would unhesitatingly recommend it and will use it again (subject to availability, which is during the summer) and wish I could have stayed longer. It is particularly suitable for anybody who needs to do writing or preparation during their visit because that site includes fast broadband.
The comfort and standard of the en-suite study bedroom was high, the cleanliness was exemplary and it was easy to sit down and get going.
The catering was of a very high standard - moreso than many of the hotels I've stayed in. The hours of opening fit well with anyone doing academic or related work, but there is no difficulty finding food nearby or in the city if those hours don't suit.
The porters were particularly knowledgable and helpful.
The beautiful gardens and riverside setting were an unexpected treat.
The booking system worked smoothly too, and I would use it again for other destinations.