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General Group Booking Terms

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  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
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  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Central Backpackers

Book more than 3 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Fantastic Cleanliness
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Property Description

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. Not recommended for children under 10.
-Groups welcome (though 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 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. View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.6

  • Security 9.1

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 8.9

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 9.0

  • Facilities 8.8

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    17 May 2022
    I'm so glad we stayed at central backpackers. It was clean, felt safe and the staff were all friendly. You can leave your bags there after you've checked out, which meant we didn't have to carry our heavy stuff all day and only picked them up right before our train. It is very well located, almost right across the street from the rail station and a few minutes walk to the downtown. Bring your own lock as the lockers didn't have them.
    Canada, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    26 Jun 2022
    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.
    Canada, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.7


    25 Jun 2022
    Really enjoyed my stay here. I loved the private showers but didn’t like that the sinks were separate from the bathrooms. Would highly recommend
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7


    07 Jun 2022
    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.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    27 Jun 2022
    Definitely book again if go to Oxford in future. warm, friendly and helpful staff
    Hong Kong China, Female, 41+
  • 8.9


    12 Jun 2022
    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
    Mexico, Female, 18-24
  • 8.9


    24 May 2022
    Great stay here! My friend & I were only here for one night but everything was clean and we had no issues. It’s very close to the main part of Oxford, def would recommend!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    21 Jun 2022
    The (Spanish bloke) member of staff cocky and not flexible.not pleasant guy.
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    27 May 2022
    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.
    USA, Female, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    23 May 2022
    nice place, very close to the centre of town. Staff are friendly and eager to help with recommendations or whatever you need.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Express check-in / out
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • PlayStation
  • Wi-Fi