Magdalen College, Oxford
Founded in 1458, Magdalen College offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Oxford.
- 15th century buildings
- 16th century buildings
- 17th century buildings
- 18th century buildings
- 19th century buildings
- 20th century buildings
- Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
- No car parking
- No smoking
- Minimum age 16
- Historic Property
- Free broadband access
- Shared gardens
- Squash court
- Tennis court
- Woodland walks
- Luggage storage
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Clothes dryer
- Washing machine
- Central heating
Food and Drinks
- Tea room
- English breakfast (included)
- Lunch available (at additional cost)
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Pub (a short drive)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Historic houses
- Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
- Recommended restaurants (a short drive)
- Theatre (walking distance)
The river Cherwell runs through Magdalen's grounds which include over 100 acres of parkland - a beautiful and tranquil area in the heart of the city. Along with the magnificent cloisters, deer park and quads with formal lawns and borders, the claim to be the most beautiful college in Oxford is not without foundation.
The College offers rooms on its main site but also rooms in our Waynflete Building across Magdalen Bridge, with stunning views of the College. In this building the modest rates do not include breakfast.
Whichever Magdalen accommodation you choose to book, you can be sure of a warm welcome at the Porters' Lodge, from one of our student staff or the porters themselves. One of them will show you to you room and answer any queries you may have. We regret that we are unable to provide parking at the College.
History to the present day
Magdalen College was founded in 1458 by William Waynflete, Bishop of Winchester, and Lord Chancellor, on the site of the Hospital of St. John, just outside Oxford’s East Gate.
Several additions were made after Waynflete’s death in 1486: in 1492, the foundation stone was laid for a grand new bell tower, 144 feet high. Ready for use by 1505, Magdalen Tower has become one of Oxford’s iconic images. The College then completed the High Street range, to link the Tower with existing buildings, and in 1508/9 erected the large allegorical gargoyles in the Cloister later known as the ‘hieroglyphics’.
In the early 1730s, Edward Holdsworth designed a grand new quadrangle in the Palladian style to replace most of the medieval buildings. Only the north range of this quadrangle, the New Building, was ever completed. This occupies part of the Grove, which had been planted as a formal garden in the 17th century.
Food and Drinks
English Breakfast is served in the medieval Hall. Choose from a full selection of cooked items as well as cereals, fresh fruit and continental pastries on display in our Buttery - then take your tray into the panelled Hall to enjoy your breakfast with other guests, students and visitors with the portraits of famous alumni looking down. Please note, our Waynflete Building accommodation is sold on a 'room only' basis which does not include breakfast, for these rooms details of where breakfast may be obtained within 2-3 minutes' walk will be provided on a sheet on check-in.
The Old Kitchen Snack Bar, with riverside terrace, is open for light lunches and afternoon teas. Most evenings the Old Kitchen Bar will be open serving drinks. A wireless internet service hot spot is available in the Old Kitchen.
Grounds and gardens
Magdalen is set in over 100 acres of grounds and parkland with the River Cherwell flowing through. The Deer Park (with a herd of around 65) has been established for over 300 years. In addition to the formal lawns and borders there are water walks and meadows for all to enjoy. The Fellows' Garden, noted for its Spring flowers, is open throughout the year.
Guests are welcome to use the Ethernet connection in each study bedroom but will require a cable and password from the Porters' Lodge. Wifi is available in some buildings and also requires an access code from the Porters' Lodge.
Telephones may be used with an Oxford University phone card which may be purchased from the Porters' Lodge in either £5 or £2 denominations.
Launderettes are available and a pre-paid card may be obtained from the Porters' Lodge. There are ironing facilities in the launderettes.
Bathrooms are communal unless stated as en-suite.
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: Magdalen College, Oxford, OX1 4AU, United Kingdom
Address: Magdalen College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU.
Check In: From 2pm Check Out: By 10am (the Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day)
Coaches stop in the High Street, opposite Queen's Lane, four minutes' walk from our Porters' Lodge, which is close to the foot of the Great Tower very near Magdalen Bridge. The Coach Station (Gloucester Green) is about fifteen minutes' walk from the College but London and Airport coaches stop at High Street/Queen's Lane on their way to the central coach station.
The Rail Station is twenty minutes' walk away from Magdalen. Buses run from the rail station and stop at Queen's Lane in the High Street.
Those travelling by car are advised to use Thornhill Park and Ride on the A40 east of Oxford. Park & Ride Buses into the centre stop opposite Queen’s Lane in the High Street. We regret that we are unable to provide parking at the College.
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Mr Robert Hammersley (Mag member 1962), April 2013: Great!
Mr Matt Fossey, April 2013: We were in the 1960s residence across the river from Magdalen College. Rooms were very basic with no en-suite facilities. However, £40 pppn represents good vfm given the usual high prices in Oxford. College porters were very helpful and accommodating.
Dr Johanna Paterson, April 2013: Very helpful and friendly staff for checking in/out. Room basic but adequate - just what I was expecting for the price.
Dr Vanessa Humphrey, April 2013: Thank you to very helpful porter staff
Mr Rick Leijssen, April 2013: Room was clean and spacious. The shared bathroom/toilet was fine as well. Unfortunately there was no breakfast provided because of Easter but this was clearly announced before booking and there was a discount because of this, so still good value for money.
Mr Moacyr Nobre, March 2013: thank you
Mr Joel Evans, March 2013: Friendly porters!
Mr Nick Twyford, March 2013: I liked this service very much - good location, and the retro uni rooms were functional and entertaining.
Miss Lucy Wood, March 2013: With booking 429657: we were delighted to be upgraded to rooms in college rather than the Wanfleete Building -- a great kindness given my mother's age (though that chilly, windy, snowy night made even walking to Grove Building quite a challenge for her). Delighted also to be able to buy breakfast in hall, very economically. Overall extremely good value. The porters were especially helpful and welcoming.
Dr Wolfram Maring, October 2012: Overall it was a great experience for me to be guest in a British University College
Mrs Melissa Seaman, October 2012: Breakfast not included so please ignore this answer
Great value for money and a fantastic opportunity to stay in a college
Ms Jennie Walters, October 2012: Porters and staff very friendly and helpful. A beautiful place to stay.
Mrs Linda Halstvedt, October 2012: Absolutely loved my all-to-short stay at beautiful Magdalen College and will most certainly come again, so handy for centre of Oxford, and so close to Botanical gardens, River Cherwell walk, especially the loop which ends at Christs College. Must also comment on the extremely helpful and courteous help from the staff in Reception. All in all a wonderful stay, cant wait to come back!!
Dr TONY KAVANAGH, October 2012: The college staff and cleaners were very helpful and friendly.
Mrs Jane Bennett, October 2012: The porters were particularly helpful and friendly and gave us a map of the area too.
Dr Makoto Matsumoto, September 2012: I really could have good experinece with my family in historical Magdalen College. I hope we would come back again.
Mr Stephen Goss, September 2012: Thoroughly enjoyed my visit.
Mrs Heather Hampson, September 2012: It was a lovely place to stay, perfect for our requirements. The staff were great to us, very helpful. The room was as we expected, the lighting could have been a bit better, as there was no bedside lamp in my room as the socket was in the wrong place.
Ms Carol Chesarek, September 2012: The room was comfortable for what it is (a student room) but not posh, it was nice to have a sink and refrigerator. The situation was generally quiet (this was late summer week, out of term). There was a good range of food at breakfast. The help and advice from the porters was outstanding.
The setting in the old quad at Magdalen is glorious and very convenient for the central part of the university. I would definitely stay there again.
Another visitor mentioned that only one of the showers on our floor had hot water on the day I left, but it was the shower nearest me so I can't confirm.
Mrs Yumi Attfield, September 2012: The accommodation manager was very helpful and put us up at Fellow`s Guest Room which was excellent. We really had a good stay. we will go back there again.
Mr Pete Boatfield, September 2012: Awesome, beautiful and the Porters were great. Many, many thanks.
Mrs Olive Light, September 2012: The staff at the Collge eg reception and catering staff were extremely friendly and most willing to answer your questions and generally talk to you. We felt this aspect of our visit was outstanding.
Dr Eileen Palmer, September 2012: This was a really lovely place to stay. Magdalen College is very beautiful, and has beautiful grounds. The room was obviously a student room, but a good size, and very quiet and comfortable with a view over the deer park. There were nice toiletries and fresh towels left each day. The staff were outstanding, from the friendly welcome, helpfulness and courtesy of the porters, to the lovely lady who cleaned my room. Breakfast was well above average with plentiful fresh fruit, melon salad, soaked dried fruits, yoghurts and flaked almonds;warm croissants and pain au chocolat alongside the more traditional cooked English breakfast choices, toast and preserves. The kitchen staff again were outstandingly helpful and friendly. I would stay here again, and recommend it.
Ms Diane Kleemann, August 2012: Room was great for what I needed. No frills but didn't want any. Room position was great, overlooking river and Magdalen bridge. Room clean. Breakfast was great. The porters could have been a little more helpful. One fellow was great (had a beard, didn't get his name).
Will come back again and again if I ever get the chance. Thanks for a great experience.
Mr Robert Scamardella, August 2012: A very enjoyable stay. The room was quite basic and the shared shower-room was a little old. The staff were always very helpful; the location excellent.
Mr John David Brearley, August 2012: The whole experience was a pleasure - the helpfulness of the porters, the location was great and the room was fine. I didn't take breakfast. Last year I stayed at Cats (not arranged through universityrooms) and shall continue to stay in college when I make my periodic visits to the dreaming spires.
Ms Julie Price, August 2012: It was a lovely place to stay, the grounds were amazing. Breakfast was great, the only negative is the room was very basic and the bedding was ink stained!
Miss Julia Safiullina, August 2012: Magdalen college is beautiful and the staff is friendly! The room was massive, good enough for two people if you put a double bed in.
Ms Ann Moody, August 2012: Staying at Grove Quad, Magdalen College, Oxford was a completely new travel experience for me. I loved being in the midst of such magnificent history - truly an intellectual 'mind trip,' thinking of all the developments of mankind that have transpired through the ages. The service given by the employees was both efficient and charming. Hats off to all of you who have this kind of stay so well organized - beautiful! Ann Moody
Ms Michelle Galindo, August 2012: The porters at Magdalen College were fabulous. They had all the answers that we needed, and were cheerful and helpful at all times.
Miss Taisha Garby, August 2012: A very enjoyable experience. In particular, the staff made my stay at Magdalen a lovely one as they were very kind and eager to help. Keep up the good work!
Mr XUEFEI BAI, August 2012: quite good the location and service!
Mr malcolm cranmer, August 2012: Super friendly staff and although the room was in the modern buildings, it had a great view of the river.
Ms Gill Grey, August 2012: It is a beautiful college with exceptional grounds. The portering staff were very helpful.
Mrs Ashley Fiutko, July 2012: I really enjoyed my stay at Magdalen College. The staff in the Porter's Lodge were incredibly friendly and helpful, and my single room was quite spacious for a dorm room. I would definitely stay here again on a future trip to Oxford.
Ms Jo-Ann Pereira, July 2012: Thanks to the hospitality staff who kept my room clean and the check-in staff who were very friendly and helpful.
Mr Paul Walton, July 2012: Had a great stay at Magdalen College, Oxford, in the Grove Quad student rooms. People there were very friendly and made me feel welcome. Ideal way to experience Oxford from inside one of the colleges and would definitely do it again.
Mr Matthew Tabinor, July 2012: Very good experience - clean, breakfast was good - and most importantly when staying in a historical town such as Oxford, spectacular surroundings + views. Would recommend to a friend!
Prof Timothy Davis, July 2012: Breakfast was not included, so we cannot comment. We expected student accommodation and that was what we had. The beds were comfortable, the rooms and shared bathroom clean. The water was hot, but the shower flow was not great. Overall, good value.
Mr Gordon Ludtke, April 2012: No breakfest was available during my stay, however, there are many options close by. Overall a good stay. Thank you.
Ms Tania Thach-Xuan-Ky, April 2012: I had a very good stay in Magdalen - thank you. Lovely view from this room too.
Note: no breakfast was offered for this accomodation, but there is no 'box' for 'not applicable
Miss Stephanie Cruchandeau, April 2012: We had a really nice stay! Great location, really nice reception. We highly recommend this experience!
Dr GURDEEP MANN, April 2012: Bed was comfortable. Good basic/ no-frills accomodation. Convenenient shop downstairs. Close to all colleges and a short walk from train and bus station.
Ms Vanessa Quigg, April 2012: Porters were friendly and couldn't have been more helpful. The room itself wasn't wonderful: I stayed in the Waynflete building, and it was noisy (beside a main road) and poorly decorated, and I wasn't happy that the duvet was very clean. I had no access to drinking water, and had to buy my own and bring it in. I shared a bathroom with approx. 8 people. That said, I paid very little for it by Oxford standards, and was happy that I got value for money. The friendly staff certainly helped.
Dr Jacek Libiszewski, March 2012: Students accommodation, good for price and for short stay, breakfast not available.
Dr John Meadley, January 2012: It was a good experience with pleasant staff and an excellent breakfast. For me it was just a bit on the pricey side, but I acknowledge that VAT does not help
Ms Pia Vesterinen, October 2011: Friendly service, peaceful, an excellent location, a beautiful view over the river; the room was clean and very comfortable and had all the necessities; great value for money, I would definitely stay again
Mrs Petra Geißler - Joost, October 2011: Good place to stay for a few nights. Everything was o.k.
Prof Ian Rowlands, September 2011: I really enjoyed my stay and hope to return. Staying at Magdalen was a unique and special experience, far removed from the usual business hotels that I have to stay in for work. I felt privileged!
Dr Matthew Babirecki, September 2011: The standard of the room was average but I expected this as it is student accommodation. However the college is a great place to stay with beautiful buildings and grounds. The staff were very helpful and friendly.
Dr Raymond Schuch, September 2011: This was a unique lodging experience, which I wholeheartedly recommend. Image staying at Hogwarts, without all the wizards! Honestly, if you are staying in Oxford and dont mind with having to share a bathroom or the absence of a television, then Magdalen's accommodations will be perfect.
Mrs Erika Ketzer, September 2011: Clean room, friendly staff and a delicious breakfast. We will return.
Mr George Ashcroft, September 2011: A very enjoyable stay. The best way to visit oxford. Staff very welcoming
Ms Laura Kolb, September 2011: My husband and I stayed in a Waynflete Building twin room for eight nights during a research trip. The room was no-frills but clean and bright, and the beds were very comfortable. Tea and Nescafe were provided in the room (no breakfast - but that makes the room very affordable. There is a supermarket right next door, too, and a mini-fridge in the room). The porters and scouts were consistently kind and helpful, and the college grounds were a lovely place to take evening walks.
Mr Tim Divett, September 2011: What an incredible experience, walking through the deer park in the morning as the mist rose overs the spires of Oxford.
Ms Jennifer Horvath, September 2011: good price/value; very nice atmosphere
Dr Yalini Senathirajah, August 2011: This was in the Wayneflete (modern) building, no breakfast. The accommodations were more comfortable and larger than I expected, though it is of course a dorm room. Bed quite comfy, the room has a view of trees and the high street and the river near the bridge. Small fridge and hot kettle in room means one can go down to the Sainsbury's which is right next to the entrance and feed oneself cheaply. The porters and everyone were enormously helpful and friendly. Magdalen gardens and deer park are very relaxing.
Mr colin dyer, August 2011: rooms serviced every day pleasent polite staff cannot coment on breakfast as room only
Ms Lesley Gauld, July 2011: Excellent - easy to book, centrally located, friendly and helpful staff, clean and spacious accommodation, the extras provided (toiletries and local guide book) were greatly appreciated. Highly recommended.
Peta Harper, April 2011: Lovely room, very quiet, very central, budget price, porters were lovely. You can look around the college gardens for free as opposed to paying £4.50 to go in. Also you can use the student bar in the old part of the college.
Sharon Bancroft, April 2011: A very quiet and comfortable room. Great to be so close to the centre of the town. Help from the porters was superb and all in all a very enjoyable stay. We'd certainly book again. Many thanks.
(Please note breakfast not included so have not marked this option)
Scott Morrison, October 2010: Pauline was a very helpful and gracious person who assisted me greatly, especially at the beginning and end of my stay. The porters also accommodated my early check in request and kept an eye out for mail for me, which I appreciated.
Dr Roberto A. Saenz Casas, September 2010: Room was good and comfortable (no wash basin in room though). Good location. Service was alright.
Casey Lessard, September 2010: Good location, excellent showers, quiet with decent view. Close to lots of good food and entertainment, and good location for city centre access. Broadband internet is appreciated. No self-catering facilities is a pain if you are staying more than a day or two as food here can be expensive. I bought a camping bowl and utensils to have cereal in my room (there is a fridge in the room). Survey should have an option to say N/A for standard of breakfast (none provided). I did laundry, and it was a bit pricey to buy access to the machines (£2 for the card), and you need to bring your own detergent.
Hsueh chan, wenchuan, September 2010: Our building was a bit shabby, but the warmth and the smiles from the porter's lounge make our stay a very enjoyable one. Thank you Andy for your assistance and the grand tour of the tower! Magdalen College is really a beautiful place to visit.
Kendra Grimmett, September 2010: Easy, well-priced way to stay in Oxford; friendly staff and clean facilities
Heather Janiak, September 2010: Good location and a lovely college to stay in!
Jin Liu, September 2010: Expecially excellent experience is that your porter is open 24h/day and helps guests to book taxi. I would suggest that you put such service on your general information for room guest (e.g. in the room book).
Jesper Schlæger, September 2010: Excellent service from the staff in the porters' lodge, showing me the room and very fast check-in and check-out.
Angela Bennett, September 2010: Breakfast was not included in my tariff, hence my answer for that question.
The experience of using University Rooms was excellent. I was most particularly impressed by the porters at Magdalen, who were kind, helpful and fun. I would definitely recommend both the online service, and the college.
David Valinsky, September 2010: Porters at Magdalen were very helpful and room was just what we wanted. Basic student room with shared bathroom but all very clean and a great price for such a central location.
Cheryl Edwards, September 2010: A student room so not hotel standard but clean and comfortable none the less. Clean towels and a selection of toiletries awaited me. Tea and coffee making facilities and a fridge in the room. Shared bathroom facilities- separate toilet and washbasin cubicles and lockable showers, all clean and fully functional with plenty of hot water.
I didn't have breakfast so can't comment.
All in all, an enjoyable stay. I would use University Rooms again.
Stuart Gillespie, September 2010: The Waynflete Building is a tired 1960s hall of residence without modern facilities such as en-suites. The only luxuries were a small fridge in the room, and internet access via ethernet. The furnishings are nowhere near hotel standard; the rooms and corridors seem very bare. But it's clean and convenient, and if you're looking for bargain basement accommodation in central Oxford, the price is right. It was extremely quiet both during week and weekend when I visited in early September. Just don't invite anyone you want to impress.
Elizabeth Disley, September 2010: The room was a basic undergraduate room without breakfast, exactly as advertised. The porters were very helpful and even sent someone with me to find the room. The room and whole set-up represented very good value for money.
Lesley Conway, September 2010: I was particularly struck with the degree of care and concern shown by the porters. They were all extremely helpful; and in the case of a fellow visitor who was ill, very thoughtful. Location was brilliant. Loved my time there.
Mrs.C A Deloughry, August 2010: I had a wonderful stay which was mainly due to the very friendly staff who could not have been more helpful. Thank you. i will recommend you to my friends.
Barbara Carty, August 2010: We had a very warm welcome from the porter on arrival and although we arrived over the lunch period between 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm when there was a shortage of staff, every effort was made to try to locate someone to show us to our accommodation. However, a cup of tea on the terrace of the Magdalen cafe made a very pleasant and welcome diversion during our short wait.
The porters were very helpful and it was lovely to hear that they could oversee our bags on the day of departure, if required, in order for us to have as full a stay in Oxford as possible.
The room was basic but spotlessly clean and the beds were very comfortable. It was a lovely surprise to find towels and toiletries, which we had not expected, but which next time will make our bags much lighter! We were also very pleased to find tea and coffee making facilities.
As we were staying at Magdalen breakfast was not included, which we knew when booking.
On arrival the showers and two toilets on our floor (the room was not en suite) were spotless but unfortunately by the evening the toilets were virtually unusable and we had to use the ones on the floor below.
It was great to find a small guide book (really useful) and pamphlets and information about the area and local cafes and restaurants.
All in all (apart from the problem with the toilets) we were pleased with the accommodation (and the warm welcome) and would definitely consider college rooms again, although we would definitely go en suite next time, if that is possible. The showers were absolutely fine, with lots of hot water.
On the whole, a positive experience and one which we would recommend to friends and family.
werner van antwerpen, August 2010: Thanks me and my whole family enjoyed the Oxford experience!
Kit Farrow, August 2010: An excellent visit, the only criticism being that one of the beds was not very comfortable. Much enjoyed being part of the college.
Michelle Walters, August 2010: Very comfortable and quiet room, great location, very friendly helpful staff, had best sleep ever there!!! The oxford handbook was a great bonus too!
Debora Heard, August 2010: I had a very nice stay, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. My only comment is that I wasn't informed that the accommodations were co-ed and didn't find out until two young men walked in to use the bathroom in their underwear while I was at the sink brushing my teeth. I think they were just as surprised as I was and, from that point on, we all made a conscious effort to close the doors to bathroom to alert others that there was someone in the bathroom or the shower. I would definitely stay here again and would highly recommend it to others.
Rebecca Wong, August 2010: Very happy with the overall experience, especially since I got to explore the college grounds for free and outside tour hours. :)
Henri Hansen, August 2010: I would've put "excellent" on service, I am not sure if it was a service issue, but I couldn't get proper reception for wifi in the room. It worked elsewhere. The people I dealt with and the room cleaning and all that, were excellent.
Jakob Knab, August 2010: It would have been perfect, if there had been no noise from High Street...
bouhouch hana, July 2010: all people re very nice!!!
Sonya Swafford, July 2010: Great place to sleep and share a very clean shower with excellent water pressure and hot water. The beds were clean and comfortable with very soft sheets and comforters and the check in staff were helpful and friendly. Also, small amenities in the room such as a coffee pot and cookies, tea, coffee, etc., were neat. Great location and seemed very safe. Excellent value for the money.
M. den Brok - van der Laan, July 2010: We've enjoyed our stay tremendously. Thank you so much. The porter was most helpfull and kind.
Charlotte Christensen, July 2010: All the staff was marvelous
Audrey Truschke, July 2010: Rooms are clean and well-maintained. The shared bathrooms are what you would expect of dorm bathrooms, a bit grimmy around the edges, but generally clean. Overall, I had a very pleasant stay.
Sarah Jones, July 2010: It was lovely! I stayed in the separate block and found all the staff lovely and helpful. Thanks so much!
Nuno Ryberg, July 2010: very nice people serving, gorgeous surroundings, the only neg remarque is the water flow in the shower on the 5 floor. I understand that the pressure is low, but just a little more water, please.
thanks for a nice stay
Andrew Price, July 2010: Yes very good, would like to stay again and if you have more rooms in other colleges at £35 a night then please arrange. Cheapness of room a big selling point for me
Meagan B Timney, July 2010: I loved my stay in Oxford, thanks!
Sarah Kift, July 2010: Great staff, and a safe and comfortable environment. Will book again and recommend to friends.
Mahreen Nabi, July 2010: the room was comfortable, clean and the service was superb, someone came and made the bed every day and the oxford guide book left on the desk was a treasure! The check in staff/porter was very helpful and a young boy even helped me with my bags to my room! --Washroom was clean during the week but terribly messy and smelly on the weekend - Friday night, a lot of partying visiting students and A LOT of noise! but again, during the week it was wonderfully quiet and serene
Marcus Sangster, July 2010: Basic accommodation at a basic price. Good large room with plenty of storage space, a desk for working and internet access.