Summary

A trailblazer in providing access to Oxford University, this Victorian college offers space, tranquillity and on-site parking – a rarity in Oxford.

Introduction

St Hugh’s College offers bed and breakfast accommodation among listed buildings and beautiful gardens. The leafy North Oxford location is next door to the city’s trendiest quarter, Jericho, home to famous-name restaurants, cocktail bars and exclusive boutique shopping, and only a fifteen-minute walk or a short bus ride from Oxford’s museums, shops and sights, making St Hugh’s the perfect oasis of calm for students to live and study, and a great spring board for visitors to explorer the city.

Offering a range of rooms, all of which give a flavour of the true Oxford scholar’s university experience. Opt for Edwardian heritage with rooms in their Main Building, which are available full-time throughout the year. These have a traditional character, offer fabulous views over the college grounds, and just as students do, have bathroom facilities shared with one or two other rooms, a short walk along the corridor.

During University vacations, they can also offer the experience of their twenty-first century students, with ensuite rooms in their award-winning and environmentally sensitive Maplethorpe and Rachel Trickett Buildings, and their premium bed and breakfast suites in The Dickson Poon University of Oxford China Centre Building, opened by His Royal Highness Prince William in 2014.  

The College accommodation gives you a fascinating and affordable alternative to faceless, modern hotels, rich in history, and at the heart of one of the world’s top universities. All rooms are furnished and appointed as a typical scholar’s study bedroom, with the extra provision for visitors of bed linen, towels, toiletries, and tea and coffee making facilities. 

History to the present day

Founded in 1886 by Elizabeth Wordsworth, the great niece of the poet. She named the College after one of his twelfth century predecessors, Hugh of Avalon, who was canonised in 1220, and in whose diocese Oxford had been. Elizabeth Wordsworth was a champion of women's education and her foundation of St Hugh’s enabled poorer women to gain an Oxford education, beginning in a house with just four students. Now more than a century later, over five hundred undergraduates and graduates attend the College. The first male undergraduates were admitted in 1986.

Tread in the footsteps of such alumni as Aung San Suu Kyi, Barbara Castle and current Prime Minister Theresa May, and share in the real Oxford scholar’s experience, by staying at St Hugh’s.

Food and Drinks

The price of your stay also includes their famously generous full English cooked breakfasts (or a lighter Continental alternative if you prefer), served in the traditional dining hall between 8.00am -10.00am, where you can sit among current students and soak up the atmosphere.

There is also a beautiful landscaped picnic area, on-site coffee shop offering Asian fusion cuisine, deluxe drinks and pastries.

Grounds and gardens

The college has a tranquil fourteen acres of self-contained grounds, maintained to a very high standard by a team of full-time gardeners. There are ample lawns, borders, mature and specimen ornamental trees, all popular with the local birds and squirrels, making St Hugh’s one of the loveliest hidden delights of Oxford. There is even a croquet lawn in the summer. There is plenty of outside seating available in scenic spots, so guests can relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Other facilities

  • Free broadband Wi-Fi access
  • Extensive landscaped gardens
  • Disabled access via elevator
  • Linen and towels provided
  • Luggage storage
  • 24-hour security
  • Summer croquet lawn
  • Sports opportunities, such as a gym, golf course, tennis courts and a swimming pool are all a short drive away

Summary

19th century buildings

20th century buildings

Breakfast included

Free car parking (on site)

No smoking

B&B

Facilities

Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Garden furniture

Games pitches

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Elevator

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Dinner available (at additional cost)

Picnic area

Nearby recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Pub (a short drive)

Museums (walking distance)

Museums (a short drive)

Historic houses

Gardens

Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Tennis courts (a short drive)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (a short drive)

Theatre (walking distance)

Theatre (a short drive)

Age restrictions

Children welcome

Minimum age 11

4.1/5.0

Based on 2489 Reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 3.8
Food 4.2
Website 4.3
Value 4.2
Overall Experience 4.2

Very clean room. Breakfast excellent. Only 10-15 min walk from centre. Perfect for a short break in Oxford. Would certainly stay here again.
Mrs Theresa F

Great staff throughout the college
Ms Rowena L

one forget that college rooms have no 'en suite', we live a pampered life these days, however it did not detract from the enjoyment of the stay.
Mr john R

This was such a lovely, lovely stay!
Dr Elizabeth M

The accomodation and the services were much better than we expected for University Accomodation - We've already recommended this experience to English friends - The ga
Mrs sylvie D

Very good all round and helpful in Porters Lodge. A bonus being able to leave a car there as unusual for Oxford! Will use again !
Mrs KAREN E

Fabulous breakfast in lovely dining hall. Room comfortable and very clean in a lovely setting, and although the WCs and showers were shared, there were plenty of them and they were spotless. One point, regarding the latter - don't forget to take a dressing gown...
Dr Reg C

St Hugh's College is a beautiful setting very conveniently in North Oxford within easy reach of the centre. They have a very nice set of guest rooms in the Main Building, which are very well cleaned and maintained, with good facilities. The college staff were unfailingly pleasant and helpful.
Mr Simon G

I did not stay, only I had a dinner at the college and it was really good.
Mrs Galina D

Great value for money with an inclusive wonderful breakfast and free parking. What I loved in particular was the peace and quiet, and the view over the gardens. I didn't even mind not having an ensuite bathroom as the facilities were so close to our bedroom.
Ms Joanna W

Travel Info

Address: St Hugh's College, Oxford, OX2 6LE, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm        Check Out: By 10.00am

Please arrive at the College Lodge on St Margaret’s Road, where our Porters will be happy to assist you. The College Porters are on duty twenty-four hours a day, and will be pleased to accommodate any accessibility needs, with some advance notice. Should you arrive before 2.00pm, it is generally possible to leave your bags at the Lodge, if your room is not yet ready. We kindly ask that you vacate your room by 10.00am on the day of departure.

The bus station and railway station are both located about 20 minutes’ walk from St Hugh’s.  Taxis are available from both stations and should take about 5 minutes to reach us (traffic depending).

There is also a very convenient Park and Ride at Peartree, for which the bus stops on the Woodstock Road (ask the driver for the St Margaret’s Road stop). 

Please mention in the additional information section of the booking form if you require parking.

For details on our policy on cancelling your accommodation, please see our Bed and Breakfast cancellation policy and details below.