St Benet's Hall, Oxford

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St Benet's Hall, Oxford

St Benet's, founded in 1897, offers B&B rooms in the heart of Oxford.


  • 19th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • B&B


  • No Internet access
  • Private/enclosed garden
  • No luggage storage
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Central heating

Food and Drinks

  • Continental breakfast (included)

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Golf course (a short drive)
  • Tennis courts (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

A very warm welcome to St Benet’s Hall. The Hall is located in handsome Georgian buildings on St Giles, conveniently located in the city centre. The Hall offers the following B&B:

B&B in standard rooms (single or twin) with shared unisex bathrooms.  No TV or hospitality tray.  Most of the single rooms are located on the top floor (4th), accessible via a steep staircase.  There is no lift in the Hall.

B&B in ensuite twin rooms, or in one single ensuite room. No TV. A hospitality tray is provided in term time for the one ensuite twin room available.

B&B in the Hall Guest Room - twin ensuite which has a TV and hospitality tray, and overlooks the garden at the back of the Hall.

With the exception of the Hall Guest Room, please be aware that you are staying in student undergraduate accommodation.  Although the rooms are not to hotel standards, they are clean, tidy and comfortable.

The Hall does not have Porters or a 24hr Reception, so do please be prepared to carry your own luggage.  In addition, we regret that luggage cannot be stored for you after the 10am departure.

Internet access is not providedSmoking is not permitted. Other meals besides breakfast are not available to B&B guests. Hairdryers are not provided. No disabled access.

Check-in is between 2-5pm only. IMPORTANT: please ensure that before making your booking, you can arrive during our specified check-in hours which is a fixed period of 2pm-5pm only.  We regret that we cannot accept guests arriving outside these hours.

History to the present day

St Benet’s Hall is owned by the monastic community of St Lawrence at Ampleforth Abbey in Yorkshire – currently the largest monastery in the UK. In its earliest medieval form, the University of Oxford comprised a few Houses of study, with students gathered around a Master. St Benet’s, founded in 1897, stands proud as the closest institution in Oxford to these medieval Halls. The maintenance of these traditions means that St Benet’s preserves the best of Old Oxford and a wonderful family atmosphere.

Food and Drinks

A self-service continental style breakfast is available in the ground floor Refectory from 8.00am to 9.30am every morning.   If you have any particular dietary requirements, please let us know beforehand by entering these details in the "additional information" section of your booking form. Stepping outside the Hall, you will find many good restaurants, pubs, cafes and delicatessens in the surrounding area.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: St Benet's Hall, 38 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3LN, United Kingdom

Check In: Important - check-in is a fixed period between the hours 2pm-5pm only. Please note that the Hall does not have a Porter's Lodge or a Reception, so check-in must be within the specified time period.

Check Out: By 10am at the latest.  Please note that we do not have a luggage storage facility.

Once your booking has been received, you will be emailed confirmation of your booking. Please ensure you read and bring this information with you. There is no Reception/Receptionist on arrival, but the condition of the booking is that you must arrive within the specified 2-5pm check-in time, as a member of the Hall's staff needs to be here to open the door for you.  Please indicate your time of arrival on the booking form so we know when to expect you.

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, this should be done through the "My Booking" section of this website, who will then in turn notify the Hall.
There are currently no disabled accessible rooms at the Hall. Smoking is not allowed within the Hall buildings, but smoking is permitted in the garden.
Car parking is not available.

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 0 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

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Customer feedback

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, June 2017: Thank you very much for your hospitality. It was just what I had hoped to find. With our best regards! 5/5

, June 2017: We were especially pleased with the character of the room and refectory, the overall facilities and the availability of the duty officer when we found ourselves without the code to get back in. One student in particular made a point of engaging us at breakfast, which we very much appreciated. 5/5

, May 2017: Beautiful view of gorgeous garden from large operable windows. Room spacious. Very good little shower. Room and ensuite bath a little tired, but the room had a very good library. Major artist's work on the stair wall was a real thrill. Location fabulous. Great cappuccino and espresso just down the street at Taylor's, fabulous lunch a few doors further down at Will's Deli. Fantastic Lebanese restaurant a few blocks away. Easy walk to center of Oxford. Location! 4/5

, March 2017: Very good experience. It was a new experience of a college without porters. 5/5

, February 2017: It was lovely. Would stay again. 4/5

, February 2017: We had a most enjoyable and comfortable stay in one of the individual guest rooms here. After a warm personal welcome, we settled in to a very comfortable room, wonderfully quiet and peaceful, despite overlooking busy St Giles. The shower took a little while to warm up in the evening, but repaid perseverance. The atmosphere and overall experience was outstanding and memorable, and we'd be delighted to return here in the future. 5/5

, January 2017: Had a really nice time room was spacious though spartan. everyone at st tenets was friendly and accommodating. 4/5

, January 2017: We had a very pleasant stay in St. Benet's Hall. What the room lacks in luxury (small and outdated bathroom, no wi-fi), it definitely makes up in charm. The building itself - perfectly located! - as well as the atmosphere made for a very unique experience. We would definitely book again & recommend to others. 4/5

, December 2016: Apart from the fire alarm going off, just as we had fallen asleep, staying at St Benet's was a lovely experience. We were however grateful that the fire alarm worked as it could have been a real emergency. Lovely crisp croissants for breakfast and good coffee. Everyone very friendly and we would certainly want to stay again. 5/5

, November 2016: Very nice staff (Ms Martina), very clean rooms. Nice ambiance. Good idea the fact that there was info available about Oxford and what to visit. 4/5

, November 2016: I very much enjoyed my stay - the college is warm and friendly and the room was wonderfully appointed, 5/5

, October 2016: We'lll be back as it suited our weds perfectly. And thank goodness for no cooked breakfast! 4/5

, September 2016: The room was excellent and I thought I got value for what I paid. 4/5

, September 2016: Delightful experience. The warmth and friendliness of the staff really made our visit. Thank you. 5/5

, September 2016: A delightful stay, made very welcome and everyone so very helpful. Really made our visit special, thank you 5/5

, August 2016: Good value for money 3/5

, June 2016: Nice and homely. 4/5

, June 2016: The location of the setting was excellent & the description of the accommodation was spot on. We enjoyed our stay. 4/5

, June 2016: I had a very pleasant stay and enjoyed being a part of the Oxford University experience. 5/5

, June 2016: A lovely room and great experience to stay in an Oxford College during a weekend break. 5/5

, May 2016: Excellant. Enjoyed the whole experience of staying at St Benets 4/5

, May 2016: Great location. Friendly staff and students. Only thing missing was access to wifi. Would come again though. 4/5

, April 2016: We had a thoroughly enjoyable stay 4/5

, March 2016: Excellent location. Everyone was very friendly. 4/5

, March 2016: Very nice room. Perfect. 5/5

Mr Ralph S, January 2016: The description of St Benet's Hall was completely accurate -- exactly what we were hoping for. And the people there made us feel welcome and a part of their community for our brief stay. 5/5

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