Exeter College is situated on a quiet, historic street in the middle of Oxford among shops, restaurants, museums and pubs.


Exeter College, one of the three 'Turl Street Colleges', is situated in the middle of Oxford. Shops, cafes, restaurants, libraries and museums are all just a short walking distance from the college, as well as many other attractions, making it an ideal place to stay.

All the rooms offered are occupied by students during term time, and although the college does not offer 5 star accommodation, they can guarantee that it will be clean, well kept and comfortable. Tea and coffee making facilities are complimentary, as well as towels and bed linen. Both standard and ensuite bedrooms are available on site, and all the rooms are situated on traditional staircases overlooking either the idyllic quad, fellow's garden or one of the many historic streets of Oxford.

History to the present day

Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapeldon. It was originally known as Stapeldon Hall, and consisted of only a Rector, a Chaplain and twelve or fourteen fellows. The college then started offering rooms to students in the late fifteenth century. Of this medieval college, all that remains is the building known as Palmer's Tower, due east of the Chapel, which takes its name from a fifteenth century rector.

Exeter College became one of the leading colleges in the next century after a generous donation from Sir William Petre, a former undergraduate of the college. Numbers expanded, and the present hall was built in 1618, together with a matching Chapel on the opposite side of the quad. The rest of the front quad was completed in stages between 1672 and 1710. Due to the generosity of old members, the college has expanded further in the twentieth century.

Famous undergraduates that have studied and lived at Exeter College include J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord Fisher, Arch Bishop of Canterbury, and Philip Pullman. William Morris was also a Victorian undergraduate, whose work can be found within the college.

Food and Drinks

A Cooked Breakfast is included in the price of the room, and is taken in the 17th century Dining Hall. The breakfast includes sausage, bacon, grilled tomato, hash brown, fried egg, baked beans, toast, coffee, tea and juice, along with a variety of sweet pastries and yoghurts. Breakfast is served between 8.00am and 9.00am everyday.

Grounds and gardens

The fellows' garden provides a haven of quiet in which to relax and breathe in the sense of history which pervades the College. Guests are welcome to take a stroll around the gardens and witness the view of Radcliffe Square from the top of the stairs at the rear end of the garden.

Other facilities

Guests are welcome to visit the Chapel and the Dining Hall during their stay. Original William Morris artwork can be found in the 'Morris Room' within the College. Guests are welcome to view the 'Morris Room' on arrangement with the college.

Washing machines and Driers are available for guests to use. Please ask for further details at the Porter's Lodge located at the main entrance of the College

If guests need to store their luggage they are able to ask the Porter on duty if there is any space to do so. Please note there may not always be room for luggage storage.


17th century buildings

18th century buildings

19th century buildings

Breakfast included

No parking onsite

No smoking

Minimum age 12

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wired)

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Garden furniture

Linen included

Towels included

Washing machine

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Cooked breakfast (included)

Picnic area

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 12


Based on 158 Reviews
Service 4.1
Rooms 3.5
Food 3.8
Website 4.0
Value 3.7
Overall Experience 4.1

Really helpful porter and nice clean rooms, able to get in early, a great stay as usual.
Mrs Julia S

Very enjoyable stay with friendly, helpful staff.
Mr Frank D

Room spotlessly clean and basic (student accommodation) but comfortable.
Mrs Marlene D

It is an absolutely fantastic experience to be in the hallowed halls of Exeter College. The rooms are somewhat simple but that is not the point. You are living in 500 years of history and in inspirational architecture. For me, the experience beat the most wonderful hotel hands down.
Mr James L

Lovely staying in such as historic college!
Miss Nicola G

Understandably basic rooms, but very good service from all staff. Excellent location and huge breakfasts. We would certainly stay again if we come back to Oxford.
Mr alex P

An excellent stay with excellent, courteous and prompt service throughout. See you again!
Mr John T

Great to feel that you have had a "genuine experience" of Oxford by staying in this beautiful college. The chapel and dining hall are exceptional. The room was simple but comfortable and light.
Mrs Nathalie P

We booked our accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis as part of a group weekend visit. The breakfast was included in the weekend events programme. Based on our experience, we shall be pleased to stay in University accommodation in the future and to make our booking through the SpeedyBooker process.
Mr Gordon B

It was my decision to take our party to Exeter College, Oxford. I was delighted with the ease of the booking process, the quality of the rooms and the food and, particularly, the friendliness and service from the staff
Mr John L

Travel Info

Address: Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford, OX1 3DP, United Kingdom

Check in: From 2.00pm  Check out:  By 10.00am

On arrival please report to the Porters' Lodge located at the main entrance of the College. Here you will be given your keys and directed to your rooms. The Porter's Lodge is manned 24 hours a day, and the Porters on duty are always happy to help you with any queries you may have.

Unfortunately the College does not offer any parking facilities.

The College is a 20 minute walk from the train station, and a 10 minute walk from Gloucester Green coach station. Taxi's are available from both the train station and Gloucester Green.