Wolfson College offers excellent single/ensuite accommodation in a riverside setting, providing rural tranquility only a few minutes from Oxford city centre.


Located beside the River Cherwell, Wolfson College has a relaxed, stress-free pace of life. Just five minutes by bus from Oxford City Centre, and within easy walking distance of Summertown's shops, restaurants, pubs, and sports centre, the riverside landscape and meadowland give a sense of being in rustic English countryside. The architecture is contemporary and award-winning, and Wolfson's multi-national post-graduate membership is in residence year-round, giving a vibrant communal ambiance.

All bedrooms are single ensuite, with pine desk, bookshelves, bedside cabinet and built-in wardrobe. Each "set" of 4 - 9 bedrooms shares a dining area and kitchen, making the accommodation highly suitable for groups. Basic equipment is provided for self-catering, along with fridge/freezer, cooker, microwave, kettle and replenished tea tray. Buildings are modern, clean and well-maintained, with 24 hour access.

History to the present day

Founded in 1965 as “Iffley College”, benefactions from the Wolfson Foundation enabled the renamed College to admit postgraduate students from 1968. The College's buildings, designed by Powell and Moya, were completed in 1974 and are in part Grade II listed. Recent years have seen ambitious expansion, with the Academic Wing opened in 2013 to architectural acclaim, and the concluding extension now in place and providing new frontage to the College, with an enclosed Granite Quadrangle.

The College's democratic structure and egalitarian ethos originate from the inspirational leadership of its first President, Sir Isaiah Berlin. Most unusually, all College members share a single "Common Room" and there is no "High Table".

Food and Drinks

Breakfast in Hall is included in the B&B overnight rate (except in specifically discounted "room only" bookings). The usual breakfast time is 8am - 9am, but please check the electronic noticeboard in the Lodge for updates. A range of cooked items are supplemented with cereals, croissants, toast, yogurts, fruits, juice, and hot drinks. Please advise at time of booking if you have any special dietary requirements, the college will then do their best to accommodate.

All bedrooms have an associated kitchen/lounge, shared with the other 4 - 9 bedrooms in that "set". These are fully equipped with all appliances and basic cookware and kitchenware.

Guests are welcome to use the College Cafe for barista-service coffees and light snacks, and to join College members for lunch and supper served weekdays only. These meals are "canteen style", with a selection of hot dishes, self-service salad bar, cold drinks, wine, desserts and other supplementary items. Payment is in cash (only) at the till, and no prior booking is required.

The Lodge Reception can direct to local restaurants, pubs and bars both in the immediate vicinity and going south toward Oxford city centre, and north in Summertown.

Grounds and gardens

Wolfson is positioned within 13 acres of riverside landscape, and the College's gardens and grounds received attention on BBC Radio 4 programme "Gardener's Question Time". The main lawn slopes down to the College's own harbour, separated by a narrow "island" from the flowing River Cherwell. A rainbow arch bridge crosses the river to two flood meadows. As designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the gardens are not treated with fertilisers or pesticides, and host a wide variety of native flora and fauna. On the far side of the river, guests can walk along the towpath, all the way to Oxford city centre.

Other facilities

There is WIFI internet in all bedrooms, accessed through the site password. Please note that there is NO telephone nor television, and staff are not permitted to supply adaptors.

The College has a limited quantity of car parking on-site, subject to other demands. Guests are asked to request parking at the time of their booking, and will be contacted to confirm whether or not this can be provided. Please note that only cars can be accommodated; no vans, campers, caravans, etc. There are two parking spaces for disabled use.

Irons and hairdryers can be borrowed from the Lodge. Guests have use of the College laundrette, with detergent on sale at the Lodge. Also provided are a letterbox for Royal Mail, pigeonhole for guests' post and sale of stamps. Luggage store is available before check-in/after check-out.


No disabled access

20th century buildings

21st century buildings

Breakfast Included

Parking (free)

No smoking

Children welcome


Self Catering

No Official Rating


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Games pitches

Tennis court

Self-catering facilities

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Sitting room

Iron/ironing board

Clothes dryer

Washing machine

Food and Drinks

Self-catering facilities

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)

Picnic area

Electric oven

Electric hob




Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Wolfson College, Oxford - Reviews


Based on 197 reviews
Service 4.4
Rooms 4.3
Food 3.9
Value 4.4
Overall Experience 4.4

A very relaxing and quiet visit. The English breakfast was great.
Dr Peter D

Reply from Wolfson College, Oxford:

Hello Peter and thank you so much for your online feedback. We are delighted that you had such a good stay with us - and our Chefs will be very glad to know that you enjoyed the breakfast! Thanks so much for letting us know, Louise Gordon (Conference Manager)

I have stayed in Oxford colleges several times and this has been my best experience so far. Wolfson College is an airy modern building easily accessed by bus from the town centre, with offroad walking if you prefer. The room and ensuite were well-designed and had doors to a balcony with lovely views over the river. The staff were pleasant, knowledgeable and helpful. The breakfast was excellent and included plenty of fresh fruit, whilst the well-equipped kitchen was useful for midnight snacking and early-morning tea . The minibus service was very handy for reaching the Natural History Museum.
Ms Stella F

The site is gorgeous
Other Stefan M

I booked on behalf of guests. They were very positive about their experience though would have liked television in their rooms.
Dr Rosalie B

It was awesome.
Mr Simon A

Staff were outstanding - welcoming, helpful and cheerful ??
Mr Alistair K

Would absolutely book one of these rooms again!
Mr Mark Q

Goodness, where do I start? Lovely rooms, friendly staff, great breakfast and the outside gardens beautiful! I'm definitely coming back for another visit!
Mrs Helen P

Excellent value for money and delightful location by the River Cherwell - all our party really enjoyed our short stay at Wolfson College
Mr Chris L

Really welcoming experience in the college. Thoroughly enjoyable visit. Would definitely recommend both and Wolfson College.
Dr James P

Arrival Info

Address: Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OxfordOX2 6UD, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:00 (11:00pm) (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 07:00 (7:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

Please enquire on booking for early check-in or late departure; we endeavour to accommodate requests where possible. Luggage store is available (at guests' own risk).

There is 24 hour access and Lodge staffing, although guests are asked to advise if arriving after 11pm, so that the Night Porter can arrange his rounds accordingly.

The College is approximately 2 miles from Oxford Rail Station and the coach station at Gloucester Green. Taxi fare from either will cost around £10.

Both of the local bus companies (numbers 2 and 14 buses) run a service from the rail station, and from outside Debenhams near the coach station, where you can also catch the Water Eaton Park and Ride (number 500) bus. Not all buses run on Sundays. The single adult fare is approximately £2; ask the driver for the St Margaret's Road stop.  From there, it takes 5 minutes to walk to the College at the bottom of Linton Road.