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Clare College, Cambridge

University residence

Clare College is Cambridge's second oldest College, boasting 17th-century architecture and gardens just a 5-minute walk from the city centre and with sites on either side of the River Cam

Accommodation is located in Memorial Court on Queens Road.

Single and twin rooms are offered, with either ensuite or shared bathrooms in comfortable student accommodation during vacations.

Important notice: The College is unable to accept bookings for stag and hen parties or similar.

PLEASE NOTE: Old Court will be undergoing a refurbishment from July 2019 - there is no building work taking place in Memorial Court.

Check in: 15:00 (3:00pm) - 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 173 reviews

Lovely porter (Tom) really made every effort to welcome us and inform us of the history of Clare College and invited us to make the most of our stay and look around. Many many thanks to him. The room was clean and tidy, but being ground floor was exposed to all the comings and goings of others. T...


All of the portering staff were really friendly, helpful and cheerful, both at Memorial Court and the main porters lodge. The room was clean and quiet and value for money when compared with hotel prices in Cambridge, with the addition of the experience of staying in a beautiful college. The walk...


Great experience to stay in one of the colleges. The rooms are student halls rooms and so no but should expect 5 star hotel quality but the room was clean and had everything we needed. The Porters were really helpful. Great value and would definitely stay here again


Funny, I booked 2 rooms, they assigned me 4 rooms. Anyway, a very good experience, room are quite old ( but this was expected in a old college) but clean, large and comfortable,. Also, staff was very friendly.


Excellent value for money. The booking excellent . Mark the porter a great help and very friendly. The rooms very clean and basic . Whole thing an excellent experience. Clare College so central too.


So interesting to stay in the College and learn a bit about the history of Memorial Court. Great room and very welcoming people.


Great service from the porter team - I'd highly recommend Clare College when visiting Cambridge.


Had problems with getting into rooms but otherwise was a pleasant stay . Great breakfast


Great stay, perfect location, wonderful surroundings and a lovely breakfast.

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Facilities & information


17th century buildings

21st century buildings

Breakfast included

Public car parking for a charge (nearby)


Historic property


Free broadband access (wifi)

Luggage storage

Linen included

Towels included


Continental breakfast (included)


Pub (walking distance)

Museums (walking distance)

Historic houses

Recommended restaurants (walking distance)

Theatre (walking distance)

Arrival information & directions

Address: Clare College, Memorial Court, Queens Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CambridgeCB3 9AJ, United Kingdom

On Arrival: please register the Memorial Court Porters' Lodge on Queens Road and not at Old Court, Trinity Lane. Rooms will be available from 3.00pm on the day of arrival.

There is no on-site parking available at the College but parking can be booked at a nearby sports ground for an extra charge (unfortunately this is no longer available for July and August 2022). 

Security: The main site gates at Memorial Court and Trinity Lane will normally be locked at midnight but the Memorial Court Porter's Lodge is staffed 24 hours a day. It is strongly recommended that delegates lock their rooms at all times. The College is not insured for loss or theft of any items belonging to visitors to the College. 

Cycles: There are cycle racks at the front of Memorial Court where guests are welcome to leave their bicycles. Please note that the College cannot accept any responsibility for bicycles and delegates should ensure they use a secure lock. Cycles may not be taken through the College grounds or courts.

How to Find Clare College:

By Rail: Cambridge Station is about a 25-minute walk from Clare, but buses run every 8 minutes into the centre of Cambridge and taxis are available for hire at Cambridge Station.

By Road: Cambridge is linked to London and the M25 by the M11 motorway. Exit at junction 12 for Barton Road or Junction 13 for Madingley Road.

By Coach: There are frequent services between London Victoria Coach Station and Drummer Street Bus Station in Cambridge. Most services will terminate from Cambridge Bus Station, from here it is only a 5-minute walk to Clare Old Court.

NB: If taking a taxi from the city centre, be sure to ask to be dropped off at Clare College, Memorial Court in Queen Road. Not Trinity Lane or Chesterton Lane.

Please note if you are using a sat nav the postcode for Memorial Court will take you to the rear of the College where parking is prohibited. Please do not park in the University Library car park. Once you get to Queens Road just follow that along the backs until you reach a black and yellow sign saying Clare College, Memorial Court. This is the main entrance.

Please check out promptly. If you do not check out of your room by the time shown above, Clare College reserve the right to charge you for an additional night. This charge will be made to the card which was used to book your room and you will be notified by email. Please note a £20 charge will be made to your credit or debit card if your room key is not returned.

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