Although internationally renowned as an elite university city, Oxford is also steeped in its own distinct history and surrounded by some of England’s most picturesque countryside, making it one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations. Short term rentals available in Oxford range from idyllic chocolate-box style cottages and elegant Georgian townhouses to sleek modern apartments and converted barns. Generally speaking, holiday lets nestled amongst Oxford university colleges in the city centre command premium rent rates, whereas the quiet suburbs of Jericho and Headington boast more affordable properties. However, the affluent suburban neighbourhood of Summertown is known for its pretty tree-lined avenues and sprawling residences.

For families

Due to the abundance of things to see and do in and around Oxford, the city is ideal for family holidays. Short term holiday lets are often the more affordable alternative to serviced hotel accommodation and also come with the added advantages of guaranteed privacy and self-catering facilities. Families can choose from rustic, pet-friendly country cottages set amongst private gardens to renovated apartments located in the heart of Oxford.

Families who have recently relocated to Oxford and are in between permanent accommodation are advised to consider the historic suburban villages of Cutteslowe, Iffley and Blackbird Leys for their quiet residential areas, pretty parks and acclaimed schools.

Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

On a budget

Despite having a reputation as one of the most expensive areas of the country, there is no shortage of budget rental accommodation in Oxford for savvy visitors. City breakers on a budget are free to choose from modern studio apartments in up-and-coming neighbourhoods to cosy cottages set a few miles from the city centre at more affordable rental rates. The bohemian neighbourhood of Jericho and the village of Botley are especially popular with those wanting to save on accommodation when staying in Oxford, whilst Headington is a favourite for students due to its many lively pubs, cafes and bars.

Timing is key when booking a trip to Oxford on a budget, with rent prices climbing during the school summer holidays and around public holidays such as Easter, Christmas and New Year.


For those wanting to splash out on luxury accommodation on their trip to Oxford, HomeAway has an extensive selection of premium rental properties. Couples celebrating a special occasion or large groups of friends can choose from deluxe apartment suites with stunning views across the city, sprawling rustic farmhouses with hot tubs or exclusive Victorian holiday homes with private roof terraces.

Key areas for luxury accommodation in Oxford include the wealthy suburb of Summertown, picturesque Norham Manor and historic Park Town.

The Hall, Oxford

For business

Due to Oxford’s worldwide academic prowess, the city is a hub for cutting edge business and commerce, meaning that there is always a demand for short term rental accommodation for those relocating for work. Depending on budget and individual requirements, businesspeople in Oxford for a short period of time can choose to rent from a range of property types for a matter of weeks or months. From modern studio apartments with cooking and laundry facilities to deluxe penthouse suites in contemporary residential complexes, HomeAway’s wide selection of rental properties has something to suit all.

Whilst most of the city’s main businesses lie in the central metropolitan area, accommodation can also be found near to the Oxford’s science parks; the Oxford Science Park and the Begbroke Science Park.

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