Small, comfortable, peaceful, traditional college in former monastery of The Cowley Fathers. Located a short walk from central Oxford with convenient parking.


St Stephen's House is a Theological College and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, situated close to Magdalen Bridge in a quiet street running between Cowley Road and Iffley Road in East Oxford. Formerly a monastery, with the warm, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of a country house with modern facilities. There are only 50 bedrooms so you will never feel overwhelmed, but unlike other Oxford Colleges, there isn't a Porters Lodge or a Reception, so you will be responsible for accessing the college yourself. Please be aware that there is no disabled access, and the entrance is by steep concrete steps.

Providing student accommodation, and as such, the bedrooms are not to hotel standards and do not have televisions or a telephone. However, all bedrooms are clean, tidy and comfortable, with a refreshment tray, towels and toiletries (towels are changed once a week). Unless you have selected an ensuite room, you will be sharing unisex bathroom facilities.

If you are staying during term-time, please note that the college operates a silence policy during the night hours between 11.00pm and 7.30am weekdays to allow students and guests to study and sleep undisturbed, but do be aware that Church bells are rung early in the morning.

Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings and pets are not allowed. Also the college is unable to accept bookings from Stag & Hen parties.

History to the present day

St Stephen's House is sited in the former monastery of The Cowley Fathers founded by Fr Meaux Benson. The Grade II 19th century building is linked by cloisters to a very fine, Grade 1 listed church designed by Bodley.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast is either a cooked or, on Fridays, a continental-style breakfast in the Dining Room. Breakfast timings will differ depending on vacation or term-time, but you will always be able to help yourself to the continental-style breakfast from very early morning until 9:30am. 

Self-catering: Access to the Student Kitchen is available during the vacation. The kitchen facilities include ovens, electric hobs, and a microwave. 

Nearby Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs: There are a number of restaurants, pubs & cafes, within a few minutes walk of St Stephen's House. 

Grounds and gardens

Set in private gated grounds, there is a large lawn where children can play and another peaceful cloister garden with chairs and tables where you can relax in the sun.

Other facilities

Laundry: There is a laundry on the lower-ground floor, with coin operated washing machines and dryers (£1.40 per use), as well as ironing boards and irons. Guests need to provide their own washing powder.

Limited Car parking is only available out of term (Easter & Summer holidays): The rate is £6.00 per day, per car, and is payable by cash or cheque only, payable to "St Stephen's House". Parking must be requested at the time of booking by leaving a message in the "Additional information" section of the booking form. The car park is only normally available to you whilst you are a checked-in guest at St Stephen's House, i.e. between 2:30pm check-in and 10:30am check-out.


19th century buildings

Breakfast included

Private car parking for a charge (on site)

No smoking

Children welcome


Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Private/enclosed garden

Garden furniture

Self-catering facilities

Linen included

Towels included

Hair dryers

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Self-catering facilities

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 5


Based on 1901 Reviews
Service 4.1
Rooms 3.9
Food 3.9
Website 4.3
Value 4.1
Overall Experience 4.1

Self service checkin was very straightforward and all the information was clearly provided. The room was fine and the breakfast was excellent. I slept well. Beautiful view out my bedroom window.
Dr Daniel T

Perfect for a short stay. I enjoyed the accommodations and the easy access to shopping and food. Staff was kind and engaged. A good morning breakfast.
Mr Christopher P

A wonderful stay! The room was nice and the breakfast plentiful and good. The staff we interacted with were friendly and helpful and the location can't be beat. We'll be back!
Ms Krista N

We very much enjoyed our stay and the college atmosphere. The car parking is definitely a plus point and it was nice to be able to stay on in the car park until 12.30 which enabled us to visit the Pitt RIvers Museum without having to find a new car parking spot.
Ms Paula C

Basic but clean and great breakfast! well located.
Dr Mark E

Easy booking, near the city center. I loved the room with history, breakfast with the priests and the sound of a church bell in the morning.
Mr Maria A

Had a very pleasant stay in St Stephen's House. Room clean, bed comfortable, slept very well. Booking was straightforward. Map and directions clear. Staying in University Accomodation adds considerably to the overall experience for visitors, we will certainly recommend University Accomodation at Oxford to our friends and family. Thank you
Dr Katharine F

Very good value for money
Mr Matt R

I've always enjoyed my Sabatical stay at St Stephen's House. A great place for learning, spiritual retreat and renewal. Thanks
Other Isaac I

A great place to stay - superb value for money.
Mr David B

Travel Info

Address: St Stephen's House, 16 Marston St, Oxford, OX4 1JX, United Kingdom

Address: St Stephen's House, 16 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1JX.

Check In: From 2:30pm only. We kindly ask that you do not arrive before check in, as your bedroom will not be ready.

Check Out: By 10.30am at the latest. 

We do not have a Porters Lodge or a Reception, so you will be responsible for accessing the college yourself. On arrival at check-in time (2:30pm), you may collect your room key and go directly to your room.

Once we have been notified of your booking, St Stephen's House will send you a separate email providing you with all the access information you need. This is a separate email sent at a later date, and is not the same as the one you automatically receive from University Rooms confirming your booking.  As we do not have a Porters Lodge or Reception, it is extremely important that you read and bring this information with you.

If you need to cancel your booking, please ensure you contact University Rooms in the first instance, who will then in turn notify the College.