St John's College, Cambridge

B&B accommodation in recently refurbished rooms at this 16th Century Cambridge College.

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New Court in the spring


  • 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)
  • Bar

Nearby recreations

  • Recommended walks
  • Pub (walking distance)
  • Museums (walking distance)
  • Historic houses
  • Gardens
  • 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 bedrooms in our recently refurbished  rooms situated in North Court ,Chapel and  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 connected with a small lounge.  We have been awarded a 4* rating by Enjoy England, for the last three years, the last audit being in August 2016.  Please note there are no lifts to any of the rooms.


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 colleges. 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 the 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  to view the world famous Bridge of Sighs of which Queen Victoria was a great admirer.

Other facilities

Rooms are serviced daily and included in the room rate. There is also 24hrs security. 

Wi-Fi is offered throughout most of the College, it has to go through the University net work, and information is included in the folder in the room. 


Guests are welcome to view the Chapel, and to attend if a public service if one is taking place. 

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. 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

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 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. Parking is available at the Park and Ride on Madingley Road or Newmarket Road with the bus from both of these locations dropping off just outside the College on Bridge Street.

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.

Cancellation Terms

Cancellation fee as percentage of booking value depending on when the booking is cancelled.
More than 14 days notice: 0 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 14 to 8 days: 25 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Number of days notice: from 7 to 1 days: 50 % of booking value for night in question plus a single £10.00 admin fee
Trying to cancel for same night (or if they don't show up): 100 % of booking value for night in question

Additional Restrictions:

  • Bookings can’t be amended more than 1 times.

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    New Court Cloisters Punting under the Bridge of Sighs

    Customer reviews

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    Overall, a lovely experience that we would like to do again.
    Mr Michael T

    Very helpful staff at Porters Lodge
    Mr Robert M

    We had the best time while staying at St John's. All the staff were helpful and of course the college is beyond beautiful. If our travels bring me to Cambridge, as I hope ther do, St . John's is where we stay.
    Mrs Joan W

    Excellent experience staying in such historic surroundings
    Ms Lynette C

    All the staff was particularly helpful.
    Ms Tara D

    A lovely place to stay in the centre of the city. A very pleasant and interesting experience.
    Mr Robert P

    We booked a twin room and had the benefit of 2 bedrooms and kitchen for drinks with fridge for our wine. The bathroom was good, great shower, good towels and hairdryer (we did not spot this though till the end of our stay). Breakfast was good too and the college was so very central. Used the park and ride at Madinlgley £20 for 48 hrs and the bus stops outside the college which was brilliant! College grounds are wonderful to wander around with staff to give advice and explain the history. Do take time to explore the grounds across the bridge. It was a great stay and we'd highly recommend St Johns college.
    Mrs Julie I

    My second stay and I'll definitely be back, great location and venue.
    Miss Caroline P

    Very helpful and friendly porters, excellent experience, nice that the college bar was open, very good breakfast
    Mr Tom T

    Very enjoyable stay. Staff were uniformly pleasant, helpful and cheery!
    Mr John T

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