The oldest and one of the biggest of the thirty-six colleges of Oxford University, situated on the High St.


University College is the oldest of the thirty-six colleges of Oxford University. It is located at the centre of the city, minutes away from shops, restaurants, pubs, parks, museums, theatres and the river. The historic buildings have been modernised for 21st century needs and there are several peaceful courtyards and gardens.

The study rooms available, occupied in term time and vacation periods by our students, are equipped with bed linen, towels and a hospitality tray with tea and coffee
making facilities including a small refrigerator and will be serviced daily by the friendly scouts. All rooms are fitted with a hand basin and there are showers and toilets in each staircase or block.

We regret that our rooms are unsuitable for those with mobility problems.


History to the present day

University College (in full, the Master and Fellows of the College of the Great Hall of the University of Oxford, colloquially referred as Univ)
owes its origins to William of Durham, who died in 1249. A legend grew up in the 1380’s that Univ was really founded even earlier, by King Alfred in 872. Nowadays, however, William of Durham is accepted as Univ’s true founder, but that still gives University College a claim to be the oldest college in Oxford or Cambridge.

As Univ slowly grew in size and wealth, work began in 1634 to replace its medieval buildings with a new Front Quad, paid for with gifts from many Old Members. Although half the new Quad was finished by 1640, it took almost thirty years to complete the remainder, because of the Civil War. The College was luckier with its other main quadrangle, Radcliffe Quad, built in only three years, 1716-1719, thanks to a bequest from one Old Member, John Radcliffe, whose statue can be seen there.

Univ is amongst the largest colleges in terms of population: 360 undergraduates and in excess of 200 graduates as well as The Master and the Fellows. Amongst our most known Alumini you’ll find: Percy Bysshe Shelley, William Beveridge, John Radcliffe, Clement Attlee, Prof. Stephen Hawking, Harold Wilson, Bob Hawke, Bill Clinton, C. S. Lewis and many many more.

Food and Drinks

Rooms are offered with breakfast included in the price.

Breakfast is self service and eaten in the Great Hall of the College.  A unique experience.

Times for Breakfast:  Monday - Saturday  8am - 9am, Sundays 9am - 10am

Grounds and gardens

Considering the central location, Univ’s quiet courtyards and gardens are perfect to relax, read a book or simply enjoy the weather when suitable.

Other facilities

Guests staying at the College are most welcome to visit the Shelley Memorial and the Chapel. 

The Shelley Memorial houses a statue by Edward Onslow Ford of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a former member of the college, who was expelled for writing The Necessity of Atheism.  The Chapel was begun in 1640 and consecrated in 1666, with fine Van Linge's stained glass windows and Ante Chapel screen. In 1862 George Gilbert Scott designed a new roof in the Gothic style, a new East window and a stone reredos at the East End.


17th century buildings

18th century buildings

19th century buildings

20th century buildings

Breakfast included

No parking onsite

No smoking


Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Outdoor terrace

Garden furniture

Squash court

Linen included

Towels included

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Minimum age 21


Based on 208 Reviews
Service 4.2
Rooms 3.8
Food 2.5
Website 4.2
Value 4.0
Overall Experience 4.2

I had wonderful time in the University college. I have never forget.

A very nice experience to stay in a very comfortable room, having breakfast in the Hall together with the students. The staff very kind and helpful.
Mrs Ylva G

Location was very central, staff very helpful, rooms comfortable and of a high standard for student accommodation. In fact we enjoyed our visit so much we stayed an extra night. What more can I add?
Mrs Minette P

good facility.
Mr Kenichi Ikeno I

Location is exceptional and rooms are very comfortable. Website is operating well.

A large and comfortable room in an old quad of this beautiful college!
Dr Peter S

First class from start to finish. A friendly greeting at the porters lodge when we left our luggage, the rooms were clean and comfortable and the breakfast was excellent. Fantastic location too. Highly recommended!
Mrs Liz F

Fantastic experience. Can't imagine a better way to experience Oxford than to actually stay at University College!
Ms Travis D

I was very pleased with the hospitality and efficiency of the check-in/out crew, the accessibility and cleanliness of the unit, and the generous breakfast offering eaten at the Dining Hall. Thank you!
Dr Pearlie Rose B

Friendly, and helpful welcome at Porter's Lodge, on arrival.
Dr Andrew Y

Travel Info

Address: University College, High Street, Oxford, OX1 4BH, United Kingdom

Check In: From 12 noon Check Out: By 10am

On arrival you need to report to the Porter’s Lodge located in the main entrance. If your arrival time is before noon you might leave your bags safely with the porters until the room becomes available. There is a porter on duty 24 hours a day.

University College is located on the south side of the High St, a few yards from the Queens Lane bus stops, and a 10-15 minute walk or a short taxi ride from the railway station.

We regret that parking is not available in college however Thornhill and Seacourt Park & Ride stop outside the college.

Guests are asked to respect college staff and property bearing in mind that students and tutors live and work on site.