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Oxford Backpackers Hostel – Where to Stay in Oxford on a Budget

May 26, 2015

Amy Trumpeter

Oxford is best known as one of the world’s top university town. Oxford University was home of the famous writer Tolkein, and the university buildings were the setting for some of the scenes out of Harry Potter. This week, I have been staying at the Oxford Backpackers Hostel on Bridge Street.

If you eat out and travel a lot in Oxford, it can be expensive – be prepared to pay London prices. However, there is a lot that you can do cheaply in Oxford, particularly the city walks and covered market. Many museums in Oxford are also free.

Places that charge entry also offer student discount, so make sure that you present your ISIC.

Oxford Backpackers Hostel Review

Where to Stay in Oxford on a Budget

My friend recently visited Oxford and asked for a recommendation on where to stay in Oxford on a Budget. I immediately recommended the Oxford Backpackers Hostel. I spent a year in Oxford, and the first two weeks were spent there while I searched for a job and accommodation.

Where is the Oxford Backpackers Hostel?

The fantastic thing about the Oxford Backpackers Hostel (AKA Funky Hostels!) is the location. When you come out of Oxford Railway station, cross immediately over the roads where the buses pull up. Follow the footpath round past the Said Business school. You then just keep walking down Hythe Bridge Street until you come to the Backpackers on your right. It is opposite a Chinese and before you get to the river.

The Oxford backpackers hostel is located close to the University buildings, museums and Castle. You will be able to walk to most main attractions within 10-15 minutes. If you want to get to Blenheim Palace, jump on the S3 towards Chipping Norton, outside the Theatre.

Facilities at the Oxford Backpackers Hostel

The things that I can’t live without are provided – Breakfast (continental) and WIFI! The dorms and kitchen were clean and tidy. I shared with four other girls who were also backpacking or settling in Oxford.

Dorm room Oxford Backpackers

Security is good at the Oxford Backpackers Hostel. There is also a policy of no talking on the corridors after 10pm which is good for people who need to be up early to travel.

On check-out day they will look after your luggage for you if you would like to spend one last day in the city before your train.

The social life at this hostel is great – a really friendly atmosphere. You will meet people for pool, TV and drinking at the bar. There is usually a representative from WAHOO (the bar next door) who will try to drag you out drinking. At 35 years old, I felt a little too old for that! Maybe next time 😉

Oxford backpackers lounge

Prices and Booking

Prices of the Backpackers vary from around £18 to £20 depending on the size of your dorm. I recommend a single sex four person dorm if you can afford it.

Book here!

You might also like to read about Things to do in Oxford and Oxford Botanic Garden Photo Essay.