Oxford Holiday Cottages

Best of self-catering apartments and short-stay accommodation in Oxford

Compare Oxford rentals in the city centre for your trip

Compare apartments in Oxford to save time and money when planning for your trip to this historic university city in the UK. Check what we’ve found! Discover hundreds of Oxford apartments for rent and you too can experience this wondrous university town that is packed with historical colleges, and medieval heritage with a modern twist. Hundredrooms knows that finding holiday rentals can be a difficult endeavour, given the vast range in choice and facilities. We compare thousands of types of Oxford accommodation according to your needs and price range, by searching across a range of our partners. Oxford is a city in the South East of England and is best known as the ‘city of dreaming spires’, thanks to its history as home as the oldest university in the English speaking world which was founded in the 12th century - the University of Oxford and its corresponding colleges such as Kings College, Trinity College and Magdalen College. It can easily be reached from the likes of London, Bristol, Birmingham and Southampton and you are sure to be enchanted by this city and its architectural prowess and examples of English buildings from all periods, dating back to the Saxon era. It is likely that booking a holiday letting in Oxford will mean staying in one of the fairytale buildings overlooking the hub of the city - the great thing about this place is that booking a holiday rental in Oxford city centre will mean you will be in walking distance of everything worth seeing. From your holiday accommodation, you may very well visit the likes of the Bodleian Library or the Radcliffe Camera which are must see sights. One of the best ways to enjoy the city from your holiday apartment is to join the Oxford pub crawl around some of the oldest pubs in the country, or join in the quintessential activity of punting along the river Thames! If you’re looking for something in particular, for example 2 bedrooms or access to WIFI, we take this into consideration and make sure that we offer you have the best choice. What are you waiting for? The stunning city of Oxford awaits your arrival… so book your self-catering apartment now!

Places to stay in Oxford

Oxford is a relatively compact city despite the depth of its historical offering, and seemingly hundreds of university colleges! Oxford got its name from the term ‘Oxanforda’ which means a ford (shallow crossing) in the river where cattle (Oxen) could cross safely. The university has existed officially since the 12th century, but it is a unique teaching institution in that teaching existed in some shape or form since 1096. It developed from 1167 onwards, as Henry II banned English students from attending the University of Paris. Despite this, we have summed up the differences between different areas in Oxford to help you decide where to book your self-catering apartment.

  • City Centre:
  • The city centre is the best option for ease and proximity across the rest of Oxford. It is full of winding streets and alleyways that are full of small shops, cafes and places to buy souvenirs. Walking through this area of the city will mean that you can admire the Gothic architecture surrounding you, and here you will find the majority of pubs and clubs for the nightlife.

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When to visit Oxford

Oxford can be particularly busy with tourists during the summer months of July and August, and for this reason is when holiday accommodation is at its most expensive. The best time of the year to visit and truly experience Oxford at its most lively is during the month of October, just after the students have settled in. It is busy with student life and you will truly feel as though you are experiencing the city as it should be. If you are looking for a quieter time to visit, we recommend during the months of March through to June, when prices for holiday rentals are a lot cheaper.

Bodleian Library and other points of interest

We recommend booking your holiday rental in the centre of Oxford, so that you can limitlessly wander around the iconic university colleges, or alternatively get into one of the punting boats and admire the sites from the River Thames. Another great way to see the sights is by bicycle, and you’re sure to feel like a true Oxford resident this way.

  • Oxford University’s Historic Colleges: The colleges that make up the University of Oxford have a reputation that precedes them as some of the most fantastic examples of architecture across the UK. Some are incredibly scenic, such as Magdalen College that has a deer park and the river, the gardens of Worcester, or even the modernism that you can find in the St Catz College.
  • The Ashmolean Library: This is the oldest public museum in the UK and its collections span from ancient Egypt to contemporary China. It also has a delightful rooftop restaurant at the top to admire the view.
  • Christ Church Meadow: The most famous site for parklife activities in Oxford.
  • Bodleian Library: The official site of the UK’s largest university library system. It has more than 13 million items making it the second largest library in the UK after the British Library. It is colloquially known as the ‘Bod’ or the ‘Bodley’, and was established in 1602.
  • Radcliffe Camera: One of the most buildings of the city, which is constructed in a circular, domelike style and was built in 1737 to house the Radcliffe Science Library.
  • Pitt Rivers Museum: An archeological and anthropological museum which has over 500,000 items.
  • Oxford Castle: A medieval castle that dates back to the Norman period, and is made in a particular motte and bailey design with a moat. It had an important role in the conflict of the Anarchy and was then developed into a prison, but has since been redeveloped as a hotel.
  • Bridge of Sighs: Also known as Hertford Bridge, or the ‘Bridge of Sighs’ like its Venetian counterpart, it is a skyway that joins Hertford College over New College Lane. It is an important landmark in the city.
  • Oxford University Museum of Natural History: The place to admire the amazing work and scientific study undertaken at the University of Oxford. It now has a wide range of geological and zoological artefacts and is in a neo-Gothic building. Some of the most famous sites include the Oxfordshire dinosaurs, the swifts in the tower and the Dodo.
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin: On the north of the high street is this Oxford Church, and is best known as the centre from which the University of Oxford grew. It has a 13th century tower which has incredible views across the university, including Radcliffe Camera, Oxford, All Souls and Brasenose College.
  • University of Oxford Botanic Garden: Officially the oldest botanic garden in the UK, as it was founded in 1621 as a physic garden for medicinal research. It has over 8,000 plant species and has representatives from over 90% of higher plant families. The Horti Praefectus has been Timothy Walker since 1988.
  • Sheldonian Theatre: The official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford, and is where all of the matriculation and graduation processes take place. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and is a wonderful piece of architecture endowed with academic and historical importance.
  • Covered Market, Oxford: This market was first opened to the public in 1774, and to this day is still active with many shops and stalls. You can find various traders such as food retailers, greengrocers, butchers and bakeries.