Modern study bedrooms set in tranquil College grounds amidst iconic, modernist architecture.
Please note that St Catherine’s is undertaking some building works over the summer/winter of 2018. There is a visual impact from and site access to these works at the entrance of the College and near some of our ensuite bedrooms in the New Quad. The Building works themselves are taking place between 7:30am and 6:00pm Monday-Friday and so will not disturb guests in their bedrooms. The main College site and other facilities such as the resident’s lounge are not affected. If you require further information before booking, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Modern study bedrooms set in tranquil College grounds amidst iconic, modernist architecture. Large windows mostly overlook lawns, trees and open countryside.
St Catherine’s is conveniently located in a peaceful setting within the City of Oxford - just a short walk (less than 1 mile) from the City centre. The original College buildings are Grade 1 Listed and showcase Danish architect Arne Jacobsen’s iconic modernist design, echoing historic Oxford values but with a uniquely modern twist.
Guests are accommodated in the College’s simple, light and airy study bedrooms (which are occupied by students during term times). All rooms on offer are for single occupancy only, and are basically but comfortably furnished and serviced daily. They are not equipped to a five star standard (NB: no TVs) but are provided with bed linen, towels, toiletries and tea & coffee making facilities. All ensuite bedrooms have their own private shower and toilet.
Please note: Hen or Stag Parties are not permitted out of respect for other guests and parking facilities are unfortunately NOT available for B&B guests.
Smoking: All of our rooms are non-smoking. The College is a no smoking site and so guests wishing to smoke must do so only in the designated exterior smoking areas.
Booking cut offs - please note that we have strict booking cut-offs (usually 11am the working day before for week night booking and 11am on the Friday for weekend and Monday bookings) and are sadly unable to take bookings after the online system has closed down.
History to the present day
St Catherine’s is one of Oxford’s youngest, and largest, undergraduate and graduate colleges. Although founded in 1962, its roots actually date back to the nineteenth century and a 'Delegacy for Unattached Students' formed in 1868.
St Catherine's is famous for its architecture and is an example of Danish architect Arne Jacobsen's modernist and all-encompassing design. Highlights include striking buildings in glass and concrete which marry modern materials with a traditional Oxford College layout. Jacobsen's designs went further than just the fabric of the buildings and included the gardens, cutlery, lighting and furniture. The iconic dining hall is notable for its Cumberland slate floor and bespoke furnishings. Original 'Jacobsen bedrooms' are often available to B&B guests wanting the full Modernist experience (please enquire when booking).
Today, the college remains as vibrant and dynamic as it has ever been. Its connection with the saint that shares its name is highly appropriate for a college founded on an ethos of high academic standards combined with a doggedly independent streak. With some of the few post-1940s Grade 1 Listed Buildings in the country, St Catherine's is a modernist archtectural gem and a surprising contrast to many of Oxford's other Colleges.
Food and Drinks
The option of either a continental-style or full English breakfast buffet is provided each morning between 8.00am and 9.00am as standard. Breakfast is served in the unique, Jacobsen-designed Dining Hall, complete with stunning concrete structures and bespoke furniture and lighting. On the few days of the year where the kitchens and Hall are closed, a continental style packed breakfast is provided to guests within their bedrooms.
There are many restaurants, bars and cafés nearby for your dinner arrangements.
Grounds and gardens
At the heart of the college lies a traditional rectangular quad. Unlike most quads, St. Catherine's is not, however, closed off - instead, hedge-lined walks lead to other buildings and garden areas planted with a fascinating variety of trees, shrubs and flowers (largely all planned by Arne Jacobsen and noted as being 'of interest' by English Heritage). The whole is flanked on one side by the river Cherwell and on the other by Merton College's playing fields (which themselves border the University Parks), giving St. Catherine's a peaceful and apparently rural setting. Footpaths lead directly from the College into the University Parks.
Throughout the gardens visitors will find benches and tranquil spaces in which to relax and unwind as well as sculptures by Barbara Hepworth and Ju Ming. Or relax, read a book in the peaceful gardens or by the river.
Free Wi-Fi is now available across the College (please note that mobile telephone reception may be very limited in certain areas depending upon individual mobile providers). Wi-Fi is provided via 'the Cloud' which is a 3rd party service powered by Sky (and support for users is only available from the Cloud via http://www.thecloud.net/.)
A light and bright common room with comfy chairs is usually available during the evenings within University vacations. Here you can relax and have a cup of coffee or tea, read a book or watch TV.
A gym and squash courts are also available on site and can be booked via the Porters' Lodge.
Hair Dryers and adapters can usually be hired/purchased from the Porters Lodge.
Please note: Many rooms are located upstairs and there are no lifts in the accommodation staircases. If you have mobility difficulties and require a low floor or accessible room, please note this in the 'Additional information' section when booking. The utmost will be done to support any special access needs, bearing in mind the constraints of listed buildings. If you have a question regarding accessibility, please do not hesitate to email us.
The Lodge staff will be happy to store small amounts of luggage for short periods of time to allow guests to make the most of their visit.
Please note that parking is, unfortunately, NOT available to B&B guests.
Address: St Catherine's College, Manor Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 3UJ, 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)
Please note - we are unable to offer any late check outs.
Guests are requested to report to the Porter's Lodge on arrival. The Lodge is situated opposite the main entrance to the College and is open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Our Porters are your first call in the event of problems/emergencies.
Parking is unfortunately not available at the College for B&B guests. It is recommended that those travelling to Oxford use public transport – good links to the City are available by both Coach and Train.
By Coach: The Eastern High Street / Queen’s Lane stops are a 6 or 7 minute walk from the College. St Aldates and Gloucester Green are a 20 minute walk from St Catherine’s or a short taxi ride.
By Rail: Oxford Train Station is a 25-30 minute walk from St Catherine’s or a short taxi ride.
There is a frequent bus service from Oxford to Heathrow and Gatwick as well as a frequent bus service to central London. There is also a regular bus service to Stanstead Airport and a train service to Birmingham Airport.