St Benet's Hall, founded in 1897 and part of the University of Oxford, offers a small number of B&B rooms in the heart of the city.


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

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

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

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

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

The Hall does not have Porters or a 24hr Reception, so guests are asked to please be prepared to carry their own luggage.  In addition, regretfully it is not possible to store luggage for guests after the 10am departure.

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

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

History to the present day

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

Food and Drinks

A self-service continental style breakfast is available in the ground floor Refectory from 8.00am to 9.30am every morning.   If guests have any particular dietary requirements, they are asked to let St Benet's know in advance by entering relevant details in the "additional information" section of their booking form. Stepping outside the Hall, guests will find many good restaurants, pubs, cafes and delicatessens in the surrounding area.


No disabled access

19th century buildings

Breakfast Included

No parking

No smoking



No Internet access

Private/enclosed garden

No luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included

Central heating

Food and Drinks

Continental breakfast (included)

Nearby Recreations

Recommended walks

Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Golf course (a short drive)

Tennis courts (walking distance)

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

St Benet's Hall, Oxford - Reviews


Based on 589 reviews
Service 4.2
Rooms 3.8
Food 3.8
Value 3.9
Overall Experience 4.1

Very central location. Ideal for short stay. Warm, clean and very friendly staff. Would highly recommend st. Benet’s.
Mrs Theresa F

Very friendly greeting. Nice atmosphere at breakfast time.
Mrs Maureen M

Clean, comfortable room with fine old-fashioned furniture and some old books to explore, and views over St Giles. Ideal location, no more than 10 mins walk from the city centre.
Dr (male) Mark M

St. Benet’s provided the warmest of welcomes confirming my view that ‘small is beautiful’. The location in St. Giles at the junction of the Woodstock and Banbury roads was just perfect. Our room was comfortable and distinctive offering a cut above the standard. Your availability, shortly before the start of the new University term, was much appreciated.
Mr John W

My son and I had a lovely stay at St Benet's Hall. The location was perfect for us as we were visiting my daughter who is a student at Somerville College. Our room was extremely warm, clean and comfortable and we received a lovely welcome on arrival. I would certainly choose to stay at St Benet's Hall again. Thank you!
Mrs Angela R

Had a fabulous stay :)
Mr Marcus F

We enjoyed our stay at St Benet’s Hall, it was clean,comfortable and very quiet.
Mrs Claire T

Very central location
Mr Steven C

Ideal location; room superbly furnished in comfortable antique style
Dr (male) David R

Loved staying @ St Benets Great feel Lovely Natalie so warm & welcoming Wished it had been a full English breakfast but continental all we really needed THANKYOU
Ms Jenny L

Arrival Info

Address: St Benet's Hall, 38 St Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OxfordOX1 3LN, United Kingdom

Check In: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 17:00 (5:00pm) (no arrivals allowed outside this window)

Check Out: 05:00 (5:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

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

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

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

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