YHA Oxford

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YHA Oxford
Reception and Bar
Coffee at YHA Oxford
In the YHA Family Room
Kitchen at YHA Oxford
Breakfast at YHA Oxford
The Library

YHA Oxford is close to the city centre and conveniently located next to the railway station.
Private en-suite rooms are available, which are ideal for families.

Our Review

Our previous stays with YHA have been in more rural locations than Oxford (see our stay at YHA Hartington Hall and YHA Haworth), in grand old buildings and countryside right on the doorstep. So a stay in a YHA city location is a bit different.

We’re not always in the countryside. Last year we did a short London break to the Natural History Museum and York in the October half-term, a city we’ve been back to a few times.

Full Steam Ahead

Since YHA Oxford is right next to the railway station we decided to take the train, which is not something we can always do at more rural locations.

On Shrewsbury Station Platform

Travelling by train cost us more than going by car, but provided more free time.

In theory, we should all be taking the train more to save the environment. Unfortunately, despite having a Family Rail Card, the train tickets still cost us more than taking the car.

However, as we were travelling down Friday night after work at the end of January, taking the train was a nice break from driving.

First Impressions

YHA Oxford

YHA Oxford is near the city centre and right next to the railway station.

YHA Oxford is a new, purpose-built, building. Walking into reception was more like a modern hotel.

The reception area also serves as the coffee shop and bar.

Reception and Bar

This is the reception, coffee shop, and bar area of YHA Oxford.

Self-Catering Facilities

Of course, eating out as a family all the time can soon become expensive. A big benefit of YHA is that you typically have self-catering facilities.

YHA Oxford has a good size kitchen with multiple appliances and sinks. Accompanying the kitchen is a good-sized dining hall.

Kitchen at YHA Oxford

The self-catering kitchen at YHA Oxford was equipped so that a few different families could be cooking at the same time.

If you don’t always want to cook, a full-English and continental breakfast is available. This was £6.95 per person when we visited, though it is just £3.50 for under 10’s.

Breakfast at YHA Oxford

Breakfast is an optional extra. There is both a cooked and continental breakfast.

There’s also a laundry room too, lounge, and library.

The Library

YHA Oxford also has a small library.

The Family Room

Hostels may bring up visions of dorm rooms. There are of course dorm rooms at YHA Oxford, providing very affordable accommodation in the city centre.

However, as a family, you won’t need to be split up into shared dorm rooms as YHA Oxford has private en-suite family rooms.

Our room could sleep 5, with one double and three bunk beds. It also had an ensuite with a shower. And the shower was really good too 🙂

In the YHA Family Room

Our private en-suite room could sleep five.


YHA Oxford is undergoing refurbishments, with a third of the rooms already redecorated when we visited. Plus, new furniture, carpets, and bathrooms are about to arrive.

Unfortunately, our room had not yet been refurbished, but here’s a picture of a private 6-person dorm room that has just been repainted.

A Repainted Dorm Room at YHA Oxford

The rooms are getting repainted and new furniture. New carpets and bathrooms are coming too.

Things to See

We had visited Oxford before but had not done any of the attractions in the city, instead, driving to just outside the city to visit Blenheim Palace.

There’s plenty of sights to see in the city, which is of course, dominated by the world famous Oxford University.

Oxford University

There’s plenty of sight seeing in Oxford.

This time we visited a couple of places that we highly recommend.

Oxford Castle and Prison

Oxford Castle and Prison

St. George’s tower is the oldest building in Oxford. It was originally built to help keep the Vikings out of the city.

Oxford Castle and Prison is about a 10-minute walk from YHA Oxford.

We booked ourselves onto their award-winning tour. It was great!

Tap here to find out more about the Oxford Castle and Prison.

Oxford University Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum

The T-Rex in the Museum of Natural History

What Natural History Museum wouldn’t be without a T-Rex. Getting up close showed just how fierce this dinosaur would have been to face.

The Oxford University Museum of Natural History is about 20 minutes walk from YHA Oxford. The Pitt Rivers Museum is connected to the Museum of Natural History, and so you can visit both at the same time.

Neither have an admission fee, just a small donation is asked for.

Tap here to learn more about visiting these museums.

Our Tips for Staying at YHA Oxford

There are a few things to note when staying at YHA.

  • Check the time reception is open when planning your travel. YHA Oxford is a 24-hour reception.
  • There’s no tea or coffee making facilities in the bedrooms. Bring some flasks and make a brew up in the kitchen.
  • Bring some water bottles. There was a water bottle refilling station in the YHA Oxford reception. This will save you a lot of money on drinks.
  • YHA provides storage lockers, but you need to bring your own padlock. This is not so much of an issue if you are staying in a private room. These lockers are more for shared accommodation, but if you want to store valuables, might want to bring a lock for peace of mind.
  • Check-out time is typically 10 am. Check if your hostel has a luggage store like YHA Oxford does so that you don’t need to travel back as soon as you check out.
  • Check if towels are included. Bed-linen is but the YHA Oxford website says that you can hire towels at reception. However, we found towels were provided in our private room 🙂

How expensive is YHA Oxford for a family?

Looking at the prices for when we visited (Feb 2020), a Private En-Suite Room that sleeps up to 4 people was £39 to £49 per night in the week, though I did see the rate increase to £85 per night to over £100 per night at the weekends during summer.

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YHA Oxford Verdict

We enjoyed our stay at YHA Oxford. It was a great base for a weekend break exploring the city.

Value for Money
Family Friendly
Location for City
  • Great location. Handy for Oxford city centre and the railway station.
  • Private en-suite family rooms.
  • The rooms will be better when the refurbishment is complete.
YHA provided us with free accommodation at YHA Oxford in order to review their new family rooms. They also wanted to check this review before publishing. However, all other costs and expenses to complete this review were paid for by us.
Planning your visit
Hostel Details
Private Rooms
Ensuite Rooms
Accommodation Amenities
Bike Storage
Bed Linen Provided
Self Catering Facilities
Self-Catering Kitchen
Laundry Facilities
Breakfast Provided
Yes, as an optional extra
Games Room

YHA Oxford is a big hostel with lots of facilities.
– Bar & Cafe
– 24-hour reception, and luggage store
– Self-catering kitchen and dining room
– Lounge
– Library
– Wifi
– Private and ensuite rooms

Note: dogs are not allowed unless they are assistance dogs.

Nearby Places Serving Food

YHA Oxford is in the heart of the city, and so there are numerous places to eat.

Check-in From
2:00 pm - 12:00 am
Check Out By
10:00 am

YHA can typically be a cheaper accommodation option, though prices do increase with demand. Book ahead to secure a good price. Also, check out the YHA offers. You can sometimes get early-bird discounts to save even more.

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How to get here

Here’s where you can find YHA Oxford.

Nearby Places

Browse the map below to find places near to YHA Oxford. Remember, you can save any place to your Adventure Planner, helping you plan your trip.

YHA Oxford, Botley Road, Oxfordshire 0 mi
Oxford Castle & Prison 44-46 Oxford Castle, Oxford, Oxfordshire 0.33 mi
Oxford University Museum of Natural History, Parks Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire 0.74 mi
Oxford Camping and Caravanning Club Site, 426 Abingdon Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, Oxfordshire 1.67 mi
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire 6.89 mi
Farmer Gows, Fernham Road, Longcot, Oxfordshire 16.67 mi
Uffington, Oxfordshire 17.53 mi

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