Selwyn College, Cambridge

Selwyn offers a great combination of accommodation. With easy access to the M11 & also close to the city centre- a quick stroll through beautiful gardens.

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Old Court


  • 20th century buildings
  • Breakfast included
  • Free public car parking (nearby)
  • No parking onsite
  • No smoking
  • Minimum age 18
  • B&B
  • Historic Property


  • Free broadband access (wired)
  • Free broadband access (wifi)
  • Shared gardens
  • Luggage storage
  • Linen included
  • Towels included
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Clothes dryer
  • Washing machine

Food and Drinks

  • Cooked breakfast (included)
  • Lunch available (at additional cost)
  • Bar

Nearby recreations

  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Recommended restaurants (walking distance)
  • Theatre (walking distance)

Selwyn College offers a warm welcome and recently refurbished single ensuite accommodation in Cripps Court. Located on Grange Road within easy access of the M11, the Sidgwick site and a short walk into town. The Porters' Lodge and Dining Hall are in the Old Court on the opposite side of Grange Road. 

The College offers single ensuite rooms with shower. Also provided is bedding (two pillows and duvet), bath towel, complimentary soap and shampoo/shower gel, plus tea and coffee making facilities in the room.

History to the present day

Selwyn College takes its name from George Augustus Selwyn , who was the first Bishop of New Zealand (1841-68) and later Bishop of Lichfield (1868-78), and in whose memory the College was founded. The College crest incorporates the Selwyn family arms and those of the Diocese of Lichfield. Selwyn was one of the first colleges to become mixed, admitting women in 1976.

Food and Drinks

English breakfast is available from the self-service cafeteria from 8.00am - 9.00am and generally eaten in the Dining Hall.

Visitors are welcome to use the self-service cafeteria on a pay as you eat basis during opening times. The Cafeteria has a selection of drinks, hot food, snacks and sandwiches as well as non-food items such as toiletries, batteries and common medicines. 

The College bar is open 6.00pm - 11.00pm Monday to Saturday and closed on Sunday.

Grounds and gardens

Visitors are welcome to use the College gardens but are requested not to walk on the grass in Old Court, to enter the Fellows and Master's garden or play games, Frisbee etc in the gardens.

Other facilities

Internet access is free of charge.

Laundry facilities are available on-site and cost between £1.40 - £2.40 per wash/wash and dry. There is a gyp room on each landing with a microwave and fridge for communal use.

Arrival information and how to find us

Address: Grange Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DQ, United Kingdom

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

On arrival, please go to the Porters' Lodge with your booking confirmation where you will be given the key and directions to your room, breakfast voucher and a copy of our Visitors Information with a College map.

Despite the term “Porters”, it is not part of a College Porter’s duties to handle luggage. You must carry your own luggage to your room.

Please vacate your room and return the keys to the Porters' Lodge on the day of departure by 9.30am to enable the rooms to be serviced for incoming guests.


By Car: The easiest way to approach the College by road from the north, south or east is from Junction 12 of the M11. Take the A603 (Barton Road) towards Cambridge. Pass Wolfson College on the left. About 1.5 miles from the M11 you will reach the traffic lights of a pedestrian crossing. Turn left into Grange Road directly after this pedestrian crossing opposite the Hat and Feathers public house. Continue down Grange Road and go straight over the T junction with Sidgwick Avenue and Selwyn College is immediately on the right hand side. Parking is not permitted on the Fellows' car park in front of the Porters' Lodge.

Unfortunately, we do not offer on-site parking. Free car parking is available on some of the roads surrounding the College. 

By Train: Taxi are available for hire from outside Cambridge railway station and the fare should cost under £10 from the station to the College. Regular buses run from the railway station to the city centre.

By Bus: Take a Citi 4 or Uni 4 bus from Emmanuel Street stop 4 destined for "Madingley" or "Cambourne" to reach West Road and Grange Road with stops close to the College.

By Air: You can travel to Cambridge by rail, coach or taxi. Stansted is the closest major airport about 40 minutes away.

More photos of Selwyn College, Cambridge

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Customer reviews

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All of the staff were great. Thanks.
Ms Sue L

The booking site was easy to use and the queries team provided prompt responses to my question.
Mr James W

Thank you for the use of your student room. It was clean and warm and comfortable. The rule about vacating the premises by 930 am is not very convenient. The system for dialling taxis from the Porter's Lodge works very well, and they came very quickly.
Mrs Helen B

Clean room, very supportive people
Mr Masaaki K

Spacious rooms - good facilities.
Ms Verena S

Very satisfactory
Mr Chris B

The night porter was very helpful and affable. Given our arrival from Luton was not until 2:00am, at Selwyn College, we received a very warm welcome and all the help we required as well as a good night's sleep. A very positive experience over all and a beautiful setting.
Mrs Annette J

Clean room, good selection at breakfast and fantastic shower.
Mr Benjamin F

Can recommend this accommodation very highly
Mrs Alison C

All staff most helpful. A lovely place, nice rooms, magnificent gardens and trees. Don't know why mobile phone connexions are so difficult, but I love Selwyn College.
Ms Chantal V

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