Murray Edwards College, Cambridge

Comfortable, modern ensuite and standard bedrooms a short walk away from Cambridge city centre, boutique shops, museums, restaurants and the river Cam.

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Unique architecture


  • 20th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free car parking (on site)
  • No smoking
  • B&B


  • Free broadband access (wired)
  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • 24 hour security
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Central heating

Food and Drinks

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

Nearby recreations

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

Murray Edwards is a modern, inspirational College that is delighted to welcome visitors and offers cheerful, friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. The College is a pleasant 10-minute stroll over Magdalene Bridge and the river Cam to historic Cambridge city centre.

Our bedrooms are used by students during term and are bright and airy. Fair Trade tea/coffee with biscuits, as well as toiletries, towels and bed linen are all included.  All rooms have free WiFi internet access. Many of the rooms overlook beautiful informal gardens.

The Porters' Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day and the friendly, helpful Porters are happy to help with queries.

All rooms are within easy reach of the Porters' Lodge and dining hall.

Some rooms are situated on the ground floor and many bedrooms and most other areas of the College are accessible by lift. There are a limited number of rooms which are suitable for guests with access needs and we encourage those guests to complete a PEEP form, which is available on our website If you require further information on accessibility, please request this in the "Additional Information" section of the booking form.

History to the present day

The college was founded in 1954 to enable more women to take places at Cambridge University. At that time, the college had no name and no endowment, so was known as New Hall until June 2008, when Ros Smith (a New Hall graduate) and Steve Edwards gave the college two transforming gifts, an endowment of £30 million and a name, Murray Edwards College.

The college still has all-female students, but has male Fellows and members of staff. The unique circular dining hall, affectionately known as the "Dome" was designed by Chamberlain, Powell and Bonn and completed in 1965. Most of the original buildings are now Grade II listed and have undergone extensive renovation.

Food and Drinks

Full English breakfast is included in the room cost and available in the dining hall from 8:00 to 9:00am on weekdays and from 8:00 to 9:30am on Saturday and 9:00 to 10:00am on Sunday.

Although they are not able to cater for lunch and dinner, there is a wide range of pubs offering good food and several excellent Indian restaurants all within a 5 -10 minute walk of the college.

If you just need a snack, there is a hot drinks machine in the bar area close to the Porters' Lodge and also snack/cold drinks machine downstairs in the bar.

The College bar is not available for general use and if open, is reserved for use by guests of private functions happening in college.

Grounds and gardens

The College has beautiful, informal gardens for guests to enjoy, but please note that the Fellow's Garden is reserved for use by Fellows only.

Other facilities

The College is home to the unique New Hall Art Collection, which contains nearly 350 contemporary works by women artists. The Collection includes works by Maggi Hambling, Barbara Hepworth and Paula Rego. Much of the art work is on display in public areas of the college, so if you'd like to take an informal tour, an information leaflet is available from the Porters' Lodge.

We are also a successful venue for a variety of events, including weddings, conferences, meetings and dinners. Should you wish to learn more about this aspect of Murray Edwards College, please visit our website

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0DF, United Kingdom

Check in: Monday to Friday, from 12:00 Noon. Check out: By 9:00am.

Check in: Saturday & Sunday, from 2:00pm. Check out: Saturday & Sunday: By 10:00am.

To check in, please go to the Porters' Lodge, where you will be given directions to your room, a key and swipe card. Access to the college after 11:00pm is by the main front entrance at the Porters' Lodge.

The College is easy to reach by road, with good access from the M11, A14 and A428. If you're using sat-nav, the postcode CB3 0DR/number 61 will bring you straight to the main car park on Storey's Way.

The railway station is a 10-15 minute taxi journey away and access from the Park and Ride site on Madingley Road is simple - just hop off the bus on Bridge Street and walk up the hill.

Parking for bicycles is close to the Porters' Lodge at the front entrance.

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Very clean room, we really enjoyed our stay would recommend it to friends.
Mrs Linda W

The staff at the Porters Lodge were very helpful and accomadating. The rooms were clean and well equipped. The breakfast choices were very good. All in all we enjoyed our stay at Murray Edwards and particularly enjoyed walking around the well maintained gardens.
Miss Amanda N

Many thanks for arranging it. The room is very quite, excellent experience.
Mr Yaoxue L

Absolutely love the buildings.
Mrs Jo B

Excellent value for money, would definitely recommend a stay At Murray Edwards to others. Essentially, you get a hotel for a hostel price!
Mr Tycho S

Comfortable, spacious modern rooms in beautiful grounds, with free car park. 15 minutes' walk from centre of Cambridge. Ideal for a visit to the city. Very good breakfast. Early check-out time (0900) is the only downside - but then arrival time from 1200 is also earlier than most, and they were quite happy for us to leave cars in car park for the following morning while we spent time in the city before departing.
Mr Christopher R

Very well organized. Check out was a little early though
Ms jackie G

Great experience and very friendly porters. Amazing artwork everywhere, and the gardens were beautiful! We will be back but probably try out one of the other colleges next time.
Mr Wolfgang F

A pleasant, relaxing, uplifting, thoroughfully enjoyable discovery. Loved it!
Mme. Catherine K

A wonderful experience. Beautiful grounds and architecture. Caring, helpful staff in the porters' office. Super breakfast. All highly recommended.
Mrs Helen R

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