St Stephen's House, Oxford
Small, comfortable, peaceful, traditional college in former monastery of The Cowley Fathers.
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- 19th century buildings
- Breakfast included
- Private car parking for a charge (on site)
- No smoking
- Children welcome
- Historic Property
- Shared gardens
- Self-catering facilities
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Central heating
Food and Drinks
- Self-catering facilities
- Continental breakfast (included)
- English breakfast (included)
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
- Theatre (walking distance)
St Stephen's House is a Theological College and a Permanent Private Hall of the University of Oxford, situated close to Magdalen Bridge in a quiet street running between Cowley Road and Iffley Road in East Oxford. We are a former monastery, with the warm, relaxed and peaceful atmosphere of a country house with modern facilities. There are only 50 bedrooms so you will never feel overwhelmed, but unlike other Oxford Colleges, we do not have a Porters Lodge or a Reception, so you will be responsible for accessing the college yourself. Do please be aware that we do not have disabled access, and the entrance is by steep concrete steps.
We provide student accommodation, and as such, the bedrooms are not to hotel standards and do not have televisions or a telephone. However, all bedrooms are clean, tidy and comfortable, with a refreshment tray, towels and toiletries (towels are changed once a week). Unless you have selected an en-suite room, you will be sharing unisex bathroom facilities. If you are staying during term-time, please note that the college operates a silence policy during the night hours between 11pm and 7.30am weekdays to allow students and guests to study and sleep undisturbed, but do be aware that Church bells are rung early in the morning.
Smoking is not permitted in any of our buildings and pets are not allowed.
History to the present day
St Stephen's House is sited in the former monastery of The Cowley Fathers founded by Fr Meaux Benson. The Grade II 19th century building is linked by cloisters to a very fine, Grade 1 listed church designed by Bodley.
Food and Drinks
Breakfast is either a cooked or a continental-style breakfast in the Dining Room. Breakfast type/timings will differ depending on vacation or term-time, but you will always be able to help yourself to the continental-style breakfast from very early morning until 9:30am.
Dinner may be bookable, but only during university term time (and this must be booked at least 24 hours in advance - please state your interest on the booking form).
Self-catering: Access to the Student Kitchen is available. The kitchen facilities include an oven, electric hobs, and microwave.
Nearby Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs: There are a number of restaurants, pubs & cafes, within a few minutes walk of St Stephen's House.
Grounds and gardens
Set in private gated grounds, there is a large lawn where children can play and another peaceful cloister garden with chairs and tables where you can relax in the sun.
Laundry: There is a laundry on the lower-ground floor, with coin operated washing machines and dryers (£1.40 per use), as well as ironing boards and irons. Guests need to provide their own washing powder.
Telephones: There is a pay telephone on the ground floor (near the student kitchen). A telephone card is required to operate this (it does not take coins).
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: St Stephen's House, 16 Marston St, Oxford, OX4 1JX, United Kingdom
Address: St Stephen's House, 16 Marston Street, Oxford, OX4 1JX.
Check In: From 2:30pm only. We kindly ask that you do not arrive before check in, as your bedroom will not be ready.
Check Out: By 10.30am at the latest.
There is no Reception, so on arrival at check-in time (2:30pm), you may collect your room key and go directly to your room.
Once we have been notified of your booking, St Stephen's House will send you a separate email providing you with all the access information you need. This is a separate email sent at a later date, and is not the same as the one you automatically receive from University Rooms confirming your booking. As we do not have a Porters Lodge or Reception, it is extremely important that you read and bring this information with you.
If you need to cancel your booking, please ensure you contact University Rooms in the first instance, who will then in turn notify the College.
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Dr Najat Abdulhaq, May 2013: It was apleasant stay, may be it would be very supportive having a map of the city in the rooms. Thank you
Ms Sarah Irving, May 2013: Excellent, simple, clean accommodation in a pleasantly quiet but welcoming - almost monastic - environment. Friendly residents, great location.
Dr Susan Mitchell, May 2013: very appreciative of the car parking and lovely atmosphere of the Hall. we shall stay again as our youngest due to be an undergraduate in October.
Ms Ariana Musiol, April 2013: Thank you- everything was exactly as described. The rooms are basic, but clean and comfortable. Good breakfast and quiet neighbourhood. Overall it was a very pleasant trip and the location was excellent for exploring Oxford!
Prof. Michael Sommer, April 2013: Nice room, very clean, good breakfast - all was fine.
Dr José da Costa Nunes, April 2013: Booking system: The booking system is very user friendly.
Accomodation: It is excellent value for money, hygene standards were very good, accomodation was confortable, included breakfast (a plus); location is very central.
Excellent value for money. I would book again, if needed be.
Dr Lev Dvoretskiy, April 2013: It's very nice organization of staying in yours university!
Kindly personal and good environments.
Mr Barry Dixon, April 2013: A lovely quiet place to stay. Staff at breakfast time were so friendly and nice.
Sra. Montserrat Grau Oliver, March 2013: Fue una estancia muy agradable que cumplió con mis espectativas.
Mr Anthony MacDonald, March 2013: We loved the quiet, sophisticated, yet homey atmosphere. The room was clean and comfortable and the tea and biscuits provided were a lovely touch. We felt very welcome in the common breakfast area and the food was delicious.
Mrs Catherine Millar, March 2013: The accommodation was very clean, warn, quiet and comfortable and as such represented excellent value for money. Everyone in the College was pleasant and we had no difficulty in following the instructions sent out prior to our arrival. The coooked breakfast was also very good. Would defintiely recoomend and stay at St Stephne's House again.
Dr Gerald Jones, March 2013: We were very pleased with our first stay at this address. We will use again.
Mrs Hazel Peters, March 2013: We enjoyed our stay. The man at breakfast was very cheerful and pleasant. It was extremely helpful to be able to leave our car in the car park up to 5 o'clock on the day of departure. It was a good 25 minute walk into the city centre, but there were frequent buses along the route if required. I would certainly recommend St Stephens House to others.
Mrs Rita Moore, March 2013: A short but very plesent stay. Thankyou.
Mrs Laura Bennett, March 2013: Excellent communication, queries and requests were dealt with promptly and efficiently. Thank you for all your hospitality!
Mr Bjarte Wivestad Engesland, March 2013: Pleasant atmosphere, really good breakfast, friendly kitchen staff.
Mr Jakobus Nel, February 2013: It was a very nice place to stay. Thank you so much for your hospitality.
Ms christina thomas-mcgenity, February 2013: This was my first time at St. Stephen's House. I was slightly apprehensive about staying in a theological college but my sister and I had everything we needed. The breakfast was tasty and the beds, comfortable. We will doubtless return.
Mrs Carolyn Keeling, February 2013: Warm and comfortable, The lack of ensuite wasn't a problem as the 3 shower rooms were a couple of yards away and very private. Great parking. Very atmospheric college
Mr Matthew Fitton, February 2013: The room was extremely clean and comfortable.
Mr Gordon Whitton, January 2013: A nice place to stay.
Miss Sarah Rescoe, December 2012: St. Stephen's House provided excellent accommodation during my holiday. Wonderful location and staff. Clean, large rooms with many amenities.
Dr Helen Atherton, December 2012: Pleasant stay. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the room.
Ms Suzanne Worthington, December 2012: Very happy with my 'digs' in Oxford. Room reminded me of my college room 15 years ago and although it was -2'C outside, it was cosy and warm. St S's House has a special atmosphere - it's calm and very peaceful. Delighted that I could stay there, and will definitely be back when my travel dates coincide with room availability,.
Dr Matthew Davis, December 2012: Very good option for a longer stay.
Mrs Shelagh Carter, December 2012: I left a note in the maintenance book on Sunday morning and by the evening it was fixed. Excellent.
Dr Ruth Griffin, December 2012: A most enjoyable stay (our second visit). The peace and quiet of the College is much appreciated, and is rendered all the more impressive given its location near the heart of the city. We hope to enjoy another visit before too long. Thankyou, St Stephen's!
Mr David Forder, December 2012: Our second stay at St Stephen's House. We would try there first if seeking B&B in Oxford.
Miss Laura Nineham, December 2012: Had a fantastic stay, was very peaceful and location was excellent. The people we bumped into were incredibly helpful. Would stay again
Dr Brigid O'Connell, December 2012: most enjoyable thank you
Mrs Nora Clarke, December 2012: clean warm room,great place to stay, lovely breakfast and the other meals I had. pleasant ,friendly, very helpful staff. Not too far to go to bathrooms.Lovely and peaceful. Thankyou.
Prof Timothy Unwin, December 2012: Clean, comfortable, quiet, good value, unpretentious.
Mr Mark Draper, December 2012: Better than a Holiday Inn. Good value, comfortable friendly atmosphere and close to local restraunts (at the end of the road). Impressed.
Mrs Jennifer Modric, November 2012: Great location and just what we wanted
Mr David Owens, November 2012: A pleasant setting for a short stay in Oxford. Conveniently central, very clean, and well-organised.
Mrs Pauline M Burman, November 2012: quiet room, comfy bed , all nice and clean and lots of hot water , helpful staff and friendly atmosphere ..lovely, thank you .
Mrs Rosanne Lowry, November 2012: We enjoyed the ambience of the college and breakfast with the resident students was a pleasant experience. Our room was warm and clean and the staff most helpful.
Mrs Annick Grieten, November 2012: The accomodation was very good and clean, we had a lovely stay. Location is also nice, in a neighborhood with nice restaurants and close to the botanic garden.
Mr Robert Denton, November 2012: A good experience and have already recommended to friends
Ms Janet Jowitt, November 2012: A wonderful place to stay. Full of atmosphere and history and amazingly peaceful in the centre of a lively city. Very useful to have parking available.
Mr Vytautas Vaitukaitis, November 2012: Extremely good value for money
Mr Keith Collins, November 2012: Warm and comfortable rooms and convenient for the city. Stayed in The Edward King Suite as it had the facility of an additional bed in the lounge, thus giving some privacy for my teenage son. Cost of this accommodation, perhaps a little pricey, but comparable to booking two hotel rooms elsewhere in Oxford. Worth checking on Google Street View beforehand for location of car park entrance.
Mrs Veronica Wright, November 2012: It was a lovely experience staying in St Stephen's House and so close to all the history of Oxford.
Mr Lisa Aufegger, November 2012: I ahve to say the room was in an excellent condition, it was clean and tea, coffee, etc.. was provided. It was warm and cosy and more importantly very quiet! I loved it and I would recommend St Stephens House to everyone who is interested in a stay in Oxford.
Dr Katherine Darton, October 2012: We enjoyed it and hope to come again.
Mr Robert Jonathan hegan, October 2012: Our experience was excellent. Friendly and helpful people, excellent quiet room within walking distance to my son.s college. We would stay in St. Stephens House again.
Mr Robert Barker, October 2012: Lovely, serene accommodation. Very helpful and pleasant staff.
Mrs Elizabeth Benson, October 2012: We really enjoyed the quiet of the accommodation, the room was comfortable and we would certainly stay again. We did find the entry to the car park difficult to find, an obvious sign would be helpful, otherwise an excellent place to stay.
Ms Ann Pugh, October 2012: The room was comfortable and quiet which we really appreciated (often rooms are noisy because of air conditioning and other services). We could open the windows which was great and shower was excellent. We were not able to have full breakfast at St Stephen's so can't really comment on that. We did not use car park on this occasion but probably will in future. We will try to stay at St Stephen's on future visits to Oxford.
Mrs Julie Melvin, October 2012: We had 3 rooms in total. All were equally excellent and of good alum for money. Thank you.
Mr Marinus Luijpen, September 2012: We had a pleasant stay , nice house, good room, bed excellent, very quiet in the middle of Oxford!. We will certainly advise friends to stay in a college or in a House like St. Stephens, when visiting Oxford.
Dr Dorothy King, September 2012: I was entranced by St Stephen's House. I have marked facilities 'good' as objectively that is how they were & how they were described, however for me everything was perfect for what I needed. Very peaceful, safe parking, access to a kitchen & even a Mass one morning!
Mr David Griffiths, September 2012: Friendly staff, good location and clean and tidy place to stay
Mr Mark Tuttle, September 2012: The Oxford house and staff where great... will likely stay there again... Thanks.
Mrs Mary Spicer, September 2012: As my husband had been to Theological college we knew what to expect, it was home territory and we hope to return because our daughter has a job in Oxford.
Mr Leon Sparrow, August 2012: We might well stay here again when next we visit Oxford
Mrs Elizabeth Howell, August 2012: St Stephan's House was a very restful quiet place to stay, ideal for me doing a one night stopover. Also only a 10 minute walk from the centre of Oxford, very convenient.
Srta. nuria garcia echeverria, August 2012: El colegio muy tranquilo, acogedor, estuvimos encantadas, prácticamente cercano a todo. Excelente. Repetiría!! gracias.
Ms Gillian Fitton, August 2012: I would recommend St.Stephen's House for the following reasons; It is ideal for a single person looking for a cheap room within walking distance of Oxford City centre. The room was basic - though I did have a view of the gleaming spires - but clean and the showers also hot and bathrooms clean. Breakfast - a choice of English and Continental was good. Everyone was friendly and the cloisters were a delight to sit in after a hard days sightseeing - Car parking was a bit expensive at St Stephen's £2.50 a day would be more appropriate as this also the cost to use the cities park and ride scheme - St Stephen's is in the Cowley Road area where there are lots of restaurants, cafes and shops - very much a buzzing student area. Would definately stay there again.
Mrs Bernadette Gerbino, August 2012: We really enjoyed our stay even though the code had been changed to the entry door and we couldn't get in without our son calling the number posted for someone to come. They had advised us of the change in code by e-mail, but we had been traveling in Italy and were not able to check our e-mails. Anyway, we were soon inside and very comfortably too. Very good breakfast and the room was a great value too. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
Mr Jan-Ingmar Karlsson, August 2012: We were very satisfied with our visit at St Stephens. Nice and clean. The area we lived in was nice too.
Mrs Caroline Baxter, August 2012: We found the college relaxing and calm. It was an ideal place to stay and just a short pleasant walk into the centre of town.
Mrs Heather Mcgouran, August 2012: The room was very comfortable and the cooked breakfast was excellent. As I was well after midnight getting to bed in a basement room it was a bit spooky going to the loo, as one of the corridor lights didn't work. Overall experience lovely and excellent value for money.
Mr Jon Kaastad, July 2012: Very nice stay at St Stephens's House, good place from which to explore Oxford. Room was nice and clean and spacious and the hospitality of the staff was first rate!
Miss Helen Douglass, July 2012: Amazing for the price, we booked three rooms and ours was especially nice. Great location. Thanks.
Dr Graham & Mrs Muriel Mahony, June 2012: We thoroughly enjoyed our stay though found it a bit of a struggle to get up the front stairs, and up more stairs to our room, with no assistance. Room was fine, bed comfy, breakfast unavailable even though we waited 20 minutes past the start time before having to depart Oxford. The experience was great and we wished that we could have stayed on longer.
Miss Katie Evans, June 2012: Arrivals and departures worked perfectly - no need to worry about lack of staff, instructions were clear and everything as expected.
For a room this cheap I didn't expect toiletries to be provided - great bonus. Bed was a little unstable, but otherwise comfortable, and room had everything expected. Wonderful for the price paid.
Mrs alison pullin, June 2012: basic but very clean and comfortable
Mr Graham Norris, June 2012: Very pleasant stay in a great location.
Mrs karen warren, June 2012: STAYED AT STEPHENS HOUSE TWICE. VERY NICE PLACE,
Mrs caroline coulton, June 2012: Excellent base, would certainly consider for another stay and reccomend to others.
Mr Michael Payne, May 2012: We had a very pleasant stay at St. Stephens House! The rooms were very clean, comfortable. Louise, the housekeeper, could not have been more pleasant. She allowed us to store our luggage under the stairs because we were too early to check into our rooms. Wish we could've stayed longer!! It is a great location for walking into town and exploring Oxford!
Ms Susan Tibbles, May 2012: Very pleasant stay
Dr Alan Glaze, May 2012: Basic 'student' room-only accomodation. Quite location but only 15 mins walk from the city centre, two minutes from a road full of pubs and 10 kinds of restaurant. Parking is a real bonus. Gets my vote.
Mrs Sarah Passingham, May 2012: Great central location with car parking, perfect for visiting my daughter. Spotless room and bathroom, which is crucial. Very tiny room for a double, but comfortable bed. Will likely book again.
Ms Anna Wright, May 2012: This is a quiet simple room with a shared bathroom, no TV but a perfectly clean and acceptable room for a reasonable price. There is a wireless network and tea and coffee making facilities and the parking was very straightforward. I enjoyed my stay.
Mrs Faye Blackwell, May 2012: Lovely stay. Would definitely book again
Dr Jean Braybrook, May 2012: The rooms were comfortable. The provision of tea and coffee was generous, although something caffeine-free would have been welcome. It was hard to find the sockets, which proved to be hidden behind a chest of drawers. Wholemeal bread could be provided for breakfast. It was all in all a very pleasant brief stay.
Miss Nicola Walker, April 2012: A really enjoyable stay. Would definitely come back.
Dr Kirsty Lloyd, April 2012: Great value for money. I will definitely stay again.
Mr david jones, March 2012: It would have been nice to have wi FI but it is a very nice place to stay. Thank you
Mr Ian Tuer, February 2012: We very much enjoyed our stay, it was very comfortable, peaceful and well organised. I felt it was a very special place with the cloisters and lovely chapel and look forward to staying again.
If you would like some constructive comments then the breakfast buffet could be healthier and tastier, e.g. better quality wholemeal bread, low fat spread, soya milk, fruit juice, all bran, porridge, and tinned fruit such as prunes.
I would also like to recommend fairly traded tea and coffee in the rooms and dining hall as they are ethical and in keeping with the ethos of the place.
There was no cooked breakfast available.
Mrs Linda Harmes, February 2012: I was concerned about sharing bathrooms but it was fine all spotlessly clean as was room, we had a fabulous time, thank you.
Miss Romana Zaoralova, February 2012: If you are a student or a young traveller and don't mind shared bathroom, it's a good choice for you.
Dr Jenny Lane, February 2012: really friendly college, very helpful. would definitely stay again!
Mr David Forder, February 2012: What a delight it was to stay at St Stephen's House, it was a shame we could not have stayed longer. The peace and quiet was amazing.
Miss Lucy Hodgetts, February 2012: Comfortable, clean, and convenient! And possibly the best bacon at breakfast I've ever had. Will definitely keep this in mind for future work trips to Oxford.
Dr Jihye Seo, January 2012: I paid for a room with shared bathroom, but they gave me a private bathroom. Thank you so much. I will stay again. It was very quiet, and the breakfast staff also very nice!
Miss Geraldine Olivier, January 2012: I have really enjoyed my stay in St Stephen college. A great experience I really recommend to other people.
Mrs Eleanor Smith, January 2012: A spotlessly clean, warm room in a lovely setting which is only 10 minutes walk from the city centre and just round the corner from lots of diverse cafes and shops on Cowley Road. A lovely Oxford experience.
Mrs Ragna von Glasenapp, December 2011: I enjoyed to stay at this quiete place. All accommodations where clean, the bathroom well equipped and newly renovated. The fivteen minute walk to the inner part of the city was perfect and could be shortened by taking the bus. A very nice indian restaurant close by added to my good memories.
Mr Edward Browne, December 2011: What a lovely place! I'm only sorry that there was no Eucharist the morning I was there.
Mr Sam Wheeler, December 2011: nice homely feel !
Mr Simon Duff, December 2011: Excellent organisation for unattended booking in. Room above expectation. Breakfast very good. Friendly day staff. Thank you very much !
Dr John Barnes, December 2011: A most congenial visit to this very pleasant establishment. Friendly and helpful staff made this a most welcoming stay in Oxford. Thank you all at St Stephen's House.
Mrs Helen Catlow, November 2011: A very enjoyable stay in a lovely house, which was very convenient for walking into the centre of Oxford.
Mrs Marian Catchpole, November 2011: A very pleasant stay. Room was basic, clean and comfortable.
Mrs Laurel Saromines, November 2011: Nice option for staying in Oxford.
Mr Jack Jeng, November 2011: Small room, but was clean and exactly as described. Great value and a good way to experience an Oxford college.
Dr Susan Mitchell, November 2011: All was lovely and my son very happy to be in the ensuite!
Mrs Wendy Pilipczuk, November 2011: Well worth a stay friendly and safe and in a beautiful setting
Mr ANGUS LOGAN, November 2011: Very quiet , restful accommodation . Member of staff from bursar's department was most helpful - Lottie. Overall , St Stephen's was a most pleasing introduction to the city of Oxford .
Dr Iain Grant, November 2011: St. Stephen's was great, like the informal approach, no problems at all. The system they asked me to observe worked to a 'T' ... just fine. Thanks.
Mrs Rosemary Bradley, October 2011: Our room was very comfortable and quiet and the location is good for visiting Oxford.
Dr Ioannis Stamatellos, October 2011: I have really enjoyed the hospitality and service in St' Stephens House.
Mr Russell Olesen, October 2011: This was a nice place to stay, it brought back my student day life.
Dr Gits Prabhu, October 2011: The room at St. Stephens House in Oxford was small, very clean, but at a very convenient location. I was at Oxford to drop my son off to school, while he stayed at his house, my staying at St. Stephens was very helpful in being at close proximity to him.
Mr Maurice O'Donoghue, October 2011: Excellent experience. Very convenient to City Centre.
Dr Cecilia Ines Cornelio, September 2011: Very well location, peacefull place
Mrs sandra anderson, September 2011: The stay was excellent,we had booked 2 rooms. The rooms were very clean and all the bedding and towels were new and of a very high standard. Great location and breakfast.
Dr Shoko Hikita, August 2011: The house situated very close to facilities of Oxford university. The room was fairly small but for the price, it was sufficient enough. The rules and cleanness of the facility were also excellent. Thanks a lot.
Mr Daren Pietsch, June 2011: The staff and students were very pleasant and the arrangements were completely satisfactory.
Dr Raquel Cook, June 2011: We had a smooth and enjoyable experience. The rooms were quiet and clean, and the location was perfect. Thank you!
Mrs Jane Angell, June 2011: A delightful place to stay. in a part of town away from the busy centre but still only a short distance. St Stephen's House has a very pleasant atmosphere and was very comfortable and good value. The Cowley Road is well stocked with useful shops too. I would happily stay here again and recommend it to anyone, although as my room was ensuite (and very nice) I can't say what the other facilites would be like..
M.G.Morgan, May 2011: Quiet and tranquil place at a very reasonable price.
Mrs Ela Pustulka-Hunt, May 2011: I liked the quiet atmosphere and the surroundings. I would strongly recommend the place to anyone wanting a restful stay near the centre of Oxford.
Ms Barbara Loerzer, May 2011: A very quiet and peaceful place. I enjoyed my stay very much.
Mr Stephen Burt, May 2011: A most enjoyable stay. The room was perfect and the instructions all very clear. The location was a haven of peace and quiet. Hard to believe we were only a few tens of metres from the Cowley Road! We will look forward to staying here again in future.
Mr Michael Fleet, May 2011: very relaxing will placed would use again many thanks
Linda Tokarek-Vickers, April 2011: Surroundings and architecture of building good. Furnishings in room a little drab. Served its purpose. Not able to give a score for breakfast as did not stay for it.
Ron Pestana, April 2011: Room was very good as was breakfast each day. Kitchen staff very nice. We had a lovely aspect from our room. It was quiet and peaceful and we appreciated being able to come and go as we liked. Very handy to city centre bus - comes around every 10 minutes. Also very handy to local restaurants, Tesco and Sainsbury.
Mr WILLIAM ALEXANDER, April 2011: Ideal for a short stay in Oxford. Parking facility was most appreciated in a town that hates cars.
Dr Andrew Torrance, April 2011: Great place to stay for an authentic feel of Oxford.
Mike North, April 2011: we enjoyed our visit, the accommodation and the car parking option.
Sui T. Lau, February 2011: the room is clean and in good conditions.
Keith Sutton, February 2011: we certainly would return
William John Tait, February 2011: I was most grateful for this accommodation, which met all my expectations.
Ian Davies, February 2011: Room excellent, except there was no chair.
We did not have breakfast, so please take no notice of that answer.
Would certainly come back again.
william carlyon, February 2011: It suited us well. Convenient and reasonable for Oxford.
Elaine Ambler, December 2010: Oxford won our hearts, St Stephen's was our home away from home for our stay there. It was clean comfortable and cosy. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Nathalie BOSSON, December 2010: The place is very nice, warm (in both sense of the term), very very convenient, and quiet and peaceful (notice that I was there on vacation-term). I would recommend it warmly and will definitively stay there if I have to come back to Oxford.
Hilary Diamond, December 2010: Beautiful inside; we went for a short walk in the cloisters and loved it. Bus stop nearby that had a bus going pastg every minute, that could take you to Oxford City Centre. Very close to Lovely Botanical Gardens. Staff very friendly. Rooms warm and clean. Excellent shower.
Sara Fortunati, December 2010: The best accommodation I have ever stayed at!
Very peaceful and quiet, with extremely kind staff.
Kurt Hollesen, November 2010: I really enjoyed my visit at St Stephen's. Excellent nice clean room. Wonderful breakfast where you were served by a friendly chef, lovely atmosphere and very quiet and peaceful surroundings. Hard to believe you are almost in the heart of Oxford. I will look forward to visit St Stephen's again.
David Holder, November 2010: We had a small twin room with shared facilities. The room was very clean and the beds comfortable. The bathrooms were close and clean. Breakfast was very good and the few people we met were friendly. It was good to be able to stay in the centre of Oxford. Excellent value for money.
Susan Joyner, November 2010: Great place to stay. Thank you
Rebecca Wells, November 2010: Had a very comfortable stay, thank you.
Sveinn Yngvi Egilsson, November 2010: We really enjoyed our stay and will certainly consider renting a university room again if we should return to Oxford in the future.
Dianne Rummery, October 2010: Met some very interesting people at breakfast which was a fine meal. Would have been useful to know that the bus for Heathrow and Gatwick stopped very close by to St. Stephens. Could be included in notes sent to guests.
Stefan Karpik, October 2010: Exceptionally quiet over the weekend. I will come again.
cheryl f lang, October 2010: A quiet and peaceful experience - would like to visit again
Lynne Ballew, October 2010: Excellent value and great facilities--only thing missing was a TV in the room! I will definitely book with you when I plan to be in Oxford again! thanks for everything!
Ms Kylie Suich, October 2010: It was slightly impersonal, as you don't meet anyone on arriving or leaving. But I can see how that is necessary for this type of accommodation.
Breakfast was good - Soy Milk was provided, without having to arrange in advance, this is the only accomm in the UK that provided it.
Ulla Lorenz-Eibl, October 2010: Dear Sir or Madame,
At first we were a bit sceptical of staying in a college, but it was really a pleasant stay. The room was spacious and clean. The beds were comfortable and the room service was good. We particularly liked the peacefull atmosphere. The only thing was the continental breakfast, which did not have much variation. If you don`t like English breakfast, there was not much choice left. I`m sure, we will chose college accommodation again.
neil johnson, October 2010: Great idea for place to stay - everyone there was very helpful.
Elaborate security systems took a bit of figuring out, but I suspect they are necessary.
Sara Thorne, October 2010: Great to be able to park during the stay. Easy to organise and really useful to be able to stay during term time - it meant we were close at hand when my son, who has Asperger's Syndrome, started in Corpus Christi College. Beuatiful view over the cloisters too. Thank you!
Eugenia Keil, October 2010: It was a very nice experience. I felt like I'm a student again. My former school was a monestary as well, so I felt right at home. The place oozes knowledge. I would highly recommend it. Thank you! P.S. The instructions were very easy to follow which shouldn't be underestimated.
Nicola Ramsden, October 2010: We loved the Bishop's Room - the others in the single rooms found them rather small, but adequate for one night, and we all appreciated the cleanliness of the rooms. Residents of St Stephens were most friendly towards us. It was a huge advantage to be able to use the car park. We liked the peaceful atmosphere, and will certainly try to stay here again when next in Oxford.
Mr. & Mrs S Ince, October 2010: Comfortable bed and a good breakfast served by friendly chef
Ms diane coxon, October 2010: The location was great, enjoyed "edgy" part of town, Cowley Road.
Staff friendly and helpful - room a bit noisy at times as right opposite front door, where everyone had to enter. Minor gripe though,
would stay again, and recommend it. About a 10-15 minute walk to central Oxford, but very enjoyable walk, and could easily get sidetracked onto other accessible beautiful riverside etc. walks.
Will use University Rooms again, excellent idea for travellers out of semester time.
John Emmett, September 2010: My only problem was finding the way in from the car park to the main reception - I didn't find the instructions very easy to follow having walked round the cloisters twice! In the end, I had to walk out of the car park and round the block to the main entrance - but no serious problem. Overall clean and very convenient for town centre
Maria Elena Vollnhals, September 2010: Car park was crowded on the first day, but the room and breakfast was fine...
pietro denaro, September 2010: The room and toilets were very clean.
Louise Wood, September 2010: Very comfortable, clean and quiet with good en suite facilities. Location great for walking into Town Centre. Lots of local places to eat.
Julie Riley, September 2010: A lovely stay very relaxing and peaceful. The beds were extremely comfy which is not the case in many hotels. We felt very privileged to stay in such a beautiful building. Oxford certainly does have the wow factor. We hope to be back again soon.
Ross McKinlay, September 2010: Very efficient, very clean, made to feel welcome. Lovely and quiet, a slightly earlier than 8.30 cooked breakfast would have been good. Overall though a recommended place for those who want a quiet night.
Lynne Alderson, September 2010: We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room and bathroom facilities were spotless. The location was great with a choice of great restaurants around the corner and the centre of Oxford very easily accessible!
R. Pot, September 2010: Wonderfully quiet, no tv was a blessing. Very clean. Would defenitely use St Stephen's House again.
Clare Williams, September 2010: We enjoyed our stay at St Stephen's. Good location and very handy to be able to park securely. We did get a little lost in the Cloisters but were rescued by some Good Samaritans! Would stay again.
Charlotte Bews, September 2010: The organisation was fantastic and although there was no one present over the weekend it was easy to access and the perfect accomodaton for our weekend in Oxford.
Gregory Arief D Liem, September 2010: I enjoyed my stay at St. Stephen's House, Oxford. The room is clean and the ambiance is quiet. It is located very near to Cowloy Road, where we can get "almost everything" I needed (i.e., groceries, cafes, etc.). It is a very "value for money" experience. Thanks!
Hilary Smith, September 2010: Comfortable, quiet, clean, fantastic parking, excellent value, this was our second visit and we will return.
So Lai Chun, September 2010: It would be great if the breakfast can start a bit earlier, like 8:00. Overall, it is a very pleasant stay and the envirnoment is excellent. Cleaning lady and kitchen staff are very friendly.
Carrie Edwards, August 2010: We had a great stay, no problems at all, thank you very much!
sue Lahache, August 2010: I would book here again. It was very peaceful, but then it was holiday time. Excellent base for seeing Oxford with a short bus ride or a 20 minute moderate walk. The walk seems shorter as there is so much to see on the way in to the main shopping area. Our stay was enjoyable. The museums were fabulous
Lucia Obi, August 2010: Very plesant, quiet atmosphere, excellent breakfast, friendly staff.
Jimmy Paget, August 2010: A beautiful college and a very peaceful stay.
Dr J E Hyde, August 2010: Staff were very friendly and helpful.
Miss Kate Hughes, August 2010: The room was cosy and clean, and the overall service was efficient. I would definitely stay at St Stephen's House in future.
Margaret Clark, August 2010: Good to see Fairtrade products being used.
Staff all very helpful and friendly.
Stuart Brown, August 2010: A surprisingly straightforward booking process, clear instructions provided about access to the buildings etc. Would happily book again should the need arise. St Stephen's House is magnificent.
Sarah Langridge, August 2010: very good accommodation for price paid. breakfast was very good . would book again and would recommend it.
Rebecca Kehoe, August 2010: A superb facility! Lovely clean rooms, friendly & helpful staff, great value for money and breakfast - what more could you ask for!
M. van Zutphen, August 2010: St. Stephen's House offers good quality no-nonsense accomodation and breakfast. My en-suite single bedroom had an excellent new shower. I enjoyed staying in and walking around the cloisters. It was also nice to stay in an area just outside the centre and experience another part of Oxford.
Margaret Stott, August 2010: We thoroughly enjoyed our two nights at St Stephens, and would recommend anyone using this type of accommodation. The history and learned atmosphere just seep in !Peaceful and quiet and an easy walk to town. Enjoyed using the kitchen for evening meals.
Annie Burson, August 2010: A lovely peaceful stay in delightful surroundings, just one comment for improvement which would be a glass in the bedroom for water. Have already recommended you to a friend who often stays in Oxford.
Bart Pleumeekers, August 2010: Car park is very interesting and good value for money. Quiet place to stay.
Lionel Mann, August 2010: Very pleased with the accommadation, clean and comfortable, ideal for a short stay, would perhaps be a little cramped during an extended visit. Super shower, enjoyed the tea and coffee, but missed the biscuits. Many thanks for an excellent full "English" breakfast. All much appreciated. Only joking about the biscuits!
Mrs Monica Bray, August 2010: St Stephen's House is a wonderful place to stay, with its peaceful and welcoming atmosphere. I would highly recommend it to any one and will certainly stay there again if I have the opportunity.
Ms. Toshiko Chiba, July 2010: The room was clean and comfortable with good shower. The breakfast was very good in a friendly atmosphere. I enjoyed good walks to the city centre. My first visit to Oxford was excellent. I will recommend the rooms to friends.
Paolo Fornasini, July 2010: I cannot rate the standard of breakfast, because I never had. I attended a Conference that started at 8:30.
A more flexible breakfast time would have been of help.
Neil Hudson, July 2010: Very pleasant accomodation, quiet and sufficient. Fantastic atmosphere of the old buildings. Very clean room and facilities.
Thank you very much Neil
Carolina Murd, July 2010: I had a very pleasant stay! Thank you!
Kevin Hunter, June 2010: This was a very friendly college. I was invited to the faculty tea which was the staff at the theological college. Had a wonderful night talking to a great variety of people and views. why else would you travel.
Mary Torney, June 2010: I was very happy with all aspects of my stay in St Stephen's house.
I did not have breakfast there, but there is no option to tick for this above
Charles Jardine, June 2010: There was a lovely peaceful atmosphere at St Stephen's.
Ms Lynda Raine, June 2010: Lovely quiet peacful room and tranquill atmosphere in a very busy city.
ESTELLE CANO, June 2010: Very convenient location and good value for money. Recommended!
Phillip Andre Joubert, June 2010: My stay at St.Stephen's House was truly memorable and went beyond just being a place to stay. It was also a strong spiritual experience and I took part in Masses, formal dinner and part of the Open Day. The opportunity to talk to some of the students and staff re-invigorated my faith and I found the friendliness of everybody made me feel very at home. The breakfasts were great - good coffee too!!
I certainly enjoyed my walks to the University and Town centre although buses were incredibly frequent. Thank you to everyone there and I will be back.
Dr Heather Streeter, June 2010: Very peacuful, comfortable bed
Jolly atmosphere at breakfast, but not intrusive
Glenn Wright, June 2010: Conveniently located a nice walk from town centre. Roomy and spotless. Comfortable beds and great shower. Breakfast was good and evening meals were excellent value for money. Appreciated access to computer room, TV lounge and laundry facilities. Very restful given requirement for silence from 11pm to 7:30am! Students and staff so busy that opportunity for conversation very limited.
Scott Swedeen, June 2010: So very pleased with my stay here. A quiet, clean place. A short walk to the city center, or to bus stops if you prefer. Excellent parking facilities for a car to explore the nearby countryside. I forgot a piece of jewelry in the room when I left. It was found and sent to me by post. Very pleased with this experience!
Miriam Parker, June 2010: We had an excellent time with a superb breakfast. A very easy stroll in to Oxford. Thanks you
Julie McKeown, June 2010: Our second visit - very good in every way except for the noise from revellers outside. It did not make a for a good night's sleep but there's nothing you can do about that, I know! It won't put us off recommending or returning to St Stephen's House.
Mr Tim Bell, June 2010: The confirmation email from St Stephen's Hall did not list the rooms I had booked back in January; however the staff on our arrival were very helpful. This was a reunion of 1959 freshmen from Liverpool University, who much enjoyed the experience of life in an Oxford College today, so thank you all.
Florence Finnegan, June 2010: We enjoyed our stay at St. Stephen's House. Our room was on a small hall with only 3 rooms, ours being the only one occupied. Because of that our bathroom and shower were almost private. The beds were very comfortable, and the breakfasts were delicious.
Lisa Vatta, June 2010: The people at the college were lovely and attentive. I had a very enjoyable stay and would recommend it to any & all.
Wayne Morris, June 2010: We really enjoyed our stay at St. Stephen's House and look forward to a return visit.
Ann Sherburn-Hall, May 2010: We have not booked through University rooms before and I am pleased to say we were delighted with the experience. The information given about booking in went very smoothly. The room was clean and well presented. Both the dinner and the breakfast was good and the catering staff were very friendly. The location was good and we very much enjoyed the location. We shall definately book again in the future and recommend this option to friends rather that going to an impersonal hotel. Thank you.
Michele Walrond, May 2010: The twin room was very clean. The bedding was also very clean. Our breakfast was scrumptious and there was plenty of it. It was nice to have a choice of breakfasts too. We had a very enjoyable stay and would book again if we ever choose to revisit Oxford.
Bernadette Del Aguila, May 2010: My daughter is home-schooled and we needed somewhere tranquil to stay the night before her IGCSE Maths exam at Oxford Tutorial College. St Stephen's was the perfect setting. A pleasure to stay in such peaceful surroundings and to 'go behind the veil' of Oxford University, as it were. Many Thanks from Bernadette and Sophie, Surrey.
Nicholas Daunt, May 2010: An enjoyable stay. Conveniently situated for centre of Oxford, but in a quiet location. May well consider using again.
Niamh Tuft, May 2010: Staying at St Stephen's House was so convenient and really reasonably priced for its location. I was attending my graduation so for the overnight stay it was perfect. So much better than a rather souless budget hotel- there was a real feel of friendliness and character about the place. Many thanks.
Dr Donald Spaeth, May 2010: Friendly and helpful staff on arrival (even though after 5), quiet and comfortable room, peaceful in cloisters, and handy for buses and food, too. Breakfast was late for me, and I prefer a continental breakfast anyway, so it was good to learn that I could eat earlier; it would be helpful to have this information on website.
Andrew Murphy, May 2010: An excellent place to stay for quiet and reflection.Friendly and welcoming staff and students. No more grotty B n B joints on the Iffley Road for me !.Also great for nearby pubs and eateries.
Maher Morgan, May 2010: Rooms are very clean and comfortable, in a very quiet environment. Excellent breakfast. Reasonably near city centre 15-20 minutes walk or a short Taxi ride. All in all excellent value for money.
Mrs Emma C Snead, April 2010: A basic little room but clean and with everything I needed. On reflection, I should have booked an en-suite as bumping into theology students while running out of the shower was a little embarrassing for them as much as me!
Breakfast was tasty (more food would have been nice though as the bread on offer was the cheap sliced variety and I cant eat that so would have liked more bacon instead) and I loved the long tables which gave the opportunity to speak to other people who were staying there.
A fab location - took some great photos of the cloisters and would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for somewhere a bit different.#
Tessa Campos, April 2010: Staff were very friendly and helpful, the rooms clean and a very relaxed atmosphere.
Gunilla Jönsson, April 2010: Thank you for a woderful stay at Stephens house.It was one of the best and the most pieceful "hotel-nights I´ve had. I have already told my friends about it and recomended it to them and my collegues.
Margaret Travers, April 2010: At St. Stephens there is a friendly relaxed atmosphere. Peaceful location. Convenient for city centre - 15 minute walk or very short bus ride. The accommodation was comfortable and clean.
Portia Linnette, March 2010: St Stephen's House gave me a refreshing few days of quietness and calm. The staff are kind and create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. I particularly appreciated the crisply laundered bed linen.
Michael Dalling, March 2010: My experience at St. Stephen's House for ten weeks was outstanding. Everyone was very friendly and extremely helpful, the room was very comfortable and the facilities were very clean and convenient. The daily breakfast was first-class. It is also an excellent location.
Anna Rich, March 2010: St. Stephen's House was very nice and close enough to the city center for a pleasant walk through a fun part of town in the mornings. The staff was very kind. I would certainly stay here again!
Merry Bruns, March 2010: A truly lovely place to stay, and everyone couldn't have been nicer.
Mrs T Clarke, March 2010: Booking online can be a daunting experience but booking with university rooms was easy. The website information is clear. There is opportunity to change requirements should it be necessary. Queries were answered promptly and calmed any worry I might have had about the stay.
We arrived before 5.00pm and we were shown to our room by a helpful member of the admin staff. The room was clean and tidy. The towel with complimentary soap,shower gell and shampoo was a nice grace note.
The breakfast was supereb! The college is only 15 mins walk from the main area of town and yet it was a peaceful place to stay. We had a great time and will be staying again at some time in the future.
Johnpaul Frattolin, March 2010: We had a wonderful time, everything was well organized and everyone
was very helpful. The room and facilities very clean, not fancy, but adequate , quiet and enjoyable. I do think in all fairness , that they were
a tad expensive, However, thoroughly enjoyed our stay
K fulford, March 2010: We would use this accommodation again - it was simple, clean, quiet and peaceful with secure parking.
Hilary Smith, March 2010: It was extremely pleasing to stay in a quiet, comfortable, very clean and well appointed setting within the heart of Oxford. The safe parking was a fantastic bonus and the staff we met were very pleasant and helpful.
Mary Russell, March 2010: I found my two night stay in St. Stephen's House very enjoyable. The room was comfortable, very clean. The breakfast was delicious. I was there during the the Advent Retreat and being asked not to speak in
public areas (including the refectory) on my first day probably added
to the whole experience!
Mary Davies, March 2010: I loved my stay at St Stephen's! Loved walking through the cloisters - a serene and beautiful setting. Loved that there was a bustling main street just a stone's throw away with lots of shops and good restaurants. Loved the whole experience. Thanks a million!
Miss Christine Barrett, March 2010: A good way to visit Oxford without spending too much money and a good opportunity to see something of the university facilities.
Wayne Clarke, February 2010: We were a group of 5 and needed 3 seperate rooms. The breakfast was outstanding. You don't pay your chef enough. The location, access, and accommondations suited us all well. We think we got a bargin price. We would use it again.
Pastor Wayne Clarke
Adeline Johnson, February 2010: We decided that the lady in administration was the most helpful person of anyone we encountered at a hotel, B&B, or rooming facility on our trip. She gave us excellent directions, and lent us materials to pack up some books we bought to send home. She really went the extra mile for us!
Christina Renczes, February 2010: My stat at St. Stephen's was wonderful! Very friendly staff, great rooms and excellent breakfast! This place is one of my favourite places in Great Britain!
Mrs Marie Lowe, February 2010: We love staying in uni rooms but we would not recommend to friends unless we knew they did not mind basic accomodation. Our stay was in an excellent position for walking to Oxford centre.
MICHELLE ASLETT, February 2010: St Stephen's was a fantastic place to stay, thanks! The ladies who cleaned our rooms were particularly nice and very helpful. I was extremely happy with the online service and ease of booking and checking in/out - my first visit to Oxford was WONDERFUL, thank you.
Meriel and Jim Bradford, October 2009: It would be helpful to allow new arrivals to purchase an additional breakfast as we arrived after an overnight flight and had to go out to find breakfast on our first day. Staff were very helpful and polite. Information on using the telephone especially the fact that one needs to dial 9 for an outside line would have also been useful. Overall very good value for money and we would recommend it to others.
PS We also found the Cowley Church SS Mary and John and visited it which was a wonderful bonus to our nostalgic trip in the wartime footsteps of our parents,
Sara Thorne, September 2009: St Stephen's is a comfortable walk from the centre and therefore a very convenient base. The opportunity to park on site is also a great plus. The single ensuite room was fantastic - clean, bright and practical. The double rooms varied - one was excellent, the other rather cramped and hot. Nevertheless, our overall experience was very positive. Beautiful, peaceful setting. Excellent breakfast with plenty of food for children (who invariably wanted seconds!). Everyone was very helpful. Our visit gave our eldest son a chance to look around the Oxford colleges before applying this October. The whole experience (including the weather) was memorable. Thank you!
Miss Mary Collins, September 2009: We enjoyed our stay at St Stephen's House and found it a good venue for our reunion. The evening meal was prepared especially for us and served in the dining hall. The food and service were excellent. We were able to relax in the the common room and also sit outside in the gardens.The staff we met were very welcoming and happy to answer our questions about St Stephens House.The bedrooms were basic but very clean with modern ensuite facilities.The atmosphere of the House was very quiet and peaceful and benefitted from being in a more residential area away from the city centre.
Sudaxshina Murdan, August 2009: The staff was very helpful, even finding and offering us some gluten-free bread! We had a great time, we loved the library, the courtyards, and the general atmosphere of the place. Perhaps the library door and computer room door should be on the welcome letter for out of hours guest access. We'd love to come back.
Margaret Marriott, August 2009: A fascinating building to explore. Loved the common room and made good use of it. Duvet was really too thick for hot summer night. A blanket and sheets may be a more flexible option. Hopping across corridor to shower and bathroom wasn't a problem, expect for the light that required movement every 10 seconds! Shower was a redeeming feature.
michael j barnes, August 2009: Clean, comfortable, rooms with pleasant staff, quiet and within walking distance from town. What more could you ask?
Catherine Warcup, August 2009: We realy enjoyed our stay with you and I am sure I could not have found a better place for value for money and the efficency of your booking service.
We came to Oxford for a wedding and talking to some of the other guests there they were not realy happy with their accomodation nor the price they had had to pay for it.
Filip Buyse, August 2009: A had a nice, quiet, tidy room for a reasonable prize.