Affordable Bed and Breakfast accommodation in a central Oxford College.


Somerville College offers well appointed double & single ensuite accommodation as well as standard accommodation with shared facilities to suit most budgets. All bedrooms are provided with bed linen, towels, toiletries and hospitality trays and provide a clean and comfortable place to stay.

Somerville College offers an oasis of tranquillity on the edge of the bustling city centre. Situated on the north side of Oxford, Somerville is only a 10 minute stroll from the city centre and is an ideal base from which to explore.

Parking - Please note Somerville has no car parking facilities.

Housekeeping - Rooms are serviced on a daily basis by college scouts.

Laundry - Unfortunately laundry facilities are not available to B & B guests.

Hen & Stag Parties are not permitted out of respect for our other guests.

History to the present day

Somerville College was founded in 1879, in response to a growing demand to provide an Oxford education for women. Its founders named the College in honour of the Scottish mathematician and scientist Mary Somerville (1780-1872), and the Somerville family arms and motto (the notoriously untranslatable "Donec rursus impleat orbem") were adopted.  

The choice of name was significant. The College’s founders admired Mary Somerville both as a remarkable scholar, and for her religious and political views. She was a self-taught science writer, wife, mother of 5 children. In 1868, was the first person to sign John Stuart Mill’s petition to Parliament in support of women’s suffrage. Having been denied formal educational opportunities herself, she was a fervent advocate of access to education for other women.

Somerville alumnae have achieved an impressive number of “firsts”  - the first, and only, British woman to win a Nobel prize in science(Dorothy Hodgkin); the highest ranking female officer of her time in the British intelligence services (the Queen of Spies, Daphne Park);  the first woman to lead the world’s largest democracy (Indira Gandhi); the first Indian woman barrister (Cornelia Sorabji) and the first woman Prime Minister of this country(Margaret Thatcher).

Countless others have forged path-breaking careers in academic life, politics, literature, science, law, business, education and the media.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast is only included in the room rate where stated.

(Breakfast is not included in Room Only Bookings).

Although this can be purchased (Cash only) at the student servery between 8.00am – 9.00am (Mon to Fri only)

Breakfast when included is self-service, with a wide range of hot and cold food, available from 08.00 to 09.00 in the grand first floor Dining Hall which has views across the main quad. With Somerville being one of former women's colleges, the dining hall, which comfortably seats 200, has wooden chairs rather than benches on which to sit.

Grounds and gardens

The magnificent gardens are available for guests to enjoy and garden benches are provided for you to relax when the weather's suitable, and you are allowed to walk on the lawns.

Other facilities

Internet Access

Free Wi-Fi internet access is available using the cloud network

The Cloud is a 3rd party service and support for users is only available from the Cloud via

(No telephone support is available from the Cloud).


All bedrooms have tea and coffee making facilities.

The Porters' Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day.


19th century buildings

20th century buildings

21st century buildings

Breakfast included

Free public car parking (nearby)

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking onsite

No smoking

Minimum age 18


Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

No luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Central heating

Bring your own travel cot

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 11


Based on 1150 Reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 4.0
Food 3.3
Website 4.2
Value 3.9
Overall Experience 4.2

Somerville fast becoming my favourite place to stay when working in Oxford - lovely room and lovely service from porters.
Miss Trudy H

Great experience! I would recommend this to anyone visiting Oxford.
Dr Eric P

The staff were exceptionally welcoming.
Mr Jacob B

The staff was in general very friendly, specially the porter (Mr. Wyitt, I believe), who was very kind and helpul. All the environment of the residence was very clean, calm and pleasant. I enjoyed very much!
Mr Sara C

One of the best college rooms I've stayed in and the bathroom - I could have had a party in it! Many thanks!
Miss Trudy H

Overall I was most satisfied with my time at Somerville. It was convenient to work and the city centre, to food and sights. Not having a shower on floor was a minor annoyance, but the room was in good condition and the bed comfy. I recommend Somerville highly.
Dr Damien H

It was great staying in my son’s college for his graduation. Standard of rooms higher than expected. Spacious compared to my son’s postgrad accommodation. Tea & coffee in rooms very welcome. Nice warm rooms and comfy beds. Would have preferred breakfast included in the price (to experience eating in the dining hall), but wasn’t available until after checkout. Good price for Oxford and central location. Porters and staff all very helpful. Secure luggage storage was much appreciated.
Mr Mark G

Very good room, clean and conveniently located close to the middle of the city.
Mr Richard C

Somerville College, Oxford was a thoroughly delightful place to stay. I had a spacious, quiet and comfortable room, and enjoyed strolling in the beautiful college grounds. The college location is convenient to almost everything and within easy walking distance of most of Oxford's wonderful attractions. College staff were friendly and helpful. Breakfast was fairly basic, but it is a uni college after all...
Ms Bettina S

Room was good and well equipped for a very reasonable price.
Ms Sarah F

Travel Info

Address: Catering & Conference Manager., Somerville College, Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6HD, United Kingdom

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

On arrival please report to the Porter's Lodge to check in.


By Car: Unfortunately, Somerville does not have any parking on site which can be offered to conference delegates, guests, or visitors. There are park and ride facilities on the outskirts of the City and parking in St. Giles is on a pay and display basis.

To avoid the city centre, come into Oxford via the A40 northern ring road and take the A4144 Woodstock Road south for about two miles.  Somerville is on the right just before you reach the city centre and the merge onto St Giles.

By Train: The city is around 1 hour's journey from London Paddington and Birmingham New Street stations. There is also easy access from most other directions. Oxford railway station is approximately 15 minutes' walk from Somerville. There is a taxi rank at the station.

By Coach: Gloucester Green coach station is approximately 10 minutes' walk from the College. There is a taxi rank in Gloucester Green market square, next to the coach station.

By Air: Heathrow and Gatwick airport.