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Address: Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6HD, England
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+44 1865 270600

Founded in 1879, this was one of the first women's colleges in Oxford, and...

Founded in 1879, this was one of the first women's colleges in Oxford, and has remained an all-women's school until 1994 when the first men arrived as undergraduates.

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Unless you're one of the comparatively few young men and women who gains a place to study at one of Oxford University's thirty-eight constituent Colleges, then what goes on behind... read more

Reviewed 1 February 2017
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Unless you're one of the comparatively few young men and women who gains a place to study at one of Oxford University's thirty-eight constituent Colleges, then what goes on behind the heavy wooden doors of the ornate gatehouse will forever remain a mystery .... a mystery all the more tantalising to those familiar with the detective stories of Dorothy L.... More 

Thank Prickles1
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Although this wasn't mentioned when I was booking,there was an option to buy breakfast as an extra but it's brunch, i.e. not till 11am, at the weekend so it was just as well I'd taken a box of muesli, some fruit and a frozen pint of milk - to thaw overnight. Towels, and a tea and coffee tray were provided.... More 

1 Thank Christine B
New York City, New York
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472 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

On one edge of Oxford, about a 10-15 minute easy walk from the heart of Univ of Oxford landmarks, this historic college--the first to admit women--is what you would expect from modern day Oxford. A great mix of old (dining halls/kitchen) and new (student dorms that double up as a B&B during summer.) The rooms are modern but basic (free... More 

1 Thank rnarisetti
Oxford, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Somerville college oxford university. were the writer Vera Brittain (1914) Testament Of Youth went to university. Originally an all woman college of just 12 woman. Now mixed collage and quite large. Its FREE here is my periscope, it had over 1000 live viewers, the most to date #gratitude https://youtu.be/CYOxPtlWcxg

Thank Jane Y
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31 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

in This Dining Hall was the Final Dinner for all the Participants of the Conference about 300 scientists. The Hall is full with Oil Paintings for famouse figures who studied in this College one painting was for Mrs Tatcher .(PM).

1 Thank 989lailab
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

Just beside the Radcliff observatory and mathematical institute this college is a mixture of old and new tradition and architecture. One of lovely place to stay for your academic visit to Oxford.

Thank Soutrik R
Lincoln, England, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Stayed here during the University Open Days in July. My room was in a new (award winning) building with en-suite facilities. It was clean, comfortable and well located, just a few minutes walk from the city centre. There were kitchens where you could cook a simple dinner and Carluccio's is just around the corner! Building work was going on outside... More 

2 Thank Elizabeth P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 July 2015

It is pleasant to stay in an old room, properly modernized. I could look at the old coal fireplace and be glad that it wasn't needed. Rooms are not en suite, but in a week's stay I waited only once, and that was for five minutes. The porter at the gate was helpful, and the room was attended to properly.... More 

1 Thank Eric S
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2015 via mobile

Great location and very helpful porters. Feels very safe. Several great places just outside for breakfast . Don't go for this unless ensuite facilities available as otherwise you are sharing the shower and toilet with many others and the potential for a long wait to start your day

1 Thank Pauline G
Crowborough, United Kingdom
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397 reviews
185 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015

Booked this tthrough Oxford Rooms; cost £70 excluding brekky (took brekky at nearby Keble College in their amazing Dining Hall - £9.50) Modern and excellent, clean accommodation. Nice and quiet too. The porter's Lodge staff were very on-the-ball and did a lot extra to help me; nothing too much trouble; great service. The gardens are super too, and the Terrace... More 

1 Thank Michael H

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