- 16th century buildings
- Breakfast included
- Public car parking for a charge (nearby)
- No parking onsite
- No smoking
- Minimum age 16
- Historic Property
- Free broadband access (wired)
- Free broadband access (wifi)
- Shared gardens
- 24 hour security
- Linen included
- Towels included
- Hair dryers
- Central heating
Food and Drinks
- Cooked breakfast (included)
- Recommended walks
- Pub (walking distance)
- Museums (walking distance)
- Historic houses
- Theatre (walking distance)
St John’s College celebrated its 500th Anniversary in 2011. The College was founded on the site of the 13th century Hospital of St John in Cambridge, expanding over the subsequent five hundred years to become the largest of the Oxford and Cambridge Colleges by area.
St John's has magnificent gardens and extends onto the famous Cambridge Backs beyond the River Cam, with its courts connected by the beautiful Bridge of Sighs. Although the Main Gate of the College leads right into the heart of the city, the College courts provide a serene and peaceful environment for our guests.
The Bed and Breakfast offers rooms in our recently refurbished guest rooms situated in North Court , with other rooms in Third Court. These rooms accommodate students during Term time. Both twin and single rooms are available and all have ensuite facilities. The rooms are serviced daily. The twin rooms have separate beds in different rooms and each has a small lounge. We have been awarded a 4* rating by Enjoy England, 2014/15 and 2015/16. Please note there are no lifts to any of the rooms.
PLEASE NOTE THE MINIMUM AGE OF A CHILD THAT IS ALLOWED TO VISIT WITH AN ADULT IS 16 YEARS
History to the present day
St John’s College was founded on the 9th April 1511, its charter sealed by the executors of the foundress, Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of King Henry VII) who had begun the process of transforming the ancient hospital of St John the Evangelist, Cambridge, into a college for students in the liberal arts and theology.
College alumni have included the classicist Roger Ascham, the social reformer William Wilberforce, the poet William Wordsworth, the physicist Paul Dirac, and the athlete Christopher Brasher.
Food and Drinks
The rate includes a full English Breakfast, served in the Buttery Dining Room between 08:00-10:00. which is located in 2nd Court, next to the College Bar
We are unable to offer dinner.
The College Bar, is open from 12.30-14.30 and again from 18.30-23.00(22:30 on a Sunday), their is a range of snack food available, Fairtrade Coffee and Tea and also offering a selection of International lagers and local beers plus a superb range of wines and Champagnes, including our own College labelled Port and Sherry. These make for the perfect gift and a permenant reminder of your stay at St Johns.It is one of the best traditional college. We look forward to seeing you in the Bar
We have carried out Allergy Awareness training with our staff. All our staff are fully trained, in food hygiene to way beyond the minimum level, and we have a continuous training programme, for all teh Catering Staff.We have won awards for our local sourcing of food products and we are a member of the Sustainable Restaurants Association with a 2 Star rating and we were one of the first within the Univesity sector to have achieved the Case study on top of the 2 stars.
Grounds and gardens
In Tudor times the landscape of St John's was strikingly different from today. On part of the present site of New Court and the Cripps Building lay fish ponds which had once served the brethren of the Hospital of St John.
To the south of these, where the sandy Broad Walk now crosses St John's Meadow, was the Close, surrounded by trees and ditches. Beyond the ditch at the western edge of the meadow stretched pasture and open arable fields.
By the seventeenth century, the gardens at St John's had expanded and taken on a more formal aspect, along with with the creation of a bowling-green in 1625; An avenue of tall limes, with one hundred metres of yew hedges on each side, lead down to the Queen's road gate of the College, beside the Fellows' Garden and the wildlife haven of the Fellows' Wilderness.
Allow time to walk by the beautiful River Cam which flows through the college, and also to view the world famous Bridge of Sighs of which Queen Victoria was a great admirer.
Guests are welcome to view the Chapel, and to attend if a public service if one is taking place.
The College is unable to offer parking on site, the nearest car park is the NCP car park on Park Street which is very close by, or the car park on Castle Hill. There is other car parks around Cambridge.
If coming by train, taxis are positioned outside the station concourse and if you ask to be dropped off at Forecourt Porters Lodge. If arriving early luggage may be left at Forecourt Porters Lodge
Wi-Fi is offered throughout most of the College, but there are some areas that do not receive a Wi-Fi signal. An Ethernet cable is also provided on request.
We are active members of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
Arrival information and how to find us
Address: St John's College Cambridge, Cambridge, CB2 1TP, United Kingdom
Address: St John’s College, St John’s Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP
Check In: From 14:00- 23:00 Check Out: By 10am
Parking is available, for a charge, nearby. There is a public multi-storey NCP car park in Park Street, adjacent to the College, or you can use Castle Hill car park.
Check in: From 2.00pm Check out: By 10.00am
The Porters will be pleased to store your baggage following check-out, whilst you have a last look around the College or City.
On arrival, please check-in at the Forecourt Porters Lodge situated on the corner of Bridge Street and St John’s Street.
Please show your booking confirmation to the Porter, who will provide you with your room keys, a map of the College and direct you to your room.
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. The Forecourt porters Lodge is open 24 hours
The Railway Station is approximately a 30-40 minute walk from St Johns, or there are various bus services, Nos 5 or 6, which will get you close to the College. There is also a taxi service available outside the Railway Station which is approximately £10.
The Coach terminal, in the centre of the city, is a 10 minutes walk to the College.
We guarantee that all our feedback is genuine and can only be submitted by people who have booked through our websites.
Mr Nigel P, August 2016: A real pleasure to stay here. I come each year for the folk festival and have stayed at a number of colleges. This was the best of the lot. The porters were courteous and efficicient, the cleaners were charming and the rooms clean homely and not over lavish.
Mrs Myra D, August 2016: Staying at St John's is always a wonderful experience. The porters in particular are deserving of praise. They are consistently pleasant and helpful.
Miss Stephanie R, July 2016: We absolutely loved staying here, what a treat to be in such beautiful surroundings. This was the second time I have stayed and I will certainly be back when in Cambridge.
Mr Graham B, July 2016: We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff were all very friendly and helpful. The location and grounds were fabulous. The rooms well equipped and comfortable. We would definitely use St John's College again.
Mrs Catharina O, October 2015: Loved our stay!! Excellent service in wonderful historic surroundings. This was my second visit. Will probably be back again!
Ms SHULING H, October 2015: everyone has an own room, and two people share an apartment with small kichten. the facility is simple and normal, but to experience st. john's college students' dormitory is amazing.
Mrs Judith R, September 2015: Excellent value for money.The accommodation was simple and clean. Good wardrobe hanging space. Lots of hot water and nice towels.Comfortable beds. The breakfast was so efficiently administered and the choice of food was impressive.
Mr stephen W, September 2015: Lovely definitely recomended.
Mrs Ann C, September 2015: We had an excellent time and were pleasantly surprised that we were right in the centre of Cambridge
Dr Emily M, September 2015: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay! I really appreciated the young man (Daniel) from the Porter's Lodge who helped with my luggage up the stairs.
Miss Michelle W, September 2015: The breakfast was brilliant - alot of variety. The Porters at St JOhn's were very friendly and helpful. It was a great ambience staying in the college room.o
Miss Caroline P, September 2015: A fantastic city and the best way to see it by staying in a Univerisity, we loved having a wonder around the grounds after breakfast. The position of the accommodation within the city was ideal, I have no doubt I will definitely be booking again.
Miss Carla M, September 2015: The guys on the main desk were exceptional - friendly and helpful - couldn't have been better ... they are a tribute to you. Went out of their way to help and make life easy from finding me an iron to booking me a taxi back to the airport. Brilliant thank you. Bacon at breakfast would have made it excellent.
Dr Masao K, September 2015: room is quite fancy (with kitchen), warm with good sunlight. breakfast is very tasty with a plenty of entries. staff service is quite nice (polite and well-mannered). it really pays off in total.
Mrs Katherine E, September 2015: Great experience. Highly recommended!
Mrs Sandra W, September 2015: Great experience and excellent location.
Mr Tobias L, September 2015: At the place of one of the worlds best Universities inside a very prestigeous and traditional College I would expect to have a working
wireless Internet conection inside the room. This was not the case.
Mrs Kate S, September 2015: Lovely to be staying in the college itself - what a privilege to be able to walk in and around the beautiful historic buildings as we wished. The rooms were however cold and we had to ask for fan heaters. The porters could not have been more helpful and friendly. Overall a great stay.
Mrs Tina W, September 2015: A great spot right in the centre of Cambridge and wonderful experience of college life.
The only problem: on our first night the extractor fan system was very noisy, to the extent that it kept me awake. The porters were very helpful and sent maintenance people up into the loft to disable it. All was fine after that.
An environmental point: I would have preferred to have had the option of keeping my towels for more than one day rather than being changed automatically.
Mr Stephen D, September 2015: Excellent accommodation for a short stay. Would recommend to others.
Mr adrian S, September 2015: Fine accommodation in an excellent location and a very warm and helpful welcome in the Porters' Lodge .
Dr Catherine O, September 2015: What an achingly beautiful place!
The Porters at SJC are angels and charming helpful and fountains of knowledge
Mr Michael D, September 2015: Near perfect. Next time I'd ask for a room on a lower floor (new knee joint!)
and the shower was disappointingly weak. But overall very good value indeed and no price on convenience.
Mr Peter M, September 2015: Comfortable and spacious rooms and excellent breakfast.
Very good location
Dr Gillian M, September 2015: All contributed to a great reunion weekend
Dr Sara C, September 2015:
Ms bev S, September 2015: Gareth very friendly and informative at checkin .
Dr sian R, August 2015: had a great stay
Mr Shunsuke N, August 2015: Staying in the part of historical buildings was a rare experience and really enjoyed it.
Mrs Karla W, August 2015: What a wonderful experience in such beautiful surroundings.
The personnel absolutely lovely helpful and cheerful.
The room was very clean but I hope they repair soon the window in the bathroom that is going a little bit rotten and the only other detail is that the water in the shower didn't really come out very hot, it was more luke warm than hot ,I didn't mind because the weather was hot but I'm thinking about the stds. that will stay there in winter.
Also I forgot my phone charger in the room the day I left so when I realised (since I was staying nearby) I went back to get it that night but they couldn't find it and they were so kind as to post it to me.
Thank you ever so much
Mrs Karen K, August 2015: Superb service from all staff - porters, maintenance, kitchen. and housekeeping. Highly recommended.
Mr Graham J, August 2015: Extremely friendly, efficient staff and porters were very helpful. Brought back many memories. Thank you for a great stay. My elderly guests were delighted to have stayed at St Johns. So Chloe to the Wren library which was why we were there.
Ms Beth N, August 2015: Room was spotless. Facilities adequate. Breakfast - catering staff were welcoming and helpful but food cold.
Miss Sharmila R, August 2015: Overall, I would say it was a good experience. I would given a score of good for value for money if I had been able to get Wi-Fi connection up in my room.
Mrs Angela A, August 2015: Excellent in every way. Rooms great, setting perfect, breakfast amazing and absolutely delightful porters on reception. Wonderful
Ms Shelley N, August 2015: Cambridge is expensive, but this was good value for money as one was in the centre of the city. Staff were fantastic - friendly and efficient. Rooms were great and breakfast superb. Will definitely repeat the exercise.
Mrs Trudi B, August 2015: We enjoyed our stay at St John's, the reception staff were always friendly. One particular lady at Breakfast went out of her way to give me a bottle of water each morning, and was always very polite and friendly.
Loved the wine gums each day.
Mr Monika S, August 2015:
Mrs Stephanie K, August 2015: We had a wonderful stay.
Dr Junko S, August 2015: The porters' judgement of the difficult situation for me to climb up to the top floor with bad back was good, and flexibility of them to find a better alternative was much appreciated. Also the service at breakfast table was good (allocating the table, etc.).
Dr Barbara H, August 2015: Rooms were of excellent standard but as a group of ladies getting ready for a day at the races, we missed having mirrors in the bedrooms.
Breakfast was generous and the buttery service was great but the cooked breakfast was a little cold and scrambled eggs a bit too rich.
These comments are provided for feedback to the college and not intended as a public review.
Mrs Inge V, August 2015: Our stay at St John's College left nothing to wish for! Excellent accomodation, breakfast and service!
Dr Magdalena R, August 2015: I came in a party of eight. All but one were very pleased with the accommodation and surroundings. My room in particular had a stunning view. Staff allround was most courteous, Breakfast first class. Cannot wait to return.
Mrs linda G, August 2015: We were very pleased with the welcome and
Enjoyed staying at St Johns, a very nice accomodation
And breakfast, and the reception porter very
Helpful. We enjoyed our stay, thankyou great!
Mrs Kimberley L, August 2015:
Mrs marjory anne A, August 2015: We enjoyed our stay but the building work and lack of water one of our days did spoil the experience of the holiday.
We would like to say how much we enjoyed the breakfasts in the Buttery and the pleasantness of the staff.
Mr Geoff H, August 2015: The whole experience was excellent. St Johns is wonderful college. The history and culture of the place is superb. All staff courteous and helpful.
Mr Haydn C, August 2015: The experience of staying at the University compensates for the "normal" accepted standards and expectations for a room.
Mrs Hana B, August 2015: We were very happy to have stayed at St John's College, Cambridge. n Everybody we met was very friendly, helpful and cheerful especially the porters who made us very welcomed the minute we arrived and continued to be helpful after we checked out.
Mr William K, July 2015: Marvellous stay in an historic Cambridge college. A fantastic experience.
Ms Christine Y, July 2015: The porters were very helpful and friendly. Thank you to them.
Mrs Nina T, July 2015: My son and I have extremely enjoyed our stay at St Jonh's College,Cambridge.The accommodation was very good and breakfast was
delicious.I will definitely recommend it to my friends as it was a unique
Mr JOHN C, July 2015: All of our expectations for our visit were fulfilled. The accommodation was a perfect match for our needs and was well presented with appropriate provision in place. All of the college staff were efficient in performing their duties and carried them in a very pleasant and enabling way. This was present from the effective reception through to key return.
Ms Lisa S, July 2015: Fantastic stay from start to finish. Perfect service everywhere (Porters, cleaners, waiting staff), good food, lovely room, great location and good price. Definitely recommend and will be coming back.
Ms Eileen R, July 2015: Very helpful staff at porters lodge. Enjoyed the jelly babies!
Mrs Patricia C, July 2015: We loved our stay in St Johns it was wonderful being able to wander round the grounds, courts, cloisters and chapel. The location was perfect, room very comfortable and spacious. Excellent breakfast and all staff very friendly and helpful.
Mrs Anne S, July 2015: The entrance was a little hard to find! The porters were exceptionally helpful and kind!! Would definitely recommend and would use again. Wonderful college and gardens.
Mrs Katy S, July 2015: We had a wonderful stay - thank you to all the team, from the Porters to the breakfast service staff.
Mr Nigel H, July 2015: The booking experience was seamless and painless and the links from St John`s College were snappy and crisp
Mrs Clare K, July 2015: Had a wonderful stay and was most impressed with the standard and cleanliness of the accommodation and the friendly and helpful porters.
Would definitely stay there again if we are lucky enough to return to Cambridge.
Mrs Marcela B, July 2015: Suggest that breakfast starts earlier than 8am (weekends).
Mrs Elaine H, July 2015: Comfortable accommodation, staff were most helpful. Definitely a repeatable experience. Many thanks.
Mrs Susan T, July 2015: We had a fantastic reunion weekend with old friends, what a brilliant place to stay, Central and good value, priceless to walk around the college grounds in the early morning before any tourists arrive. Bedrooms facing on to main road suffered from noise - ear plugs advised! College staff very friendly and helpful - thank you.
Mrs Stefanie G, July 2015: The staff - especially the porters - were extraordinarily friendly and ready to help. I was most impressed and felt very welcome. St. John's is now definitely my favorite college. Best regards, Kimberly Griffith.
Mrs Cheryl H, July 2015: A lovely place to stay and everyone was extremely helpful. Will definitely book again.
Mrs Julie M, July 2015: We would have rated the room and facilities as excellent if we could have got wifi in the room but sadly we couldn't.
Mrs C P, July 2015: Lovely setting and ideal location. Porters very friendly and helpful.
Floor needed cleaning but otherwise rooms were large and well furnished with good facilities.
Noisy by road. Would recommend booking room away from front of college.
Mrs Angela O, July 2015: From our welcome at the Porters lodge to our request for help with a taxi on departure nothing was too much trouble. The service at breakfast was friendly and efficient and touches such as the jelly babies and St John's toiletries added to our overall experience. Can't wait to visit again would highly recommend - last but not least the college grounds, buildings and location are fantastic.
Mrs Jocelyn S, July 2015: A truly memorable stay with outstanding facilities and friendly, efficient staff & service. Breakfast rivalled that of a five star hotel. Thank you Mr Brogan and team.
Miss Hongliu D, October 2014: St John's college B&B is a very amazing place. I will definitely recommend it to my friends!
Ms Diantha B, September 2014: St. John's college stay was the frosting on a wonderfully delicious visit at cambridge.
Mrs Claire B, September 2014: Everything from the initial booking to staying, to breakfast, to the atmosphere and views of the college, both internally and externally was of an exceptional standard.
The Porter, Nick was exemplary from the moment we arrived to the morning we departed.
I would like to extend our thanks to him once again.
Mr Tilo K, September 2014: Amazing ambiente, excellent breakfast
Mrs Tracey M, September 2014: Very enjoyable and comfortable stay. Disappointed not to be able to breakfast in the old hall, but the breakfast itself and service were excellent. Thank you.
Dr Bonnie W, September 2014: Stunning grounds and friendly porters. Great to have own bathroom.
Mr David B, September 2014: All the staff I met were very helpful.
Mr Harald G, September 2014: We enjoyed our stay at St John's College very much and can definitely recommend it!
Mr Steve T, September 2014: We were given an warm welcome by the porter - a very enjoyable experience
Dr Constance R, September 2014: One of the best accommodations I've stayed in--superb food and thoughtfulness from the staff at every turn.
Mrs Danielle M, September 2014: The quiet of the room was exceptional. Very good location within the college itself as in the city. The staircase was quite an adventure. Did need some help from a kind gentleman. All in all a smashing experience for the younger ones as the older !
Mrs Judith Rebecca M, September 2014: Wir haben uns rundum wohl gafühlt in diesen ehrfürchtigen Mauern, die zimmer waren geräumig, absolut ruhig, das Frühstück hervorragend und das Ambiente einfach umwerfend! Schade, dass wir nur eine Nacht hatten, gerne wären wir geblieben
Mrs Christine T, September 2014: My second time and again excellent in every respect.The porters were all really friendly and helpful as were all the dining room staff....thankyou!
Mr Thomas L, September 2014: Parking was the worst aspect; there is none.
The porters, especially George and Tim, were fabulous, delightful, and extremely helpful. Made me want to be a student again. What gents.
The room was perfect, nothing fancy, but quite adequate, and the grounds were better than any hotel I've seen.
Mr Geoffrey C, September 2014: A memorable all round pleasurable experience. I would commend to all.
Mr Steve H, September 2014: facilities simple but adequate, and make up in character what they lack in luxury. excellent location - historic and also convenient.
Miss Carla G, September 2014: Fantastic location, English breakfast very good.
Mrs Jane B, September 2014: would recommend the experience to anyone. We have a very special memory of our stay.
Mr Steve P, September 2014: Lovely and Quiet. Comfortable beds. Nice Room. Friendly Porters. Good Wifi. Wonderful grounds and buildings. Would stay again.
Miss susanna P, September 2014: Very satisfied. Nothing to complain about, porters are realllly friendly and helpful. Cleaning staff are good.
Mrs Carol G, August 2014: En suite with separate bedrooms. Single bed in each room. Accommodation was spacious and spotlessly clean. Beds comfortable. Fresh towels each day. The cleaning lady is a gem. Good tea and coffee making facilities with delicious biscuits each day. Fridge useful for storing fresh milk. A calm oasis in the centre of Cambridge. Breakfast generous and delicious. Lots of fresh fruit. Porters pleasant and approachable. Handy to be able to leave luggage with porters on day of departure after check out. Would definitely recommend. No TV or radio - not a problem for us though. Lovely restaurants nearby. St Johns buildings are beautiful. Go during term time if you want to hear Kings Choir. Sorry to have missed them as we were there during summer vac.
Mrs Lorna G, August 2014: Excellent location in Cambridge and wonderful to have the freedom to walk round the historic college and grounds. The breakfast was first class.
Miss Stella P, August 2014: I am entering Cambridge as an undergraduate this autumn and our family stayed at St John's so we could all walk around and see my college.We all loved St John's and the family will undoubtedly choose this accommodation again in the future,as it was first class.Thank you.
Mrs Celia J, August 2014: The stay was excellent and people very accommodating! I would definitely do this again. :)
Ms Mary W, August 2014: Beautiful grounds, wonderful service. It was great getting a little glimpse of life in this lovely college.
Mr Gnana S, August 2014: Above all our expectations. A dream come true, even if it was a short time, spending time within the hallowed walls of an illustrious institution of learning.
Mr Ulrich G. M, August 2014: It is just great to stay in a historic building. Buzzling city on the front side, quiet green on the back side. Simple equipped but spaceous room. The wonderful ambience of the college courts makes it worth the money.
Mrs marjory anne A, August 2014: we were very impressed with the grounds, well maintained and an oasis of calm in a busy city.
Mr James R, August 2014: Lovely to stay in the heart of Cambridge
Miss Katharine B, August 2014: Fabulous. Thoughtfully placed on ground floor to help less able members of family. What a privilege to stay at St Johns. Everything was perfect. We will be back. Thank you, amazing service all round.
Mrs Melanie J, August 2014: St. John's was the best Cambridge college B & B I've experienced. They added many amenities such as well stocked tea & biscuits, shampoo & soap in a nice little satchel, hair dryers, wifi, a good breakfast, etc. On making my reservation, I received a personal email from the head steward. The porters could have been a bit friendlier, but the scouts or bedsitters were very helpful and eager to please. The rooms were clean to a high standard and well appointed for a college dorm. The grounds and buildings of St John's are impressive and beautiful and the central location is so convenient. The next time I come to Cambridge, I hope to stay at St. John's again!
Mrs Helen P, August 2014: A wonderful way to experience cambridge
Mrs Anita S, August 2014: What an historic visit. The breakfast was outstanding. The location ideal for shopping and visiting the local pubs. Everyone was friendly and the service overall was wonderful. We will return one day. It is a long way from Calgary, Canada but well worth the trip. We would stay at St. John's again. Thank for hosting us, we had a "brilliant" visit with our son who was just finishing at Cambridge university. Thanks again for the overall experience- staying at St. John's made it easy.
Mrs Anita S, August 2014: What an historic visit. The breakfast was outstanding. The location ideal for shopping and visiting the local pubs. Everyone was friendly and the service overall was wonderful. We will return one day. It is a long way from Calgary, Canada but well worth the trip. We would stay at St. John's again. Thank for hosting us, we had a "brilliant" visit with our son who was just finishing at Cambridge university. Thanks again for the overall experience- staying at St. John's made it easy.
Dr Francisco L, August 2014: We enjoyed our Cambridge experience. The staff (porters and breakfast staff) have a magnificent attitude. They are very cordial.
We loved this hotel and will recommend it.
Mrs Heidi S, August 2014: Beautiful place to stay.
Mrs Judith F, August 2014: Noisy room because near a busy street (and very warm weather so we had the windows open). As I detest duvets I asked for a blanket and this was very kindly provided. Everyone very kind and helpful and we enjoyed our stay.
Dr Richard S, July 2014: as long as the visitor understands this is student accomodation and doesn't expect the usual hotel type facilities this is an excellent buy-especially when you consider the location
Mrs HILARY M, July 2014: Absolutely loved it. Will be back, we hope.
Prof Charles G, July 2014: An excellent experience. Everybody was helpful and friendly.
Ms Lai Wan S, July 2014: Good hospitality of staff
Ms mara A, July 2014: A great experience that I will recommend to my friends
Mr Carl K, July 2014: The internet was very poor but the porters at St John's college were very helpful.
Dr Christine P, July 2014:
The setting is superb - a privilege to walk in the grounds
Lodge porters very helpful,ordered taxi at end of stay which really helped journey home
Would be good in weekday if breakfast could be served earlier say 07 -30 or 07-45
A very good breakfast Lovely fresh fruit salad and very tasty sausage ,nice touch to have tablecloth on tables in buttery
Dr Sarah N, July 2014: Yet again, an excellent experience.
Other Rowan W, July 2014: A lovely experience. The porters were helpful and welcoming, the room was great and breakfast was excellent. I know Cambridge well and have stayed many times, but this was probably the best venue I've been in and I'd definitely consider using it again. The complimentary bag of sweets at everyone's place at breakfast was a particularly nice touch. No negative comments to make at all.
Ms Kirsten P, July 2014: Wonderful being back at my college and in such a nice room.
Mr adrian S, July 2014: A most enjoyable time and St John's provided an excellent base.
Mrs Nicola G, July 2014: Very pleasant staff and a great stay - many thanks
Mr Maurice B, July 2014: I didn't have a breakfast as I had to leave to go early in the morning. It was truly memorable to stay so close to the Bridge of Sighs and I will stay again.
Mrs harriet G, July 2014: We were so pleased to return to Cambridge after living there in the 70s....we have always been associated with academia, so residing at St Johns for one night was wonderful, and we thank you so much.
Mrs Sheila W, July 2014: We've stayed in several colleges and this was the best so far.
Mrs Hannah S, July 2014: Amazing stay, friendly staff, spacious room and fab breakfast.
Mr JOHN C, July 2014: A very comfortable stay and all staff were very welcoming and helpful.
Mr David M, July 2014: Excellent stay!
Mrs Marian D, July 2014: I enjoyed the visit very much and hopefully will return on another occasion.
Mr Andrew B, July 2014: V good breakfast
Mrs Deborah L, July 2014: All college staff who dealt with me were excellent at all times. Super courtesy and helpfulness. The plumbing is a bit elderly and whiffy but this is a feature of the old building. I did not mind in the slightest but some tourists might. Only mentioning it to be helpful. It was super to have the little kitchenette in my room. Will definitely do it all again for my next reunion! Thank you, everyone concerned.
Mrs Mary M, July 2014: My first time staying at St. John's. it was a wonderful experience. The porters were so friendly helpful and so nice. The dining hall staff also were lovely.
thank you all.
Ms Christine T, July 2014: A beautiful, peaceful place to stay in an incomparable location- my room was a Cambridge 'set' tucked up in the eaves of a 1671 building, with a sitting room, kitchenette and shower room. Great views to King's College. Very clean and fresh room, comfy bed, good linen and toiletries. Breakfast in the delightful buttery, with good choice, friendly service, linen tablecloths: place-names and free St John's sweets were nice touches. Beautiful grounds of John's with fabulous borders a real bonus. Good bar with great music. Very highly recommended.
Mrs Dorothe V, July 2014: We enjoyed very much staying at St. Johns. The porters were very friendly and helpful. For breakfast we were to late.
Mr Nick P, July 2014: Loved the room. Immaculate.
Mr David F, July 2014: Hassle free, especially appreciated the Cripps parking facility which made life very convenient!
Mrs Kristi W, October 2013: I didn't know what to expect from staying in a "dorm" and I was quite pleasantly surprised! The service at the front desk was beyond helpful - they even shared with me a cup of their own stash of coffee! They were friendly, helpful and humorous. The room was unbelievable - I didn't know it was going to be 2 bedrooms plus a small kitchen and bathroom! I was impressed with the small details like the nice bathroom bag of supplies and the kitchen snacks that were provided . The location cannot be beat. I enjoyed a run through the college backs, and an early morning walk through quiet Cambridge. I had a great stay, and would absolutely stay here again. Thank you so much staff! My advice for parking is to stay at Castle Park - it was crazy cheap compared to the other nearby lots (I stayed a Sunday night), and a reasonable distance/walk away. Just make sure you have coins!
Dr Elaine S, October 2013: Everything was absolutely wonderful. I wish I could have stayed longer.
Miss Audrey P, September 2013: Pretty impressive bedroom and breakfast.
quite an experience to be for a nights or a few days in a college
hope to do it again soon
Mrs Christine T, September 2013: Excellent in every way.2 very small points.No bath mat provided.Also the bed was not against a wall[head end] and there was no head board.But those tiny issues did not detract from a great stay.
Dr Daniel L, September 2013: The room was excellent, far exceeding my expectations, and the location in college was superb. I felt I had received a really premium room with a great view, when presumably I could have been given any old room!
Mrs Myra D, September 2013: Porters always deserve a mention for being very pleasant and helpful!
Mrs Jan P, September 2013: Fantastic surroundings, very good -sized room and bathroom ( plus a kitchen ) and friendly welcome.
Mrs Jean B, September 2013: Excellent facilities and efficient and friendly welcome. Our party was a large one of up to 28, and all expressed themselves extremely satisfied.
Ms Catherine H, September 2013: I just loved it all. Nice big spacious apartment rather than a cramped ensuite room, moisturiser in the toiletries, shower sufficiently hot enough
Mr richard K, September 2013: very good reception at all times. Most helpful.
Mrs Helen M, September 2013: Fantastic weekend in Cambridge with friends. St John's College is magnificent and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The staff are very helpful. Highly recommended.
Dr Beyers O, September 2013: A brilliant experience. Wonderful to be privy to the atmosphere of such an illustrious institution. A bonus to be in the heart of Cambridge. Only the shower was poor, luke-warm, feeble pressure. Will recommend it to friends. Very friendly service by all staff members I encountered.
Ms Kathleen E, September 2013: Small, cosy, picturesque top-floor room right by the river, quiet and comfortable, with sensational rooftop views back and front. Free goody bag of toiletries a lovely plus.
Miss Antonia G, September 2013: Places to stay in the centre of Cambridge are hard to find, so was delighted with the service and standards at the College, even though it was a last-minute booking. Staying at my father's old College added a special dimension to a very special trip. The service was far more friendly and professional than at some 5* hotels I've stayed at! Value for money was excellent. The only slight drawback was a radiator which made strange gurgling noises in the middle of the night; if I'd been staying for more than 1 night I would have mentioned it but for an overnight it didn't really matter.
Mr PAUL F, September 2013: We will certainly stay with you in the future
Miss Carolina E, September 2013: I really enjoy my time in St John's, it is an amazing College (the most beautiful in my opinion). The staff were kind and helpful. The room was very clean and all the facilities were perfect.
Only one thing that I dislike: there were no wi-fi signal in my room (It was not a big issue for me, since I was there for holidays. But, if someone go for business, it is something to be worried about).
Ms Ann C, September 2013: Very friendly welcome and fantastic way to see and live "behind the scenes" inside a historic and very beautiful college and grounds. We will definitely do it again and highly recommend the experience!
Ms Gretchen H, August 2013: The entire staff at St. John's was extremely friendly and helpful. They were undergoing a kitchen re-vamp and thus served a continental breakfast, which is why I rated the breakfast less than excellent; however, the breakfast staff went above and beyond to be helpful.
Mr Andy M, August 2013: Staff at St John's were very friendly and helpful.
Miss Stephanie R, August 2013: Really enjoyed our stay and loved looking around the college. The only comment I would make about the room is that it was too hot so it may be worth leaving a window open in there to get some air though. Really enjoyed staying here though and will come back!
Mr Peter S, August 2013: The college provided character and ambience, as well as a convenient location from which to explore Cambridge.
Miss Kelley S, August 2013: Really lovely, suite room with office that I wasn't expecting. I didn't have the breakfast so can't comment, but would be glad to return to try it!
Mr Francesco B, August 2013: Great service, excellent atmosphere, could be possible improve the breakfast and the involvement of the college creating special possibilities for the visitors to be more integrated
Mrs Muguette B, August 2013: Eveything was fabulous, we were so happy to stay in such a historic spot. Every people is helpful, the rooms are quite comfortable and clean, and there is a very large choice of food and beverage for breakfast. The buildings and the park are simply amazing.
Mr Mark R, August 2013: An amazing weekend in a magical place. Thank you
Mr William C, August 2013: Excellent size room. Access to a student kitchen would have improved the experience, but all in all very good. I plan to recommend to friends and/or return.
Miss Gemma P, August 2013: Fantastic rooms and brekkie, really good value for money!
Mr Paul M, August 2013: the facilities, porters, breakfast, everything was excellent. we had a superb break and would recommend st john's to all.
Mrs Marian K, August 2013: It would have been helpful to have some cutlery and a tea towel.
The room was huge and I could have had my 21st birthday in it.
Bed comfortable too.
The porters were SO SO SO helpful and I loved everything about it!
Mr John R, August 2013: Our room was cleaner and better presented than many hotels we have stayed in. Thank you St John's College.
Mr philip A, August 2013: We had a very enjoyable stay at St. John's. We so liked walking in the gardens.
Mr Tim T, August 2013: The best views I have ever had from any hotel room!
Mr linda M, August 2013: It was very special staying in such traditional and beautiful surroundings. We were pleased with our rooms which had lovely views of buildings and gardens and were quite spacious and comfortable. The Continental breakfast was good. It was wonderful to be in the midst of all the colleges and places of interest. Thoroughly recommended!
Ms Christine G, August 2013: A perfect stay. Quality of the room wasexcellent value for money and the checking in and out was a pleasant experience. The porters were extremely helpful. The location was perfect.
Ms A B, July 2013: All staff were very professional and courteous - Porters, Dining-room staff, Cleaners.
Miss Helen P, July 2013: Had a great stay in St John's. Found it to be central, convenient and full of character. The porters were very helpful and friendly and there was a great choice for breakfast. Loved staying in a college.
Prof Adrian B, July 2013: The best experience staying at a UK university. Not only in terms of the location, building and facilities, but also in terms of hospitality. Highly recommended.
Mrs Martine M, July 2013: Excellent service and room spacious and very comfortable. Only minus point was we would have found a microwave useful in the room, but that was all.
Mrs Pauline M, July 2013: Thank you for another great stay! I'll be back - maybe next year if not he year after. The whole experience was again wonderful.
Mr Philip W, July 2013: rooms very comfortable. Nice to have tea and coffee facilities. Would have been nice to know there was a kitchen and facilities I advance
Miss Leda S, November 2012: I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at St John's College. As well as an ensuite bathroom, there was a kitchen too, which was great. The rooms were very comfortable and one was particularly spacious. I thought the breakfast was excellent with a good selection of food - I appreciated the Yeo Valley yoghurt! It was great to have table service too for tea and coffee as this avoided long queues and the dining area was very spacious. It was nice to be near the centre of Cambridge and it was very peaceful at night too. The porters were very helpful and friendly. I would definitely stay here again.
Dr Ed K, October 2012: very enjoyable place to stay
Mrs Diana W, October 2012: We enjoyed our clean comfortable suite which was serviced by a very friendly and helpful lady. The porters were helpful and knowledgeable and staying in such a beautiful institution enhanced our stay in the city. we were impressed and will certainly use University Rooms again.
Diana and Andrew, Hammersmith, London
Mr bryan S, October 2012: Great great great place to stay, makes you feel a part of Cambridge would definitely recommend St Johns
Mrs Catharina O, October 2012: Lovely environment for a B&B-stay. Loved the college, the air, the overall experience and the city of course. Will return with my teenagers and husband!
Prof Anthony G, October 2012: This is a service of which I shall gladly avail myself again!
Mr Stuart R, October 2012: We had a great time, thanks, and would recommend your B&B anytime. You have a beautiful college and grounds and it is somewhere we had wanted to visit for years. However, it would be a great help if you could state clearly, on all correspondence/websites that there is no parking! We were fortunate in that you came to our rescue, but it could have cost us a fortune if we had had to leave our car in the NCP car park overnight.
Mr Alastair S, October 2012: Having met at a college party in St John's College in 1963, this was a real 'pilgrimage' for my wife and me. Everything worked out just fine.
- the college porters were helpful and friendly.
- the room(s) were fine - loved the hot water in the shower!
- the breakfast was outstanding
- it was nice to be so close to Trinity St, King's Parade etc
We hope to return again!
Ms Jennifer W, September 2012: Lovely environment to stay in - the college was quiet and felt safe even when returning late at night. Friendly porters on the front desk, and nice to have kitchen as well as en suite facilities in the rooms.
Ms Rachel S, September 2012: Great accomodation close to major sites, good value, would stay again.
Dr Jilska P, September 2012: very large room with a small kitchen and bathroom. all items provided were good except the hot chocolate and extras such as a hair dryer and radio were much appreciated.
WiFi did not work in the room but could be accessed in the Porters lodge.
The surroundings were awesome and I look forward to my next stay.
Mr PETER M, September 2012: Will stay again
Miss Sarah B, September 2012: We stayed in St John's college for one night in a twin room with an ensuite bathroom. The porters were incredibly helpful and friendly and the room was very clean. The breakfast was nice and much better than anything I ever had at University! Overall it was a great experience to stay in such a lovely college which is also well located a couple of minutes walk from central Cambridge.
Mr Patrick V, September 2012: We had a nice stay !
Mr Paul D, August 2012: The porter in particular was very frindly and helpful. We would definitely stay again.
Dieter L, August 2012: Great, spacious and quiet apartment, friendly and helpful staff, good breakfast.
Mrs Margarete B, August 2012: Everything at St. John's was just perfect, especially the Porter's Lodge was a very friendly and helpful place with outstandingly well informed staff. We enjoyed the beautiful surroundings as much as the opulent breakfast and the special atmosphere of this historic place. There was nothing left to wish for.
Ms Joanne B, August 2012: Wasn't clear that we were booking an apartment with two bedrooms from the website. Lovely apartment, though and fantastic location which was the main reason for booking.
Mrs Sheena M, August 2012: Porters very friendly and helpful.
Mr Peter H, August 2012: We also had a dinner for 12. The whole experience was beyond our expectations and good value for money. My wife, whose surprise 40th party was the reason for the weekend, said it was one of the best day that she had ever had. Well done to all involved
Mr derek A, August 2012: excellent value - everyone from the porters to the cleaners were so polite and helpfull - we'll be back
Miss Patricia W, August 2012: very pleasant time. able to explore the grounds when college closed to the public (although not the Hall or Chapel)
Ms Marlis I. W, August 2012: Very friendly and helpful.
Mr Roland W, August 2012: We had a great stay. Thanks to the bedmakers, the porters for their help, and to Fabian in the bar for a warm welcome.
Miss Emma W, August 2012: A very enjoyable visit, thank you!
Miss Michelle Y, August 2012: Excellent location and I was pleasantly surprised with the nice bag of toiletries provided in the room. I will definitely recommend St John's College to friends.
Prof Vlad M, August 2012: We really enjoyed staying at St. John College. Great experience!
Ms Sidonie B, August 2012: Great place, fantastic experience.
Mr Robert D, August 2012: A thoroughly pleasant experience, one we would certainly recommend to anyone seeking College accommodation in Cambridge
Mrs elizabeth R, August 2012: Porters extremely helpful. Room facilities good and spotlessly clean. Good varied breakfast menu served with a smile. So glad we chose this interesting option for our stay in Cambridge.
Ms A B, August 2012: Staff were very helpful and nothing was any trouble for them. Thank you.
Mrs Judith F, August 2012: The rooms were clean and well appointed - better than we had expected - and we felt privileged to be able to stay in the college, right in the centre of town, at a very reasonable (for Cambridge) price.
Prof Vural O, August 2012: Excellent service, please keep up the good work! and would be interested in staying again in winter session as well when I visit Cambridge in the future.
Mrs Trinh M, August 2012: We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at St John's and would love to return next year. The accommodation was perfect, spacious, quiet and very clean. The service was friendly and efficient.
Miss Linda B, August 2012: Fairytale buildings including the Bridge of Sighs, beautiful extensive gardens backing onto the river. A tranquil Oasis in the centre of Cambridge with all cafes pubs shops on doorstep. Twin room had 2 bedrooms, kitchen with fridge and a hairdryer. Merry Wives of Windsor performance in the garden Saturday night and we popped into the college bar after. Excellent breakfast.
Mr christopher M, August 2012: Really enjoyed the St John's experience and will recommend to all our friends.
Mr philip A, July 2012: A very enjoyable experience, the staff pleasant and helpful, location perfect. Hope to return.
Ms marie helene N, July 2012: I will definitely recommend St John's College
Miss Susanna C, July 2012: the seclusion and peace of the college made it a great place to stay
Dr Grzegorz (Greg) M, July 2012: This was one of the nicest hotel stays of my life. Can you imagine
this - a little suite above the Bridge of Sighs for less than $100/night? Truly wonderful. And, despite the age of the building - everything worked!
Mr John M, July 2012: Porter assistance was excellent and very comprehensive. Breakfast quality and service was outstanding. A very enjoyable visit.
Mrs Loretta B, July 2012: Really impressed - great to find reasonably priced accommodation right in the heart of the city centre - suited our purposes perfectly, but would recommend to others, if I was staying a few days longer, probably would have taken advantage of the kitchen facilities. Having individual rooms was also a bonus.
Dr Hemesiri K, July 2012: Loved the stay in a 450 year old room. The facilities the design and the atmospher at St Johns is the same at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. In fact the design of rooms and furniture is the same. Sir Ivor Jennings a scholar and Professor from Cambridge University was who initiated and was the first vice chancellor at University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. Wonderful experience. Thank you very much.
Dr sarah B, July 2012: wonderfull location and welcome
Mrs Pauline M, July 2012: Wonderful stay - College Porters very helpful, breakfast great, whole experience very good.
Mrs tracy R, July 2012: An amazing experience to stay in one of the very old universirt rooms overlooking the river. Really a 'Cambridge' experience worth taking!
Dr Claudia S, July 2012: It was a truly great experience, thank you! I hope to be back again.
Mrs Jill C, July 2012: atmosphere plus plus, great breaki and service, highly recommended, proximity to all that Cambridge had to offer.
Mrs Ann J, July 2012: We cannot recommend St Johns College and the porters more highly. The location is brilliant. The porters: Tim, Colin, Paul, John and George were so kind and friendly and went the extra mile every time we have any query, including changing the lock on the Oak when we couldn't lock our door. We really felt like we couldn't have topped our Cambridge experience. Anyone staying in Cambridge would find St Johns unbeatable for location, service and style. Thank you all so very much. Ann (Welsh) and Belinda (Australian)
Mrs Janet M, July 2012: I'm glad you gave me this opportunity to respond as I was going to write a note anyway. Will certainly recommend B & B at St. John's - loved staying in the college and feeling all that history around us. Thoughtful touches like the teatray (especially!) and hairdryer and toiletries were above the service given by some ordinary B & B accommodation. We were comfortable and warm in a rather chilly early July. Breakfast had excellent choice available and friendly, efficient staff. Porter pleasant and helpful. Enjoyed Cambridge v. much - could have done with even more time, but staying in the college gave one a feeling of being part of it for a short while. Thanks.
Mrs Marie T, July 2012: VERY well situated, wonderful single "ensuite", bedroom very quiet. A privilege to be in this college
Mrs Patricia K, July 2012: Cambridge is a great spot but staying at St. John's College made all the difference! Wonderful service and very welcoming staff. A memory to be treasured.
Mr Ron H, September 2011: Excellent location; all staff were very helpful; surprised that there were no opportunities for discounted parking arrangements but overall a good experience.
Mr nicholas M, September 2011: The accommodation was faultless and the location superb.
The Buttery where breakfast was served was better than many 4 or 5 star hotels when it came to choice, quality, service and setting.
I would have no hesitation in booking St. Johns College in the future and will also be recommending friends to this hidden gem.
Miss Ruth B, September 2011: Our first experience of college rooms. Our twin en suite was actually even better - a flatlet with our own door with 2 single study rooms, a shower room and little kitchen with fridge, sink and electric hobs. It was spotlessly clean and towels were changed each day.
We enjoyed walking across the Bridge of Sighs and onto the Backs in the evening.
The porters were helpful with information, polite and friendly and the breakfast staff very efficient.
The booking service was very simple and efficient. We would certainly book again.
Mr Hans Peter S, August 2011: It was a great experience to live in an old historical building without missing the comfort. I´ve enjoyed staying in your college and the special atmosphere. I´ll come back anytime. I like Cambridge and I like their people.
Dr Sumi D, August 2011: Everything was fantastic - the porters were very helpful and allowed me to keep my bags in the Porters' Lodge the next day until I was able to come and collect them. I asked for some advice on the best walks around the gardens of St John's and the porter very kindly took the time to map out the ideal route; as a result, I had an amazing walk around St John's!
Prof Andrew J, August 2011: Super stay in a lovely college
Susan J, August 2011: Very nice accommodation, great location so near to other colleges and city centre. Porters Lodge staff very helpful and allowed us to leave our bags before and after our stay.
Dr Edna W, August 2011: wonderful location and very helpful staff
Mrs Ruth C, August 2011: Thanks for everything - it was the perfect way to spend time in Cambridge!
Mrs Angela L, August 2011: WE WERE DELIGHTED WITH THE EXPERIENCE AND WOULD USE SAME AGAIN
Ms Sue M, August 2011: St John's was an excellent base for the weekend with stunning buildings and grounds. Rooms were comfortable, breakfast was fine and all staff we met were very friendly.Would definitely stay again.
Dr Pamela P, July 2011: The rooms were nce and clean and very comfortable
Elaine H, September 2010: Had an excellent stay in amazing rooms! Porter's lodge really helpful and supplied info and first aid supplies when needed. Other members of college very friendly and informative about the history of the college. Good breakfast slightly spoiled by one grumpy female server - other kitchen staff extremely nice. Proper fresh orange juice too!
Nicholas H, September 2010: A good nights sleep in comfortable accomodation. Helpful porters and a great breakfast. All in all a great experience. I would certainly book again! Nick Hammond
Martin F, September 2010: Very welcoming. A great experience.
Dale J E, August 2010: My wife and I loved this experience. Ian at Porter's Lodge was very helpful. The room was excellent and this is the best value for money in Cambridge. A friend of ours satyed at a hotel and it cost him more than 150 quid. We will recommend this to all and will certainly return.
Mrs Clare A, August 2010: Had A fantastic weekend, St John's College has some amazing architecture and loved 'The Bridge of Sighs'.Really impressed with rooms and toiletry bags were a nice touch. The Porters were very friendly and helpful and I have been promoting your rooms to everyone.Added bonus for married couples they can get away from a snoring partner with the separate rooms ! I think thats something to promote, Many Thanks for great weekend.
Tony B, August 2010: Would recomend staying at St Johns college - the staff at breakfast went overboard to make us welcome and look after us! Wonderful to wander through the college before breakfast before all the tourists came in too!!