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St Catharine's College, Cambridge

University residence

St Catharine’s is one of the oldest Cambridge University Colleges and is easily identifiable by its unique open-sided Main Court and beautiful red brick façade. Nestled in the heart of Cambridge and a short walk from the River Cam, it is the perfect backdrop for a stay.

St Catharine's offers a true Cambridge student experience, with its rooms being used for undergraduate students during term time. Bedrooms are clean and comfortable rooms with tea/coffee making facilities, towels, linens, toiletries and complimentary WiFi in the bedrooms and public areas.

The standard rooms are located in historic buildings, whilst ensuite accommodation is located in the newer part of the College. If you are making a group booking please contact the College first to ensure your rooms are located close together. 

Car parking is not available at the College. Please refer to the Cambridge Tourist Information Office for further details on parking options in Cambridge.

Please note that the College are unfortunately unable to accommodate babies or children under 16 years old.

The College does not accept accommodation bookings for hen or stag parties.

Check in: 14:00 (2:00pm) - 23:30 (11:30pm) (arrivals may be allowed outside this window if your travel plans can't be adjusted however this is subject to availability)

Check out: 00:00 (12:00am) - 10:00 (10:00am)

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Top facilities

Free WiFi

Breakfast included


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Based on 231 reviews
St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.0 5 0.5

Very friendly and helpful staff. Good sized comfortable room. Excellent central location. We knew about the building works when we booked - it was fine, but obviously the experience will be much improved when they have finished.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.6 5 0.5

Great location, nice staff, breakfast included vegan options too. Room a bit on the small side and decor a bit tired, but overall would recommend for solo travellers as nice to be staying in a College.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.5 5 0.5

We had a very good welcome. There was street noise at night so I would have preferred the option of a room that wasn't above the street. It was great to be in the centre of town though.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

I was extremely impressed with the room, service and facilities at St. Catherine's. I would most definitely book again if I need to be in Cambridge outside of term time. Thank you.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.2 5 0.5

I really enjoyed my stay. I live in Cambridge and just wanted a bit of change for the weekend, kind of a staycation! Perfect location ! I will be back and will recommend.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

3.2 5 0.5

OK value and well placed in centre of Cambridge. Very convenient for Fitzwilliam museum and excellent pub, the Eagle.

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.6 5 0.5

A lovely welcoming, peaceful environment! Staff welcoming and friendly. Many Thanks....

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

4.0 5 0.5

Fantastic location, rooms were simple but clean and well laid out.we enjoyed our stay

St Catharine's College, Cambridge

5.0 5 0.5

The staff were amazing! So helpful and such a delight!

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Facilities & information


16th century buildings

18th century buildings

20th century buildings

Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)

No parking

No smoking


Historic property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Luggage storage

24 hour security

Table football

Pool/snooker table

Linen included

Towels included


Continental breakfast (included)

Cooked breakfast (included)



Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses


Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Arrival information and directions

Address: St Catharine's College, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB2 1RL, United Kingdom

On arrival report to the Porter's Lodge (located at the main entrance to the college), you will be given a key and directed to your room(s). It is generally possible to leave some bags in the small luggage room near the Porters Lodge if your arrival time is before 2pm and your room isn't ready. However please bear in mind that the college cannot be held responsible for any theft or damage to any personal belongings.

On departure please check out of your room by 10am. A late check-out charge of £30 will be applied to your booking if you check out after 10am but before 1pm. A full night rate will be charged if you check out after 1pm. 

University departments, public transport, shops and many of Cambridge's historic buildings are all within easy walking distance.

St Catharine's College regrets that car parking is not available at the College.

Arriving by Road: From the M11, take either Junction 11 or 12 and follow into Cambridge City Centre (see the Regional Road Links map). Follow the city signs for public parking as parking is not available at St Catharine's (except for loading and unloading and other special circumstances). The Cambridge Around St Catharine's map shows the location of several public parking areas near the College. There are maps posted around the city which will help you find your way back to the College once you park. For more information on parking see the Parking in Cambridge site or for more information about getting to Cambridge by road see the Cambridge City Council site.

Arriving by Rail: The University maintains a schedule of Cambridge to London railway timetables with links to other railway route planners. From the Railway Station, one can either walk (about one mile) or take a taxi to St Catharine's. The Railway Station is shown on the Cambridge Around St Catharine's map. The Cambridge City Council also maintains rail information.

Arriving by Air: Cambridge Coach Services runs an hourly bus service to and from Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Railway service is also available from Stansted Airport. The University maintains links to more airport information.

You may find other useful information on the Cambridge City Council tourist information site or the University's Cambridge Area Information page.

Non-British nationals should ensure that they have their passport available when arriving at the College for registration purposes.

All guests are asked to treat college staff and property with respect and conduct themselves in a manner befitting a historic academic institution, bearing in mind students and tutors may be working and living on site.

The College recommends that people exercise caution and wear a face mask when mixing in groups that they do not usually mix with particularly in crowded spaces. Please do not attend the College if you are feeling unwell. 

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