Founded in 1458, Magdalen College offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Oxford.


The river Cherwell runs through Magdalen's grounds which include over 100 acres of parkland - a beautiful and tranquil area in the heart of the city. Along with the magnificent cloisters, deer park and quads with formal lawns and borders, the claim to be the most beautiful college in Oxford is not without foundation.

The College offers rooms on its main site but also rooms in their Waynflete Building across Magdalen Bridge, with stunning views of the College. In this building the modest rates do not include breakfast. Whichever Magdalen accommodation you choose to book, you can be sure of a warm welcome at the Porters' Lodge, from one of our student staff or the porters themselves. One of them will show you to your room and answer any queries you may have. You will also have free access to the College main grounds.

Important notice: There are no passenger lifts in the accommodation buildings, and are unable to provide parking at the College.

History to the present day

Magdalen College was founded in 1458 by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and Lord Chancellor, on the site of the Hospital of St. John, just outside Oxford’s East Gate.

Several additions were made after Waynflete’s death in 1486: in 1492, the foundation stone was laid for a grand new bell tower, 144 feet high. The High Street range, and the gargoyles in the Cloister followed.  In the early 1730s, Edward Holdsworth designed a grand new quadrangle but only the north range, the New Building was never completed.

Food and Drinks

English Breakfast is served in the medieval Hall. Choose from a full selection of cooked items as well as cereals, fresh fruit and continental pastries on display in the Buttery - then take your tray into the panelled Hall to enjoy your breakfast with other guests, students and visitors with the portraits of famous alumni looking down. Please note, the Waynflete Building accommodation is sold on a 'Room only' basis which does not include breakfast, for these rooms details of where breakfast may be obtained within 2-3 minutes' walk will be provided on a sheet on check-in.

The Old Kitchen Snack Bar, with riverside terrace, is open for light lunches and afternoon teas. Most evenings the Old Kitchen Bar will be open serving drinks. WiFi, via The Cloud, is available in the Old Kitchen.

Grounds and gardens

Magdalen is set in over 100 acres of grounds and parkland with the River Cherwell flowing through. The Deer Park (with a herd of around 65) has been established for over 300 years. In addition to the formal lawns and borders there are water walks and meadows for all to enjoy. The Fellows' Garden, noted for its Spring flowers, is open throughout the year.

Other facilities

WiFi is available throughout the College. Visitors are welcome to connect to The Cloud, details can be found in residential buildings and the porters have a note on trouble-shooting.

Launderettes are available and a pre-paid card may be obtained from the Porters' Lodge. There are ironing facilities in the launderettes.

Bathrooms are communal unless stated as en-suite.


No disabled access

15th century buildings

16th century buildings

17th century buildings

18th century buildings

19th century buildings

20th century buildings

21st century buildings

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking

No smoking

Room Only (no kitchen facilities)

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Squash court

Tennis court

Woodland walks

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Clothes dryer

Washing machine


Central heating

Bicycle storage

Food and Drinks

Tea room

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)



Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (walking distance)

Magdalen College, Oxford - Reviews


Based on 2394 reviews
Service 4.0
Rooms 3.3
Food 2.8
Value 3.7
Overall Experience 3.8

What you would expect from college digs. The shower was powerfull with lots of hot water, there was a kettle and fridge in the room and it was very handy for the event at the exam school I was attending.
Miss Emily B

Great staff, very welcoming and accommodating. Buildings are amazing and so is the deer park.
Mr Asif M

Really beautiful surroundings in Oxford.
Dr (male) Leo G

The furnishings, carpet and bathroom are those of typical student accommodation - but very clean! However, the setting is of course glorious, and well worth forgoing more luxurious furnishings. The overall experience is completely magical. The breakfast is a classic student breakfast but is enjoyed in the most beautiful mediaeval Hall. It is a privilege to be able to eat here.
Mrs Victoria C

We loved our stay at Magdalen College, with access to the college and its wonderful grounds. As we were there for Easter, we heard the Magdalen College Choir At the Festal Sung Eucharist on Easter Day. Wonderful walks by Rivers Cherwell and Thames, Christ Church Meadow, Magdalen Grove Deer Park and University Parks. And, of course, we loved the experience of breakfast in the Great Hall.
Mrs Annette P

Fabulous stay at Magdalen College , porters lodge were brilliant , room superb , great value for money and oodles of history on your doorstep. We will be back Thank you
Mr Ronald W

My visit was perfect from start to finish. All the staff were helpful and friendly. The room was spotless and breakfast in the grand dining hall was very impressive! Many thanks to all -- I'll look forward to a return visit.
Ms Maria S

Great experience and good value for money!
Mr Phillip H

Nice clean room in Waynflete building, with big window overlooking the River. The shared bathroom facility was spotless. Porters handling arrival and departure were friendly, efficient and welcoming, a great credit to a lovely College. Thank you for the chance to stay.
Mr Roger H

Friendly helpful porters
Mr John F

Arrival Info

Address: Magdalen College, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OxfordOX1 4AU, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check Out: 10:00 (10:00am) - 10:30 (10:30am)

The Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day. 


Coaches stop in the High Street, opposite Queen's Lane, four minutes' walk from our Porters' Lodge, which is close to the foot of the Great Tower very near Magdalen Bridge. The Coach Station (Gloucester Green) is about fifteen minutes' walk from the College but London and Airport coaches stop at High Street/Queen's Lane on their way to the central coach station.

The Rail Station is twenty minutes' walk away from Magdalen. Buses run from the rail station and stop at Queen's Lane in the High Street. Oxford Parkway Station is served from London Marylebone and is a 10 minute or so taxi ride from the College.

Those travelling by car are advised to use Thornhill Park and Ride on the A40 east of Oxford. Park & Ride Buses into the centre stop opposite Queen’s Lane in the High Street..