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Oxford, staying at a college

Hello. Debating staying at Wadham College or Keble College for a few nights in September (between terms). Both look great!
I've ruled out Magdalen as I'm not keen on staying in a 1960s building away from the main campus.

Appreciate any input.

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We spent two nights at Keble College a few years ago. It was a mixed experience. The college is gorgeous and we loved having access to it. The dining room - OMG - we loved it! Right out of Harry Potter.

But the rooms? Well they are truly spartan dorm rooms. That’s not so bad - we expected it. But the beds? The beds were the worst. Flimsy, soft, thin mattresses that made sleep impossible.

I finally pulled my mattress off the creaky bed spring and put it on the floor. I was able to make that work.

But I’m not sure I’d go back - it was expensive for how spartan it was. We paid over $250 for a two night stay in 2017.

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Ahha thank you, bed quality is important. Appreciate your response.

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I stayed at Jesus College in 2018. The room was fine and the bed was comfortable, though a twin bed. They put me in a modern annex but inside the walls with the freedom to walk the grounds, have a drink in the buttery, and breakfast in the hall was worth it. You should look for some more reviews of the specific colleges that have openings before you decide this isn't for you. My stay at Christ's College in Cambridge was equally special. Again, a modern annex but the access to exclusive grounds just can't be beat.

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I went to Keble College, it was nice, but I didn't review the other one because I went to a friend's, but I liked it.