Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

A modern, classic college set in spacious and attractive grounds, only a mile from the city centre.

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College Gardens & Hall Building


  • 20th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free car parking (on site)
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 11


  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Luggage storage

Food and Drinks

  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Bar

Nearby recreations

  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Golf course (a short drive)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Staying at Fitzwilliam College offers you the perfect base from which to explore Cambridge.

A ten-minute stroll down Castle Hill from the College’s North Gate takes you to Magdalene Bridge in the historic centre of the City. Here you can absorb the full flavour of traditional Cambridge – go punting, enjoy the riverside restaurants and cosmopolitan bars and explore the medieval colleges and museums.

Fitzwilliam College offers modern Ensuite, Superior Semi Ensuite and Semi Ensuite rooms, set within a tranquil, historic landscape. All rooms have Wi-Fi internet, complimentary toiletries, tea and coffee, and a desk. The rooms are serviced daily by the housekeepers who, with the Porters, make sure you are welcomed to the College and looked after during your stay.

Ensuite rooms are light and spacious, offering our highest degree of comfort and benefiting from fully private bathroom facilities.

Semi Ensuite (Superior) bedrooms recently been refurbished to offer an extra level of privacy and comfort with private shower facilities.

Semi Ensuite rooms with private wash basin and shower facilities.

Ensuite rooms with disabled access are available, subject to availability.

Twin Ensuite bedrooms are available. 

Fitzwilliam College is a place of study, so please respect the privacy of Fellows and scholars living and working here during the vacation period.

Please note: We are unable to accept bookings for Stag and Hen parties.

History to the present day

Fitzwilliam was founded in 1869 specifically to broaden access to Cambridge University. The College moved to its current site in 1963 and received its royal charter in 1966. At the heart of its beautiful grounds is a fine Regency house once occupied by Emma Darwin, and the campus boasts award-winning buildings by key 20th and 21st century architects.

Food and Drinks

A self-service breakfast, either full English or continental is available in the Hall between 08:00 and 09:00 each day.

The Coffee shop in Fitzwilliam is open Monday - Friday between 08:00 - 15:00pm and serves delicious cakes and sandwiches. It also has free wifi. 

There are numerous pubs and restaurants within a 5-10 minute walk of the College.

Grounds and gardens

The Fitzwilliam College Gardens offer a display of modern and traditional planting, tended by the five-strong gardening team. Discover the metaphorical water of the Sunken Garden, the primeval Gingko biloba, and the gigantic, ancient plane tree — one of many fine mature trees on the site.

The College grounds were once Emma Darwin’s garden and beautiful old trees provide a haven for birds and wildlife. She wrote in 1883, “I never saw such a display of primroses anywhere, especially under each of the beech trees; they were like a carpet.” These two beech trees are still standing, and the 100-year-old lime tree avenue still creates a wonderful vista from Storey's Way to The Grove.

Other facilities

Free Parking is available on site (subject to availability).  We are able to reserve spaces for blue badge holders.. Car parks are available in both Storey’s Way & Huntingdon Road, as well as free on street parking which is close by.

A token-operated laundry is available; tokens can be purchased from the Porters’ Lodge and Coffee shop.

Hairdryers, alarm clocks and adaptors are available from the Porters’ Lodge. A £10 refundable deposit is required.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Fitzwilliam College, Storey's Way, Cambridge, CB3 0DG, United Kingdom

Check in: From 2.00pm Check out: By 9.30am

Check in at the Porters’ Lodge at the front of the College on Storey’s Way (off Madingley Road). The Porters’ Lodge is open 24 hours a day.

Enter by using the swipe disc on your bedroom key or the intercom system at the main door.

How to find us:

By Car: The College is easy to find from Junction 13 of the M11 or Junction 31 eastbound of the A14.

By Rail: Fitzwilliam is 20 minutes by taxi from the station.

By Bus: From the train station, take bus 1, 3 or 7 to Drummer Street Bus Station in the centre of the city. From the Bus Station, number 4 stops on Madingley Road, 5 minutes from Fitzwilliam. Numbers 5 and 6 take you to the North Gate of Fitzwilliam along Huntingdon Road.

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Customer reviews

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Very basic accommodation, but clean and very good value
Dr Montserrat R

This is a delightful place to stay. Everyone is helpful and friendly. The breakfasts are superb. The rooms comfortable and clean. We would happily stay again.
Mr Charles J

I have stayed in the College before, and every time is a good experience including this one.
Prof Kai L

Gardens and bar excellent. Breakfast and dinner not good. Laundry good.
Mr Tom W

The staff were really polite, helpful and imformative about the local area.
Mr Paul H

The employees of the college were extremely helpful and friendly.
Miss Fiona M

Having graduated 15 years ago, I thoroughly enjoyed the college atmosphere. Very nice settings, must be nice to be a student at Fitzwilliams college. regards, Alexander
Mr Alexander M

We had a really pleasant stay, and food and service were first rate.
Mr John M

Pleasant place and pleasant people, I really liked it. Thanks
g. G

We had a very nice stay! The rooms were clean and comfortable, allthough the pillows were a bit soft and flat. We also enjoyed submerging in the life of a Cambridge student.
Joost V

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