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, you will have free access to the College main grounds.

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.

We regret that we have 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 our 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, our 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.


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 onsite

No smoking

Minimum age 21

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)

Age restrictions

Minimum age 21


Based on 2088 Reviews
Service 4.0
Rooms 3.3
Food 2.9
Website 4.1
Value 3.7
Overall Experience 3.8

Bit basic but overall clean, warm and comfortable.
Mrs Alison E

Very comfortable and quiet accommodation with beautiful views across the botanical gardens.
Dr Katharine F

Porters at Lodge extremely helpful - checked me in, issued keys and map etc, and came over and showed me room. They also stored my case the next day until I was ready to leave. The room was lovely - very high-ceilinged with a platform bed up a flight of stairs within the room, a small kitchen and bathroom, and a view over the Botanic gardens. (Though privacy could have been an issue if I'd been there more during the day.) It was great to have the opportunity to eat breakfast in the College Hall the next day. Location is great, opposite Magdalen, near the bridge, and just a short walk to shops etc.
Ms Clare E

I thought the apartment was really fantastic. Comfortable bed and chairs. Such a lovely view over the Botanical Gardens, too.Porters were very nice and friendly to a flustered middle-aged lady! A real plus to be able to use the laundry facilities. One slight niggle- there is positively NO equipment in the otherwise lovely kitchen area. If you offer self catering surely a baking tray and a saucepan wouldn't go amiss? Other than that, i would definitely stay again, Central, peaceful, and comfortable. A unique experience!
Mrs Lesley C

A perfect experience!
Ms Jemma M

I was pleased to be able to book this at such short notice. It was an amazing experience, the halls reminded me of when I was a student. I was really touched by the warm, easy helpful booking in with the porters. I visited Magdalen College grounds and thought it was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been; magical.
Mrs Carol P

The room and the facilities are rather Spartan but I didn't mind that in the slightest and the college, together with breakfast in the hall,made a thoroughly enjoyable experience.
Mr John T

Great room, comfortable bed, breakfast filling and delicious.
Ms Kelly N

Good place and very close from center city of oxford!

My stay was a wonderful experience. Food was so-so, but the staff in the dining hall as well as in the Porter's Lodge were great. The room was awesome. The venue was gorgeous. I'd recommend t to anyone.
Mr Daniel N

Travel Info

Address: Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm  Check Out: By 10.00am (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..