The College is conveniently situated on Oxford's High Street. It is the fifth oldest Oxford College and the oldest Royal foundation in Oxford.


Oriel College is situated in the heart of the city centre, providing student accommodation close to all amenities as well as excellent transport links. 

Offering clean and comfortable single or twin ensuite rooms with a refreshment tray, towels and toiletries (towels are changed twice a week).

Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings and pets are not allowed.

History to the present day

Traditional College in the centre of Oxford, founded in 1326 by King Edward II. It is the fifth oldest of the Oxford colleges.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast offers a selection of cooked and continental options, served in the Dining Hall. Breakfast is served from 8.00am – 9.00am Monday to Saturday, 9.00am – 10.00am Sundays.

Nearby Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs: There are a number of restaurants, pubs & cafes, on the doorstep of Oriel College. 

Grounds and gardens

Set in private gated grounds, there are 3 Quadrangles and the Island Site on the other side of Oriel Street. Guests are welcomed to relax and enjoy the outside space in the 3rd Quad only. No balls games permitted.

Other facilities

Please be aware that most of the rooms are not ground floor level and will have stairs to access them. If a ground floor room is required, please mention this in the Additional information section of the booking form. Ground floor rooms cannot however be guaranteed.


16th century buildings

17th century buildings

18th century buildings

Breakfast included

No parking onsite

No smoking


Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Age restrictions

Minimum age 21


Based on 154 Reviews
Service 4.4
Rooms 4.1
Food 3.9
Website 4.4
Value 4.3
Overall Experience 4.4

The room was splendid with a stunning view and beautiful surrounds in an excellent location, I was very comfortable and it was a wonderful way to get an insight into what it's like living in oxford. Would definitely stay again and recommend to others, feel very grateful for this experience.
Ms Janet M

Great place to stay. Very good location. Room and bathroom are very tidy! People are very cheerful and helpful.
Mr carlito R

Very quiet and peaceful. Helpful staff.
Ms Joanna W

It's a college dorm room so it isn't fancy but it was well maintained, clean and comfortable and very well laid out. I've stayed in bigger hotel rooms with less storage space and more awkward layouts. The bathroom was dinky so I'm glad I'm neither tall nor wide. The location can't be beaten. Overall I really enjoyed my stay and my chance to pretend for a few days that I was a student at Oxford.
Ms Barbara L

Standard student accommodation in a nice charming colleage.
Mrs Christiane G

Very enjoyable experience. Staff at the porter's lodge were lovely. I will definitely recommend it for others.
Ms Cristina M

I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of staying in an Oxford college. There was a problem with the water in my room one morning, but this was soon rectified and overall, I was very comfortable. And the porridge at breakfast was delicious.
Miss Judith H

A good place to stay in Oxford
Mr Laurent P

What a great way to experience Oxford!
Mr Helen D

The staff in the Porters lodge were excellent and made me feel really looked after.
Mr Peter L

Travel Info

Address: Oriel Square, Oxford, Oxford, OX1 4EW, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2:00pm. Check Out: By 10.00am. 

We kindly ask that you do not arrive before check in, as your bedroom will not be ready. On arrival please report to the Porters' Lodge which is manned 24hrs a day. If you need to stay in college past the check-out time you will still be required to vacate your room. A luggage room can be provided as an area to leave your bags but this should be arranged prior to your visit. Therefore we do advise requesting this option in the "Additional information" section of the booking form.  

How to find us:

By Air: From Heathrow airport (40 miles) and Gatwick airport (75 miles) there are direct coach services to Oxford.

By Rail: There is a direct service from London Paddington and from Birmingham New Street. National Rail information line: 08457 48 49 50

By Car: From London – M40 or A40, Birmingham – M40 or A34, Swindon and Bath – A420, and Cheltenham – A40.

We regret there is NO parking at the College. There are park-and-ride services on the city outskirts. Park and ride information line: 01865 785 400