Magdalen College, Oxford

Founded in 1458, Magdalen College offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of Oxford.


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, you will have free access to the College main grounds.

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. The High Street range, and the gargoyles in the Cloister followed.  In the early 1730s, Edward Holdsworth designed a grand new quadrangle but only the north range, the New Building was never completed.

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. Wifi, via The Cloud, 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.

Other facilities

Wifi is available throughout the College. Visitors are welcome to connect to The Cloud, details can be found in residential buildings and the porters have a note on trouble-shooting.

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

Check In: From 2.00pm  Check Out: By 10.00am (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. Oxford Parkway Station is served from London Marylebone and is a 10 minute or so taxi ride from the College.

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..


15th century buildings

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Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking onsite

No smoking

Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Shared gardens

Squash court

Tennis court

Woodland walks

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Clothes dryer

Washing machine


Central heating

Bicycle storage

Food and Drinks

Tea room

Cooked breakfast (included)

Lunch available (at additional cost)

Dinner available (at additional cost)



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Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Pub (a short drive)

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Based on 1807 Reviews
Service 4.0
Rooms 4.0
Service 3.0
Overall Experience 3.7
Website 4.1

We had a great stay at the college with beautiful views of the botanical gardens.
Mrs Susan P

It was a great stay. Location was very central; porters and housekeeping staff were very friendly.
Mr Bernard M

Well pleased with the accommodation and the breakfast. Would certainly stay here again.
Mrs Theresa F

Friendly and helpful porters and scout. Lovely garden view, late night croquet not withstanding. Extremely convenient location on High Street. As room at back of building, I didn't hear traffic noise.
Ms Alayne A

I stayed in a room in one of the college houses on the High Street, just across the road from the main college. It was light and airy, comfortably furnished and had pleasant garden views. All the facilities were clean and in good order. Coffee, tea and biscuits were provided. Towels were of good quality and the small bottles of shampoo and shower gel very welcome. Showers and toilets are just down the corridor; there is a hand basin in the room. Courteous and helpful staff in the Porter's Lodge and a friendly and efficient Scout (domestic staff) added to the warmth of the welcome. Thoroughly recommended.
Mrs Jennifer B

Great porter,wonderfull.LArge ,Quiet,fine bed, shower very nice etc.environment fantastic. All in all TOP!
Mr Peter D

Great location!
Mr Rory G

We loved the apartment and appreciated the very friendly help of the porters! They were really great - so thanks again to them for their very kind help and tips. We have a tip ourselves:we sorely missed a mirrior in the bedroom, to go with the hairdryer! Apart from that we think the apartment is wonderful.
Dr Monica S

Excellent staff, spacious quiet accommodation. The breakfast is only considered Average in that there was no facility to eat in Hall on the Sunday morning. Still, there was plenty to eat, and, of course, the flat has a kitchen.
Mr Jonathan R

Beautiful place to stay - clean room and bathroom, delightful staff. Although breakfast not included I would highly recommend paying the small extra fee for breakfast in the Great Hall. A real Oxford experience!
Dr Elizabeth O