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“An Intelligent Choice in Oxford for Budget Conscious” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Jesus College, Oxford University

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Jesus College, Oxford University
Ranked #7 of 21 Specialty Lodging in Oxford
Vancouver, Canada
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73 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“An Intelligent Choice in Oxford for Budget Conscious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

Many people forget that it's possible to stay in university accommodation in Oxford at certain times the year when classes are not in session. I did this a long time ago and for a budget conscious traveller it was really great.

As you might expect the room was very basic but clean and best of all, it was right in the middle of Oxford within walking distance to the major sites. You get to think about all the former students, even famous ones, who may have stayed in the room you stay in.

The rates are lower than just about anywhere else you might find to stay in Oxford except a hostel but here you can have you own room. I loved staying here for two nights quite a few years ago and it came to mind when a friend told me she would be travelling there and couldn't find a place that was close to her budget.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled solo
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London, United Kingdom
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7 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2013

We stayed in the Ship Street Centre building, nearby the main college building. It's a very old building, nicely converted into a complex of modern rooms. Our room was very clean and modern, but just a little like a cross between an office with a bed in it and a private hospital room. But not to quibble - it's reasonably priced and you couldn't be better placed to explore the centre of Oxford; you get to eat the inclusive breakfast in the mediaeval hall of the college with the students who have just come back from rowing on the Isis. The porters are friendly and helpful and it's altogether like lodging at Hogwarts.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Miami, Florida
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33 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2013

My husband and I were delighted by our accommodations at Jesus. We stayed in the Ship Street Centre building. Our room was clean and peaceful, with a very pretty view of Oxford rooftops. The bed was comfy and the bathroom was spacious. The porter and his staff took very good care of us.

Better still, of course, was that we were right in the center of academic Oxford, and could get everywhere on foot. This is really the best way to see Oxford, and of course it keeps expenses down as one does not have to take a cab to get anywhere special.

We would stay there again, and will certainly recommend it to our friends.

Room Tip: The Ship Street Centre rooms were very nice, quiet, and comfortable.
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ambleside, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2012

I stayed for a week at Oxford. Travelling by foot, I wanted to be central. Staying at one of the colleges meant a central location and had the added bonus of pretending I was an Oxford student for a week!

I booked accommodation at Jesus College. At my time of going (November), that was the only vacant room in any of the colleges. It was expensive (at £100 per night), for a basic B&B, but the location meant it was worth it for me. This is a fairly small college, so it made it more cosy.

My stay there was generally very good. The breakfast in the dining hall was especially grand and the service was excellent. Travelling on one's own, you appreciate that extra bit of friendliness. The guests sat at the main table, where the settings were already laid. The food was very good indeed.

The room (room 5, staircase XIX) was basic, but very clean and tidy. It was quite cold to start with, but the very large radiator did eventually get hot, and the room was very comfortable then.

There was plenty of wardrobe, draws and shelving (being a student room). Perhaps more coat hangers might have helped for more than one person).

I should say, that there were a few things that were less good about the accommodation:

The WiFi signal in my room was too weak to connect at all. I believe that there is a cable, if you have a laptop, but the WiFi would have been more helpful to me.

The en-suite actually consisted of a shared bathroom (I had to open my main door to gain access to it, although I don't think the other room as occupied at the time, it was, nonetheless not an en-suite as advertised).

The room's position meant that the street noise (Ship Street) was significant (even at 3am, people were being very loud outside). This could just be city life, but the single-glazed windows didn't block much sound.


Overall, the stay was very pleasant indeed. The staff were polite, helpful and courteous and the breakfast, although maybe basic for some, was nonetheless of very high quality and served in a spectacular dining hall. I'd definitely consider staying at Jesus again, or, indeed one of the other colleges in Oxford.

Room Tip: Room 5 in staircase XIX (overlooking Ship Street / Cornmarket) was very noise at night and in the sm...
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled solo
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Oxford is expensive but if you're in the market for an inexpensive night or two (albeit in a single room) this is a great bet. You get a lovely location, decent breakfast and a chance to nose around an historic college.

You can choose either regular or en suite rooms depending on your budget.
As others have said, parking is tricky here so get the train and walk here or hop in a taxi. Simples!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg
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25 reviews
24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

Jesus is brilliantly located and will be a great venue for someone to experience Oxford. The new wing is on Ship Street just across from the college and has clearly been designed with conferences in mind. The room was small with a single bed and compact bathroom but well-designed and very newly kitted out. The college porters were very friendly. The meeting room lacked natural light though there was a pleasant atrium for coffee just outside it.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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St. Lucia
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193 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

Oxford is truly nightmarish to access for anyone not on foot. Cycles or public trans are de rigeur for anyone wishing to exceed 4mph. Use the park and ride facility at Peartree or Hinksley which allows free parking. Centre of the city is beautiful, compact, walkable and heaving with tourists. The entry to the college is reasonably easy to locate first time once you have asked half a dozen people and been around the block several times lugging all your suitcases with you. "I'm looking for Jesus" will always supply the locals (If you can find one!) with a tagline at your expense.............
Once through the hallowed portals graced by Harold Wilson, Lawrence of Arabia, Charles I and Elizabeth I, a charming and chatty porter will give you a printed guide and tell you where to find your room. Another expedition across the outer to the inner quad will find you somewhere up a very narrow flight of ancient stairs and threough a double doored entrance to your oak-beamed pannelled room. At last! This is what it feels like to be at the University of dreaming spires...
In our room the carpet was a typical, heavily-stained student room example with a discarded lager bottletop in the corner for the authentic feel. By way of paralipsis I shall only mention the state of the shower in passing. The beds were ok for a couple of nights but I would need to be lithe and 20 again to stand a term of them. Under our room was some form of refigeration plant which kicked enthusiastically in and out all night and could be felt through the entire fabric of the bed. The room was dual aspect, looking out onto the delightful ancient lawned quad on the inside and the covered market hall with public toilets on the outside. Like all halls it rang like a biscuit tin and the sound of swearing, loud revellers passing the market hall on the way to passing water until 3am was enhanced by the need to leave all the windows open so we didn't end up like dogs in a hot car. At around 4am, the cheerful dawn chorus of delivery wagons began with the percussion section of unloading metal trollies in full voice. All in all a most splendid and refreshing night's rest was had as you can imagine.
Ah, to breakfast..
Served as a small buffet and consumed on large communal tables.
Actually very nice.
Cost about £150 per night for a suite sleeping 3-4 with breakfast. A great chance for a parvenu like myself to see how some of the left-wing BBC luvvies spent their quondam days. I assume they just don't sleep for 3 years during term time!!

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Jesus College, Oxford University
Address: Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Oxfordshire > Oxford
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