Magdalene College, Cambridge

Magdalene College is located in the centre of historic Cambridge. Offering a variety of student accommodation in ancient and modern College buildings.

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  • 15th century buildings
  • 16th century buildings
  • 17th century buildings
  • 18th century buildings
  • 19th century buildings
  • 20th century buildings
  • 21st century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 21
  • No Official Rating
  • Historic Property
  • Lifts


  • No Internet access
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Central heating

Food and Drinks

  • Continental breakfast (included)
  • Cooked breakfast (additional cost)

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • Tennis courts (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

The College of St Mary Magdalene is located in the centre of Cambridge beside the bridge on the River Cam, from which the city takes its name. This ideal location means that visitors are within easy reach of shops, restaurants, cafés, bars, clubs and pubs, as well as historic buildings and places of interest.

Offering a selection of standard single rooms with shared bathroom facilities or ensuite, which are located in both the historic section of the College and in the more contemporary conference building.

History to the present day

Magdalene (pronounced "maudlin") College began life in the early 15th century as a Benedictine hostel, in time coming to be known as Buckingham College (1428), before being re-founded in 1542 as the College of St Mary Magdalene. It is now one of the 31 constituent colleges of the University of Cambridge. Its re-foundation as Magdalene College was largely the work of Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chancellor of England under King Henry VIII. Audley also gave the College its motto, 'garde ta foy', keep your faith.
The College's most famous son is Samuel Pepys, whose unique library was donated to the College upon his death. It is now housed in the Pepys building, the College's most architecturally significant single building.

Food and Drinks

Tea & Coffee making facilities are available in the bedrooms.

A continental breakfast is included in Ramsay Hall servery.

Within easy walking distance there are a variety shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Grounds and gardens

The College Grounds are open to the Public between 6.00am - 6.00pm.

Other facilities

A coin operated launderette is available for guest use.

Newspapers can be purchased from the newsagents opposite the main College entrance on Magdalene Street.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Magdalene Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AG, United Kingdom

Check In: From 2.00pm      Check Out: By 9.30am

To check in please report to the Porters Lodge.


Coming from the North:

Follow the A1 southbound towards Cambridge.  The A1 will turn in to the A14. Follow the signs for Cambridge City Centre.  This will bring you in to Cambridge on Huntingdon Road. Follow this road down (it will turn in to Castle Street).  When you reach a cross roads with a Church on your left, Magdalene Street is straight on.  (If you are going to Cripps Court, turn left at these traffic lights and Cripps Court is approx 150 metres on the left hand side with black wrought iron gates).

Go straight on at the lights for the main College Porter’s Lodge which is approximately 50 metres down on the left (the 2 big wooden gates).

Coming from the South:

Head Northbound up the M11 until Junction 13.  Turn Right on to Madingley Road.  This will lead you in to Cambridge.  Follow this Road until you reach a mini roundabout.  Turn Left on to Northampton Street.  At the 2nd set of traffic lights, turn right on to Magdalene Street. (If you are going to Cripps Court, go straight on at these traffic lights and Cripps Court is approx 150 metres on the left hand side with black wrought iron gates).

The main College Porter’s Lodge is approximately 50 metres down, on the left (the 2 big wooden gates).

The nearest multi-storey car park is at Park Street, details can be found on the following website

Please note that unfortunately there isn’t any parking available at Magdalene College.

More photos of Magdalene College, Cambridge

The Lutyens Building Benson Court First Court at dusk River Court Magdalene Motto The Pepys Building Mallory Court The College entrance View from Quayside

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Excellent staff, clean room, lovely linen and toiletries. Just remember that the toilet and bathroom might be a floor up or downstairs. Rooms were allocated so that each block was single gender and I didn't see anybody on the stairs when I went for my shower. Porters always wonderful.
Dr Hayley M

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