The College is conveniently situated on Oxford's High Street. It is the fifth oldest Oxford College and the oldest Royal foundation in Oxford.


Oriel College is situated in the heart of the city centre, providing student accommodation close to all amenities as well as excellent transport links. 

Offering clean and comfortable single or twin ensuite rooms with a refreshment tray, towels and toiletries (towels are changed twice a week).

Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings and pets are not allowed.

History to the present day

Traditional College in the centre of Oxford, founded in 1326 by King Edward II. It is the fifth oldest of the Oxford colleges.

Food and Drinks

Breakfast offers a selection of cooked and continental options, served in the Dining Hall. Breakfast is served from 8.00am – 9.00am Monday to Saturday, 9.00am – 10.00am Sundays.

Nearby Restaurants, Cafes & Pubs: There are a number of restaurants, pubs & cafes, on the doorstep of Oriel College. 

Grounds and gardens

Set in private gated grounds, there are 3 Quadrangles and the Island Site on the other side of Oriel Street. Guests are welcomed to relax and enjoy the outside space in the 3rd Quad only. No balls games permitted.

Other facilities

Please be aware that most of the rooms are not ground floor level and will have stairs to access them. If a ground floor room is required, please mention this in the Additional information section of the booking form. Ground floor rooms cannot however be guaranteed.


No disabled access

16th century buildings

17th century buildings

18th century buildings

Breakfast Included

No parking

No smoking


Historic Property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Linen included

Towels included

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)

Nearby Recreations

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Oriel College, Oxford - Reviews


Based on 215 reviews
Service 4.3
Rooms 4.1
Food 3.9
Value 4.2
Overall Experience 4.3

Thank you to all the staff who made the stay at Oriel very memorable!
Miss Louise S

A perfect place to stay if you need peace and quiet to study and get some real work done. Lovely surroundings, great food. I would recommend Oriel to anyone
Mr Mark G

Great place to stay. Lovely staff and great breakfast.
Ms Sharon M

Exceptional value given that we were living the oxford experience. Room was clean, comfortable, and functional. Good WiFi.
Mr John H

Oriel is superbly placed in the centre of Oxford. There is no parking at the college but it is available at any of the town car parks. Oxford is incredibly beautiful and staying at Oriel was magical. As though you were in Harry Potter! The room didn't have a TV so take your laptop
Mrs katie c

Very friendly welcome indeed!
Mr Eamon Q

Very convenient to town center. Lovely architecture, good breakfast. A very good experience for the money.
Lewis W

Beautiful and peaceful atmosphere.
Dr carol b

Wonderful hospitality providing a unique Oxford experience.
Miss Emma B

Really great place to stay. Good location and very historic. Really welcoming and friendly porters.
Ms Caroline H

Arrival Info

Address: Oriel Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OxfordOX1 4EW, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) Onwards (arrivals normally allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted)

Check Out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

It is kindly asked that you do not arrive before check in, as your bedroom will not be ready. On arrival please report to the Porters' Lodge which is manned 24hrs a day. If you need to stay in college past the check-out time you will still be required to vacate your room. A luggage room can be provided as an area to leave your bags but this should be arranged prior to your visit. Therefore we do advise requesting this option in the "Additional information" section of the booking form.  

How to find us:

By Air: From Heathrow airport (40 miles) and Gatwick airport (75 miles) there are direct coach services to Oxford.

By Rail: There is a direct service from London Paddington and from Birmingham New Street. National Rail information line: 08457 48 49 50

By Car: From London – M40 or A40, Birmingham – M40 or A34, Swindon and Bath – A420, and Cheltenham – A40.

We regret there is NO parking at the College. There are park-and-ride services on the city outskirts. Park and ride information line: 01865 785 400