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.

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Wolfson by River


  • 20th century buildings
  • 21st century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free car parking (on site)
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 11
  • B&B
  • Self Catering
  • No Official Rating


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Games pitches
  • Tennis court
  • Self-catering facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • 24 hour security
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Sitting room
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine

Food and Drinks

  • Self-catering facilities
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Lunch available (at additional cost)
  • Dinner available (at additional cost)
  • Picnic area
  • Electric oven
  • Electric hob
  • Microwave
  • Fridge
  • Freezer

Nearby recreations

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

Located 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 ensuite, with pine desk, bookshelves, bedside cabinet and built-in wardrobe. Each "set" of 4 - 9 bedrooms shares a dining area and kitchen, making the accommodation highly suitable for groups. Basic equipment is provided for self-catering, along with fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, kettle and replenished tea tray. Buildings are modern, immaculately clean and excellently maintained, with 24 hour access.

History to the present day

Founded in 1965 as “Iffley College”, benefactions from the Wolfson Foundation enabled the renamed College to admit graduate students from 1968. 

The College's buildings, designed by Powell and Moya, were completed in 1974 and are in part Grade II listed. Recent years have seen ambitious expansion, with the Academic Wing opened in 2013 to architectural acclaim, and the concluding extension now in place and providing new frontage to the College, with an enclosed Granite Quadrangle.

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".

Food and Drinks

Breakfast in Hall is included in the B&B overnight rate (excepting specifically discounted "room only" bookings). A range of cooked items are supplemented with cereals, croissants, toast, yogurts, fruits, juice, and  hot drinks. 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.

The Lodge Reception can direct to local restaurants, pubs and bars both in the immediate vicinity and going south toward Oxford city centre, and north in Summertown.

Grounds and gardens

Wolfson is positioned within 13 acres of riverside landscape, and the College's gardens and grounds received attention on BBC Radio 4 programme "Gardener's Question Time". 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.

Other facilities

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 (number provided on request). 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 two parking spaces for disabled use.

Irons and hairdryers 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 2.00pm Check-out: By 10.00am

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 £10.

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, where you can also catch the Water Eaton Park and Ride (number 500) bus.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 takes 5 to 10 minutes to walk to the College at the bottom of Linton Road.

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

Customer reviews

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Goodness, where do I start? Lovely rooms, friendly staff, great breakfast and the outside gardens beautiful! I'm definitely coming back for another visit!
Mrs Helen P

Excellent value for money and delightful location by the River Cherwell - all our party really enjoyed our short stay at Wolfson College
Mr Chris L

Really welcoming experience in the college. Thoroughly enjoyable visit. Would definitely recommend both universityrooms.com and Wolfson College.
Dr James P

Loved loved loved my stay. Can't wait to come again!
Miss Clair M

As soon as we arrived my sister and I were made to feel most welcome and had a very friendly and helpful reception. Our en-suite rooms were spacious and clean with a pleasing view of the garden and river. I found my room too warm overnight, even with the window open, and could have slept more comfortably if it had been cooler. Breakfast was good and the price overall extremely reasonable. I shall seriously consider staying again at Wolfson College on any future visits to Oxford.
Mr Richard W

Very pleasured with our experience and would gladly stay there again.
Dr Una C

The room was very spacious and clean. Thanks to the nearby kitchen and lounge I could have dinner and relax at the end of a long day in the office, something not possible in a 'standard' b&b or airb&b. All in all, I had a wonderful experience. It's a shame that this type of accommodation is only available in summer!
Mrs Sara G

Excellent stay at Wolfson College. Very helpful staff, delicious breakfasts and very clean rooms which were serviced each day. We also had the use of a fully equipped kitchen. The grounds are very well cared for, the weather during our stay was warm and sunny and it was a joy to sit outside and relax watching the ducks and geese as well as people using punts on the river which runs along the perimeter of the college grounds. Very relaxing and only a short bus ride from the centre of Oxford. I Would recommend.

My daughter and I enjoyed the stay - the college was in a lovely location and having car parking in Oxford was very convenient
Mrs Rosemary L

Especially good as there is on-site parking too. About 15-20 mins walk to centre of Oxford.
Mr Steven B

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