Central Backpackers Oxford, Oxford

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Central Backpackers Oxford Reviews

Just a short stay in here. Have a very good time in Oxford

Near to railway station. Staff very friendly and helpful.

Age 65 | Malaysia

Great social hostel, good facilities!

Great hostel with good staff and decent facilities. Outdoor patio/bar area is awesome and creates a very good social space for meeting new people in. Showers are on electric boiler so there's always hot water on-demand. Kitchen is well equipped. Dinning room and living/TV room are also very good. Location is 600-800m down the road from Westgate shopping center where you'll find a Poundland and Sainsbury. Only downsides are that they close the kitchen and the outdoor area at 11pm, and they're a bit strict about the 3pm check-in time. However these last 2 points should deter you from having an awesome stay.

Age 24 | New Zealand

So good!

This was really a great hostel to stay in! Friendly staff, clean hostel, free earplugs, free simple breakfast, free internet, nice common space, and fellow travelers were brilliant too. Used laundry service and it worked well too. No complaints at all, highly recommended!


Generally speaking, Central Backpackers Oxford is well worth its price, especially considering its great location, tidy dorm and cozy beds, and its speedy and stable Wi-Fi.

The Location

The hostel is within a ten-minute walk (if you are carrying with you two bulky luggage cases; it's otherwise a five-minute walk) from the Gloucester Green Bus Station, so it would be very convenient if you were arriving at Oxford on buses (the Airline shuttle from the LHR airport). Although the entrance to the hostel -- and actually also its entire appearance from the outside when you are walking down the Park End Street -- is merely a commonly sized door like that of a private house (yes, you are not expecting any window or wall other than that), it's still easy to locate if you are alert to its big yellow sign. There are cafeterias and pubs around.

And since it's almost by the city center, you'll find lots of bus stops nearby to take you to almost everywhere you want in Oxford. What's even better is that there are two Chinese restaurants and a Chinese supermarket just within very short walking distance.

Rooms and Bathrooms

All the rooms are on the first floor and you need to climb about twenty stairs before check-in. The eight-bed dorm is just spacious enough for normal needs. Maybe a fully-packed, large luggage case won't fit under the bunk bed, but you can just stand it by the wall. You'll be given two "keys" upon check-in -- one actual key for the locker to store your personal stuff and the other swipecard to grant you access into the room. There is an extra note with a pin-code on it, which you'll need to input at the main entrance when you get back late at night. The sheet and pillow/duvet cases are clean. There are roughly four washrooms and three bathrooms in the hostel and they offer free clean towels for use in the shower. You have to use your own shampoo/shower gel though.

Common Spaces

There is a kitchen, a TV room, and a shielded rooftop common room in the hostel. They offer most of the kitchen stuff (mugs, glasses, tableware) and you can actually cook in the kitchen. They also offer bread and peanut butter/strawberry jams, all free of charge, for the breakfast. One problem, though, there are flies flying around in the kitchen and there are more than one of them.


The staff are helpful and friendly -- one of the benefits of spending your night in such a backpackers is that you can always find interesting people with whom to talk!

self-service breakfast towel hanger kitchen video room 8 bed dorm

Would definitely stay longer next time

They were great! The staff were friendly and extremely helpful. Beds were very comfortable and the other residents were a lot of fun. I only stayed one night and kind of regret that I didn't stay longer. Definitely worth it.


Sick employees should not come to work!

In general, the hostel was good -- clean, friendly, and a decent price. My biggest frustration is that one of the staff people had a terrible cold or flu (she looked like she was about to pass out and cry the whole time we were there) and now I've just caught it as well after two nights here. I am pretty irritated about it because it will put a huge damper on my travel plans. If you work in a place where people are sleeping and eating, don't come to work with a high fever! Also, the shower pressure was pretty bad and the breakfast is just gross bleached wonder bread that no one should ever eat. Other than that, the place was decent.

United States

Average quality

March 2008. The staff is very nice, there are many lovely people as well there, but the quality of the hostel itself is very low. It has obviously been painted again not so long ago but on top of filth. The rooms are cleaned daily but since the building is quite old there are many little areas in them that need cleaning and the staff cannot do it all so in the end it's a bit grubby. Same for the showers and toilets, the minimum is done. The mattresses were very bad, I had to sleep at the end of the bed not to feel the hard springs coming out of it. And finally the hostel is just above a night club so you can hear the music until 3 a.m. Not so good when your plan wasn't to go clubbing.



It's a central hostel with moderate prices and friendly staff. The rooms are very modern with space and there's a cool terrace on the roof. Internet access is free, it's clean and comfy, there's a common room with loads of DVDs, and nice guests. It's a very good and pricey hostel.


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Central Backpackers Oxford Reviews from the Web

nice staff, close to train station, Water Meadow and canals iare also close


Staff was decent. Facilities were easy to get to. Clean rooms and charging stations/light available at each bed (8 bed, mixed). VERY loud on weekend because of bar just outside window (Saturday).


Good place. Pretty basic in terms of hostel and not too social but room was clean, very comfortable bed, and had a kitchen which was great


Friendly staff, clean and a great vibe ( and Im way over the age of your average backpacker..!)- only thing I would say is its above a nightclub and it gets seriously noisy, even with earplugs


Great hostel, good amenities, friendly staff, awesome location


Overall a really nice hostel quite close to downtown. Ratio of volunteers to guests seemed quite high, which sometimes created a strange mood because the staff would be hanging out themselves in the common spaces. Really nice kitchen. Only one sink for all the guests, which created unnecessary traffic jams. Near a section of bars so can get quite loud at night.


Great location and clean hostel with friendly and helpful staff. Would definitely recommend.


A welcoming staff, great community and plenty of events at the bar at the lower floors. Jasmine, FB and the rest of the crew helped make my time in Camden great


Definitely book again if go to Oxford in future.

warm, friendly and helpful staff


Stunning cleanliness, good facilities. It is also used by people going to the university so it doesn't have the typical international backpacker's feel though.


Really enjoyed my stay here. I loved the private showers but didnt like that the sinks were separate from the bathrooms. Would highly recommend


It almost cant get any better than this hostel, at least im struggling to find out how. Very clean, cozy place, nice town, and nice staff.


The (Spanish bloke) member of staff cocky and not flexible.not pleasant guy.


Very good hostel, I will come back.


The hostel is in a great location, the staff was kind, and the rooms were comfortable!


Toilets and showers are mostly clean. Staff is really friendly and they are always willing to help you. Rooms are nice, a lit but small but enough to have your own space. The hostal in general is comfortable and entertaining


Perfect hostel! Amazing location (its a little hidden when you arrive tho). Best atmosphere theres heaps of space to relax (i was here to study) but also to meet people. Everything is clean and cosy.


This is one of the cleanest hostels I've ever been to, good beds, good location, nice layout. However, the lockers available are tiny so it's tough to properly lock up your luggage, and there is not much of a vibe here. And while this is not generally the fault of the hostel itself, it is LOUD. Across the street is a major club with the Oxford college crowd that is noisy as hell all night; the hostel does offer earplugs, but it's still pretty rough. Still, not a bad stay and good value.


Great stay here! My friend & I were only here for one night but everything was clean and we had no issues. Its very close to the main part of Oxford, def would recommend!


nice place, very close to the centre of town. Staff are friendly and eager to help with recommendations or whatever you need.



Located in the heart of the city, Central Backpackers is within walking distance of Oxford’s many restaurants, cafés and shops, as well as iconic landmarks including the Bodleian Library, Radcliff Camera and Oxford Castle.

We are located within a 5 minute walk from the train station and bus station making your arrival and onward journey hassle free. There are easy connections to various airports, including Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted and Birmingham as well as regular direct bus and train services to London and other UK destinations.

Recently refurbished, the hostel is a great place to socialize and meet people. There is a lively rooftop terrace, along with a self-catered, fully equipped kitchen including free tea and coffee, just waiting for tasty dishes to be cooked. If you want to chill or watch a movie, our lounge area is open 24h and equipped with a TV and loads of DVDs. Free wi-fi can be accessed throughout the building.

With a variety of dorm sizes, as well as a female only dorm, we have the right accommodation for your stay. Fresh linen, including a towel for the shared bathrooms, is inclusive in the price. Also available is free luggage storage for guests, an iron and hairdryer if needed, as well as an inhouse laundry service for a small fee.

The security and comfort of our guests are our number one priority. The hostel is equipped with door code access for the front door – no curfew! Each room has swipe card entry and is equipped with individual lockers for use with your own lock. Please note that the building is more than 100 years old with no elevator/lift. For mobility limited guests there are 40 stairs from ground floor to accommodation level. Please contact the hostel for further details.

We require all guests to provide a valid debit or credit card when booking. The hostel will pre-authorize your card for your full room rate. A ‘pre-authorization’ is not a charge, it is a security guarantee for payment only. Payment can still be made in cash on arrival. Please ensure you bring your photo ID which is required for check-in.

Additional Information
- Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult and placed in a private dorm. Please, contact us before arrival.
- Groups welcome (no stag or hen parties). For groups of 5 people or more, or for stays longer than 6 days, please contact us by email at oxford@centralbackpackers.co.uk and we will take care of your booking.
- 48h cancellation policy. Cancellation within 48hrs will be charged the full amount of the reservation. Non-arrivals will have the total cost of the booking levied against your credit card.

Location and Contact


• OX1 1HH
• From Gloucester Green Bus Station: (3 minute walk)
• Turn RIGHT out of the bus station onto George Street, follow the road around to the left (keeping the open air carpark on your right). Take your first right onto Park End Street (by The Lighthouse pub), we are half way down on the right hand side, before 'Spirit Bar' & after the 'Yellow Submarine Cafe'.
• From Oxford Train Station: (3 minute walk)
• Come out of the train station onto the main road. Look to your left and you will see The Royal Oxford Hotel. Park End Street (ignore the street signs, they will only confuse you) runs down the right hand side of the hotel. We are half way down on the left, before the 'Yellow Submarine Cafe' and after 'Spirit Bar'.
• Driving:
• From London:
• From the M40 take Junction 8 on to the A40. This will take you to the Oxford Ring Road. Follow signs to city centre.
• From Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted and Luton Airports go to the bus terminals and ask for direct bus service to Oxford.



Address: 13 Park End Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, England

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Website Central Backpackers Oxford Oxford www.centralbackpackers.co.uk
Phone Number: +44 1865 24 22 88
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Facilities and Amenities

Party Hostel

Solo Traveller



Luggage Storage


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Lockers in Lobby

24 Hour Security

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Book Collection/Exchange

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Evening Entertainment


Hair Dryers

Hot Showers




Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Swimming Pool



Curfew: No Curfew


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