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
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

Customer feedback

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, September 2016: Goodness, where do I start? Lovely rooms, friendly staff, great breakfast and the outside gardens beautiful! I'm definitely coming back for another visit! 5/5

, September 2016: Excellent value for money and delightful location by the River Cherwell - all our party really enjoyed our short stay at Wolfson College 4/5

, August 2016: Really welcoming experience in the college. Thoroughly enjoyable visit. Would definitely recommend both universityrooms.com and Wolfson College. 5/5

, August 2016: Loved loved loved my stay. Can't wait to come again! 5/5

, August 2016: 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. 4/5

, August 2016: Very pleasured with our experience and would gladly stay there again. 5/5

, August 2016: 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! 5/5

, August 2016: 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. 5/5

, August 2016: My daughter and I enjoyed the stay - the college was in a lovely location and having car parking in Oxford was very convenient 5/5

, August 2016: Especially good as there is on-site parking too. About 15-20 mins walk to centre of Oxford. 5/5

, August 2016: Room was comfortable. View was terrific. College grounds so beautiful. Staff all very helpful. Thanks 5/5

, September 2015: Great experience 4/5

, September 2015: Excellent stay 5/5

, September 2015: A very enjoyable stay 4/5

, September 2015: Generally pretty good 4/5

, September 2015: Wolfson Meadows are a delight. 5/5

, September 2015: Nice University Room!! 5/5

, September 2015: Hi I arrived on Saturday with my dad and we had a truly lovely time. You don't promote enough the wonderful open spaces surrounding the lovely college. My dad and I truly enjoyed taking long walks on the nature trails, fields and exploring your beautiful gardens. It was the open space that made the trip all the more special along with the kitchen facilities! I would definitely come again and recommend you! Thanks for a lovely stay and your flexibility in allowing for an early check in and a later check out. Much appreciated. All the best. 5/5

, September 2015: The room was clean, tidy and comfortable but I wish breakfast was available after 9am so that I could have had aa bit of a Sunday lie in. 4/5

, September 2015: we really enjoyed our stay and the view of the river from the rooms made it even more special. Thank you 5/5

, September 2015: Booking confirmation originally sent was wrong and I had to email to query it. Breakfast times were wrong on the information sheet sent out to me with the confirmation. Everything else was good. Rooms basic, but that's to be expected for this type of accommodation. Receptionist was welcoming and helpful. 4/5

, September 2015: Good value accommodation in an excellent location. Comfortable room with good shared kitchen facilities. Staff on site all very pleasant and communication from Events Manager has been marvellous. It felt very special to be part of the collegiate. 4/5

, August 2015: Thoroughly enjoyed my stay and hope to repeat the experience soon. 4/5

, August 2015: 4/5

, August 2015: Thanks. I have based the ratings on what good value I thought it was to stay in the college. I particularly enjoyed the river view and ducks. 5/5

Mr Ian L, July 2015: Had a great stay at Wolfson College - all six of us were very happy with the accommodation, breakfast and friendly staff. 5/5

Dr Christoph O, September 2014: clean spacious modern room in new buildung room with very well equipped common room/kitchen in a quiet surrounding. very good english breakfast, bus Connection to Oxford within Walking distance of ca 1 km. Students bar with good beer. friendly staff. 5/5

Mr David M, September 2014: Lovely room overlooking the river. Great service. 4/5

Dr William Owen S, September 2014: Obviously twin rooms would be helpful for couples, but the standard of the accommodation was pretty good and the common room an excellent facility. Parking was a critical factor for us in choosing Wolfson. 4/5

Miss Julie M, September 2014: I really enjoyed my stay at Wolfson college. The campus was modern, archtecturally tasteful. The staff were very efficient and friendly. My room was large, spacious, airy, clean and comfortable. The breakfasts were very good. I will definitely be back! 4/5

Mrs Clare H, September 2014: A very comfortable stay. A bath mat would be nice but otherwise great. Thank you! 5/5

Mr Peter H, September 2014: good standard student accomodation. 4/5

Mr james M, August 2014: The college and its location make for a very pleasant stay indeed. In particular I appreciated the use of the Common Room at the end of the corridor, kept scrupulously clean and lacking nothing. 5/5

Mrs barbara P, August 2014: Excellent in every way-good old fashioned standards and courtesy-thank you. 5/5

Mr Antoni W, August 2014: Thanks, a good place to stay, enjoyed the architecture and the setting. 4/5

Mr Danny L, August 2014: Wolfson is a great option. Accommodation is very comfortable. Really good value, all in all. 5/5

Mrs Diana V, August 2014: The room was clean modern and spacious. Any staff that we met were friendly and helpful. The grounds/gardens were lovely and beautifully kept. I would recommend the accommodation and would be very happy to stay there again. 4/5

Mr Ian M, August 2014: My family and I had a very comfortable stay at Wolfson. The rooms are clean and spacious, and the campus is very conveniently located for Oxford city centre. It was also a great help to have free parking for my car. My only criticism was that the cooked breakfast I had on Friday was cold. 4/5

Mrs Kristin L, July 2014: Fantastic location and building/area. We have stayed at several b&b and hotels in Oxford since 2005. This was the best experience. The kitchen should include some basic stuff like bread knifes, scissors etc. The toilets do not flush properly. And the canadian geesemakes a lot of noise in the middle of the nights. 5/5

Miss Jenny N, 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. 5/5

Mr MOKDAD M, September 2013: Great room and great environment. 5/5

Ms Helen H, September 2013: Thank you for a very easy booking experience and for offering a competitive rate compared to other Oxford college rooms. 4/5

Mrs Tahsina S, 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 :) 5/5

Ms Hilary L, 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. 5/5

Miss Hye Ryung K, 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. 5/5

Mr Deniz B, August 2013: great place! highly recommended. 5/5

Ms Rachel O, August 2013: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Wolfson. Beautiful room, beautiful setting, very helpful porter. 5/5

Mr Danny L, 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. 5/5

Ms Barbara F, 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 many thanks 4/5

Prof Katarzyna L, 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. 5/5

Mr Edmond C, October 2012: Excellent value! Thanks! 5/5

Ms Jane L, 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. 5/5

Mrs Anna H, 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. 4/5

Ms Denise S, 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. 5/5

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