Planning a trip to Oxford and looking for the best Airbnbs? Don’t miss this handy guide.
For such a popular destination, Oxford used to have a surprisingly small choice of cool places to stay. A few five-star hotels, some chic boutique properties and… well, that was it. Until Airbnb, VRBO, Plumguide, and similar services came along, transforming the city’s accommodation scene.
Looking for the best Airbnbs in Oxford? These are the best spots in town.
Pssst… After a few bad experiences with Airbnb, I started using Plum Guide to help plan my trips. Unlike Airbnb, the properties on their website are hand-selected so that only the best make the cut This post has been updated to reflect my choice and recommendations.
Best Airbnbs in Oxford
Staying in a local home or flat is a great way to enjoy a warm and welcoming base while in Oxford. The city has many great options, with options from unique stays in Headington to cosy flats right in the city centre. Here are ten of the best.
Charming 2-Bed Coach House
Live the good life in this spacious and adorable coach house just a ten-minute drive from the centre of Oxford.
The apartment is beautifully renovated yet still boasts plenty of original character features. For a coach house, the space is very large, with two good-sized bedrooms and separate living/dining/kitchen areas.
Enjoying a coffee in the pretty garden is the best way to start your day.
An adorable village on the outskirts of Oxford, you’re nearby the main shops and attractions, yet far enough that it feels like a cosy retreat.
Stylish Apartment with Terrace Views
You may never want to leave this uber-stylish one-bed property, filled with chic accents and gorgeous furniture. Not to mention the generous terrace space boasting views of Oxford’s beautiful sandy buildings (you might just get a peek of the castle in the distance, too).
While there’s only one bedroom, this apartment sleeps up to four comfortably and boasts plenty of space – you’ll even be treated to a welcome hamper on arrival.
Location: City Centre
The flat is located down a quiet street in the centre of Oxford near the castle, meaning it’s peaceful and relaxing but with plenty of amenities nearby.
Apartment with Stunning Balcony Views in Central Oxford
If you’re looking for an Airbnb in Oxford that will make you feel awfully glamorous, you’ll find it with this place.
It’s both charming and uber stylish, with an interior that looks like a Pinterest board comes to life (in a good way). It sleeps two people, though it doesn’t feel too cramped.
The balcony steals the show here, overlooking the historic city centre.
Location: City Centre
This Airbnb in Oxford centre is a short walk to the city’s attractions and colleges. I especially love the pubs and bars around, and there’s also the train station close by if you’re looking to venture further afar.
Dreamy Modern Apartment in Jericho
This is a modern apartment with a fresh twist – begone grey velvet, and welcome pastel blue touches and mid-century modern touches.
There are two bedrooms, though the rustic-style breakfast bar is so pretty you’ll be dreaming about breakfast all night. That is,n if you can pull yourself out of the comfy bed.
Located in a residential part of Jericho, you’re a short walk from the attractions and sights in the centre.
Central 2-Bed Home With Statement Art
Step into this home and be instantly surprised by how pleasantly palatial the space is. Modern and minimalistic, yet as far from boring as you could possibly get, thanks to funky cushions and floral accents.
The decor is uber-fun, and the space is large enough for four people comfortably to stay.
You’re also just south of Jericho, so location-wise it’s pretty spot on.
Location: City centre
Ok, so you’re just outside of the city centre here, just south of Jericho. It’s the perfect mix of value and location.
Exceptional Apartment in Glorious Oxford
It may be a 1-bed but it’s an extremely glam one, making this a fabulous home base for exploring Oxford.
This flat has been totally renovated to an excellent standard, meaning everything is modern and spick-and-span. Additional touches like a small balcony really make sure you’ll feel like you’re on holiday.
Location: City centre
Near to the castle is a popular choice for bedding down in Oxford. Not only is it an easy walk to the Oxford city centre, but it’s also got many boutique shops, pubs and bars.
Bright 3-Bedroom Victorian House
Space isn’t easy to come by in Oxford, but with this gorgeous property, you’ll have it in spades.
There are three bedrooms as well as a spacious lounge and kitchen/diner. All in all, up to six guests can sleep comfortably in the home.
The beautiful exterior of the period property is juxtaposed with the modern interior, but surprisingly, it works very well.
Location: North Oxford
You’re in North Oxford, but don’t worry – you’re pretty close to all of the historical treasures as well as the modern vibrancy of the city. Transport links are great, or you can take a pretty half-hour walk to the centre if you prefer.
Cosy Cottage Near Oxford
A minimalist home can be fun, but how about a dreamy blue cottage in the countryside?
The house has three bedrooms that can accommodate up to six guests – and a spacious kitchen that’s the perfect place for entertaining.
The location is a little further out from the city centre, but it’s still less than 30 minutes on public transport into the heart of the action.
Witney sits just outside of Oxford, allowing you to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse yourself in the gorgeous countryside.
Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Airbnb in Oxford
- Oxford is a very walkable city with a small centre, you can generally walk unless you are staying far out – save on transport costs. If you are further out and comfortable on a bike, I recommend using one for your stay, as Oxford is a bike-friendly city.
- If you can, the best areas to stay are right in the City Centre, St Giles, Jericho and St Clement’s. Summertown, Iffley, Cowley and Headington are all a little further out but have their own unique appeal – with lots of cool restaurants, bars and pubs dotted around.