Group Booking Terms and Conditions

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General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • 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.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

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 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Fancy staying at one of Europe's top hostels since 2007 as well as TNT magazine's top hostels not only in the UK but in Europe as well?! Then Central Backpackers is for you!

Located in the heart of the city, there is no need to use transportation, plenty of popular attractions, bars and and shops right on the doorstep!

We are an Australian and Canadian independently owned and operated backpackers hostel. The rest of our friendly staff are fellow backpackers from all over the world, perfect for advice on future travels and experiences!

We provide a relaxed, friendly atmosphere to make your stay more personal and memorable.

People of all nationalities are welcome. We have something for everyone!

* FREE Wi-Fi everywhere in the hostel
* FREE use of computers with internet access
* FREE tea/coffee all day in our self-catered, fully equipped kitchen!
* FREE towels
* Laundry service - washed and dried
* FREE iron available
* Hot, powerful showers 24hrs
* Vending machine
* Cosy TV room with satellite TV and hundreds of movies 24hrs!
* Roof top terrace with BBQ
* FREE maps and advice about Oxford's attractions and history
* Printing (black and white or colour)
* FREE entry to clubs, bars and pubs nearby!

Security and information:
* Swipe card entry for all dorms
* Door code for front door - No lockout or curfew!
* Individual lockers (bring your own lock)
* FREE luggage storage before and after check-in
* ID required for check-in (passport or drivers license)
* Reception is open from 7am until 11pm
* Check-in from 3pm/Check-out until 10:30am
* No stag or hen parties
* Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult
* All guest must have there own bed ie children cannot share
* Not recommended for children under 10
* Credit cards accepted with a £1 surcharge
* No hidden membership fees!
* If you are a group of 5 or more people, you MUST book directly with the hostel - email us at and we will be happy to assist!

Central Backpackers Hostel requires all guests to provide a valid credit or debit card on check- in. The hostel will pre-authorise your card for your full room rate (unless room rate paid in advance)
Payment can still be made in CASH on check-in.
A ‘pre-authorisation’ is not a charge. The hotel is NOT charging your credit card. A pre-authorisation is a security guarantee for payment only. The way it works is that a pre-authorisation request is made by the hotel’s card terminal to the card holders’ bank, your bank/credit card company authorises the funds and sends an authorisation code to the hotel. This confirms the availability of the requested funds in the card holder’s account to cover charges in the hotel (if any).

Long-term stay:
Want to become part of the Central Backpackers family?
We offer a weekly long-term rate dependent upon availability at the time of arrival. Simply book a few nights with us online and we can talk about it when you arrive!

Cancellation policy:
We require 48 hours notice for any cancellations otherwise you will be charged for the first two nights or in the result of non-arrival, the total cost of booking will be levied to your credit card.

If your booking is for 5 or more NIGHTS 72 hours notice is required otherwise the entire amount of your booking is charged.
Please note this Hostel doesn't accept group bookings unless the manager has been contacted first.

Located on the lively Park End Street in the centre of Oxfords historical university city, we are less than a 5 minute walk from the bus and train station, Oxford's Castle, museums and tourist attractions as well as some amazing restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs with discounts for all Central Backpackers guests!

Please note our building is over 100 years old with no elevator/lift.
For mobility limited guests there are 44 steps from ground floor to accommodation level. Please contact hostel if unsure.

Coming to/from London?
Both the bus and train stations are only a few minutes' walk away and services run every 10-15 minutes!

There are also direct bus and train services to Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton and Birmingham airports, travelling couldn't be easier! View House Rules

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.5

  • Security 8.8

  • Location 9.1

  • Staff 9.0

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 8.3

  • Facilities 8.3

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    25 Nov 2019
    Hostel was clean, comfortable and had all I needed for a night in Oxford. Folks staying longer term at the hostel were friendly and kind.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    15 Dec 2019
    I was only in Oxford for one night but this was a great place to stay. They offered dinner the night I was there which I didn’t have but smelled good :) the social areas were really nice for hanging out/eating dinner/getting some work done, but were a bit small for everyone staying. Beds weren’t bad and staff really nice and friendly.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4


    04 Dec 2019
    Central backpackers was a great hostel, the staff was so fun and super friendly, it’s not a huge hostel but you still meet lots of people which is nice, super chill living room area and the kitchen is great too! The only reason I’ve left a lower review is because the lockers in our room didn’t actually lock
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    22 Dec 2019
    Showers were kinda smelly. Seemed very homey and welcoming though. I would definitely go back here again. Great location from Coach station and central Oxford.
    Canada, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 8.9


    14 Dec 2019
    Real nice place, cosy lounge and dining room, super friendly staff. Lots of good kitchen equipment and free tea & milk etc which was nice. Good size bathrooms (free towels!) and great location, 5 minutes from the centre of town. The big staircase up is quite narrow so just be aware of that if you're bringing big bags but they were glad to help, and yes there's a pub or something across the road so kinda loud at night but totally fine if you're there on a weekday. Overall great, would go back :)
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6


    14 Dec 2019
    Good location within Oxford, less than a 10 minute walk from the train station. Very comfortable and friendly staff!
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    21 Dec 2019
    The hostel was clean enough and the atmosphere was homely. The major complaint is the noise level from the clubs across the street after dark; I stayed on a Saturday night and barely slept. Would recommend anyone staying here to bring earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones, particularly if you’re staying over a weekend.
    New Zealand, Female, 25-30
  • 6.9


    14 Dec 2019
    The common facilities look great, but the facilities that matter more in my opinion (bathrooms, bedrooms) were crunched and uncomfortable. The staff was polite, but not exactly friendly; I ran into a couple of issues over the weekend (I’m pretty sure something of mine was stolen, among other things) and the staff was only minimally helpful. Not an unbearable experience, but wouldn’t use this hostel again.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 6.3


    03 Dec 2019
    I only stayed for a night and left as earlier as I could in the morning. Beds were super uncomfortable, the toilets didn’t flush properly and the hallways smelled like food.
    Argentina, Female, 31-40
  • 6.0


    16 Jan 2020
    The location was good but the lockers couldn't be locked, the door doesn't close unless you shove it, only 1/6 beds had a light, and the number of showers, toilets and sinks was not enough for everyone staying there. I only stayed a short time thankfully. The nice girls in my room and the location were the only good things about my stay. The guy who checked me in was nice but the one who I met when I dropped off my bag was rude like my presence was a bother. Would not stay again.
    USA, Female, 25-30
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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
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • PlayStation
  • Wi-Fi