About Oxford Backpackers

Oxford Backpackers Hostel is the first and biggest independent hostel in Oxford. With the completion of our new renovations we are also the smartest and cleanest!

Located in the centre of Oxford between the train and coach stations, only a 2 minute walk to either station, we are an ideal base for exploring all that Oxford has to offer, including the world famous universities and museums and some of the oldest and newest pubs in the country.

We serve a FREE continental Breakfast each morning, consisting of cereal, fruit when available, toast and spreads, juice and free tea and coffee.

We also have FREE wifi.

If you would like to learn more about Oxford check out the links section, if you have other questions about our hostel check out the faq section.

  • Free Continental Breakfast
  • Free WIFI
  • Free Bed Linen
  • Central Heating
  • Hot Showers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Lockers
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Internet Facilities
  • Self Catering Kitchen
  • Sky Satellite TV
  • 2.5m Big Screen TV
  • Pool Table
  • Jobs/Notice Boards
fully licensed bar

We have a fully licensed bar which is open 4 nights a week (Wednesday to Saturday), and you can join in the Pool competition on Tuesdays, knowing there will be some liquid 'courage' on tap to help you!

The NEW 2.5m big screen TV is fantastic for sporting, movie nights and major TV events.


Is there any car parking and how much is it?
Oxford has park and ride car parks. They are either free or cost £1 and are located on the outskirts of the city. You can leave your car there and then catch a bus into the city (£1.60 single, £2.50 return). Journey times into the city are 10-15 minutes depending on the car park you choose (Park and Ride). There is also a car park on Park End Street (300 metres away), this costs £2.40 overnight from 20:00 until 08:00 and charges per hour during the day time.

How much is it by Bus and Train from London etc?
The bus from London is not very expensive at all. You can normally get tickets on the Oxford Tube for about £12.00 return or £10.00 single. The Oxford Tube also leaves on a regular basis throughout the day/night.

How do we get to the Bath Hostel from Oxford?
The Train to Bath from Oxford and vice versa is easy and worth while. Its cost's about £9.80 return and leaves on the hour direct with only one stop in Didcot. Contact National Rail for more information.

Is there anywhere to store bikes?
Oxford Backpackers has a bike shed on site for the safe storage of your bike while you stay with us; it's located at the front of the building on the ground floor. Alternatively there is a large bike stand by the train station where bikes can be locked and stored over night.

Do I need to bring a sleeping bag?
No, linen is provided.

Is the credit card booking page secure?

What are the reception hours?
7:00am to 11:00pm.

Do you have a kitchen?
We have a fully equipped kitchen with 2 ovens, 8 cooking plates, microwave and all cooking equipment.

Do you have internet and how much is it?
We have free WIFI for your laptop and mobile phone.

What is the cancellation policy?
48 hours notice.


In Oxford is the online definitive guide to what's on in Oxford and gives a comprehensive and up-to-the-minute guide of daily information on Tourism, Events, Leisure, Things to do, Restaurants, Bars, Theatre, Art, Cinema, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, Sport, Pubs, Clubs, Services and Music in the Oxford Area.

The Oxford story offers an insight into the city's world-famous University, its famous faces and its history. Located within an extensive and historic three-storey former book warehouse, here you can climb aboard one of Europe's longest indoor 'dark' rides to explore the University's early beginnings and fascinating facts behind its record-breaking discoveries.

Continuum is one of Europe's leading providers of creative solutions for the leisure, tourism and heritage industries.

Out Of Hand - has selected reviews and gig guide's etc for the Oxford area. Each month there are album and film reviews showcasing the latest releases, features, a reader's lives letters section, the most comprehensive gig, club and comedy news and listings in the region and more.

The Oxford Museum brings the story of Oxford to life through original artefacts, college treasures and period room settings from pre-historic times up to the 20th Century. The website gives up to date information about all their activities for families and details of all special exhibitions and events.

The museum is located in the historic Town Hall, and the entrance is off St Aldate's on the corner of Blue Boar Street. It is a short walking distance from Gloucester Green coach station and the Oxford Information Centre, and 10 minutes walk from the train station. Coaches and buses can drop and collect passengers at nearby Oxpens. Car travellers may leave cars all day at the park-and-ride car parks.

The Oxford Council website covers Oxford news as well as giving information on visiting, living and working in Oxford

City Sightseeing Oxford give city bus tours that last approximately 1 hour and depart every 10/15 minutes (subject to season and traffic conditions). No need to book, just pay the driver or sales staff, your ticket is valid all day and you can get on and off at any of the 20 stops on the tour. Keep hold of your ticket for re boarding.

The World Guide to Oxford has a comprehensive list of tours available in Oxford and the contact information. There is also a calendar of events on in Oxford throughout the year and other useful information.

The online Wikipedia has a great article covering everything you need to know about Oxford.

Google Maps is a useful tool for planning your journey and finding your way to the hostel.